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Employment & labour law in Austria
Country snapshot, Mag. Jakob Widner, Oktober 2015
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Supreme Court rules on alcohol testing
Mag. Jakob Widner, ILO Newsletter vom 19. August 2015

The Supreme Court recently ruled on whether and how an employer can request that employees submit to alcohol testing. The court qualified the employer´s unannounced breathalyser tests as a control measure that affected human dignity and thus required the works council´s prior consent. This decision has left some questions for employers, as it is almost impossible to comply with strict safety standards without unannounced testing.
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Supreme Court instructs lower court to apply New York Convention
Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz, ILO Newsletter vom 10. Juli 2015


The Supreme Court recently issued clear instructions that when it comes to the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, Austrian law must not be applied where it is superseded by international treaties, such as the New York Convention. However, the convention contains no specific rules regarding the service of documents. Therefore, the decisive issue is whether national rules may nevertheless be applied in such a situation.
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Gleichnamigkeit; Priorität nach Marken und Namenrecht; anständige Gepflogenheiten in Gewerbe und Handel
Ecolex Nr. 7/2015, 584

Bei der Beurteilung der Priorität nach Markenrecht kommt es nur auf die konkret verwendeten Bezeichnungen im geschäftlichen Verkehr an. Im Rahmen des § 43 ABGB spielt hingegen die Priorität bei einem beiderseits befugten Namensgebrauch grundsätzlich keine Rolle.
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Intersection between trademark rights and naming rights
Dr. Claudia Csáky, Dr. Ferdinand Graf, Mag. Marija Krizanac, ILO Newsletter vom 13. Juli 2015

In a recent case a high-profile trademark consisting of a famous family name was infringed through use in the course of trade by someone with the same family name. The Court of Appeal marked out the limits of trademark protection when competing with naming rights and defined the requirements that trademark owners must meet to shield their trademarks from exploitation under the cover of exercising legitimate naming rights.
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