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Kitkat protected status in doubt in EU Court's opinion
The future of the three-dimensional shape of Nestle's ‘Kit Kat 4 fingers’ chocolate as an EU trade mark is in doubt following Thursday's opinion of the ...
Patents and self-driving vehicles
This study provides a comprehensive picture of current trends and emerging leaders in self-driving vehicle technologies. Drawing on the EPO's most recent ...
France.com cannot be registered as a trademark
The French government succeeded Tuesday in its attempt to have the European Court of Justice outlaw an attempt by a French businessman to register the sign ...
Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights
The European Commission adopted on 1 July two communications: an Action Plan to address infringements of intellectual property rights in the EU, and a Strategy ...
Report on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights - results of the EU border 2016
The European Commission's 2016 report on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights shows that customs authorities detained more than 41 million ...
Supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products
The EU Commission proposed on 28 May a targeted adjustment to intellectual property rules to help Europe's pharmaceutical companies tap into fast-growing ...
New study shows intellectual property is good for the European economy
The European Patent Office (EPO) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) today published their second EU-wide study of the impact of Intellectual ...
Messi can register 'MESSI' trademark says EU Court
Lionel Messi, the world's best-paid footballer, can register the trademark 'MESSI' for sports equipment and clothing, the EU's top Court ruled Thursday despite ...
Patent applications for self-driving vehicles surge in Europe: study
Innovation in self-driving vehicles (SDVs) is accelerating fast and could signal the coming of a transport revolution, according to a new study published ...
Publishers demand new cultural model and copyright protection
Publishers and experts participating in the first day of the European seminar "The digitisation of cultural materials" called for new legal and technological ...
Euro-MPs call for harmonisation of copyright at European level
As a response to the growth of unauthorised file sharing of copyrighted works, the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee agreed on Tuesday to urge the ...
EU IPR Strategy "behind the times": BEUC leads calls for balanced copyright laws
The European Commission is expected to publish on Tuesday May 24 its EU Strategy on the future of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). In advance, BEUC has ...
EU launches WTO case against China
The European Union launched legal proceedings in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Friday against Chinese legislation that it claims undermines the ...
Louboutin wins right to red sole in EU Court
Luxury shoe designer Christian Louboutin won a case at the European Court of Justice Tuesday over the right to trademark its exclusive red sole trademark used ...
EU plans first 'Counterfeit and Piracy' watch list
As part of EU plans for an intellectual property enforcement system, the European Commission launched Wednesday a public consultation to establish a first ...
Louboutin loses 'red sole' case in EU's top Court
A trade mark combining colour and shape may be refused or declared invalid on the grounds set out under EU trade mark law, the advocate-general of the EU's top ...
Intellectual property rights - counterfeiting and piracy - Real FAKE competition - guide
Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier and and Members of the European Parliament have awarded prizes to the winners of the "REAL Fake" ...
EU responds to Internet consumers' fears over traffic monitoring
The negotiation parties of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) today published the documents of the 8th round of negotiations held in Wellington on ...
Protection against unlawful acquisition of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets)
The European Commission has today proposed new rules on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful ...
Impact of intellectual property rights intensive industries in the European Union
The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights and the European Patent Office have carried out an EU-wide study on the contribution ...
EU Court upholds French law over Dali's IP royalties
The European Court of Justice has ruled against Spain in a legal dispute over claims to the IP royalties of Savaldor Dalí's artwork. In its ruling the ECJ ...
Levy on private copies may be imposed, says Advocate General
In an opinion given on 11 May 2010, Advocate General Trstenjak ruled that a levy on private copies may be imposed on digital equipment, devices and media only ...
CASELEX:EU:2006:158 - European Court of Justice, European Union Intellectual Property Law
European Court of Justice, European Union Intellectual Property Law
CASELEX:EU:2009:120 - IP Law - Exhaustion of trade mark proprietor’s rights
This reference for a preliminary ruling was made by the Hoge Raad der Nederlanden (Supreme Court of the Netherlands) (Netherlands) in proceedings between the ...
CASELEX:EU:2000:5 - IP Law - protection of industrial and commercial property
A Member State failed to fulfil its obligations under Articles 30 of the EC Treaty (now, after amendment, Article 28 EC) when it detained presumably ...
EU Court refuses trademark for chocolate rabbits
Chocolate rabbits or reindeer with red ribbons around their neck cannot be registered as Community trademarks, the General Court has ruled, in response to ...
Commission fined EUR 12m for copyright infringement
In a peculiar case of non-contractual liability, the European Commission has been ordered to pay a total of EUR 12 million to Systran, a language translation ...
Customs enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights
The European Parliament on 11 June approved a new EU Regulation on the customs enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights.
Extending a Community Trade Mark outside the EU
A Community Trade Mark (CTM) application or a registered CTM can be used as the basis to extend protection internationally via an International Registration ...
Customs action to tackle IPR infringing goods
EU Customs detained almost 40 million products suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) in 2012, according to the Commission's annual report ...
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