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COVID 19 - Extension of deadlines before the Benelux and the European Union intellectual property offices

COVID 19 - Extension of deadlines before the Benelux and the European Union intellectual property offices
07/05/2020

Due to the restrictions caused by Covid-19, the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (the “BOIP”) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (the “EUIPO”) have decided to extend the deadlines in connection with procedures

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CJEU renders important decision on the liability of online platforms in trade mark infringement cases

CJEU renders important decision on the liability of online platforms in trade mark infringement cases
07/04/2020

On 2 April 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) rendered a judgment (C-567/18) clarifying the potential liability of Amazon and other operators of online platforms for trade mark infringement. 

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EU Copyright: lending out vehicles with radio receivers is not a “communication to the public”

EU Copyright: lending out vehicles with radio receivers is not a “communication to the public”
03/04/2020

On 2 April 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) rendered a judgment (C-753/18) in which the much-discussed concept of “communication to the public”, relevant for copyright-protected works in the EU, is further elucidated. 

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Facilitating patent applications:  no formal requirements for transfer of priority rights

Facilitating patent applications: no formal requirements for transfer of priority rights
19/08/2019

Recently the Court of Appeal of The Hague handed down an important decision on the issue of the transfer of priority rights under the European Patent Convention ("EPC"), which is a first in the Netherlands.

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Update on the Implementation of Directive on Trade Secrets

Update on the Implementation of Directive on Trade Secrets
18/01/2019

Business secrets have long been poorly protected and difficult to defend compared to intellectual property rights (including patents, copyrights and trademarks). 

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Implementation into Luxembourg law of EU Directive 2016/943 on trade secrets

Implementation into Luxembourg law of EU Directive 2016/943 on trade secrets
07/09/2018

Although the implementation should have been enacted by 9 June 2018, Luxembourg has finally published, on 13 August, the first draft bill implementing Directive 2016/943 on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information. 

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Debranding Before Import Not Allowed

Debranding Before Import Not Allowed
09/08/2018

The CJEU sided with Mitsubishi and ruled that a trade mark proprietor has the right to oppose the removal by third parties of its trade marks and their replacement with other marks, even if the products

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 EU Trade Marks Should Be Distinctive Throughout the EU, Not Just a Significant Part Thereof

EU Trade Marks Should Be Distinctive Throughout the EU, Not Just a Significant Part Thereof
01/08/2018

In its recent Nestlé v Mondelez decision (C-84/17P, C-85/17P and C-95/17P), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed that the acquisition of distinctive character by non-traditional EU trade marks (EUTM) should be established for the entire European Union not just a substantial part thereof.

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Consequences of intellectual property rights infringement in Luxembourg

Consequences of intellectual property rights infringement in Luxembourg
10/07/2018

Over the last five years, the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (Observatory), has carried out research into the consequences of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringement in the EU and published the results in June (Full report available here)

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La réforme du droit d'auteur dans l'UE : une nouvelle protection contre l'hégémonie des GAFA ?

La réforme du droit d'auteur dans l'UE : une nouvelle protection contre l'hégémonie des GAFA ?
02/07/2018

En matière de réforme visant à faciliter l’émergence d’un marché unique du numérique, on aura souvent entendu ces jours derniers l’application du Règlement Général pour la Protection des Données, permettant de doter tous les Etats-Membres d’un degré commun et élevé de protection des données personnelles.

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