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Intellectual Property

Luxembourg

In today’s knowledge economy, a large part of the value of your business is based on intangible assets and goodwill. Your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage and avoiding the loss of opportunity. A cohesive IP strategy, including filing, commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your portfolio.

With regards to the business-friendly legislative and tax framework set-up by Luxembourg in matter of IP Law, CMS Luxembourg has developed a team which is able to assist you on the full range of IP matters. Furthermore, with 150 specialist lawyers in 33 countries, we understand your business needs and have worked with a wide range of customers. This approach can help you achieve your commercial goals.  

Our Intellectual Property team is able to assist you in a wide range of industry sectors and in all aspects of IP Law, such as:

  • Management of IP portfolio worldwide including filing, renewal, opposition;
  • Protection of registered and unregistered IP rights including patents, trademarks, designs;
  • Copyrights and neighbouring rights; 
  • Enforcement of IP rights including infringement and revocation actions in relation to trademarks, patents, designs, copyrights and neighbouring rights; 
  • Commercialisation of IP rights, including drafting and negotiating licenses, assignments, co-existence agreements and other commercial agreements involving the exploitation of IP rights; 
  • IP audits and strategic advice on trade mark, design and patent portfolios; 
  • Customs proceedings, parallel import and grey market issues;
  • Advising on database rights and IP rights in software and internet-based technologies. 

The right brands will win the hearts and minds of your customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your ideas or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, know-how and designs also play a vital role. However, legal discussions might arise concerning trade names, advertisements, slavish imitation and unauthorized publications. 

Thanks to our vast experience advising clients on intellectual and industrial property matters, we are able to understand your business needs and provide a strategy aligned to your sector, helping you to achieve your creative and commercial goals. We focus not only on IP disputes but also on portfolio management to provide extensive range of legal support for our clients.

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Paul Guite
August 2018
Sum­mer of sports 2018
17/10/2018
Chin­a's courts pass con­tro­ver­sial rul­ings on open-source li­cen­cing
In a re­cent de­cision that could have leg­al im­plic­a­tions on the use of open-source soft­ware in China, the Beijing In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Court (BIPC) used a con­tro­ver­sial test to de­term­ine wheth­er soft­ware de­veloper YouZi in­fringed on copy­right or simply ex­ploited.
25/07/2018
Kenzo v Kenzo Es­tate: The CJEU con­siders the ad­miss­ib­il­ity of late...
In­tro­duc­tion The latest de­cision of the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on ("CJEU”) in the Kenzo case provides use­ful guid­ance on ad­miss­ib­il­ity of late evid­ence in EU trade mark ap­peal pro­ceed­ings and cla­ri­fies the mean­ing of ‘un­fair ad­vant­age’ for well-known.
14/06/2018
CJEU rules that Louboutin's red sole trade mark is not a shape trade...
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 since the de­scrip­tion ex­pli­citly.
28/03/2018
Brexit up­date on In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Rights -Draft With­draw­al Agree­ment
On 20 March 2018 the UK and EU Com­mis­sion pub­lished the draft With­draw­al Agree­ment (here), which re­flects the cur­rent status of Brexit ne­go­ti­ations between the UK and the EU. The text of the Agree­ment has been col­our-coded to show: (1) agreed terms that are.
26/03/2018
McHardy with­draws in­junc­tion re­quest – Is this a vic­tory for open...
After the with­draw­al of re­quest for in­ter­im in­junc­tion in Co­logne High­er Re­gion­al Cour­ton March 7, can users of open source soft­ware breathe a sigh of re­lief or does this with­draw­al give rise to false hope? When Co­logne Re­gion­al Court is­sued an in­junc­tion in.
19/03/2018
Open Source Com­pli­ance
Open source com­pli­ance fail­ures can pose a ser­i­ous threat to af­fected com­pan­ies. Here is an over­view. After the first open source li­cense was en­forced by a Ger­man court in 2004, there is no longer any doubt about their valid­ity.
15/03/2018
Trans­par­ency in Big Data – New in­form­a­tion rights of the GDPR
One of the GDPR’s main ob­ject­ives is to in­crease trans­par­ency in Big Data. Sub­sequently, con­trol­lers are re­quired to re­veal more de­tails of their data pro­cessing op­er­a­tions. In­form­a­tion rights as in­di­vidu­al rights In­form­a­tion rights as stip­u­lated in art­icles.
13/02/2018
GDPR: ma­jor im­pact on hotel in­dustry
In a de­vel­op­ment that is ex­pec­ted to re­ver­ber­ate across the hotel in­dustry of the Neth­er­lands and EU, the Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR) is sched­uled to come in­to force on 25 May 2018. The GDPR was de­signed to strengthen pri­vacy rules, pro­tect the.
23/01/2018
Brus­sels Court of Ap­peal de­cides that Aldi’s Buval Pils­ner does not...
  In a de­cision of 12 Decem­ber 2017 the Brus­sels Court of Ap­peal over­turned the first in­stance de­cision and de­cided that Aldi’s Buval beer does not in­fringe In­Bev’s trade­mark and is in fact not con­trary to fair com­mer­cial prac­tices.
07/12/2017
CJEU strengthens sup­pli­ers of lux­ury goods – their third-party plat­form...
In a land­mark judg­ment of 6 Decem­ber 2017 (C-230/16 – Coty Ger­many), the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (CJEU) has put a pre­lim­in­ary end to the dis­cus­sions on an­ti­trust is­sues con­cern­ing third-party plat­form bans for lux­ury goods - es­sen­tially provid­ing.
30/11/2017
EU is­sues draft guid­ance on data breach hand­ling
A data breach is a breach of se­cur­ity lead­ing to any ac­ci­dent­al or un­law­ful de­struc­tion/loss/dis­clos­ure of or ac­cess to any per­son­al data, pos­sibly re­quir­ing no­ti­fic­a­tion to the DPA or the af­fected data sub­jects.