Union-IP organises the UNION-IP Designs Round-Table in London on 08 June 2018.more
HGF bericht: "HGF are continuing to expand, with a strategic move into Ireland and the opening of its 16th office in Westport in the West of Ireland. The office location was chosen to capitalise on investments in the life sciences sector and be in close proximity to Galway, a globally recognised hub for MedTech …more
EUIPO declared the Bunch-O Balloons design of Tinnus Enterprises with No 001431829-0006 invalid because its appearance is solely dictated by its technical function.more
Trade Mark Law - Senetic filed an application for a declaration of invalidity of the EU trade mark registrations of HP on the grounds that the marks were descriptive, lacked distinctiveness and that the registration of the marks was done in bad faith.
From the press release: “The Minister for Intellectual Property, Sam Gyimah MP, has today (26 April 2018) confirmed that the UK has ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). Our ratification brings the international court one step closer to reality. […]
Innovative businesses will benefit …more
Opinion AG CJEU: No SPC for active ingredients that are not mentioned in the words of the claims of the basis patent
CJEU on the concept of "competitive disadvantage" point c, second paragraph of Article 102 of the TFEU
Unfair competition - The concept of ‘competitive disadvantage’, for the purposes of subparagraph (c) of the second paragraph of Article 102 TFEU, must be interpreted to the effect that, where a dominant undertaking applies discriminatory prices to trade partners on the downstream market, it covers a situation in …more
Request for a preliminary ruling on jurisdiction in case of trademark infringement by a company in a Member State through an ad, aimed at consumers in another Member State
Case C-172/18 AMS Neve et al. Preliminary questions. Court of Appeal (United Kingdom)more
Trade Mark Law - No basis in EU law for the claim that the use of a national trade mark can have a legal effect after it has been renounced. Article 14 Trade Marks Directive 2008 in conjunction with Article 34 (2) EU Trade Mark Regulation precludes national legislation whereby the invalidity or revocation of an …more
From the press release: "According to Advocate General Wathelet, EUIPO must re-examine whether the three-dimensional shape of the ‘Kit Kat 4 fingers’ product may be maintained as …more
Case C-172/18: AMS Neve and others. Preliminary questions Court of Appeal United Kingdom
Trade Mark Law. The referring judge poses the following questions:
"1. Does an EU trade mark court in Member State B have jurisdiction to hear a claim for infringement of the EU trade mark in respect of the advertisement …more
World Intellectual Property Review: "Motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson has secured $19.2 million in statutory damages in a trademark clash with t-shirt designer SunFrog, in what is Harley-Davidson’s largest-ever trademark infringement win. In May last year, Harley-Davidson accused SunFrog of selling …more
IViR: "SUMMER COURSES IN AMSTERDAM: INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT LAW & PRIVACY LAW AND POLICY
This summer, the Institute for Information Law (IViR), affiliated with the University of Amsterdam, will hold its annual Summer Courses on International Copyright Law and on Privacy Law and Policy. Both courses will …more
Please join us at our INTA drinks reception on Monday 21st May to celebrate HGF's significant growth over the last 12 months.
Our reception will be held at the award winning Loulay Kitchen & Bar which is less than a 5 minute walk to the Convention Centre.
Monday 21st May
5pm - 7pm
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Monday sued a Dubai-based firm it said has caused confusion by using its trademarked name to raise more than $3.5 million in cryptocurrency known as “Alibabacoins.”more
"We do of course understand that there are many pressing issues connected to the negotiations. We wish, however, to emphasize the importance of IP for the economy in Europe, both in the EU27 and in the United Kingdom (UK). This view is well supported by previous studies made by the European Observatory on …more
The Register: "Audio specialist Dolby Labs is suing Adobe for copyright violation as the two companies sit at odds over licensing payments.
A complaint [PDF] filed with the Northern California District Court accuses Adobe of violating its copyright on nine different media encoders and software routines. The …more
China will strengthen punishment of intellectual property rights violations and provide equal protection to both Chinese and foreign companies, the head of the intellectual property rights office said on Tuesday.more
CJEU: the existence of alternative designs isn’t decisive in order to ascertain whether the relevant features of appearance of a product are solely dictated by its technical function.
Design Law - In order to ascertain whether the features of appearance of a product are solely dictated by its function, it must be established that the function is the only factor which dictated those characteristics: the existence of alternative designs isn’t decisive. In order to ascertain whether the product is …more
From the press release: "Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe issues his opinion on the interpretation of EU law provisions relating to geographical …more