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IP Enforcement Focus : Europe – round-up

IP Enforcement Focus is our series of written, video and audio posts which plug into your current European enforcement issues. These posts cover IP related court cases as well as relevant political and economic developments in this area. Since January, we have published 13 summaries of key IP enforcement developments, including 8 v-logs. This round-up outlines each commentary with a link to the full post,

Hard Rock Cafe II – Acquiescence in IP infringement cases

In part II of this IP Enforcement focus v-log (see part I), we talk about the topic of acquiescence in IP infringement cases using the example of the famous Hard Rock Cafe case in Germany. This case has shown that in merchandise cases the principle of acquiescence is only of limited value. Watch the v-log here   For

ITC Section 337 – Quarterly Highlights

The ITC Section 337 series provides updates on recent U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Section 337 investigations as well as other timely ITC developments that affect your business. What’s ITC and how can it affect my business? ITC Investigations under 19 U.S.C. § 1337 (“Section 337”) are initiated by companies who have made domestic investments to

Beijing IP Court celebrates 2nd anniversary amidst praise for its professionalism, expertise regarding foreign litigation and higher damages for IP infringement

Founded as one of three specialised Chinese IP courts in 2014 (see here and here), the Beijing IP Court has just completed its second and most challenging year to date. According to a recent report, throughout 2016, the Court witnessed increasing amounts of high-tech cases, cases involving foreign entities, and cases in which enormous damage

V-log: Secondary liability & file-sharing the blame

In this IP Enforcement Focus v-log, we report on a recent decision of the German Supreme Court dealing with illegal file sharing which has received a lot of attention. The case centres on how the court views secondary liability of Internet account holders where family members or groups are involved. Click here to view the V-log IP Enforcement Focus

New specialized IP Tribunals unveiled in economic powerhouses Wuhan, Nanjing, Suzhou and Chengdu.

Following the largely successful establishment of the specialized IP Courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou (see our articles here and here), the Chinese Supreme People’s Court has recently also given the green light for the establishment of specialized IP tribunals in large inland cities Wuhan, Nanjing, Suzhou and Chengdu. It is hoped that the establishment

Germany: New rules on recovery of criminal proceeds affect enforcement of IP rights

On 23 March 2017, the German Parliament passed new rules on criminal law measures for recovery of criminal proceeds. In the future, enforcement of financial claims against criminal offenders will be widely handled by the public prosecution. Whilst the new rules may facilitate access to compensation for private parties affected by crimes, intellectual property right

Combatting illegal pharma trade – IP enforcement brochure

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Combatting illegal pharma trade enforcement guide. This publication is a pharmaceutical industry-specific brochure which complements our suite of brand and trademark protection and enforcement guides (Integrated IP Enforcement in Europe and Global Brand Protection). This guide analyses the challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry with a focus on the international black market on one

CJEU: Comparative advertising – Putting prices into perspective

This short IP Enforcement Focus v-log covers a welcome confirmation from the CJEU on some comparative or misleading advertising ground rules. In case C-562/15 between Carrefour and Intermarché, the legality of the former’s claim of lower prices than any competitor was called into question. The central issue here was based around whether hypermarket prices were being compared to those of smaller

Global IP Outlook publication – Two steps forward and a look back

Shifts in the global political landscape; developments in intellectual property and technology law; and the emergence of disruptive technologies. Businesses need to adapt and stay ahead of the curve to protect, enforce and manage their IP. In this publication, our global Intellectual Property Team provides an overview of the key trends that shaped our work

MIP Global IP Awards – HL teams win EU TM team & DE Contentious award

We are delighted to have been presented with the following two awards in yesterday´s Managing Intellectual Property Global IP Awards Ceremony: European Trademark Team of the Year German Contentious Team of the Year These awards recognise the outstanding firms of the past 12 months and, alongside our team´s MIP Stars awards, they reflect our IP professionals’ hard work and success

CJEU clarifies need-to-know in IP infringement

In this short IP Enforcement Focus v-log we discuss IP Owners’ right of information in accordance with Article 8 of the EU IP Rights Enforcement Directive. Specifically the interplay between proceedings to obtain measures such as cease and desist rights – and obtaining information from the infringer. The CJEU was requested to make a preliminary ruling by the Supreme

CJEU: French connection – when online infringement crosses borders

This short IP Enforcement V-log, summarises a recent claim of online infringement in which French courts were permitted to proceed against online infringement outside France. But does this pave the way for future multi-jurisdiction cases under Article 5 of the Brussels regulation? Watch this v-log here IP Enforcement Focus is a series of written, video and audio posts which plug

Client Choice Awards 2017: Our IP partners also join the podium

We are pleased to announce that Ina Brock, Marco Berliri, Dr. Frederick Ch’en, Eugene Low, Andreas Renck and Joaquin Ruiz Echauri were selected as recipients of Client Choice Awards for 2017. Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality

Global bribery and corruption review – IP snippets

We’ve recently released our Global bribery and corruption review — a guide to developments in anti-bribery and corruption regulation and enforcement. In it we review events, examine trends, draw on our work with clients, and project what might happen in 2017. The review looks at a number of regions, including the United States, United Kingdom,

Landmark decision of the German Federal Supreme Court: Cease and desist orders comprise the obligation to recall infringing products

BGH, 29th September 2016 – I ZB 34/15, published on the 10th January 2017 The German Federal Supreme Court decided on the 29th September 2016, published on the 10th January 2017, to the surprise of many that a cease and desist order regarding the distribution and promotion of infringing products in principle includes the obligation

UK, US, HK and China – Access denied: an international perspective on ISP blocking injunctions

While the UK Court of Appeal has opened the door for broadband ISP blocking to combat trademark or copyright-infringing activities (see our earlier report ), the picture in the United States, China and Hong Kong is more complex. “‘It is, it is a glorious thing, to be a Pirate King,’ said W.S. Gilbert: but he was speaking

Welcoming new IPMT partners and counsel in 2017

We are delighted to announce our new Intellectual Property, Media & Technology (IPMT) partners and counsel. The promoted members of the IPMT practice span patents, trademarks, domain names and IPMT Transactions, and include representatives from the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific & Middle East. Their promotions are very much deserved and we wish them success in their