Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:22 UTC
Legal Earlier this week, we were introduced to a new concept in intellectual property law: the European 'Community Design'. The Community Design is a sort of trademark on design, and sits halfway between a trademark and a patent. I decided to investigate what, exactly, the laws and regulations around Community Designs are, and what I found was shocking. Think the USPTO is bad? Wait until you learn about the Community Design.
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PIs in Germany
by IPprofessional on Sat 13th Aug 2011 21:04 UTC
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I dont have any special insight on these and have just used Google like anyone else could.

Here's some info from the reliable German IP firm Grunecker

It suggests that contrary to this article's assumption (which was entirely logical) PIs re actually pretty hard to obtain for Community Designs and the validity is not generally assumed.

I should mention that PIs in Germany appear to be very different from England (which I discussed above) in that merits are generally very important. It looks to be almost impossible to get a PI in Germany for a very complex IP case though Design cases are rarely complex.

Edited 2011-08-13 21:04 UTC

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