FRIDAY, 30 JANUARY 2009
German Federal Patent Court: "Die Drachenjäger"
In an advance publication of 27 January 2009 the German Federal Patent Court has published the following head note concerning the registrability of the term "Die Drachenjäger" (the dragon hunters), Articles 8(2) No. 1 and 8(3) German Trade Mark Act.
Being a generic description (Gattungsbezeichnung) of so-called fantasy comic figures, the word combination "Die Drachenjäger"(English: the dragon hunters) is devoid of all distinctive character for media related goods and services (printed matter, image and sound carriers, games and toys, entertainment, telecommunication). (In contrast to BPatG GRUR 2006, 593 - Der kleine Eisbär)
Case reference: 32 W (pat) 61/07 of 5 November 2008 [Unofficial translation].
Posted by: Birgit Clark @ 13.05
Tags: Bundespatentgericht, German trade marks,