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Amsterdam practice welcomes leading IP hire

We are delighted to welcome Samantha Brinkhuis to our IPMT practice today, 1 August. Based in Amsterdam, she joins us from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. With extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters, Samantha primarily assists clients with trademark, copyright and unfair competition matters. Her practice also covers trade secrets, media and entertainment law,

Analyzing the impact of the EU GDPR on access to WHOIS data, one year on

During the Annual INTA 2019 Meeting, a panel was held on the EU General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) and the temporary removal of data for the WHOIS directory. IPMT Partner David Taylor spoke on the following GDPR issues and their impact on global brand protection. When the GDPR came into force back in 2018, the Internet Corporation for

.CLUB launches brand protection service

.CLUB Domains, the Registry operating the .CLUB new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), has recently launched a new service that enables qualified trade mark holders to block .CLUB domain name registrations containing their trade marks. According to the .CLUB Domains’ press release, the Trademark Sentry Unlimited Name Blocking Service (UNBS) “protects a trademark from appearing

Hogan Lovells a sponsor at the WPB at INTA 2019, Julia Anne Matheson and Anna Kurian Shaw recognized

We were delighted to be one of the sponsors of The Women’s Power Breakfast (WPB) at the INTA 2019 Annual Meeting. IPMT partners, Julia Anne Matheson  and Anna Kurian Shaw attended the invitation-only event on the firm’s behalf on Wednesday, May 22.  The Women’s Power Breakfast, the brainchild of former INTA Executive Director Robin Rolfe,

Imogen Fowler a sponsor at the Hogan Lovells Women’s Tea – INTA 2019

Renowned IP lawyers at the Annual INTA Meeting gathered in the Westin Hotel mid-morning on Tuesday 21 May for the Hogan Lovells Women’s Tea. IMPT partner Imogen Fowler was the sponsor of this event. The Hogan Lovells Women’s Tea is a networking event that brings together women from all over the world – from India

To ‘Bland’ or Not To Bland? Trademark Implications

Companies are simplifying, or “blanding,” their brands dropping unique fonts, words, and design elements left and right in favor of a pared down, sans-serif font popular in Silicon Valley, but does this drop trademark protections in the process? You’ve seen it in the ads you encounter on your way to work, on television, and probably

Brexit: UK Cabinet backs the Withdrawal Agreement – but what does it say about IP?

Last night the UK Cabinet backed the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on the Future Relationship agreed between the respective negotiating teams of the UK Government and the EU Commission. The Withdrawal Agreement covers the protection of existing unitary intellectual property rights in Articles 54 to 61. The detail has not changed in any material

Brexit and IP: impact of a no deal exit

On Monday the UK government published a series of notices on the impact of a no-deal Brexit on intellectual property right-holders. The notices are part of a series of notices the government has published recently setting out what would happen for key industries in the event of a no-deal Brexit and what industry should do

Italy: Parallel imports – When a name change is a game changer.

The Administrative Court of Lazio (“TAR Lazio”) decided with judgment No. 09050 of 3 July 2018 (but published only few days ago) that, as a rule, the parallel importer does not have a right to change the trademark affixed on the product purchased in the country of origin in order to use a different trademark

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

Total Brand Care: Brand creation – get it right from the start

A strong brand can be one of your most valuable assets.  It’s a tool to communicate, build loyalty and drive new revenue.  But effective brand management is not just about trademarks – there are many other legal issues that can impact positively or negatively on your brand’s reputation and value.  Businesses must break down the

UKIPO responds to consultation on implementing Trade Marks Directive

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published its response to its consultation on the implementation of the Trade Marks Directive 2015 (the “Directive”), which ran from the 19th of February to the 16th of April of this year. The consultation focused on the proposed wording of the draft Trade Marks Regulations 2018 (which will

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

Our trademark lawyers speaking at 2018 INTA Annual Meeting

We are delighted to be sponsoring and speaking at the 140th INTA Annual Meeting, taking place on May 19-23 in Seattle, Washington. The event brings together 10,600 brand owners and IP professionals from over 150 countries to address new issues in trademark law and practice. Six of our trademark lawyers will represent the practice on

ICANN in California – 2018 McCarthy Symposium review

We are delighted to have sponsored the eighth annual McCarthy Institute Trademark Symposium on February 23 in Sunnyvale, California. The one-day event, titled “Trademark Law and Its Challenges 2018” brought together over 200 brand owners, trademark attorneys and public policymakers to face off on today’s most pressing issues in trademark law. With speakers from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo and Pinterest the

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.

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

Advances in Polish IP Law, part 2: Trademarks – graphic representation, renewal, partial transfer & enforcement by licensees

The recently published draft of the Act amending the Industrial Property Law (14 November 2017) introduces fundamental changes in the provisions on trademark protection. Currently, the bill is being agreed upon in the Council of Ministers. The new regulations primarily result from the need to implement Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council

France: No requirement for a domain name to be distinctive in unfair competition claims

In a decision of 6 December 2016, the French Supreme Court of the Judiciary (“Cour de Cassation”) provided a very useful clarification in relation to unfair competition claim (“concurrence déloyale”, a tortious action) based on domain names. The Cour de Cassation stressed that neither the distinctiveness nor the originality of a domain name were a