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30. September 2014

Success for Geistlich Pharma in trademark law dispute relating to Bio-Oss®

According to a court settlement of 12 May 2014, the South Korean company Osstem must refrain from any distribution of dental products under the name B-Oss and destroy all existing products bearing this name. The name and the packaging of this product were similar to that of the long-standing market leader Geistlich Bio-Oss®.

The company Osstem launched a bone replacement material in 2013 on the South Korean market under the name B-Oss. This name and the product’s packaging were very similar to that of Geistlich Bio-Oss®. Geistlich tried to reach a settlement with Osstem for infringement of the Bio-Oss®  trademark rights and unfair competition. Following a number of hearings, Osstem ultimately agreed on 12 May 2014 to a court settlement at the Seoul Central District Court.

This success underlines the strength of the trademark Bio-Oss®. Geistlich Pharma defends its trademarks rights in order to protect its Swiss quality products from unfair competition.