Facebook Does Speak German: Valid Service of German-language Documents in Ireland

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OLG DÜsseldorf - Facebook - picBack in December 2019, the headline to my post on that very topic still had a question mark: “Does Facebook speak German?” I had reported on what appeared to be only the second decision by a German court of appeals (Oberlandesgericht) on the issue whether Facebook Ireland, the legal entity operating Facebook’s German activities, is entitled to refuse service of German-language court documents under Article 8 of the European Service Regulation.* Continue reading

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Art Law: Düsseldorf Court Saves Fake Immendorf Painting From Death Row

In October 2012, the Düsseldorf District Court (Landgericht) ordered the destruction of a fake painting by Jörg Immendorf. Its decision was based on a provision in the German Copyright Act (Urhebergesetz), pursuant to which forged works of art can be destroyed on the basis of a court order. This decision has now been set aside by the Court of Appeals (Oberlandesgericht) Düsseldorf.

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Patent Litigation in Germany: Düsseldorf Doubles Appeal Capacity

In its quest for world domination, the Court of Appeals (Oberlandesgericht) Düsseldorf has doubled its dedicated patent litigation capacity. The court has established a second panel (Senat) that will exclusively deal with appeals in patent matters. Continue reading

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