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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.

Two steps forward and a look back – Global IP Outlook 2018

2017 was a year of widespread political, technological and legal changes; leading to lack of certainty and creating both challenges and opportunities for businesses in 2018 and beyond. We’re here to help: we have published our second annual Global IP Outlook. The Outlook reflects on some of the major developments in intellectual property law and

Asia IP Webinar – Trademark disputes in Asia: Strategies that can pave your way to success

Having an eye for strategic detail is often a key to winning the IP disputes in Asia, whether you’re enforcing or defending your IP rights. In this webinar, trademark experts from our Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo offices will discuss the strategies to improve your chances in winning the trademark disputes in your jurisdictions. Topics covered during

Hogan Lovells appoints IP partner Leopold von Gerlach as Chair

We are delighted to report that Hamburg-based Intellectual Property partner Leopold von Gerlach has been appointed as Chair of Hogan Lovells’ Board from 1 May 2018. Leo will serve in the post for three years. He takes over from London real estate partner Nicholas Cheffings who will have served two full terms as Chair, starting

China: Annual online piracy crackdown campaign 2017: Results announced

The results of the 2017 edition of China’s annual online piracy crackdown campaign, called the “Sword Net Action” (剑网行动), were recently published. As we announced earlier, the 2017 crackdown campaign promised to take a heavy hand against the unauthorized online distribution of films, games, TV programs and other online copyrighted content. The crackdown campaign was a

Welcoming new IPMT partners and counsel in 2018

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, unfair competition, domain names, copyright, designs, trade secrets, and IPMT Transactions, and include representatives from the Americas, Asia and Europe. Their promotions are very much deserved and we wish them success in their new

2018 Spells a new beginning for IP arbitration in Hong Kong

Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance 2017 comes into effect The long-awaited Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance 2017 (the “Amendment Ordinance“) is finally applicable to arbitrations commenced on or after 1 January 2018 or to arbitrations commenced prior to this date if the parties themselves choose to apply the amendments to their arbitrations. By introducing sections 103A to 103J into

China issues its second Draft E-Commerce Law

On 7 November 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (“NPC“) published the second draft of the E-commerce Law (电子商务法(草案二次审议稿), “Draft“).  The goal of the Draft is to regulate China’s burgeoning e-commerce sector, and thereby facilitate growth, maintain “market order”, and eradicate scams and counterfeits. It is particularly striking that the Draft was

Hague Judgments Convention: IP judgments still hang in the balance

Last month the November 2017 draft Hague Judgments Convention was published by the Hague Conference Special Commission following the third meeting of the Special Commission in the Hague between the 13th and 17th of November. The draft Convention is part of the Hague Conference on Private International Law “Judgments Project” which is aimed at developing

10 steps to better cybersecurity -‘Intellectual Values seminar series #1’ video

Last month we hosted our annual ‘Intellectual Values’ seminar in London which this year focused on the ‘connected world’. Sarah Turner, an IP partner in our Tech Hub, gave a talk on the steps companies can take to improve their cybersecurity. The potential damage resulting from a cybersecurity attack is ever increasing as the world becomes more and more

Europe – General Court: EUTM revocation action takes the biscuit

(Judgments of 23 October 2017 in Cases T-404/16 and T-418/16 – Galletas Gullón SA (Gullón) v EUIPO) The General Court has recently overturned two EUIPO Board of Appeal decisions which deemed Gullón’s marks as used to be different to their registered 3D trade marks shown below due to differences in the dominant elements. It held

Italy: Double win in TopLegal awards

We are very pleased to announce our awards in Monday’s TopLegal awards for the following two categories: Best IP Law Firm, Best Independent Authorites/Regulatory Law Firm This confirms the excellence of our well known IP team in Italy and we are excited also to have been awarded for our regulatory activity in relation to advising the EU Single Resolution

UK: Combatting IP Crime – Annual Brands Seminar

IP crime is estimated to be worth USD 461 billion annually worldwide (OECD/EUIPO): for some businesses this means substantial loss of revenue. What practical steps can you take to tackle IP crime? How can you tackle IP crime as part of a coherent IP strategy? What impact will regulatory changes (including Brexit) have on IP

Germany: HL awarded JUVE “IP Law Firm of the Year”

We are very pleased to announce our award for Law Firm of the Year for IP at the JUVE Awards last night! After four nominations in recent years, in which JUVE certified that we are “the Go-To-firm for difficult IP cases” and emphasised both the international and the precedence-setting nature of our German practice’s work, we are

A model Customs case in China: creating the right conditions for effective IP enforcement by Chinese authorities.

In May 2016, the General Administration of Customs (“GAC”) and the Public Security Bureau (“PSB”) jointly uncovered large amounts of counterfeit automobile engine lubricants. The lubricants were first sold on e-commerce platforms and then imported into China from Southeast Asia. A successful wide-scale investigation ensued, involving seamless co-operation between Customs, the PSB and the UK

Asia IP webinar series: The recordings so far…

We are running a series of webinars in 2017 to help you stay up to date with Intellectual Property news and developments in the Asia Pacific region.  So far we have held webinars on protecting your identity in the cyberworld, trademark protection & transactions in Asia and anti-counterfeiting/anti-piracy in Asia. If you were unable to attend, the recorded version

European Commission paper on Brexit and IP

The European Commission has released a position paper on “Intellectual property rights (including geographical indications)” giving us the first indication of how the Commission will approach the Brexit negotiations with the UK regarding Intellectual Property Rights (“IPR“). The Commission has set up a Taskforce on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom to prepare the

Asia webinar: Creatively combatting counterfeiting and piracy with robust strategies

From cosmetics to electronics, the quickening pace of counterfeit products continues to be a real threat to many businesses.  Companies need more effective ways to protect their brand against fraud both online and offline.  In this webinar, our speakers from China, Hong Kong, Japan and Vietnam will discuss key anti-counterfeiting strategies covering various jurisdictions.  Join

HL joins MIP in Hong Kong “International Women´s Leadership Forum” on regional & global IP developments

We are delighted to co-sponsor this event on 21 September, with our lawyers Monique Woo and  Serena Lim attending. Serena will be chairing the session on anti-counterfeiting. This event is a great opportunity for women in IP to deepen knowledge of regional & global IP developments and senior thought leadership. Topics include: Licensing Anti-counterfeiting technology Emerging technology and related IP challenges Advertising in

Life Sciences: Spotlight interview on false advertising claims in Europe

Life sciences businesses dedicate huge resources to advertising material in a fiercely competitive market. Partner Tanja Eisenblätter discusses false advertising in this sector and why it is important for clients looking to launch new products. Preliminary injunctions in Germany Tanja presents a typical business case in which a client’s global advertising and its competitors’ advertising are assessed for misleading or unlawful content. In

U.S. – NJIPLA CLE event: Blockchain Technology: The Legal Landscape And How It Will Change Everything

Please join us at the upcoming NJIPLA CLE event: Blockchain Technology: The Legal Landscape And How It Will Change Everything, taking place on September 18th from 2pm to 6pm at the APA Hotel Woodbridge in Iselin, New Jersey. This event will feature a comprehensive tutorial on blockchain technology as well as two panels of impressive experts explaining

U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Theodore R. Essex Joins IP Litigation Practice at Hogan Lovells

We are delighted to welcome former U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Administrative Law Judge Theodore R. Essex to the Intellectual Property Litigation practice in Washington, D.C. Appointed to the ITC bench in October 2007, Judge Essex has been at the forefront of intellectual property law issues for ten years, handling scores of Sec. 337 proceedings

First Cyberspace Court set up in China: the Chinese judiciary enters the digital age

China’s first Cyberspace Court was inaugurated on Friday 18 August in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Going forward, this new court will handle all internet-related disputes in all districts of Hangzhou through a fully digitalized, online procedure. The establishment of a specialized cyberspace court in China’s internet capital Hangzhou is an encouraging step for the Chinese internet