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Program logic as intellectual property? Decision brings clarity
ILO Newsletter, 19. Mai 2014

The Supreme Patent and Trademark Board (SPTB) has clarified the status of program logic under the Utility Model Act. The SPTB concluded that program logic can be protected only if it contains a technical aspect. This means that only new, inventive and industry-related technical software can constitute an invention and thus be protected.
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Descriptive versus distinctive ‒ trademark battle reloaded
ILO Newsletter, 12. Mai 2014

The Supreme Court recently considered whether an international trademark had a distinctive character that qualified it for protection under trademark law or whether, due to its descriptive nature, it could not be granted protection. The decision confirms that trademarks will be determined as distinctive or descriptive after a subjective and interpretive case-by-case analysis.
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New case law on fixed-term leases creates pitfalls for landlords
ILO Newsletter, 9. Mai 2014

Tenancy law stipulates certain formal criteria for fixed-term leases. In particular, agreements must be in writing and specify a definite end date. If these criteria are not met, the landlord cannot enforce the end date. Two Supreme Court decisions on these criteria underline that parties need to agree whether they want to provide for a renewal option or a non-binding declaration of intent before signing a lease agreement.
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Supreme Court rules on social justification for dismissals
ILO Newsletter, 9. April 2014


Im österreichischen Recht sind Arbeitnehmer gegen Beendigung des Arbeitsverhältnisses wegen Sozialwidrigkeit geschützt. Das bedeutet, dass Arbeitnehmer ihre Kündigung anfechten können, sofern diese als wesentliche Interessenbeeinträchtigung klassifiziert werden kann.

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Choice of Venue in International Arbitration
Austrian Chapter von Nikolaus Pitkowitz

Austria, Pitkowitz in Ostrove/Salomon/Shifman, Oxford University Press 2014
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