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SUNDAY, 15 JUNE 2008
Germany: Trade Mark dispute over name of a brothel

Citing the "OLG Report" law review, Deutsche Welle online reports of a trade mark dispute over the name of a brothel. According to the report an appeals court in Koblenz, Germany (OLG Koblenz), has ruled that a brothel could not adopt the same name (“Club Pearls”) as an already existing competitor. While the lower court had rejected the brothel owner's claim that he legally owned the name, the judges in Koblenz ruled that a second brothel using the name would confuse customers about whether or not it was under the same ownership. As such, the judges granted an injunction sought by the owner of the original "Club Pearls." Deutsche Welle adds that brothels operate in "a legal twilight zone" in Germany: whilst they are legal, brothels cannot register as business corporations.

PS: The photo shows the court, the OLG Koblenz.

Posted by: Birgit Clark @ 18.05
Tags: German trade marks, name of a brothel, OLG Koblenz, trade mark dispute,
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