Kaigo Presentation Taipei - IPR in Germany March 10, 2010

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Kaigo Presentation Taipei - IPR in Germany March 10, 2010

  1. 1. IP Matters in Trade Fairs in Germany Michael Werner Attorney at Law (Germany) October 24, 2008 www.eigerlaw.com
  2. 2. Z worries Company X wanted to participate on a trade fair and got its product seized before the opening of the fair. Company Y participated on a trade fair and got served with a declaration to cease and desist. Company Z would like to attend a trade fair and avoid the problems of the other companies.
  3. 3. Things to be considered - in preparation of a trade fair - during a trade fair - after a trade fair
  4. 4. <ul><li>Protective letter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>aims to ex parte decisions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>anticipatory defensive letter, which is filed with the </li></ul></ul><ul><li>court of potential litigation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>request of refusing possible requests for preliminary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>prohibitory injunction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>at least reject the request of an ex parte decision </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Warning / Declaration to cease and desist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Steps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No ostrich like policy </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Seizure of goods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ways of seizure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involved parties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Steps in case of a seizure </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Justification of seizures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>can be based on preliminary prohibitory injunction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>has an immediate effect. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>alleged infringer has to stop exhibiting and </li></ul></ul><ul><li>advertising with regard to the goods in dispute </li></ul><ul><li>immediately. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In case of serious infringements the counterfeited </li></ul></ul><ul><li>or infringing goods can be confiscated by court </li></ul><ul><li>persons and the whole stable can be shut down. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Implications for company X </li></ul><ul><ul><li>trade fair is over before it began </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>instead of profit, high costs are expected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Branding may be damaged </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implications for Y </li></ul><ul><ul><li>trade fair got interrupted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>instead of customer talks, Y needs to attend legal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>talks </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>costs for IP infringement legal battle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>use finances at the right time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>省小錢,花大錢“ </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>What shall be done by Z </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be Pro active </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be ahead of the game </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>stay in contact to legal counselor during Trade </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fair </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long term legal team </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Thank you Michael Werner, Attorney at Law (Germany) [email_address] www.eigerlaw.com

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