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Artificial Intelligence and your business: A guide for navigating the legal, policy, commercial, and strategic challenges ahead

Virtually all industries are being reshaped with the use of Artificial Intelligence and advanced machine-learning. Everything from healthtech to self-driving vehicles, to education and smart homes, drones and space, social media, and beyond is being affected. These new technologies present a variety of commercial opportunities and the potential to change our daily lives. At the

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

Covering up doesn’t get you off the hook – criminal liability for the import of counterfeit branded clothing

German Federal Court of Justice, ref. no. 5 StR 554/17 Counterfeiters typically make tremendous efforts to cover up their identity and the details of their actions. By doing so, they aim to both prevent trademark owners from bringing civil law claims as well as to avoid criminal prosecution through law enforcement authorities. The German Federal Court

ITC: Commission Amends Rules of Practice and Procedure

On Tuesday May 8, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC” or “The Commission”) published amended Rules (19 C.F.R. Parts 201 and 210) regarding practice and procedure in an effort to streamline and “improve the provisions of the Commission’s existing Rules of Practice and Procedure.” See 83 Fed. Reg. 21140-64 (May 8, 2018).  The final

Video-log – Patent law in Europe: What pharmaceutical companies need to know

With pharmaceutical competition in Europe continuing to evolve, established companies and new market entrants alike need to understand how key patent litigation tools are shaping the competitive landscape. Increasing competition within Europe’s pharmaceutical space makes knowing the market and understanding available patent protections more critical than ever for both well established and new market players.

Italy: IP Law Firm of the Year – Legalcommunity IP & TMT Awards

We are delighted to announce that in the Legalcommunity IP&TMT Awards in Milan this week, we were awarded IP Law Firm of the Year. “…market excellence in reputation, experience and professional knowledge. Particularly active in Fashion and Luxury” This award swiftly follows our Italian IP and TMT colleagues’ TopLegal Industry Awards just last week and is further recognition

District Court in California recognizes plausible trademark rights over fictional Star Wars board game

(Case analysis: Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC v. Ren Ventures Ltd., N.D. Cal., No. 17-7249, 4/24/18) To assert a successful infringement claim relative to a mark that has arguably never been used as a source identifier for “real world” products, and which has not been actively promoted for nearly 40 years, is a challenge most trademark lawyers

ITC Section 337 Investigations: On board with Sedona Conference Commentary on Patent Litigation Best Practices

We are honored and delighted that our Washington, D.C. Senior Counsel and former U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Administrative Law Judge Theodore R. Essex was appointed as sole Judicial Advisor for February’s Publication of The Sedona Conference Working Group 10 (WG10) Commentary on Patent Litigation Best Practices: International Trade Commission Section 337 Investigations Chapter. The comment covers the

5 stars in Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP

On World IP Day with this year’s theme of Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity, we are delighted to announce our five lawyers in Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP (2018) list: Poland: Ewa Kacperek – Read more from Ewa here Russia: Natalia Gulyaeva – Read more from Natalia here Spain: Imogen Fowler – Read more from Imogen here United States: Arlene Chow – Read more from Arlene here

UK/US unjustified threats – LimeGreen Live webinar recording

On 10 April we held the second webinar in the LimeGreen Live series which focused on UK unjustified threats. We presented the perils and challenges of pre-action communications and how it may affect your later litigation options are often under-estimated. The UK unjustified threats regime, which can fix both the writer of a cease and

Gearing up for e-sport: Seizing opportunities and tackling legal issues

On 27 March, Partner Eugene Low and Associate Arthur Ng from our Hong Kong office gave a presentation on e-sports at a reception event organized by the Association of Corporate Counsel, Hong Kong. The event inspired lively discussion over refreshments and feedback following the presentation was very positive, especially as it was the first time many attendees had discovered

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. The latest news round-up from our Hogan Lovells ITC Section 337 practice, includes a new section featuring “tips from the bench” by former ITC Judge Theodore (Ted) R.

Have Christian Louboutin’s exclusive rights to red soles really been “kicked out” as some reports claim?

The long-awaited Advocate General’s second opinion in Louboutin (C 163/16) was delivered in February. In a nutshell, Christian Louboutin sued Van Haren Schoenen BV for trade mark infringement in the Netherlands of its Benelux trade mark shown below: Following Van Haren’s counterclaim that the above trade mark was invalid, the Dutch national court referred the

UK/U.S. LimeGreen Live Webinar: UK unjustified threats – what you need to know

The perils and challenges of pre-action communications and how it may affect your later litigation options are often under-estimated. The UK unjustified threats regime, which can fix both the writer of a cease and desist letter and their employer or client with liability, has caught many an unwary lawyer. Join us on 10th April for the second

China announces plan to consolidate administration and enforcement of trademarks, patents and geographic indicators.

The National People’s Congress (“NPC”) is the top legislature and the highest organ of state power in China. The NPC is elected for a term of five years and holds a plenary meeting every year to, among others, determine statue issues, appoint high-level government officials and enact or amend the Constitution or other national laws.

Hogan Lovells Expands IP Practice with Addition of Prominent Trademark Lawyer Julia Matheson

We are pleased to announce that leading trademark lawyer Julia Anne Matheson, who specializes both in portfolio management and disputes, has joined the firm as a partner in Washington, D.C. Matheson joins Hogan Lovells after nearly 24 years with the respected IP firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP. “Julia is one of the

Hogan Lovells named MIP Global Firm of the Year

London, 9 March 2018 – Hogan Lovells global IP practice has been awarded the accolade of ‘Global IP Firm of the Year’ at the Managing Intellectual Property EMEA awards, in recognition of its market leading and innovative work on matters across Europe and beyond. The firm was shortlisted in 16 categories, also winning awards for:

Russian Constitutional Court comments on parallel import issues

On 13 February 2018 the Russian Constitutional Court checked the compliance of the following provisions of Russian Civil Code (the “CCR“) related to parallel import with the Constitution of Russia: Clause 2 of Article 1252 of the CCR on interim remedies applicable to trademark infringements; Article 1487 of the CCR establishing the national exhaustion of

Client Choice Awards 2018: Our IP partners also join the podium

We are pleased to announce that Imogen Fowler, Natalia Gulyaeva, Ruud van der Velden, Fred Ch’en and Marco Berliri  (TMT) were selected as recipients of Client Choice Awards for 2018. “Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service.