Dissertation: Schutz vor „Look-alikes“

Schutz vor „Look-alikes“

unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des §5 II UWG

Studien zum Gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und zum Urheberrecht, Band 116

Hamburg 2014, 364 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-8300-7650-6 (Print/eBook)

Copycat Packaging, Look-alikes, Parasitic Copying

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The introduction of par. 5 sec. 2 of the UWG challenges the current system of protection against product imitations. The rule goes back to Community law and protects consumers against trademark and product confusion. A general exclusion of unfair competition claims, as previously stipulated in the primacy of application thesis of the Federal Court of Justice with regard to intellectual property rights, is thus incompatible with the new regulation. Unfair competition claims, which intend to protect from misrepresentation, can now be pursued in addition to intellectual property claims.

But par. 5 sec. 2 of the UWG did not only expand the number of claims in regard to product imitations. In fact, the regulation’s prerequisites are also below those of intellectual property claims and claims for supplementary protection under unfair competition law. The present work considers whether and to what extent par. 5 sec. 2 of the UWG may therefore also offer new methods of protection against “look-alikes”.

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