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DSM Watch: Europe’s Digital Single Market Strategy – a focus on Pillar 2

On 6 May 2015, the European Commission published its Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe. The Strategy sets out a total of 16 initiatives under 3 pillars which lay the groundwork for Europe’s digital future. In this post (the third in a series), we focus on the initiatives introduced under the second pillar: Creating the right

EU: No res judicata from OHIM’s opposition decisions

General Court decision of 23 September 2014 – TEGO / MEGO, T-11/13)  The judgment of the General Court concerned a cancellation action brought by Tegometall International based on numerous registrations for the trade marks TEGO and TEGOMETALL against the Community trade mark “MEGO” for furniture and metal shelving. In an unusually short (4 pages) judgment

EU: Council publishes its view on the draft Trade Secrets Directive

On 26 May 2014 the EU Council adopted a slightly different approach to the Trade Secrets Directive than the Commission which has led to the Council proposing a number of significant changes to the draft While the definition of “trade secret” remains unchanged, the Council has redefined the criteria that could lead to the “acquisition,

EU: The case of the striped shirt – good news for holders of Community designs

(CJEU, Judgment of 19 June 2014 in Case C-345/13, Karen Miller Fashions v Dunnes Stores) The assessment of whether a Community design has individual character must be based on whether or not the design produces a different overall impression to the prior art with reference to earlier designs taken individually, and not to a combination