KitKat bar denied trademark

KitKat bar denied trademark

KitKat applied to register the shape of its product as a mark but was refused on account of the ‘nature of the product’ and a ‘technical result’. According to the officer who processed the mark registration application, the three distinctive features are: firstly, the rectangular slab shape, secondly, the presence, ... Read More »

Mass layoffs – who counts?

Mass layoffs – who counts?

Managing directors and interns are considered employees according to § 17 of the German Protection Against Dismissal Act (KSchG) (European Court of Justice, decision dated July 9, 2015 – C 229/14) In the case pending before the Labor Court Verden, the parties disagree about operationally-related terminations. Including the plaintiff, the ... Read More »

Conflict Check for Would-be Clients?

Conflict Check for Would-be Clients?

Attorneys put food on the table by converting would-be clients into actual clients. However, the astute attorney knows which engagements are not worth pursuing and when to decline representation. The careful attorney knows that even the initial client interview will trigger ethical obligations. To be clear, an attorney’s ethical responsibilities ... Read More »

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