Danish toy maker Lego lost a legal battle to protect its trademark on iconic toy building blocks from European competition.
The EU said nothing warrants extending protection for these blocks
The European Union's Court of First Instance turned down Lego's appeal to force the EU's trademarks and designs office to reissue its trademark for the shape of its standard red Lego brick with eight cylindrical knobs.
The EU court, however, sided with a 2004 decision made by the EU agency, which had canceled Lego's trademark after rival toy maker Canada's Mega Brands Inc. filed an appeal to Lego's application. Mega Brands produces similar plastic building blocks that compete with Lego.
Supporters of the digital rights blog "Netzpolitik.org" have turned out in Germany's capital to protest against allegations of treason. The claims have been met with huge criticism from the public and German media.
The Eurotunnel in Calais has become a symbol of the failing migration policy in Europe. The British government is exploiting the plight of migrants for its own ends. This cannot continue, DW's Bernd Riegert writes.
There have been growing calls from the SPD and Die Linke for Germany's federal prosecutor to step down. The outrage stems from an investigation into two bloggers accused of publishing state secrets.
There are lots of open air parties and cultural events going on here in Germany during the summer months. Here are three highlights for the week-end.