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2017
 

IPPT20170518, CJEU, Hummel v Nike
A legally distinct second-tier subsidiary, with its seat in a Member State, of a parent body that has no seat in the European Union is an ‘establishment’, within the meaning of that provision, of that parent body if the subsidiary is a centre of operations which, in the Member State where it is located, has a certain real and stable presence from which commercial activity is pursued, and has the appearance of permanency to the outside world, such as an extension of the parent body.


2016

 

IPPT20160421, CJEU, Austro-Mechana v Amazon
All actions which seek to establish the liability of a defendant are the concept of ‘matters relating to tort delict of quasi-delict’. A claim seeking to obtain ‘fair compensation’ for reprographic reproduction or reproduction for private use due by virtue of national law falls within ‘matters relating to tort, delict or quasi-delict’, within the meaning of Article 5(3) of that regulation.

 

2015
 

IPPT20150122, ECJ, Hejduk v EnergieAgentur

Judge Member State wherein allegedly infringing website can be consulted, competent as judge of place where damage occurred. Seised court has jurisdiction only in regard of damage caused in own Member State.

 

2014

 

IPPT20140403, CJEU, Hi Hotel v Spoering

Jurisdiction: a court of Member State within which damage is caused, where supposed perpetrator did not act, has jurisdiction only to rule on damage cause within territory of Member State to which it belongs

 

2013

 

IPPT20131003, CJEU, Pinckney v Mediatech
Jurisdiction: court of the location where the damage as a result of copyright infringement has taken place only has jurisdiction to determine the damage caused in the state which it is situated. 

 

2012

 

IPPT20120712, CJEU, Solvay v Honeywell

Possibility of irreconcilable judgments (article 6 EEX Convention) if companies are each separately accused of infringement of same national part of European patent with same product. Exclusive jurisdiction regarding validity does not preclude special jurisdiction regarding interim measures

 

IPPT20120419, CJEU, Wintersteiger v Products 4U

Actions relating to trade mark infringement by use of Adwords may be brought before courts of Member States in which the trade mark is registered or of the place of establishment of the advertiser

 

2011

 

IPPT20111201, CJEU, Painer v Standard

Connected claims: risk of irreconcilable judgments. Intellectual creation and scope of protection: portrait photograph. Newspaper publisher  may not use of their own volition a work protected by copyright by invoking an objective of public security. Right to quote: not required that press report quoting a work is itself protected by copyright; obligation to indicate the source, including the name of the author or performer.

 

IPPT20111025, CJEU, eDate Advertising and MGN

Court of place in which publisher of online content is established or in which the centre of his interests is based has full jurisdiction in respect of all damages. Court of territory of which online content was accessible only has jurisdiction in respect of damage caused in that territory. Member States to ensure that provider of an elec-tronic commerce service is not subject to stricter requirements than in the state in which it is established

 

IPPT20110412, CJEU, DHL Express v France Chronopost

Community trade mark: as a rule European wide prohibition, unless use does not affect the functions of the trade mark. Prohibition extends, as a rule, to the entire area of the EU. Limitation of territorial scope required in case the use of the sign at issue does not affect or is not liable to affect the functions of the trade mark, for example on linguistic grounds. Periodic penalty payment community trade mark court, or equivalent national provisions, has effect in Member States to which the territorial scope of such a prohibition extends.

 

IPPT20110308, CJEU, Opinion on unified patent litigation system

Unified patent litigation system incompatible with European Law. Exclusive jurisdiction in field of Community patents would alter the essential character of powers which are indispensable to preservation of the very nature of EU law. Member States confer jurisdiction on actions between individuals to a court created by international agreement

 

2010

 

IPPT20101207, CJEU, Pammer & Hotel Alpenhof

“Directing” activity on website to Member State: it should be ascertained whether it is apparent from those websites and the trader’s overall activity that the trader was envisaging doing business with consumers domiciled in one or more Member States. Not exhaustive list of relevant matters.

 

2009

 

IPPT20090423, ECJ, Falco Privatstiftung and Rabitsch v Weller-Lindhorst

A license is not a contract for the provision of services: A contract under which the owner of an intellectual property right grants its contractual partner the right to use that right in return for remuneration is not a contract for the provision of services within the meaning of Article 5(1)(b) of Regulation 44/2001.

 

IPPT20090120, ECJ, Sony v Falcon

Rights of phonogram producers: The holder of the rights, who is a national of a non-Member State, enjoys protection in a situation where the work or subject-matter at issue was, on 1 July 1995, protected as such in at least one Member State under that Member State’s national legislation.

 

2007

 

IPPT20071011, ECJ, Freeport v Arnoldsson
International jurisdiction in case of connected claims; different legal bases does not preclude application article 6(1)

 

2005

 

IPPT20050630, ECJ, Tod's v Heyraud

Article 12 EC, which lays down the general principle of non-discrimination on grounds of nationality, must be interpreted as meaning that the right of an author to claim in a Member State the copyright protection afforded by the law of that State may not be subject to a distinguishing criterion based on the country of origin of the work.

 

2000

 

IPPT20001109, ECJ, Ingmar

That Articles 17 and 18 of the Di-rective, which guarantee certain rights to commercial agents after termination of agency contracts, must be applied where the commercial agent carried on his ac-tivity in a Member State although the principal is estab-lished in a non-membercountry and a clause of the contract stipulates that the contract is to be gov-erned by the law of that country.

 

IPPT20000511, ECJ, Renault v Maxicar

The court of the State in which enforcement is sought cannot, without undermining the aim of the Convention, refuse recognition of a decision ema-nating from another Contracting State solely on the ground that it considers that national or Commu-nity law was misapplied in that decision.

 

1998

 

IPPT19981117, ECJ, Van Uden v Deco-Line

Jurisdiction on the court hearing that application even where proceedings have already been, or may be, commenced on the substance of the case and even where those proceedings are to be conducted before arbitrators.

 

IPPT19981027, ECJ, Réunion Européenne v Spliethoff
Indivisible dispute? that a defendant domiciled in a Contracting State cannot be sued in another Contracting State before a court seised of an action against a co-defendant not domiciled in a Contract-ing State on the ground that the dispute is indivisible rather than merely displaying a connection. Place of discovery of the damage is not the place where the harmful event occurred. Matters relating to tort


IPPT19980519, ECJ, Drouot Assurances v Consolidated Metallurgical Industries

Article 21 of the Convention is not applicable in the case of two actions between different parties, unless it is established that, with regard to the sub-ject-matter of the two disputes, the interests of the parties are identical to and indissociable from one another.

 

1995

 

IPPT19950307, ECJ, Shevill v Presse Alliance

Place where the harmful event occurred must be understood as being intended to cover both the place where the damage occurred and the place of the event giving rise to it. In the case of a libel by a newspaper article the place of the event giving rise to the damage, is the place where the publisher of the newspaper in question is established.

 

1994

 

IPPT19941206, ECJ, Tatry

It is sufficient, in order to establish the necessary relationship between different actions, that separate trial and judgment would involve the risk of conflicting decisions, without necessarily involving the risk of giving rise to mutually exclusive legal conse-quences.

 

1990

 

IPPT19900111, ECJ, Dumez France
International jurisdiction: The place where the damage occurred: can be understood only as indicating the place where the event giving rise to the damage, and entailing tortious, delictual or quasi-delictual liability, directly produced its harmful effects upon the person who is the immediate victim of that event.

 

1988

 

IPPT19880927, ECJ, Kalfelis v Schroeder
International jurisdiction : Jurisdiction of Article 6(1) Brussels Convention is exception to the principle that jurisdiction is vested in the courts of the State of the defendant's domicile. Therefore a connection between the claims made against each of the defendants required. Connection between claims is present if there is a risk of incompatible judgments which are incompatible with each other. Atonomous concept of  "matters relating to tort, delict or quasi-delict" of article 5(3) Brussels Convention

 

IPPT19880204, ECJ, Hoffman
Irreconcilable judgments: Irreconcilable within the meaning of article 27(3) of the Brussels Convention are judgmentsthat have legal consequences which are mutually exclusive

 

1983

 

IPPT19831115, ECJ, Duijnstee v Goderbauer

Court has to declare on its own motion that is has no jurisdiction in case of exclusive jurisdiction under article 16 of the Brussels Convention. The term "proceedings concerned with the regis-tration or validity of patents" contained in article 16 (4) must be regarded as an independent concept intended to have uniform application in all the contracting states. It does not include proceedings relating to rights of ownership of a patent

 

1980

 

IPPT19800521, ECJ, Denilauler

Article 24 Brussels Convention: National courts are best able to assess the cir-cumstances which may lead to the grant or refusal of the measures sought or to the laying down of procedures and conditions which the plaintiff must observe in order to guarantee the provisional and protective character of the measures ordered.

 

1976

 

IPPT19761130, ECJ, Bier v Mines de Potasse

International jurisdiction: Place where harmful event occurred in article 5 (3) must be established in such a way as to acknowl-edge that the plaintiff has an option to commence proceedings either at the place where the damage occurred or the place of the event giving rise to it