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3D Printing: Are you 3DP Ready?

3D printing has already been around for decades and has disrupted certain industries, such as hearing aids. One likely impact is an increase in IP infringement, with Gartner predicting that this could reach $100 billion a year by 2018. Now that a number of key patents have expired, 3D printers are becoming cheaper and offer

Hamburg – Brands & designs update event (German language)

On 16 February, the Hogan Lovells “Marken & Designs Team” present a retrospective summaryof the decision-making practices of the German/European courts and IP offices in 2016 as part of its established brands and designs update series. In a concise and practical way, we’ll give you a comprehensive overview of the most important decisions and trends in the areas of

U.S. – Develop a digital health IP protection plan

The digital health space is transforming health care with inventions that address complex medical challenges, such as wearable health-tracking devices, sophisticated software programs to improve patient care, and systems that facilitate on-demand doctors’ visits. Given the current legal environment for software-based patents and a fierce competitive landscape, the success of new products in this area

Europe – RCD: Dutch retail chains ordered to cease infringement of design rights of Chinese company

On 2 November 2016, the Hague Preliminary Relief Judge issued a preliminary injunction against the (locally) well-known Dutch retail chains Blokker and Leen Bakker (hereinafter collectively “Blokker”). These two affiliated retail chains together have more than five hundred stores across Benelux. The proceedings were initiated by the Chinese company Zhejiang Zhengte Co., Ltd (“Zhengte”). According

UK: Annual Brands Seminar

The Brands Team at Hogan Lovells is holding its annual Brands Seminar, on 17 November 2016 at Graphic Bar, Golden Square, in the heart of London’s Soho. With some radical changes expected over the next few years as we determine what Brexit means, our IP team examines what opportunities this may bring you and its impact

Hot off the press – Global Design and Trade Dress newsletter

Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.”  –  Edward Tufte Like design aiming at visualizing clear thinking, this newsletter gives you a fascinating overview of the current legal landscape of design law and related areas – providing you an overview of recent case law and new legal developments from around the world. With

Poland: Trademark registration procedure changes

An important change of the Polish Industrial Property Law came into force on 15 April.  The most relevant of the changes is a new regime for trademark registrations and oppositions.  Until today, the trademark registration procedure involved an ex officio examination of both absolute and relative refusal grounds.  The opposition period started after the decision on the

RCD, Germany & Italy: Designs prosecution and invalidity

New content on LimeGreen IP Knowhow Hogan Lovells’ LimeGreen IP now includes content on the laws governing design prosecution and requests for invalidation of designs in Europe (RCD) Germany and Italy. Guidelines for more jurisdictions will follow in due course. The new design prosecution section on LimeGreen IP covers how extent or length of protection and requirements of

U.S. & Japan: Hague – A one-stop shop for design registrations?

In May 2015 the accession of the U.S. and Japan to the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs took effect. These accessions significantly broaden the geographical scope of protection of industrial designs via the Hague System adding two of the world’s most important economies and increasing the number of countries and intergovernmental

Fashion & Law Newsletter 2015

The first Hogan Lovells Fashion & Law Newsletter of 2015 is out. Fashion is not only about trends and styles but developing and maintaining a brand’s recognition and reputation. Therefore, the fashion industry is affected by a range of legal areas.  In our newsletter you will find summaries on recent landmark decisions, legal developments and

Proving copying in UK copyright and designs cases: No need for mountain climbing

John Kaldor Fabricmaker UK Limited v Lee Ann Fashions Limited [2014] EWHC 3779 (IPEC): UK copyright and unregistered Community design rights in a fabric design held not infringed, despite design similarities and Defendant’s access to Claimant’s fabric. Background In the summer of 2012, Marks & Spencer (one of the UK’s largest retailers) asked the Defendant

Significant changes to the regulations on industrial designs in Poland

The Polish government is currently working on a set of proposals for amendments to the Industrial Property Law. These amendments concern, among other things, regulations on industrial designs and result, mainly, from the case-law of the CJEU. The aim of the proposed amendments is, amongst other things, to bring Polish laws further in line with

From Fast Fashion to Wearable Technology – the pro’s and con’s of today’s licensing and collaboration in the fashion industry

Moschino’s inspired use of one of the world’s  best known fast-food brands in its 2014 Autumn/Winter Collection has been a run-away success, with handbags, iPhone cases, sweaters and backpacks already sold out. Some critics have accused Moschino of mocking the working class, who could not afford to buy luxury products but far from damaging the