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A problem in 3D – Opportunities and IP risks for businesses

“The UK Intellectual Property Office is wary, designers are worried, and the EU is embracing the tech.” In this Intellectual Property Magazine July/August article, Stella Wong examines the awkward relationship between 3D printing and IP. Issues discussed include: Opportunities in the consumer and life sciences industries (such as customised toys, or better tolerated medicines) Infringement challenges

The EU Commission is set to address the challenges of three-dimensional printing

Additive manufacturing, more commonly called “three-dimensional printing” or simply “3D printing“, is a truly fascinating technology. Whilst the first experiments date back to the 1960s, with the first meaningful industrial applications following in the 1980s, only throughout the last couple of years has the technology really gained momentum. Meanwhile, the market is growing rapidly. The

Asia IP Webinar – Parallel imports: Good, bad or ugly?

Parallel imports may trigger controversial IP issues across the world and can be a headache for brand owners if not addressed strategically. In this webinar, our team of IP lawyers from our Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Ho Chi Minh City offices will: provide an overview of the situation in China, Hong Kong, Japan and

AI: the future of your brand protection and enforcement strategy

…that’s the view of many of the respondents to our Brand Benchmarking 2018 survey. Over 200 brand owners of all shapes, sizes, industries and locations were surveyed on how they manage their trademark portfolios. Our analysis revealed that: 93% of respondents believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will have a positive influence: saving them time and money. Six of

UK Supreme Court holds rights-holders should bear the costs of web-blocking injunctions

The Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated judgment in Cartier International AG v British Telecommunications Plc today. The Judges held unanimously that rights-holders should bear the costs of implementing website-blocking injunctions. In doing so, the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeal majority judgment. Although the case concerned blocking sites selling counterfeits, the judgment

Total Brand Care Series: 12 June – Protecting and enhancing your brand’s value is much more than just a trade mark issue.

London: 12 June 2018, 08:30 – 18:30   Join us on 12 June for a seminar specifically designed to help you consider the diverse commercial and legal matters that impact positively and negatively on brand value and the overall success of your business. Topics will cover: Collecting, using and protecting customer data Protecting your brand

Total Brand Care: The benefits of a holistic approach to creating, commercializing, and protecting company brands

We understand that brands are the heart of a company’s value, reputation, and competitive advantage. Total Brand Care is our holistic approach to creating, commercializing, and protecting our client’s brands. Following our interview with partner Thomas Salomon on product labelling and packaging in Europe, this hoganlovells.com interview with Lloyd Parker, Office Managing Partner and head of our IPMT practice

Mexico – Designs, Patents & GIs: IP Law amendments enter into force 13 April

On March 13, 2018, amendments to the “Ley de la Propiedad Industrial” (IP Law) were published in the Official Gazette of the Federation. These reforms will enter into force on April 13, 2018. The most notable points of these amendments, regarding industrial designs and patents, as well as denominations of origin and geographical indications, are:

CJEU on designs which are solely dictated by technical functions

On 8 March 2018, the CJEU issued a preliminary ruling in a case that had been referred by the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany. The decision concerns Article 8 (1) of Regulation No 6/2002 which excludes the features of appearance of a product from protection which are solely dictated by its technical function. If all features

IP Newsletter- French language / Français

Our Paris team is delighted to provide IP news and updates in French language. The latest edition, #17 from January 2018 can be accessed at the link below. Lettre d’actualité IPMT – Français (French language)

IPunkt – German language (Deutsch) IP newsletter

Our German network is delighted to provide IP news and updates in German language. Please click the link below to read the latest IPunkt edition. IPunkt – Deutsch (German language) German language IP news is also regularly published on our cross-practice DE blog

Wearable-tech turns luxury as designer brands collaborate with tech firms

In August’s issue of Jewellery Focus, Mark Marfé, a senior lawyer in our IPMT practice in London, was interviewed on the rise of wearable technology. The wearable market has seen an increase in “luxury” products as well as an expansion from wrist pieces to voice recorder necklaces, fitness tracker brooches and even rings that monitor

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

Europe: Motor vehicle rims trigger CJEU ruling on scope of repair clause in Design Regulation

The German Federal High Court (Bundesgerichtshof – “BGH”) has asked the European Court of Justice (“CJEU”) to rule on the reach of the “repair clause” of Article 110 (1) of the European Design Regulation (EC) 6/2002 which bars the scope of design rights. According to this provision, “protection as a Community design shall not exist

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