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EGC: A word mark consisting of two letters can be registered as an EU trade mark

EGC: A word mark consisting of two letters can be registered as an EU trade mark

EGC: A word mark consisting of two letters can be registered as an EU trade mark

It is possible even for a word mark consisting solely of two letters to be registered as an EU trade mark. This was confirmed by the EGC in rulings from 24 April 2018 (Az.: T-207/17 and T-208/17).

We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that commercial symbols need to be sufficiently distinct from the products and services of other providers in order for them to be capable of being registered as a trade mark and to benefit from the protection that comes with trade mark registration. The General Court of the European Union (EGC) has now ruled that it is possible for a word mark to have the required distinctive character even if it consists of only two letters.

A US company had successfully applied to register a word mark made up of two letters in conjunction with a figurative mark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) as an EU trade mark for various goods and services, including printers and cartridges. A Polish company requested that this mark be declared invalid, arguing that it was descriptive and lacked distinctive character. The petition was rejected by the EUIPO and the claim dismissed by the EGC.

The line of reasoning employed by the Polish company bringing the claim, i.e. that it is especially common in the field of technology for short combinations of letters to be used as descriptions for products and services, failed to convince. The EGC held that a mark is not considered to only have descriptive character simply because it consists of two letters. It found that the contested combination of letters is not often used and nor is it perceived as a designation that lacks distinctive character. The mark was also said to serve as an indication of the origin of the products to the relevant audience. Moreover, the plaintiff had failed to demonstrate that at the time of the mark“s registration another business made use of similar or identical marks to market their products. The Court therefore concluded that the registered EU trade mark need not be declared invalid.

Trade marks are of considerable value to businesses because they give rise to a high degree of brand recognition among consumers. Consequently, trade mark protection is also important. However, before a commercial mark can be registered as a trade mark, it needs to be assessed whether the necessary requirements for registration have been met and whether or not rights associated with existing trade marks would be infringed. Lawyers who are experienced in the field of intellectual property law can advise on matters relating to trade mark registration and protection.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/ip-law/trademark-law.html

GRP Rainer www.grprainer.com/en/ is an international full service law firm. The lawyers counsel on corporate and commercial law, business law, tax law, IT law and IP law and distribution law. The law firm advises international companies, corporations, mid-sized businesses and private clients worldwide. GRP Rainer can be found in Berlin Bonn Cologne Duesseldorf Frankfurt Hamburg Munich Stuttgart, Germany 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

Communication Media

New corporate design by BLACKSPACE for Green City

New corporate design by BLACKSPACE for Green City

YOUR BRAND IS YOUR MESSAGE, YOUR TYPE IS YOUR VOICE:
CORPORATE DESIGN BY BLACKSPACE FOR GREEN CITY

We live in times in which people believe less and less what brands tell them. Especially in a company with political concerns, a tailor-made character type can be the right way to carry the message consistently and credibly into the world. Blackspace and Green City have been working together for three years now with this conviction and the declared goal of rethinking the city as a living space.

„We are the energy of a green city“
Under the motto „We are the energy of a green city“, Green City is committed to political and economic issues such as electricity from renewable energy sources and sustainable mobility concepts. „Clean air and less traffic, that’s what we all want – and Green City offers many smart solutions here. We have been working for the automotive sector for years, but we also want to contribute to changing the city as a living space for the better,“ explains Alexander Gialouris of Brand Experience Studio Blackspace.

A monolithic umbrella brand
Before the first sketches, however, Blackspace began with a classic consulting process – because Green City’s multifaceted commitment also entails a complex corporate structure. So the first step was to create a meaningful brand architecture. In the future, the name „Green City“ will be the new monolithic umbrella brand, uniting the existing commercial brands „Green City Energy“, „Green City Projekt“, the non-profit association Green City e.V. with over 1000 members and events such as the Streetlife Festival.

The typeface is the heart of the corporate design.
The typeface, the heart of the new Green City appearance, is based on Norm’s replica, but we have greatly modified the typeface for our design concept. Different graphic patterns as a symbol for the diverse urban structures form a harmonious connection with the letter structure. In addition, the unique look of the ‚Green City Replica‘ is created by using only capitals and being extremely compact. The transformation of the urban living space, which Green City is driving forward with all its might, is already visible in the typeface.

Intelligent structures for intelligent mobility
But the special feature of the type is that Blackspace has dynamically integrated the structures into the font. Together with our partners, the Swiss Type Foundry Lineto and the Berlin Type Engineers of Alphabet Type, we have developed our idea of a random generator that is implemented in the font. This varies on the one hand the patterns and on the other hand the areas of the letters which are replaced by patterns. For example, there are 20 different versions of „E“ alone. Depending on the number of characters and the combination of letters, new „word pictures“ are created again and again.

Green City in town, type in action
In the meantime, the new Green City Corporate Design can be found on the web as well as in the middle of the city: on posters for various events, at the Streetlife Festival or on the more than 1000 bright orange ‚emmy‘ electric scooters from Green City, which have been on the road in Munich for several months.

Brands, products and services trigger memories and make us feel certain emotions that stay with us for our entire lives. They impact our behaviors, our perceptions and our decisions. We can develop loyalties and connections to brands if we’re able to establish a strong, emotional and far-reaching relationship with them – through extraordinary, unforgettable brand experiences. This is our mindset and profound belief. We make the incomprehensible tangible, give shape to the unimaginable, and are always working to advance what is innovative and new. This is what our label BLACKSPACE stands for, and it drives our work.

Contact
BLACKSPACE GmbH
Stefanie Börger
Luisenstraße 14
80333 München
Phone: 089 41 41 600 330
E-Mail: news@black.space
Url: http://www.black.space

Computer Information Telecommunications

estos offers ProCall Enterprise softphone users more convenience and additional features

Service Release 2 for ProCall 6 Enterprise is now available

estos offers ProCall Enterprise softphone users more convenience and additional features

Starnberg, 20/11/2018
estos officially releases Service Release 2 for ProCall 6 Enterprise. The Starnberg-based software manufacturer has extended its Unified Communications & CTI Software Suite with softphone functions: Call diversion, Busy-on-Busy, Do Not Disturb (DND), convenience features for headsets, DTMF dialing and toggling for mobile devices, are the most important innovations in the area of SIP-based telephony. „Our goal with Service Release 2 for ProCall 6 Enterprise was not only to make available familiar features already known from TAPI, such as presence-dependent call forwarding profiles for the softphone,“ explains Joachim Frenzel, Head of Product Marketing Management at estos. „We’ve also added features that make accessibility more transparent, especially through different communication channels.“
Extensive call forwarding functions for the softphone are now available to Windows client users. These were previously only possible in conjunction with a conventional desktop or DECT telephone, i.e. via TAPI. Busy-on-Busy and Do Not Disturb complement the existing presence management system for both conventional TAPI-based and SIP-based telephony. For example, thanks to Busy-on-Busy, during an active video chat, calls that arrive via other communication devices such as softphones or desk phones can be automatically rejected. The caller receives an engaged signal. The presence status „Do Not Disturb“ can now also be linked to the call protection functions of any communication devices connected to ProCall: This status is automatically adopted for all devices and any incoming communication is blocked. The DND behavior can be configured individually.
Accepting and terminating calls via a headset is now also possible for Jabra and Sennheiser devices. Previously, these convenience features could only be used with devices from Plantronics and Logitech. SDK components no longer need to be reinstalled.
Employees who use the softphone functionality of ProCall Enterprise via their smartphone with a native app for Android or iOS can now also use DTMF dialing. For example, the user can dial into a telephone conference using this function. Toggling between a conventional GSM call and a softphone call on a mobile phone is now possible on iOS devices. For users of Android-based smartphones, this feature will be available soon.
Availability and further information
Service Release 2 for ProCall 6 Enterprise is now available free of charge in the download area of the estos website. An already used ProCall 6 Enterprise license is a prerequisite. More information about ProCall 6 Enterprise is available at https://www.estos.com/products/procall

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
Petersbrunner Str. 3a
82319 Starnberg
Phone: +49 8151 36856-122
E-Mail: susanna.heine@estos.de
Url: http://www.estos.com

Computer Information Telecommunications

New ecoDMS Version 18.09 (apu) for Windows Released

The new version of ecoDMS Archive Launches with a Modern Web Client, Legally Compliant Erasure Function, PDF Editor and Much More.

New ecoDMS Version 18.09 (apu) for Windows Released

ecoDMS version 18.09 (apu) initiates a new era of document archiving.

Aachen, November 2018. ecoDMS GmbH has released the Windows packages for the brandnew Major release of the successful ecoDMS document management system. The packages for Linux, NAS and MacOS will be released shortly.

ecoDMS version 18.09 (apu) initiates a new era of document archiving. Numerous new functions and optimisations decorate the new ecoDMS version. These include a brandnew web client, which can be used on a PC, smart phone and tablet and which replaces the existing mobile apps; erasure functions according to the generally accepted principles of computerised accounting systems in Germany and GDPR; a PDF editor with stamp function; multi-sided text zone recognition within classification templates; an integrated icon collection in the Settings dialogue box and much more. The comprehensive changelog and further information are available at ecodms.de.

The highlight of this new version is the new web client. It replaces the existing mobile apps. Now users have internal as well as external access to the archiving system. The only prerequisite is a current internet browser. The web client has numerous functions of the desktop version. Sporting an inbox for scanned documents, general archive access with upload and download functions, intelligent search functions including filter templates, version management and many other features, ecoDMS Webclient is introducing a new era of document archiving.

A particular highlight is the new legally compliant data erasure concept developed by the company from Aachen. The software follows the legal privacy policy guidelines and the generally accepted principles of computerised accounting systems in Germany. In a secure, multi-step process, released documents can be irrevocably removed from the archiving system in accordance with the specified retention period. With the erasure of a file, all text information within the document history and classification is anonymised. The actual document is replaced by an erasure log containing a justification. The erasure of user information has also been adapted. Users created in the system can be removed if necessary, and their document and folder permissions can be transferred to another user. With the erasure of the user, all associated user information is anonymised in the archive.

The PDF editor in version 18.09 also constitutes an important criterion. Many users requested the ability to add notes and stamps to an archived PDF. The integrated PDF editor now makes it possible to do so. If a comment has been added to a document, ecoDMS creates a new version to make each change audit-compliant while allowing the original to be retained.

This is just a small extract of the many new functions and optimisations. With ecoDMS version 18.09 (apu), the software company from Aachen is yet again moving with the times. The developers have included many customer requests. The result is a great version from a technical, professional and pricing point of view. A license is available for 89 Euro including 19% VAT. For all users of the previous version 16.09 (eleanor), the original license price paid for that version applies. Licenses for version 16 are still available for purchase. The archiving system is available on the website of the manufacturer at www.ecodms.de and at more than 1000 resellers.

ecoDMS has been the standard for professional document archiving for many years. This modern archiving system can be used for scanning, archiving, managing and quickly retrieving documents and information on a PC, smart phone or tablet. All documents can be archived, automatically full-text indexed and, if required, classified with a few mouse-clicks without requiring user interaction. ecoDMS uses intelligent template recognition to automatically determine document affiliation and stores the files in the correct place and for the specified users.

The archive can be accessed from any platform and location via desktop or web client. Integrated text recognition and numerous search functions make searching for documents as easy as googling. The entire system is quick to install and easy to operate. The software complies with legal and auditing requirements and includes a professional backup system.

For this and more information visit www.ecodms.de

ecoDMS GmbH, based in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), offers archiving software for private users, SMEs and large corporations. With a unique development and pricing model, ecoDMS GmbH stands out among the numerous competitors. The environmentally friendly use of a modern sales channel without requiring data carriers and postal delivery and no third-party licences enables sensationally fair prices. The price for the archiving system including full-text recognition and all plugins is unique.

The creation of ecoDMS began in 2004 with planning and implementing a software for digitally processing incoming emails for a large customer of applord GmbH. Based on the many years of experience in the field of document archiving and workflow, applord GmbH successfully implemented this project and developed the ecoDMS Server. This ecoDMS Server today forms the foundation of the ecoDMS archiving software.

The large interest in the software and a steadily growing customer base led to the foundation of ecoDMS GmbH. On 1 October 2014, managing directors Michael Schmitz and Helge Lühmann founded ecoDMS GmbH in Aachen as a new pillar of applord Holding Europe. All distribution rights of the „ecoDMS Archive“ software package were transferred from applord GmbH to ecoDMS GmbH. Already, the IT company has thousands of satisfied users all over Europe. More than half of those are business clients spanning all kinds of industries and company sizes.

Together with applord, appecon and applord Information Technologies, ecoDMS forms the strong service partnership of applord Holding Europe GmbH. The company locations in Germany and Austria operate across Europe. The applord group stands for state-of-the-art, sophisticated IT. applord group combines a broad product and services spectrum from the development of custom software solutions to standardised software applications and managing large IT projects.

ecoDMS sells its products through the internet. With just a few mouse-clicks, customers can purchase licences and support in the online shop. The software is immediately dispatched environmentally friendly via e-mail. Prior to purchasing, prospective users can always refer to the manufacturer’s website for detailed information. All sales, price and product information are downloadable. The manuals describe in detail the installation steps, settings and functions of the products. Moreover, there are free videos and a demo version.

Company-Contact
ecoDMS GmbH
Ralf Schmitz
Salierallee 18a
52066 Aachen
Phone: 0049 241 47572 01
E-Mail: news@ecodms.de
Url: https://www.ecodms.de

Press
ecoDMS GmbH
Andrea Warmuth
Salierallee 18a
52066 Aachen
Phone: 0049 241 47572 01
E-Mail: news@ecodms.de
Url: https://www.ecodms.de

Medicine Wellness Health

From Vision to reality

Functional diagnostic of small vessels can prevent perfusion damages

From Vision to reality

Retinal Vessel Analysis

In every organ a system of very small blood vessels (the so-called microcirculation) is doing an important job to keep us healthy. The changing blood supply and the exchange of metabolites and oxygen according to varying demands in different tissue areas is organized by complex regulatories in the vessel diameters. If the work of the microcirculation is impaired, vessel diseases arise including well-known harm for our health.
Imedos Systems GmbH has investigated and developed a trendsetting and worldwide unique technology, the Dynamic Vessel Analysis, together with physicians and researchers of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics of the Technical University of Ilmenau. „This technology uses light to look inside the eye at the blood vessels of the retinal microcirculation. By applying flickering light we can investigate the vessel function and their regulation based on the vessel diameter changes. So we can observe the smallest vessels of man live at work.“ Dr.-Ing. W. Vilser, CEO of Imedos Systems GmbH explains. „With the previous examination techniques the ophthalmologist can usually detect damages. Our technology, however, is capable of detecting functional disorders leading to vessel diseases long before damages are present.“ This is creating a unique prerequisite for on time and controlled prevention of vascular diseases of the retina, e.g. glaucoma.
Studies also show that the function of retinal vessels reflect general vessel changes of the microcirculation which can be found in other organs, e.g. brain and heart. These parts of the microcirculation are not easily accessible. They can be examined via the eye, though. This is providing a wide range of application of the Imedos technology for the entire vascular medicine far beyond ophthalmology.

The microcirculation of the retina is an excellent window to the heart and the brain. Retinal vessels offer the unique opportunity to be examined in vivo and non-invasively and to provide valuable information about the condition of the body“s microcirculation. Imedos uses those characteristics of the ocular transparency to analyse retinal arteries and veins. Backed by several decades of research and development work, Imedos has become an established supplier of analytical systems for retinal vessels.

Company-Contact
Imedos Systems GmbH
Benedikt Krauß
Am Nasstal 4
07751 Jena
Phone: 03641639624
E-Mail: b.krauss@imedos.de
Url: http://www.imedos.de

Press
Imedos Systems GmbH
Annekathrin Härter
Am Nasstal 4
07751 Jena
Phone: 03641986953
E-Mail: a.haerter@imedos.de
Url: http://www.imedos.de

Fashion Trends Lifestyle

The new UNO 24 titan one-hand watch from BOTTA design

The further development of the one-hand classic

The new UNO 24 titan one-hand watch from BOTTA design

UNO 24 titan one-hand watch from BOTTA design

Königstein i. Ts., November 19th 2018:
Presenting the 24 hours of the day with a single rotation of the watch hand was the basic idea behind the UNO 24.
Klaus Botta, known as the pioneer of one-hand watches, developed the first UNO 24 model exactly ten years ago. The dial on his full-day watch showed 24 hours rather than the usual twelve.

The single watch hand, the hour hand, therefore moves only half as quickly around the dial as the hour hand on a conventional twelve-hour watch does.
The day on this watch is presented in analogue graphic form, with each time of the day corresponding to a specific position on the specially designed dial.

The division of the dial into a day half (top) and a night half (bottom) increases clarity and reflects the position of the sun in the sky.
This principle has been used in all UNO 24 models since 2008.
Exactly ten years after the first model was launched, BOTTA design is now offering a new version of its design classic, the UNO 24 titan.

It goes without saying that the 24-hour one-hand principle is also retained in the new model. However, the dial is now somewhat less cluttered, which increases clarity for the wearer. The fact that the ten-minute scale has been moved right to the outside makes it considerably easier to tell the time on this watch.

The differences in the watch case are even more striking. While the case of the previous UNO 24 was made of stainless steel, the new version has a specially-designed titanium case. Weighing a mere 32 grams, it is now roughly 20 % lighter than its predecessor.

Focusing on form and function
Good design is not limited only to the visual appearance of the watch. At BOTTA design, function is very much the focus. Which is why considerable attention was paid when reinterpreting the UNO 24 to the functional design of the underside of the case.

The lugs are partly concealed beneath the case. As a result, the UNO 24 is also suitable for wearers with slim wrists, despite its diameter of 40mm. The sloped sides of the underside of the case allow the wearer maximum freedom of movement in the wrist, while at the same time enabling air to circulate freely.
Thanks to the clever design of the underside, the watch – which is already very slim at just 7.5 mm – appears even slimmer.

Further information on the UNO 24 titan can be found at
www.botta-design.de/uno-24-titan
Designed in Germany, Handmade in Germany
© BOTTA design 2018

Klaus Botta has had a major influence on the watch industry with his philosophical approach to design. Launched in 1986, his UNO one-hand watch was the world’s first wristwatch to use the one-hand principle. Botta-Design timekeepers have long become classics, and are exhibited in the collections of renowned museums around the world. 61 international awards are testimony to the high level of design proficiency. The entire collection, which also includes other mechanical watches and quartz models, is developed and designed at the company’s headquarters in Königstein. Production in specialized workshops in Germany and the use of the highest-quality components is your guarantee of the very high quality and durability of the watches.
Designed in Germany, hand-made in Germany

Company-Contact
BOTTA design
Klaus Botta
Klosterstrasse 15A
61462 Königstein im Taunus
Phone: +49 6174 961188
E-Mail: info@botta-design.de
Url: https://www.botta-design.de

Press
BOTTA design
Mike Kerbage
Klosterstrasse 15A
61462 Königstein im Taunus
Phone: +49 6174 961188
E-Mail: mike.kerbage@botta-design.de
Url: https://www.botta-design.de

Business Economy Finances

First Flight in Winterthur: ISG’s latest vertical wind tunnel with new features will open in December 2018

First Flight in Winterthur: ISG

Gladbeck, November 19th 2018. The Indoor Skydiving Germany Group (ISG) operated the first flight in Winterthur and is on schedule for the opening of the first Indoor Skydiving facility in the German-speaking part of Switzerland in December.

After the installation of the new Indoor Skydiving wind tunnel „Windwerk“ and a successful first flight on November 14th, the German manufacturer of high performance freefall simulators ISG is satisfied with the progress and will deliver according to plan for the opening on December 8th 2018. „We are very pleased to deliver this high-quality wind tunnel with brand new features to Windwerk. Everyone who is involved in this project is working with a potent combination of passion and know-how to bring Indoor Skydiving with the latest technology of ISG in 2018 to Switzerland“ said Managing Director Boris Nebe.

This new wind tunnel features a round flightchamber with 5m glass height and a flipped wire mesh support for noise reduction. The area around Winterthur will be enriched by a new attraction of entertainment for beginners as well as for experienced flyers. The three founders of „Windwerk“, Andri Steinmann, Tobias Oertle and Reto Welti are looking forward to the forthcoming opening: „We want to create a meeting place for families, first-time flyers and corporate clients as well as experienced indoor skydivers and parachutists“, said Steinmann. Tickets and vouchers for „Windwerk“ are already available via www.windwerk.ch

The wind tunnel technology of ISG-Group was developed in cooperation with the aerospace department of the Technical University of Berlin and other aeronautical engineering companies and is internationally recognized for its energy efficiency, safety and airflow quality. The first reference facility opened in 2009 in Bottrop, Germany (Indoor Skydiving Bottrop GmbH – www.indoor-skydiving.com). Since then ISG-Group has built and started multiple wind tunnel facilities for customers, many additional projects are in construction or planning phase.

About ISG-Group:
Driven by mankind“s dream of flight, ISG-Group delivers and builds vertical wind tunnels for freefall simulation for the sport of indoor skydiving and the entertainment market. The high performance facilities of ISG-Group are used also as professional training facilities for skydivers and military freefall units. In addition to that they also deliver a new experience to the entertainment market. The founders of this company developed in the recent years the most advanced and most silent vertical wind tunnel technology. It is internationally recognized for its energy efficiency, design, safety and airflow quality. Managing Director is Boris Nebe, the headquarter is in Gladbeck, Germany. Information under www.isg-group.de

Contact
Indoor Skydiving Germany Group
Anke Culemann
Am Wiesenbusch 2
45966 Gladbeck
Phone: +49 (0) 2043 944 240
Fax: +49 (0) 2043 944 243
E-Mail: info@isg-group.de
Url: http://www.isg-group.de

Medicine Wellness Health

TAITRA Presents Top Products at MEDICA 2018

TAITRA Presents Top Products at MEDICA 2018

The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) promotes the sale of Taiwanese products at home and abroad. At today’s MEDICA press conference, TAITRA focused on particularly innovative products from the fields of medical technology and e-health.

Düsseldorf, 13 November 2018
Five Taiwanese exhibitors took the opportunity to present their latest product innovations to international trade journalists. At the invitation of TAITRA, representatives from HTC, Taiwan Main Orthopedics, AmCad BioMed, BAUI Biotech and Rehabotics Medical Technology stood before an engaged audience and presented insights into the ambitious research and development work in Taiwan as well as their latest product innovations.

For example, the HTC Group relies heavily on virtual reality and impresses in two respects with the VR glasses VIVE. First, VIVE provides access to the first anatomical 3D atlas. On the other hand, the glasses have already achieved initial successes in the therapy of the fear of heights. Absolutely innovative is the fact that the therapy is accompanied by a virtual trainer instead of a human therapist.

The Virtual Dissection Table and the surgical glasses from Taiwan Main Orthopedics are also highly technical. The treatment table, which displays fully anatomical structures and, is suitable both for teaching purposes and for planning surgical interventions. The intelligent surgical spectacles complement the range and enable doctors to partially look into the patient’s body during a minimally invasive procedure and to display a 3D model of nerves and vessels.

AmCad BioMed Corporation is countering obstructive sleep apnea syndrome with a promising new diagnostic device. The AmCAD-UO consists of a positioning system and computer-aided recognition software. After only ten minutes, the AmCAD-UO provides accurate results and thus ensures efficiency and flexibility in treatment.

After two years of research and development, BAUI Biotech launches the NOVA Minimally Invasive System, which can be used to optimize surgical procedures on the spine. Both the patient and the surgeon benefit from the versatile small screw. The NOVA system effectively stabilizes the spinal column using polyaxial screws with long, fragile blades.

Rehabotics Medical Technology Corporation presents an innovative robotics product. The Mirror Hand was developed to support and accelerate the rehabilitation of the hands, for example after strokes, and to provide patients with practical help in coping with their everyday lives. Weighing only 750 grams, it is by far one of the lightest robotic rehabilitation devices for the hand.

Taiwan relies on technological progress
For many years, Taiwan has enjoyed an excellent reputation as a location for the manufacture of high-quality consumer electronics and medical technology equipment, which the small country has now been able to develop into a significant competitive advantage. TAITRA is committed to those companies that are entering the market with particularly innovative ideas and acts as a partner, mediator and consultant when it comes to initiating and concluding transactions between Taiwanese companies and customers at home and abroad. At the TAITRA joint exhibition stand at the current MEDICA, 15 companies present their new products, which have received the „Taiwan Excellence Award“.

About TAITRA:
TAITRA was founded in 1970 as a non-profit trade promotion organization. Supported by the Taiwanese government, TAITRA opens up new national and international sales markets for member companies from various sectors. TAITRA has created the „Taiwan Excellence“ label, which is awarded every year to particularly innovative products or companies. TAITRA is headquartered in Taiwan’s capital Taipei. The organization has a total of 61 branches worldwide. In Germany, TAITRA has two offices in Düsseldorf and Munich.

Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwan businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets.

TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network of over 1,300 trained specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters, four local branch offices in Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung, and 60 overseas branch offices worldwide. Together with its sister organizations, Taiwan Trade Center (TTC) and Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), TAITRA has created a wealth of trade opportunities through effective promotion strategies.

Company-Contact
Taiwan External Trade Development Council
Frances Lin
Immermannstr. 33
40210 Dusseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)228 / 919 37 -66
E-Mail: taiwanexcellence@agentur-drilling.de
Url: https://www.taiwanexcellence2018.de/pk/

Press
DRILLING GmbH
Ben Giese
CelsiusStr. 43
53125 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0)228 / 919 37 -66
E-Mail: taiwanexcellence@agentur-drilling.de
Url: https://www.taiwanexcellence2018.de/pc/

English Press Releases

transfluid reduces set-up times

Greater flexibility thanks to secure tool systems and setting-up procedures for all aspects of tube processing

transfluid reduces set-up times

The left- and right-bending transfluid machines are highly flexible thanks to their optimized set-up (Source: transfluid)

The demand for greater process flexibility in tube manufacturing keeps growing. That includes minimizing idle time, such as the set-up time, from the very start to the first finished component that meets the specifications. During the set-up time the chances of the operator making a mistake should be minimized or even completely eliminated. Therefore, the processes need to be secured and there shouldn“t be any possibility of a tool mix-up.
The Japanese principle of „Poka Yoke“ teaches us that it is possible to prevent errors by incorporating multiple elements with technical features, such as immediate detection and prevention of errors. This is particularly important in the case of complex machines and production units that have to meet exacting demands.

Systems to get into the right position and geometry
To achieve an even safer and more effective tube production, the solution-finders at machine manufacturers transfluid have further developed and improved their whole product range. With the t bend bending machines it is no longer necessary to make any manual adjustments on electrically powered units. Bending tools can be mounted securely on the bending machine to reduce set-up time. In addition to that, all tool components can be assigned a code in a corresponding system. This coding ensures that the right tools are used for the product and that they are positioned correctly; it also ensures that the parameters for the required geometry are applied.
Checking that the right equipment is being used can be done either with a manual scanner or automatically. Special crease smoothers can now locate their exact position again, with accuracy and no manual intervention, thanks to the positioning with brushless drives motors.
„These secure tool systems and set-up processes are suitable for our bending machines and also for most of the forming machines. I am happy to see how we have achieved our goal of delivering faster and safer set-up processes to our clients“, sums up transfluid director Stefanie Flaeper. The set-up times for the first, accurate part can be measured in single-digit minutes for standard tubes with 90mm diameters. An actual example comes from a t bend machine that bends counterclockwise and and clockwise, for the production of tubes with diameters of up to 30mm. In this case the operator can set up the tools for the left and right production areas in just three minutes. This achieves the objective of high and reliable flexibility and minimization of the set-up time.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

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Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
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Unfair exploitation of a product“s reputation by imitating its well-known design

Unfair exploitation of a product“s reputation by imitating its well-known design

Unfair exploitation of a product"s reputation by imitating its well-known design

A product“s good reputation can be deemed to have been unfairly exploited even if the presentation of the product has been imitated but the word mark has not been infringed. That was the verdict of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Frankfurt, the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt.

We at the commercial law firm GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte note that if goods or services are offered that are an imitation of a competitor“s products, this constitutes a violation of the Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb (UWG), Germany“s Unfair Competition Act. According to a ruling of the Oberlandesgericht Frankfurt from 28 February 2018, imitating the features of a well-known product may constitute unfair exploitation of the latter even if the word mark on the counterfeit product is distinct from the one featured on the imitated product (Az.: 6 W 14/18).

In the case in question, a company from Malaysia had presented an adhesive at a specialist trade fair, the presentation and colour scheme of which bore a strong resemblance to a well-known product made by a German manufacturer. The only thing distinguishing the products was the different inscriptions on the tubes. The OLG Frankfurt ruled that the German company was entitled to sue for an injunction.

The Court held that the German manufacturer“s product had competitive originality. It went on to explain that this kind of originality presupposes that the product“s specific form or certain characteristics are capable of informing consumers about its commercial origin or special features. The Court noted that it is the overall impression created by the design that matters. These requirements were found to have been met in the case of the adhesive, whose overall impression was said to be influenced mainly by the shape of the tube, the colour scheme and the screw cap. The OLG ruled that these features are familiar to consumers, stating that the characteristic combination of colours and shape give rise to a high degree of brand recognition independent of the word mark. It expanded on this point by noting that it is possible to identify the product even if the writing is not yet legible.

The OLG concluded that the Asian company“s product was an imitation because it featured the imitated product“s defining characteristics such as the shape of the tube and colour scheme in a very similar form. All in all, the Asian company was deemed to be unfairly exploiting the good reputation enjoyed by its German competitor“s product. To this end, the Court held that it is sufficient for consumers to project the original product“s good reputation onto the imitation.

Lawyers who are experienced in the field of competition law can advise on matters pertaining to trademark law as well as in relation to violations of the UWG.

https://www.grprainer.com/en/legal-advice/competition-law.html

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