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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

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

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

Good catch! EU customs increases number of counterfeits stopped at outer borders in 2015

The freshly released report of the European Commission on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights in 2015 is testament to the high effectiveness of applications for customs action in the European Union as it shows a remarkable 15% rise in numbers of detained counterfeits compared to 2014 and a four year high. Key Figures

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