Puma, Poodles, and Parody – German Federal Supreme Court reviews parody rights in trade marks

Puma, Poodles, and Parody – German Federal Supreme Court reviews parody rights in trade marks

Earlier this year, the German Federal Supreme Court (“BGH”) had occasion to examine the scope of trade mark protection in the realm of commercial parodies. The Plaintiff was the well-known German manufacturer of sportswear and sports equipment, and was the registered owner of the word/figurative mark featuring the word “Puma” in combination with the image […]