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Jan 31, 2019
Dr. Martin Viefhues, JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Germany
First published at www.jonas-lawyers.com


Germany has modernized its trade mark


Dr. Martin Viefhues, JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, Germany, First published at www.jonas-lawyers.comOn 14 January 2019, several changes to the German Trade Mark Act have come into force. These changes implement the EU Directive of 16 December 2015 to further approximate the trade mark laws of the EU Member States in Germany. The most relevant amendments are for example that trade marks do no longer need to be graphically represented; sounds, video sequences, and combinations thereof, but also movements and holograms can be represented by submitting audio and video files. Also, the ground for refusal of protection for trade marks which consist exclusively of shapes  read more