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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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Red Sole Diary: how the story ends before the CJEU

Red Sole Diary: how the story ends before the CJEU
21/06/2018

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) handed down an eagerly awaited decision in a dispute about Christian Louboutin's “red sole mark” which is pending before the District Court of The Hague (NL).

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Amendments to the Benelux convention on Intellectual Property

Amendments to the Benelux convention on Intellectual Property
20/06/2018

The Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (BCIP) has been amended as of June 1st. The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) will have new prerogatives as revocation and invalidation actions can be brought before it and the Benelux Court of Justice (BCJ) is now the competent 

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CJEU rules that Louboutin's red sole trade mark is not a shape trade mark

CJEU rules that Louboutin's red sole trade mark is not a shape trade mark
15/06/2018

On 12 June 2018, the Court of Justice of the EU rendered its much-awaited judgement in the case about Louboutin’s red sole trade mark, ruling that this trade mark does not relate to a specific shape of sole for high-heeled shoes 

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BEPS-compliant IP regime enters into force

BEPS-compliant IP regime enters into force
17/05/2018

On 19 April 2018, the law introducing the new Luxembourg BEPS-compliant Intellectual Property (IP) regime was published. With retroactive effect as from tax year 2018, Luxembourg taxpayers now benefit from an 80% exemption regime applicable to income related to patents and copyrighted software.

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Important changes to Benelux Trade Mark Law as per June 1, 2018

Important changes to Benelux Trade Mark Law as per June 1, 2018
27/04/2018

The Benelux trade mark System will undergo two important changes as per June 1, 2018.

Appeals from decisions of the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP)

Until now appeals from decisions of the BOIP in opposition cases were brought before the courts of appeal of The Hague, Brussels or Luxembourg (with further appeals on questions of law to the respective supreme courts). 

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