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Franchising

13 August 2019
Karsten Metzlaff Inadmissible imitation of 'presentation of dishes': stronger protection for gastronomic concepts

Germany - Noerr LLP

Franchisors must typically consider the extent of concept protection if franchisees which have left the franchise system reuse the concept in a largely unchanged fashion or if third-party competitors (outside the franchise system) copy the concept's main features. A recent decision concerning a fast-food restaurant franchise reinforces the IP protection of gastronomic concepts against competitors' inadmissible imitations.

Authors: Karsten Metzlaff, Tom Billing, Isabelle Shahal
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