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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

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

Trademarks 111: Our 2016 guide to the trademark application process around the world

Our IP group offers the 2016 version of this comparative guide which outlines the trademark application process in 111 countries around the world, broken down into regions, and covering areas such as Application, Examination, Opposition, Cancellation, and Renewal. Click the link below to register for your free copy of the full guide. Trademarks 111  

Kuwait: Upward trends – Official IP fees increase expected

The UAE’s increase of IP related official fees earlier this year (see our post) may be becoming a trend in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. There are indications that, at the end of this year, Kuwait will also substantially increase official fees for IP matters. One example we have heard is that the publication

Every cent counts – Chinese authorities reduce or eliminate certain IP application fees

The National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance have jointly issued “Notice 2136” (发改价格 [2015] 2136 号) and the Ministry of Finance has issued “Notice 102” (财税[2015]102 号). These two notices affect IP fees as follows: Trademarks, Copyright and Patents Notice 2136 reduces certain administrative fees for trademark and copyright registration applications with effect

Trademarks 111: The trademark application process in 111 countries around the world

Our IP group offers a new comparative guide which outlines the trademark application process in 111 countries around the world, broken down into regions, and covering areas such as Application, Examination, Opposition, Cancellation, and Renewal. Click the link below to register for your free copy of the full guide. Trademarks 111

WIPO: Negotiations on a New Treaty on Geographical Indications start

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

Spain: Traditional “right to use” doctrine overturned by the Supreme Court: Spanish trademark registrations are no longer a valid defence

Spanish Supreme Court: Judgment of 14 October 2014 (DENSO) The Spanish Supreme Court has ruled – overturning its previous jurisprudence – that the ownership of a Spanish trademark registration can no longer be used by defendants in infringement proceedings as a valid defence against the infringement claims of the holder of prior trademarks. The Supreme

France: New Weapons for the Protection of Geographical Indications and Local Authorities in France

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,