Certification marks are part of national trade mark law in a number of Member States and since the reform of European trade mark law, the EUTMR now covers them under articles 83 to 93. According to article 83 paragraph 1 EUTMR a certification mark is “capable of distinguishing goods or services which are certified
Court of Justice of the European Union, judgment of 7 June 2018, C-44/17 Glen is a Gaelic word with a wonderful lyrical sound to it and reminiscent of idyllic remote Scottish valleys with the mists from the last rain perpetually lingering over their green slopes. Also, it happens that 31 out of 116 Scottish distilleries
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
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.
On 28 February 2018, the European Commission published the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK. The paper is, of course, only a draft and the UK government has not yet commented on or agreed to any of its terms but it is the first time we have had a concrete statement
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
Government officials from around the world are gathering in Geneva for a diplomatic conference to negotiate a new treaty on geographical indications. Hogan Lovells partner Constanze Schulte reports from Geneva on the first day of the negotiations. Government officials from around the world are meeting in Geneva as from yesterday for the Diplomatic Conference for
Introducing various measures relating to French consumer law. Law No. 2014-344 (“Hamon law”) enlarges the existing protection of geographical indications applicable for agricultural products and foodstuffs to industrial products and enhances the protection of the names of local authorities. In France, the protection of geographical indications was previously strictly limited to agricultural products and foodstuffs,