German patent law draft modernization act approved

German patent law is set to become simpler and more modern. On October 28, 2020, Germany’s federal cabinet approved the second draft of the act designed to simplify and modernize German patent law. The federal government wants to further strengthen intellectual property rights in connection with the protection of industrial property. To this end, the […]

Michael RainerManaging Partner, MTR Rechtsanwälte

European Court of Justice: CBD is not a narcotic

On November 19, 2020 the Court of Justice of the European Union (C-663/18) issued a ruling on the question of whether a national ban on the marketing of cannabidiol (CBD) derived from the entire cannabis sativa plant and not only from its fibres and seeds is contrary to EU law. According to the now issued […]

Margret Knitter LL.M.Partner, SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte

Winter is coming and so is the Exit Day…

Author: Madeleine Metzner After the US elections have kept us busy in these last weeks in addition to the ongoing pandemic, one could almost have forgotten that the Brexit is quickly approaching. Reason enough to ask and answer some important questions for future owners of so-called “comparable” UK national trademark rights (SKW Schwarz already reported on […]

Margret Knitter LL.M.Partner, SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte

Andrea Tomlinson participates in IR Global Guide: International Expansion: Building your Business Overseas

Foreword by Andrew Chilvers Despite these uncertain times, expanding overseas can be a key driver for future growth for an ambitious business. International expansion can breathe new life into a company, drive huge value and set it on a path of continued success. Expanding a business overseas is a strategic opportunity that will help diversify […]

Michael Prange participates in the IR Global Disputes Virtual Series – Technology & Disputes: The impact of new technology on litigation and dispute resolution

Foreward by Andrew Chilvers For the legal sector, COVID-19 has been a huge catalyst for change globally. Overnight, almost all legal advisors decamped en masse from their expensive mid-town and city offices to their homes to work. Personal meetings suddenly disappeared to be replaced by virtual meetings on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. As the UK […]

Michael PrangePartner, Weber & Sauberschwarz

Framing: Is embedding of copyrighted content on a website allowed?

The Opinion of Advocate General Maciej Szpunar at the CJEU on the issue of permissible embedding of digital media on Internet sites. “The heroes of George Lucas’ Star Wars film saga were able to travel through ‘hyperspace’ faster than the speed of light using a ‘hyperdrive’. In a similar fashion, internet users can ‘travel’ through […]

Margret Knitter LL.M.Partner, SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte

Wirecard AG – Investigations on suspicion of market manipulation

The Munich Public Prosecutor’s Office has conducted a search of Wirecard’s head office in Aschheim near Munich on suspicion of market manipulation. The raid that took place at Wirecard’s head office on June 5, 2020 appears to have been in response to a criminal charge lodged by the Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht (BaFin) – Germany’s Federal […]

Michael RainerManaging Partner, MTR Rechtsanwälte

Grenke: More thoughts on Related Parties, Cash and the “Brink”-Problem

In our most recent blog post we have already given some first comments on the Viceroy-Grenke-case HERE. We think some more points are worth commenting, in particular to remind everybody that – despite the fact that we see most of the accusations as highly overdone – this short-seller attack is not something to take lightly. Related Parties […]

Matthias MeitnerManaging Partner, VALUESQUE