With the entry into force of the Trademark Law Modernization Act (MaMoG) on January 14, 2019, there have been extensive changes in the German Trademark Act (MarkenG). The aim of the MaMoG is to adapt the MarkenG to the requirements of the new EU trademark law line. This is intended to further harmonize trademark law in the European Union and strengthen the rights of trademark owners.
In her article for the magazine of the Japanese Patent Attorneys Association, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT partner and attorney at law Silke Freund goes into detail about the changes in the course of the amendment of the German Trademark Act. Mentioned here are new absolute grounds of refusal, new revocation and invalidity procedures before GPTO as well as the newly introduced German certification mark.
In conclusion, Silke Freund comes to the conclusion in her article that the Trademark Law Modernization Act has so far proven its worth with regard to the harmonization of trademark law in the EU and has thus fulfilled its primary purpose.
The article by Silke Freund is available here as a PDF.