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The EU Commission is set to address the challenges of three-dimensional printing

Additive manufacturing, more commonly called “three-dimensional printing” or simply “3D printing“, is a truly fascinating technology. Whilst the first experiments date back to the 1960s, with the first meaningful industrial applications following in the 1980s, only throughout the last couple of years has the technology really gained momentum. Meanwhile, the market is growing rapidly. The

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

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

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

Hogan Lovells IP scores 4 more at 2018 Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards

March 21 – At the new format Managing IP Asia-Pacific Awards in Hong Kong, the Hogan Lovells IP practice has been awarded “Firm of the Year” in the following three categories, as well as for the new category of “Special Recognition” for innovation in IP.   China Copyright Foreign Firm of the Year Hong Kong

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.

IP Newsletter- French language / Français

Our Paris team is delighted to provide IP news and updates in French language. The latest edition, #17 from January 2018 can be accessed at the link below. Lettre d’actualité IPMT – Français (French language)

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

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

Europe: Blockchain – Practical and legal challenges

The increasing digitization of the private as well as economic realm is undeniable. The European Commission is constantly pushing the Digital Single Market forward. In the same breath as the ubiquitous phenomenon of digitalization, blockchain technology is all too often mentioned. A bright future is predicted for it even if the actual applications have, admittedly, been rare in practice so far.

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

China launches its annual piracy crackdown campaign: focus on online piracy of films and TV programs

The National Copyright Administration of China (“NCAC“) has recently announced, in a joint declaration with three other ministerial bodies, the launch of its annual online piracy crackdown campaign called the “Sword Net Action” (剑网行动). This year’s crackdown campaign promises to take a heavy hand against the unauthorized online distribution of films, TV programs and other

3D Printing: Are you 3DP Ready?

3D printing has already been around for decades and has disrupted certain industries, such as hearing aids. One likely impact is an increase in IP infringement, with Gartner predicting that this could reach $100 billion a year by 2018. Now that a number of key patents have expired, 3D printers are becoming cheaper and offer

IP Enforcement Focus : Europe – Quarterly round-up

IP Enforcement Focus is our series of written, video and audio posts which plug into your current European enforcement issues. These posts cover IP related court cases as well as relevant political and economic developments in this area. Over the last quarter, we have published 12 summaries of key IP enforcement developments, including 4 v-logs. This roundup outlines each commentary with a link

U.S. – Develop a digital health IP protection plan

The digital health space is transforming health care with inventions that address complex medical challenges, such as wearable health-tracking devices, sophisticated software programs to improve patient care, and systems that facilitate on-demand doctors’ visits. Given the current legal environment for software-based patents and a fierce competitive landscape, the success of new products in this area

IP in the digital age: a tricky path ahead for pharma companies?

“The pharmaceutical industry needs to adjust its expectations of the scope of IP protection available in the digital age“ The pharmaceutical industry is becoming increasingly interested in digital health and serious money is being invested in the technology. Pharmaceutical companies are used to an established commercial formula for bringing new products to market, with product

Germany: Copyright Law – Sound-sampling and no end in sight

On the 31 May the German Federal Constitutional Court issued a decision in the case “Metall auf Metall”. This is the latest decision in a German Court battle that has been on-going for 17 years now. It concerns the question of whether the sampling of very short sounds constitutes copyright infringement or not. While it

CJEU: TVs in a rehab facility constitute a “communication to the public”

On 31 May 2016, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) handed down a long awaited decision regarding the interpretation of the term “communication to the public” (Case Ref. C-117/15). Over recent years, the interpretation of this term has been heavily under discussion. It was subject-matter of various lawsuits in many Member States as well as before the

The big picture on IP litigation in China

The Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) recently released its White Paper on Judicial Protection of IPR, 2015 (“中国法院知识产权司法保护状况(2015), “White Paper”), containing statistics on IP litigation in China. Significantly, the statistics also contain the first conclusive data on the operation of the specialized IP Courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, over a year after they started accepting

DSM Watch: Online platforms – Commission communication to be the next major milestone on the road to a Digital Single Market

The EU Commission looks set next month to release a new communication providing policy guidelines as to the direction it wishes to take for on-line platforms. While the official Communication is scheduled to be released on mid-May, Statewatch.org has just made available a draft version (tentatively dated 25 May) entitled “Online Platforms and the Digital