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Trade Secrets: UK implements EU Directive on time but uncertainties remain

On Saturday, 9 June 2018, with little or no fanfare, the UK’s Trade Secrets (Enforcement, etc) Regulations 2018 (SI 2018 No. 597) came into force.   These  Trade Secret Regulations implement into UK law the 8 June 2016 EU Directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use

UK & EU Focus on non-traditional trade marks and overcoming the hurdles

Since its inception, the harmonised national EU trade mark legislation – and later the EUTM system – has opted for a flexible approach to non-traditional trade marks. In principle “any sign” capable of indicating origin may constitute a trade mark, resulting in several non-traditional marks being registered. These include colours, shapes, sounds, smells, patterns, holograms,

European Commission issues important notice on the impact of Brexit on .EU domain names

On 28 March 2018, the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology released an important notice to stakeholders (the “Notice”) on the impact of Brexit on .EU domain names.  The EC’s Notice highlighted that the EU regulatory framework for the .EU country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) will cease to apply to

DSM Watch: Regulation on Portability of Online Content comes into force 1 April 2018

This year’s Easter holiday brings with it a further milestone in the Commission’s endeavor to bring about a truly Digital Single Market: The Portability Regulation (EU) 2017/1128 comes into force on 1 April 2018. The Regulation facilitates cross-border portability of online content. It allows for subscribed content services to “travel” with the subscriber throughout the

UPDATE: UK Government comments on Draft EU Withdrawal Agreement

On 19 March the EU and the UK agreed the terms of a Brexit transition period ending on 31 December 2020. An updated colour-coded version of the EU’s Draft Withdrawal Agreement was published by the negotiators indicating which articles are provisionally agreed (highlighted in green), agreed from a policy perspective but subject to the drafting

DSM: The Digital Single Market – ‘Intellectual Values’ seminar series #4, video

The EU Commission’s comprehensive Digital Single Market strategy was one of the hot topics relating to the ever-changing ‘connected world’ we covered in our ‘Intellectual Values’ seminar series. Al Shaw, Counsel in our London IPMT team, focussed on the content, copyright and broadcasting initiatives within it. Al explained that the Commission is reviewing the Audio-Visual

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

Brexit Bill – Impact on patents

The UK government’s draft EU Withdrawal Bill (the “Brexit Bill“) aims to incorporate EU directives and regulations into UK domestic law in their current form immediately following Brexit (“Retained EU Law“).  This article considers the impact the Brexit Bill will have on some key patent issues. The Brexit Bill and EU Decisions In addition to

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

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

UK moves to implement Trade Secrets Directive

Tomorrow Hogan Lovells will join other interested parties at a round table meeting convened by the UK Intellectual Property Office to discuss the proposed approach to implementation of the new Trade Secrets Directive into English law. The deadline for implementation of the Directive is June 2018, before Brexit, and so the meeting should be interesting on

Brand Benchmarking 2017 – The results are in…

We gathered responses from 200 brand owners from around the world – asking them how they create, clear, file, protect and enforce their trademarks. To enrich the benefits of the report’s findings for our clients we have analysed the data and included comments using a variety of differentiating factors, including trademark portfolio size, head office

Brexit webinar – What’s next for Life Sciences companies?

With the UK Government having issued its Article 50 notice, we are holding a webinar to further analyse the implications for the life sciences sector of the momentous decision that the UK has made to leave the EU. On 3 April 12:00 pm BST and 5 April 4:00 pm BST, our Life Sciences lawyers Charles Brasted, Elisabethann Wright, Fabien Roy, Helen Kimberley

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

Shifts in the global political landscape; developments in intellectual property and technology law; and the emergence of disruptive technologies. Businesses need to adapt and stay ahead of the curve to protect, enforce and manage their IP. In this publication, our global Intellectual Property Team provides an overview of the key trends that shaped our work

London: Annual Patents Conference – Developments in cross-border litigation

The Hogan Lovells IP team invites you to join us for our Annual Patents Conference on Tuesday 9 May 2017.  In light of a number of recent, high profile European cases and decisions, we will be providing you with an overview of the outcomes and what they might mean for your organisation. We will also address the

Global Brand Benchmarking Survey 2017: The best ROI for your 10 mins this year?

Back by popular demand – this year’s survey includes questions on: best practice for creating and clearing trademarks; trends in online infringements of trademarks; and changes to trademark filing strategies as a result of the Brexit referendum. The resulting report will be sent to all survey participants in May 2017. The survey should take less

EU/U.S. – Trademark Protection: Recorded comparative session

Last month we gave a Trademarks and Brands webinar focusing on European Union Trademark Protection. In this webinar, Pan-European trademark attorney, Julie Schmitt, and United States trademark attorney, Valerie Brennan, highlight the differences between trademark rights acquisition, protection, and enforcement in the EU and the U.S. They also touch on hot topics in EU trademark law, such as the

EU Trade Secrets and the Brexit context – IP Academy* session

There is no doubt that trade secrets are valuable business assets, have a direct impact on innovation and are important drivers of competitive advantage in the market. Greater use of outsourcing and collaborations, combined with easier access to data and rising statistics of commercial espionage mean that there is currently an increased risk of trade

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

UPC – Brexit update – Judicial recruitment postponed and Luxembourg representative to take over IT Working Group

Despite the UK’s Brexit vote in June, the preparations for the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court had, until now, been continuing largely as planned. The Preparatory Committee released an update on the preparations following the 18th meeting in Paris last week.  The Committee used this meeting as an opportunity to discuss the road