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 Trademarks as meta tags not permissible in Germany

Contrary to the view of the Düsseldorf Regional Court, which had held that the use of trade marks as meta tags was not perceived by users as a reference to the trade mark owner, the German Supreme Court has ruled in a long awaited decision that the inclusion of a competitor’s trade mark as an invisible meta tag in a web site amounts to trade mark infringement. So under German law it is not permissible to use trademarks as meta tags.




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