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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.

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