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CJEU rules on ‘solely dictated by its technical function’ designs exclusion


On 8 March 2018, the CJEU grasped the opportunity presented by a reference made by the Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf (Higher Regional Court, Düsseldorf, Germany), in a dispute between DOCERAM and CeramTec, to issue guidance on how the 'solely dictated by its technical function' exclusion is assessed.


This case study analyses the court's ruling.