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Joint Development and Collaboration Agreements: Your Go-To Guide

Protecting your intellectual property is a challenge, especially when entering into a joint development agreement, or “JDA”. When two or more organizations want to work together to develop or enhance their products, combine or integrate their technologies, or jointly commercialize a new product, they have many choices for documenting their relationship. If the collaboration is

EUIPO to use blockchain in fight against counterfeiting

What has happened? The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has launched a new forum based on blockchain to combat counterfeiting. What does this mean? The Anti-Counterfeiting Blockathon Forum will be built on blockchain technology and will bring together people and organisations to shape and deliver the future anti-counterfeiting infrastructure. It follows last year’s Blockathon

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

Doing business in the United States: IP in the mix

The United States is one of the easiest jurisdictions in the world in which to do business, however there are certain barriers to entry and challenges to doing business that should be taken into account before investing or establishing operations in the United States. Our Doing business in the United States 2019 publication provides an overview

The Polish Constitutional Court limits the right of information under the Enforcement Directive: Part 2

On 6 December 2018 the Polish Constitutional Tribunal found that the right to request information on the origin and distribution networks of the goods or services which infringe an intellectual property right from persons other than the infringer is contrary to the Polish Constitution (see our earlier post here). The written justification of the decision

Fashion law insights with chair and vice-chair of Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry IP Committee

The Intellectual Property Committee of the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was elected at a meeting on 22 November 2018, dedicated to the legal protection of intellectual property assets in the fashion industry. Partner Natalia Gulyaeva, who heads the firm’s IP, Media and Technology Group for Russia / Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), has been

Automotive IP roundup 2018

In our Global IP Outlook for 2018 we flagged the following key automotive industry issues to consider for developments over the year. This post collates our related LimeGreen IP insights… and then some. Keep an eye out for our Global IP Outlook 2019 in the new year! Connected Cars present a tremendous opportunity for automotive companies and consumers.

FTC v. Qualcomm: Court Requires Licensing of SEPs to Competitors

A recent decision in the FTC v. Qualcomm Inc. case by U.S. district judge Lucy Koh calls into question the practice among some SEP holders of providing patent licenses only to downstream purchasers of products and refusing to provide licenses to direct competitors. In June 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) sued Qualcomm in the

Artificial Intelligence IP roundup 2018

In our Global IP Outlook for 2018 we flagged the following key areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to consider for developments over the year. This post collates our related LimeGreen IP insights… and then some. Keep an eye out for our Global IP Outlook 2019 in the new year! As existing law and court decisions appear to

The Polish Constitutional Court limits the right of information under the Enforcement Directive

Polish law provides for the right of information on the origin and distribution networks of the goods or services which infringe an intellectual property right, as dictated by the Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights. So far, this information could be requested both from the infringer as well as from third persons

China’s highest court slams trademark squatter, confirming that hoarding trademarks is unlawful

In a recent judgment, China’s highest court, the Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”), dealt a significant blow to trademark squatters. The case is noteworthy for several reasons: First of all, the case was likely selected as a landmark case by the SPC, since the Court accepted to hear the retrial procedure, even though it fully maintained

IP in the mix: European Parliament adopts resolution on DLTs & blockchains

The European Parliament has adopted a non-legislative resolution on distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) and blockchains. In the resolution, which was adopted last month, the Parliament emphasised that the EU has an opportunity to become “the global leader” in the field of DLT and to be a “credible actor” in shaping its development and markets globally.

Germany: Federal Constitutional Court declares preliminary injunction without cease and desist letter and hearing unconstitutional

In its decision of 30 September 2018 (1 BvR 1783/17), the German Federal Constitutional Court [Bundesverfassungsgericht – BVerfG] ruled that a preliminary injunction issued in a press-law dispute by the District Court [Landgericht – LG] of Cologne without the appellant previously having received a cease and desist letter or been heard violates the appellant’s right

When 3D-printing challenges IP rights

3D-printing changes the way we develop products: an idea can be transformed into a tangible product faster than ever and it is not even expensive anymore! But what is 3D-printing? Simply put, it is a machine that builds an object out of base materials by successively stacking thin layers of the material in accordance with

To tariff or not to tariff: China’s alleged intellectual property theft from the United States

As of this writing, the United States recently halted trade negotiations with China particularly as related to trade tariffs for alleged “unfair trade practices” under Section 301. Though it may be popular to label the Trump administration’s latest tariffs on China as part of an ongoing “trade war”, the response elides a significant point: that

Brexit: UK Cabinet backs the Withdrawal Agreement – but what does it say about IP?

Last night the UK Cabinet backed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the Future Relationship agreed between the respective negotiating teams of the UK Government and the EU Commission. The Withdrawal Agreement covers the protection of existing unitary intellectual property rights in Articles 54 to 61. The detail has not changed in any material

China: New national-level Appeal Court – Cautious hopes for improved consistency and efficiency in high-tech IP / patent cases

On 26 October 2018, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) issued a Decision setting out the establishment of a new IP Court of Appeals at the national level within the Supreme People’s Court (SPC). This Decision will come into effect on 1 January 2019. The Decision provides that the SPC will have

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

UK Annual Brands Seminar collaborates with IP Inclusive

For this year’s Annual UK Brands Seminar on 21 November, our London IP team is collaborating with IP Inclusive. The brand seminar will look back over the past year; reflecting on some of the changes and high profile cases in the UK and what you can look forward to in 2019. In support of IP Inclusive Week, our collaborative initiative

China: Three Cyberspace Courts now online and open for business

On 9 August and 28 September 2018, the new Cyberspace Courts in Beijing and Guangzhou were officially opened. These new specialised courts, along with their equivalent one that was formed in Hangzhou in August 2017, are meant to tackle the quickly swelling stream of internet-related court procedures in China. The establishment of these specialised courts

Japan “Going Global”: Upcoming IP seminars in our multi-track event

We are excited to be holding the “Going Global” cross-practice, multi-track seminar again this year, 26 November in Osaka and 28 November in Tokyo. Our IP speakers will guide participants through the following issues:   Advanced trademark issues: What Japanese companies need to know about prosecution and enforcement in the U.S. and the EU This year, we are delighted to

Total Brand Care: The power of color

We live in a visual society. And the business world is no different. As competition continues to increase across the globe, it’s unsurprising that we are beginning to see the revival of color in corporate branding. The selection of a core color is a process that should not be taken half-heartedly as colors can communicate

Stellar news: Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars

We are delighted to share with you our 2018 Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars rankings. 2018 MIP  IP Stars Highlights Hogan Lovells is now ranked in 56 different categories across 14 countries.  We have achieved tier one or equivalent rankings in 15 categories, improving our ranking in four jurisdictions (Mexico, Poland, Russia and Spain), and were