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Politics Law Society

EGC – Stringent requirements for colour combinations as trademarks

EGC – Stringent requirements for colour combinations as trademarks

EGC - Stringent requirements for colour combinations as trademarks

Combinations of two or more colours need to be precisely defined for them to be capable of being registered as a colour trademark. That was the verdict of the General Court of the European Union (EGC) (Az.: T 101/15).

A producer of energy drinks was dealt a blow before the EGC. The former cannot have its colour combination made up of the colours blue and silver registered as a colour trademark and protected. Although it is possible as a matter of principle for colour combinations to be registered as a trademark, we at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that the combination of colours has to be precisely drafted and sufficiently distinguish itself from other products. Yet the EU Court held that this adequate definition had not been met in the case in question, ruling in its judgment of November 30, 2017 that colour mark was not distinct enough.

The beverage producer“s blue / silver colour combination had already been registered as a European Union trademark. A competing company raised an action against this, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) ruled in its favour. The latter concluded that the specifications were far too vaguely formulated. The ratio of the two colours was specified as being approximately 50:50, and it was noted that the colours were side by side. The EGC also concluded that this was not enough, stating that this left room for several combinations that could give rise to a completely different overall impression. The relevant specifications were said to be insufficiently precise for registration as a trademark.

While it is certainly possible for two or more colours to be capable of being registered as a trademark, for this to happen they need to be linked with each other in a particular ratio and a particular form so that consumers are able to identify a particular combination as a trademark. That was not the case here.

Trademarks are of great value to businesses, but before a symbol or sign is registered as a trademark it ought to be assessed whether it meets the necessary requirements and, for instance, distinguishes itself sufficiently from the products and services of other businesses.

Lawyers who are experienced in the field of intellectual property law can advise businesses on all matters pertaining to trademark law.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/intellectual-property-law-and-trademark-law/trademark-law.html

GRP Rainer LLP www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

Environment Energy

Asahi Kasei starts green hydrogen demonstration project in Soma, Fukushima

Asahi Kasei starts green hydrogen demonstration project in Soma, Fukushima

Large-Scale Alkaline-Water Electrolysis Plant (Source: @Asahi Kasei)

Düsseldorf, May 24, 2018 – Asahi Kasei continues to strengthen its activities in the hydrogen business. Following the start of a demonstration project in Herten, Germany, in April 2018, the Japanese technology company now launched an alkaline-water electrolysis demonstration project in Soma, Fukushima, Japan. The new project aims at the development of a large-scale production system for green hydrogen by using power input from renewable energy sources.

Asahi Kasei started an alkaline-water electrolysis demonstration project for the production of green hydrogen using renewable energy in Soma, Fukushima, Japan. The project is a joint project with the Japanese IHI Corporation. The alkaline-water electrolyser is installed at the Soma IHI Green Energy Center, which was launched in April 2018 by Soma City and IHI. It features large electrodes, maximum electrolytic capacity of 120 KW and hydrogen production capacity of 25 Nm3/h. Green hydrogen is produced by only using electric power from renewable energy sources.

The project uses a large-scale alkaline-water electrolysis system having the world“s largest electrodes developed on commission by Japan“s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Previous tests by Asahi Kasei have confirmed that the system enables high energy efficiency of over 90%. It furthermore features outstanding responsiveness with fluctuating power input which makes this system suitable for power input from renewable energy sources. The demonstration project is expected to verify the practicability of the alkaline-water electrolyser employed in an integrated configuration with an actual photovoltaic power generation facility. The project is scheduled from April 2018 to March 2020.

Intensifying activities in the field of clean environmental energy
Asahi Kasei will utilize the know-how gained through this demonstration project to advance the commercialization of an alkaline-water electrolysis system featuring the world-leading scale of 10 MW in a single unit, in accordance with the company“s strategic management focus on providing solutions to society in the area of clean environmental energy.

The demonstration project in Soma is Asahi Kasei“s next step in the expansion of its green hydrogen business. On April 27, Asahi Kasei Europe, the operational headquarter of the Asahi Kasei Group in Europe, started a demonstration project with an alkaline-water electrolyser in the Hydrogen City of Herten in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The joint project together with the Hydrogen Competence Center h2herten simulates the production of hydrogen from wind energy and contributes to the development of an electrolysis system for the production of green hydrogen on a large scale.

About the Asahi Kasei Corporation
Asahi Kasei Corporation is a globally active diversified company with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business. The Material division encompasses fibers & textiles, petrochemicals, performance polymers, performance materials, consumables, battery separators, and electronic devices. The Homes division provides housing and construction materials to the Japanese market. The Health Care division includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and acute critical care devices and systems. With approximately 34,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. With approximately 35,000 employees worldwide, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries and achieved sales of 15.3 billion euros in fiscal year 2017.

Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world. You can find further information at

www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en/
www.asahi-kasei.eu/

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business sectors. Asahi Kasei distributes its innovative technologies and unique materials on markets worldwide.
With more than 30,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

Company-Contact
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
Sebastian Schmidt
Am Seestern 4
40547 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 280 68 139
E-Mail: Sebastian.Schmidt@asahi-kasei.eu
Url: https://www.asahi-kasei.eu/

Press
financial relations GmbH
Henning Küll
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
Phone: +49 (0) 6172 27159 12
E-Mail: h.kuell@financial-relations.de
Url: http://www.financial-relations.de

Computer Information Telecommunications

Expand Unified Communications & CTI Suite ProCall Enterprise Smartly

Analytics, unified messaging and MetaDirectory provide useful features

Expand Unified Communications & CTI Suite ProCall Enterprise Smartly

Starnberg, 24/5/2018

ProCall Analytics, ixi-UMS and MetaDirectory – with these software products, estos offers meaningful expansions to its unified communications & CTI suite ProCall Enterprise. Partners of the Starnberg-based manufacturer can therefore offer their customers significant added value, while end users benefit from the additional functions: The evaluation of the communication data with ProCall Analytics provides a quick overview of call volume and availability. The option to send and receive faxes, voice and short messages on the PC with ixi-UMS completes the communication possibilities. Merging all company data into one directory, the MetaDirectory, is the foundation of business process integration. ProCall Enterprise offers unified communications & CTI with capabilities for computer telephony, presence management, instant messaging and audio/video chat. The software suite can be used platform-independent and cross-device and offers native clients for iOS and Android. „A decisive advantage for our partners is that they have all products from a single source,“ explains Robert Weiß, Senior Sales Director DACH at estos. „Therefore, they have a contact person for all matters relating to our software. The end user will enjoy perfectly balanced products.“

ProCall Analytics displays communication data in clear dashboards. Here, the user sees, for example, telephone call duration, number of calls per hour or reasons for missed calls. Companies get an overview of capabilities and bottlenecks in communication-intensive processes. On this basis, companies can optimize their decisions.

ixi-UMS unified messaging software supplements the estos UC software with the communication services of fax, voice and SMS. Users can manage, send and receive UM messages with the usual e-mail client. Users can also initiate faxes directly from the ProCall Monitor with the appropriate contact. „The combination of these two products makes ProCall Enterprise and ixi-UMS a unified messaging and unified communications suite that serves all major communication channels in the company,“ said Bernd Kattner, Product Manager at estos.

MetaDirectory brings all the data sources used in the company together into one central directory. This speeds-up the ProCall Enterprise search for contacts: the user gets the results faster. All relevant caller information is displayed in a call window on the PC screen.

„We are happy to support our partners in bringing the benefits of smart expansions to the end user,“ says Susanna Heine, Deputy Head of Marketing & Communications. „Sales-supporting measures, roll-ups or campaigns tailored to the respective target group are available to our partners on request.“ More information can be found at https://www.estos.com/crosselling-pe6

estos – enables easy communication
estos GmbH is an independent manufacturer of innovative building blocks for unified communications. Since 1997, estos has been developing professional standards software for small and medium-sized companies, thereby improving their business processes in communication-intensive areas. As a technology leader, estos has demonstrated its expertise in the area of Computer Telephony Integration (CTI), Unified Messaging Software (UMS), SIP, XMPP, LDAP and WebRTC-based applications that enable uncomplicated audio/video communication. estos has constantly invested in research and development helping to create innovation and ensuring their products are the forefront of genuine trend-setting technology. The core markets of the company are Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux and Italy. estos GmbH is headquartered in Starnberg, close to Munich, and operates a Knowledge Center Messaging in Olching, a development office in Leonberg, an office in Berlin and branches in Udine, Italy and Doetinchem, in the Netherlands.

Contact
estos GmbH
Susanna Heine
Petersbrunnerstraße 3a
82319 Starnberg
Phone: +49 8151 36856-122
E-Mail: susanna.heine@estos.de
Url: http://www.estos.com

Automotive Traffic

Carlisle Taxis Cumbria Limited Carlisle UK

A professional taxi company operating from Carlisle Cumbria UK.

Carlisle Taxis Cumbria Limited Carlisle UK

Taxis in Carlisle:
Based at Carlisle train station, Carlisle Taxis Cumbria have been helping its customers move from local to National on day to day basis.

Taxis in Carlisle is a part of Carlisle Taxis Cumbria Limited based in Carlisle. Carlisle Taxis Cumbria aims at providing qualitative service to its customers within the specific time as committed to its customers, thus promoting and achieveing business needs beneficial to both its customers and the company. We have regular taxis to Carlisle, Penrith, Whiteheaven…..from Local to National. We do have taxis to airport too.

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Carlisle Taxi Hire:
We have our super encouraging customers mainly from Carlisle. Our customers hire our taxis on day to day basis for stag nights, hen nights, week-end parties, long tours and airport transfers. Carlisle Taxis Cumbria aims to provide the rates that are competative in the market protecting its customers from paying exhorbitant prices.

Carlisle taxis have a wide range of vehicles starting from saloon which is a 4 seater. The other vehicles comprise of 6 seaters, 7 seaters and 8 seaters which are wheelchair accessible . Our happy customers book our taxis in advance and utilise the services we provide during their travel.

Card Payments:
In order to keep up to the modern trends Carlisle Taxis Cumbria provides its customer with the facility to pay by card without any extra charges. The card payment facility is available with the drivers which may be used on request.

Taxis in Carlisle:
There are many other taxi companies in Carlisle which provide a similar type of service. We encourage you to contact them too so that you can compare the prices. Some of the taxi company phone numbers are given below.

1. Carlisle Taxis Cumbria – 01228 900 800

2. Cumbria Cabs – 01228 527575

3. Carlisle Taxi Hire – 01228 42 42 42

4. 24/7/365 Taxis – 01228 247365

5. M&M Taxis – 01228 210200

Taxis near me:
All the taxi companies are approximately within 1-3 miles radius from the Carlisle train station. So you should be getting a taxi approximately within 15-20 minutes of time any day except Friday evening and Saturday evenings. You can book your taxis in advance to avoid standing in the long queue“s at the Carlisle train station or at warwick road

Book your taxi now:
Just call us on 01228 900 800 / 01228 900 888 and enjoy your taxi ride. We are just a call away.

Taxis in Carlisle is a part of Carlisle Taxis Cumbria Limited based in Carlisle. Carlisle Taxis Cumbria aims at providing qualitative service to its customers within the specific time as committed to its customers, thus promoting and achieveing business needs beneficial to both its customers and the company. We have regular taxis to Carlisle, Penrith, Whiteheaven…..from Local to National. We do have taxis to airport too.

Contact
Carlisle Taxis Cumbria
Raj Pereira
21, Ferguson Road Cumbr
CA2 6EG Carlisle
Phone: 07883024192
E-Mail: francyuk@gmail.com
Url: http://taxisincarlisle.co.uk

Business Economy Finances

Precious metal trading in Singapore: GoldSilver Central new distribution partner of Degussa Goldhandel

Precious metal trading in Singapore: GoldSilver Central new distribution partner of Degussa Goldhandel

GoldSilver Central Showroom Singapore (Source: GoldSilver Central)

Frankfurt am Main, 23 May 2018: Degussa Goldhandel GmbH is now cooperating with precious metal retailer GoldSilver Central Pte Ltd in Singapore. The partnership between both providers who are leaders in their respective markets covers the distribution of Degussa bullion bars as well as gift items made out of gold and silver. GoldSilver Central will offer the products of Europe“s biggest precious metal retailer in its own stores as well as via its online shop ( www.goldsilvercentral.com.sg).

The cooperation with the Singaporean precious metal specialist positions the presence of Degussa and its products in the Asian region on a broader basis and will open up new growth potential.

„Due to the cooperation with GoldSilver Central, we are able to give new impetus to our presence in Asia,“ said Raphael Scherer, Chief International Officer (CIO) and member of the Degussa management board. „With this step we also want to strengthen our position in Singapore, one of the most important precious metal trading centres in Asia and offer local customers access to the Degussa gold and silver bars as well as our lifestyle items.“

Since its launch in 2011, Degussa has developed into the European market leader amongst the independent precious metal retailers with branches in ten sites in Germany as well as internationally in Zurich, Geneva and Madrid. Furthermore, in 2013 the company also took over London precious metals company Sharps Pixley.

„We are extremely proud to be part of this collaboration with Degussa and are looking forward to exploring new strategies for providing enhanced precious metals investment solutions in Asia,“ said Brian Lan, Managing Director of GoldSilver Central. „The start of this partnership enables both companies to leverage on each other for more resources to create new business opportunities and most importantly, to benefit Precious Metals Investors on a regional scale.“

GoldSilver Central was also established in 2011, in Singapore, and specialises in the physical trading of gold, silver and platinum for both individuals and businesses. Hereby the company offers a wide range of products and services with the aim of offering private investors the opportunity to invest in precious metals at competitive prices such as the first spot deliverable precious metals platform – GSC Live!. GoldSilver Central is a member of the Singapore Bullion Market Association (SBMA) which was founded in 1993 with the aim of making Singapore a centre for gold trading in South East Asia.

ENDS

About Degussa Goldhandel
The name Degussa is synonymous like no other with quality and durability in the world of precious metals. This tradition is now being continued by Degussa Goldhandel GmbH, which has been active in the precious metals market since 2011. As a globally operating company for gold, silver and platinum metals, Degussa has since become the market leader among bank-independent precious metal traders.

Degussa offers its broad product range at ten national and international locations in London, Zurich, Geneva and Madrid. In addition to bars, coins, numismatics and gold gifts, customers have online shops and services such as the purchase of old gold and storage at their disposal. With its precious metal expertise in trading, recycling and production for industrial customers, the company fully reflects the precious metal cycle.

In 2017, the Degussa Group generated sales of more than EUR 1.5 billion in the private customer segment. The number of employees increased from 150 in 2016 to almost 160 in 2017.

Company-Contact
Degussa Goldhandel GmbH
Ellen Gschaider
Kettenhofweg 29
60325 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 860068-294
Fax: +49 69 860068-294
E-Mail: ellen.gschaider@degussa-goldhandel.de
Url: http://www.degussa-goldhandel.de

Press
fr financial relations gmbh
Jörn Gleisner
Louisenstr. 97
61348 Bad Homburg
Phone: +49 (0) 6172/27159-0
Fax: +49 (0) 6172/27159-69
E-Mail: j.gleisner@financial-relations.de
Url: http://www.financial-relations.de

Medicine Wellness Health

www.biolitec.com: New website presents modern medical laser therapies

biolitec® has launched a new website – Functional modern design – Worldwide leading developer and manufacturer of minimally invasive laser therapies – Successful research and development in areas such as phlebology and proctology – 10 years ELVeS®

www.biolitec.com: New website presents modern medical laser therapies

biolitec®_Homepage_en (Source: @biolitec biomedical technology gmbh)

Jena, May 22, 2018 – The developer and manufacturer of medical laser systems for minimally-invasive therapies, biolitec biomedical technology GmbH, has unveiled its new online presence. A modern layout now stands for an adapted innovative website functionality and a better overview of the company’s versatile product and application areas: Thanks to the new tile design, the entire website is structured in a way that the extensive range of medical applications and laser systems of biolitec® can be recognized at first glance.

This principle of fast recognition can be found both in the subject area for doctors and for patients. This, for instance, gives doctors an immediate overview of all biolitec® lasers. For example, if the visitor clicks on the „Dual 100“ tile, he can, due to the simple depiction, see all the therapeutic areas in which this laser can be used.

The same applies to patients: The respective therapy subpages under the menu item „patients“ lead directly to the patient websites adapted to the special needs of patients, such as www.info-varicose-vein.com, which can also be accessed as independent websites.

Founded more than 30 years ago, biolitec® has become one of the world’s leading companies in the field of minimally invasive laser therapies – due to continuous research and development of its products. Thanks to subsidiaries, including in South America and Asia, its innovative laser systems and methods are available for a wide range of applications for gentle and low-intensity treatment options all around the globe. biolitec® lasers are often innovative alternatives to conventional treatment methods in phlebology, proctology, thoracic surgery, urology, gynecology, ENT and orthopedics.

For 10 years now, the unique ELVeS® Radial® 2-ring laser fiber of biolitec®, with its efficient and simple technology, has been convincing in the treatment of varicose veins.

As a result of intensive research, biolitec® has always been able to offer the most modern possibilities in minimally invasive laser medicine. The new LEONARDO® laser family by biolitec® includes the only laser systems available on the market in which two wavelengths can be adjusted and used independently and continuously during the treatment. The universal applicability of the lasers in various fields of application is unique.

Further information on all products and applications of the laser therapies by biolitec® is available directly on the new website www.biolitec.com.

About biolitec
biolitec® is one of the world“s leading medical technology companies in the field of laser applications and the only provider which possesses all the relevant core competences in the field of photodynamic therapy (PDT) – photosensitizers, lasers and fibre optic cables. Besides laser-supported treatment of cancers with the drug Foscan®, biolitec® researches and markets above all minimally invasive, gentle laser procedures.
ELVeS® Radial® (Endo Laser Vein System) is the world“s most-used laser system to treat venous insufficiency. The LEONARDO® diode laser from biolitec® is the first universally applicable medical laser which has a combination of two wavelengths, 980nm and 1470nm, and which can be used across disciplines. The innovative contact fibre XCAVATOR® in conjunction with the LEONARDO® DUAL 200 Watt laser allows in urology a gentle treatment of e.g. benign prostate enlargement (BPH). The light-weight LEONARDO® Mini laser weighing only 900 g was developed especially for mobile application on site. Gentle laser applications in the fields of proctology, ENT, gynecology, thorax surgery and pneumology are also part of biolitec®“s field of business. More information available at www.biolitec.com

Contact
biolitec biomedical technology GmbH
Joern Gleisner
Otto-Schott-Str. 15
07745 Jena
Phone: +49 (0) 3641 / 51953-36
Fax: +49 (0) 6172 / 27159-69
E-Mail: joern.gleisner@biolitec.com
Url: http://www.biolitec.com

Fashion Trends Lifestyle

Simple Happy Kitchen Announces Book Publication

After raising more than $200K, The first illustrated guide for plant-based nutrition will be published June 25

Simple Happy Kitchen Announces Book Publication

The Simple Happy Kitchen book

„Simple Happy Kitchen: an illustrated guide for you plant-based life“, to be published on 25 June

Simple Happy Kitchen, the plant-based nutrition infographics website is today announcing that „Simple Happy Kitchen: an illustrated guide for you plant-based life“ will be published on June 25, and is now available for pre-order on their website.

Backed by more than 2500 people on Kickstarter and Indiegogo who helped raise more than $200,000, the book is now ready for publication. In this fully illustrated, fun and easy-to-follow guide, the team behind the the popular website breakdown the fundamentals of plant-based nutrition using adorable characters and lots of humor. Meant for both vegan and non-vegans alike, the guide contains everything from myth breakers, food storage tips to recipes and information about the effect of our lifestyles on the environment.

While dealing with plant-based nutrition, this is not your typical vegan diet book. It is the first book of its kind and is part of the company“s whole line of educational products meant to help guide readers and improve the diets of children’s and families all over the world. Instead of charts, numbers and warnings, the books uses positivity, fun and speaks in a language kids understand.

There are chapters on meal planning, superfoods, exercise, budgeting, label-reading and the environment. It helps understand the basics of nutrition while providing information on how to make the most of each food source. The book was written together with a clinical dietitian making sure it is not just fun but also verified and factual.

Simple Happy Kitchen introduces a new way to discuss and learn about plant-based nutrition – with positivity, humor and fun.

Says illustrator and founder of Simple Happy Kitchen, Miki Mottes: „We are so proud to be publishing the first illustrated plant-based guide. Increasing awareness of the benefits of plant-based nutrition means the demand for this type of easy-to-understand and light hearted guide is also on the rise. The amazing support we received from our fans and backers has proven the timing is right“.

Early signs are that the book will have a significant impact: more than 2500 people backed the project on crowdfunding platforms helping to raise more than $200,000.

Notes for editors
For more information, page samples, book cover imagery, or for high-res images see our online press kit

For questions and to arrange interviews please contact Neta Dror, co-founder and marketing director: neta@simplehappyklitchen.com

Simple Happy Kitchen is an educational website helping simplify plant-based nutrition using humor and infographics. The company is now releasing its first book – the first fully illustrated plant-based guide. The book uses fun illustrations and infographics in order to break down complicated and often boring nutritional information with the goal of making plant-based nutrition accessible.

Company-Contact
Simple Happy Kitchen
Neta Dror
Hapelech 7
71750 Tel Aviv
Phone: +972543358714
E-Mail: hello@simplehappykitchen.com
Url: http://www.simplehappykitchen.com

Press
Neta Dror
Neta Dror
Hapelech 7
71750 Tel Aviv
Phone: +972543358714
E-Mail: neta@simplehappykitchen.com
Url: http://www.simplehappykitchen.com

Politics Law Society

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) must be implemented by May 25, 2018

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) must be implemented by May 25, 2018

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) must be implemented by May 25, 2018

Businesses need to keep May 25, 2018 in mind. This is the day when the EU General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR for short, officially comes into force.

Following a two-year transitional period, the GDPR will come into full force and effect on May 25, 2018, thereby replacing an EU directive dating back to 1995. The GDPR is meant to create a uniform standard for data protection within Europe and provide consumers with greater protection in the digital age. The GDPR shall have precedence over national law. Notwithstanding this, we at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that the European Regulation leaves many details open and provides for a certain amount of leeway for national rules and regulations.

In principle, the GDRP applies to all businesses within the EU that gather, record and process personal data. It concerns not only customer or client data, but also data pertaining to company employees. Businesses will now be subject to extensive information and documentation obligations. The more sensitive the data collected is, the stricter the data protection rules are.

For businesses, the implementation of the GDPR means more stringent requirements relating to data protection compliance, especially considering that violations of the Regulation can be severely punished. Fines of up to 20 million euros or up to 4 per cent of worldwide annual turnover can be imposed. Moreover, violations of the GDPR may also be penalized as violations of competition law.

Businesses need to communicate what personal data is being gathered and for what purpose. Personal data refers to information such as name and address, contact details, birthday, IP addresses etc. In short, all data that is likely to allow a person to be identified. This data cannot be collected without consent and has to be processed for a specific purpose or purposes in a transparent and comprehensible manner. Additionally, those concerned have the „right to be forgotten“, i.e. the data must be deleted once the purpose has been achieved. To ensure that data is protected, appropriate technical precautions need to be taken.

The GDPR entails complex changes to data protection law which businesses and employers need to be prepared for. Should violations of the GDPR occur, one should also anticipate formal warnings. To prevent this from happening, it is necessary to obtain expert legal advice or even appoint an external data protection officer.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/it-law-and-media-law/data-protection.html

GRP Rainer LLP www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

Politics Law Society

CJEU on protected designations of origin

CJEU on protected designations of origin

CJEU on protected designations of origin

As in the case of brands, geographical designations of origin can be protected as well. It is therefore also possible for advertising featuring references to origin to be misleading to consumers and thus impermissible.

Brands and geographical designations of origin are of great value to businesses. They give rise to certain associations among consumers, e.g. in relation to the quality of a product. We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that for this reason the protection of brands and designations of origin is all the more important.

Having said that, a ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) from December 20, 2017 demonstrates that the protection afforded to designations of origin can have its limits (Az.: C-393/16). The case before the CJEU concerned a legal dispute between a discount supermarket and an association of champagne producers. The discount supermarket offered ice cream under the name „Champagner Sorbet“ (champagne sorbet). The association brought a legal action against this, arguing that it constituted a violation of the protected designation of origin (PDO) „champagne“.

The case ended up before the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), Germany“s Federal Supreme Court, which in turn requested that the CJEU interpret EU legislation pertaining to the protection of registered designations of origin.

The CJEU held that a protected designation of origin has been exploited improperly if the intention behind using the designation is to unduly benefit from its reputation. According to the Court, the designation „Champagner Sorbet“ was able to benefit from the prestige of the protected designation of origin „champagne“ because consumers associate the latter with a certain class of goods and price range. Notwithstanding this, use of the designation was said not to be illegal if an essential quality of the product is its predominantly champagne flavour, a matter which the CJEU concluded was for the BGH to address.

However, unlawful use might have occurred in the case of a sorbet that, despite the impression given by references in its design or outer packaging, does not include a champagne flavour as one of its essential qualities. References of this kind could be deemed incorrect and misleading. The Court ruled that the protection afforded to registered designations of origin extends beyond the origin of the product in question to incorrect or misleading references pertaining to its nature or essential qualities.

Violations of trademark law or copyright law can be met with severe penalties. Lawyers who are experienced in the field of intellectual property law can advise businesses on enforcing or fending off claims.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/intellectual-property-law-and-trademark-law/trademark-law.html

GRP Rainer LLP www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

Contact
GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
Phone: +49 221-27 22 75-0
Fax: +49 221-27 22 75-24
E-Mail: info@grprainer.com
Url: http://www.grprainer.com/en

Engineering

Pump Stability, Smaller Footprint Designed into New ALLMARINE MA-S and MA-C

Pump Stability, Smaller Footprint Designed into New ALLMARINE MA-S and MA-C

For more information: http://www.circorpt.com/documents/021706_mas-mac_alert_v1.2.pdf

(Radolfzell / Germany – May 16, 2018) – CIRCOR announced a new Allweiler centrifugal pump solution for engine room designers. A next-generation redesign of the ALLMARINE MA-S and MA-C series now provides more vertical installation options for centrifugal pumps with axial inlets in marine and general service applications.

The ALLMARINE MA-S with spacer coupling and the MA-C, a closed coupled version, not only consume a smaller footprint but also offer a unique foot design to help assure stability of the pump in heavy seagoing conditions. A shorter, lighter design modifies the suction flange with integrated fixing holes for pedestal mounting of the foot to the ship foundation.

This configuration promotes pump uptime and reduces wear on the bearings and shaft seal by redistributing pipe load forces through the foundation instead of into the pump aggregate. It also helps avoid damages at the impeller and casing.

„The MA-S is designed for maintenance ease and speed and engineered for minimal maintenance needs, while the MA-C is intended for customers facing significant space restrictions or with no need of the spacer coupling,“ said Kapil Rai, Vice President, CIRCOR Industrial Pumps, EMEA&A. „Each solution design has been tailored to expressed marketplace needs.“

CIRCOR International, Inc. (NYSE: CIR) designs, manufactures and markets differentiated flow control products and sub-systems for Energy, Aerospace & Defense and Industrial customers. The Company has a diversified product portfolio of recognized, market-leading brands (Allweiler®, Houttuin™, Imo®, Leslie Controls, Rosscor®, RTK, Schroedahl, Tushaco®, Warren® and Zenith®) that fulfill its customers“ mission critical needs.

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E-Mail: christian.martin@circor.com
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