July 26th, 2021 |

The JUVE Ranking 2021 for intellectual property is out, and GEISTWERT is right at the top. After GOLD rankings in Legal 500, Chambers, IAM Patent and WTR 1000, now also leading according to the research of the renowned German legal magazine JUVE.

Thanks to our clients and colleagues for this […]


Effect of Brexit on EU Trademarks and EU Designs

By Constantin Kletzer | December 14th, 2020 |

In a nutshell:

 What do I need to do?

Good news:  All EU trademarks and Community Designs will be cloned in the UK. You will not have to act unless…

you have pending trademark or design application through 31.12.2020. If so, you will need to consider whether to re-file in […]

Data Protection Law in Austria (GDPR and DSG)

By Juliane Messner, Max W. Mosing | November 6th, 2020 |

An Overview by Juliane Messner / Max W. Mosing

80 pages on the Austrian Data Protection Law (GDPR and national DSG et al) in English [Download].


Right to information also against access providers

By Max W. Mosing | September 9th, 2020 |

A request for information according to § 18 para. 4 ECG is – contrary to the wording of the provision – not only possible against host providers according to § 16 ECG, but analogously also against access providers according to § 13 ECG. The Austrian Supreme Court saw a […]

GEISTWERT @ OneTrust PrivacyConnect Online Vienna panel

By Max W. Mosing | June 23rd, 2020 |

GEISTWERT’s Max Mosing is invited to the OneTrust PrivacyConnect Online Vienna panel to discuss especially the following topics:

What do you see as the key issues facing privacy professional in 2020?
How do you see the global development of comprehensive data protection laws? (Especially in light of the COVID-19 […]

German Supreme Court rules on Cookie-Law – also relevant for Austria!

By Juliane Messner, Max W. Mosing, Alexander Schnider | May 29th, 2020 |

One of the most significant issues with regard to online marketing concerns the dissemination of targeted advertising (especially via online advertising networks), i.e. the retargeting of users beyond the advertiser’s own website, and this even applies if such targeted advertising does not rely personal data. The crucial legal question […]

GEISTWERT is IP Firm of the Year 2020

By Constantin Kletzer, Alexander Schnider, Juliane Messner, Max W. Mosing, Rainer Schultes | February 3rd, 2020 |

The renown legal magazines IAM and WTR hosted the Global IP Awards, recognising the outstanding achievements of patent and trademark attorneys and law firms from over 50 countries.

The winners of the Global IP Awards 2020 were honoured at a gala dinner attended by 260 people last night in […]

Supreme Court: Circumventing the withdrawal right regarding the digital toll badge (DiVi) is unfair competition plus infringement of DiVi marks

By Juliane Messner, Max W. Mosing, Alexander Schnider | January 15th, 2020 |

In its preliminary
injunction issued in favor of GEISTWERT’s client ASFINAG against German website-operators,
the Austrian
Supreme Court (OGH 19 December 2019, 4 Ob 96/19z – link, available in German
only) held that the
Defendants’ business model desiring to exclude the consumers’ withdrawal right
when purchasing digital toll badges (digital vignette, respectively a digital
vignette for […]

Enjoy Summer

By Alexander Schnider, Constantin Kletzer, Juliane Messner, Max W. Mosing, Rainer Schultes | July 31st, 2019 |

(c) 2017 Gute Macher Prod. –

GEISTWERT and Commentaries on the EU Trade Mark Regulation (EUTMR) and Community Design Regulation (CDR), 2nd edition

By Max W. Mosing | November 12th, 2018 |

Good news for the IP community: Gordian Hasselblatt’s  (Editor) two commentaries will be published by Beck – Hart – Nomos in its 2nd edition next week!

GEISTWERT’s Max Mosing is author of chapters in both Article-by-Article commentaries in the English language to the

European Union Trade Mark Regulation; and
Community Design Regulation (EC) […]

GEISTWERT’s Austrian Part for GDPR- EXPERT.COM is updated

By Max W. Mosing, Juliane Messner | September 7th, 2018 |

GEISTWERT provided the Austrian input for  GDPR-EXPERT.COM (Link), a unique and mighty tool to analyze the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The database is provided by the IT IP Law Group Europe (Link). For each provision of the GDPR, we will show you :

the corresponding provision in the […]

The administrator of a fan page on Facebook is jointly responsible with Facebook

By Juliane Messner, Max W. Mosing | June 13th, 2018 |

The data protection authority may act both against the administrator and against Facebook subsidiary

The German Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig-Holstein offers educational services inter alia by means of a fan page hosted on Facebook.

Administrators of fan pages, such as Wirtschaftsakademie, can obtain anonymous statistical data on visitors to the fan pages via […]