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Court considers environmental problems and traffic in trademark infringement case
  • Intellectual Property
  • Germany
  • 17 May 2021

The Federal Court of Justice recently addressed the question of similarity between bicycles and motor vehicles in a legal dispute over whether the use of a sign for motor vehicles constituted infringement of a trademark which was registered for bicycles. The court expressly considered changes in mobility and the climate in its assessment of the similarity of the goods. The decision shows that the understanding of transport in similarity assessments is not fixed and must adapt to current circumstances.

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