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In the current economic climate, intangible assets and personal data are of significant value to companies. Said assets, essential for generating business and competitive advantage, are subject to increasingly strict regulations and threatened by ever-emerging risks.

Digitalisation and the consolidation of regulations across the globe represent two elements which are bound to have a profound effect on companies. Our team of specialists is well versed in advising companies on digitalisation processes, adaptation to Industry 4.0 and data protection. We advise entities throughout the entire digital economy value chain, as well as those from content producers to network operators in the communications industry, including applications, software, website and service providers, distributors and manufacturers.

Thanks to our vast experience advising on intellectual and industrial property, we are able to understand the needs of each business and provide a strategy aligned to each client’s sector, helping them to achieve their creative and commercial goals.

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    Intellectual and Industrial Property

    Our team provides legal advice on intellectual and industrial property, which is key to effectively protecting brands, patents, designs, copyrights and know-how. Thanks to our vast experience, we are able to understand business needs and provide a strategy aligned to each client’s sector, helping them to achieve their creative and commercial goals.

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    Data Protection

    Our specialist Data Protection team is vastly experienced in advising all types of companies on personal data protection-related matters and, specifically, on how to fully adapt to the GDPR. If your company is underprepared, our experts can help you implement a compliance programme tailored to your needs.

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    14/06/2019
    The EUIPO de­liv­ers its ver­dict on the long­stand­ing dis­pute between...
    EUTM Can­cel­la­tion Ac­tion: (1) Pro­mote Ice­land, (2) The Iceland­ic Min­istry for For­eign Af­fairs and (3) SA – Busi­ness Ice­land v. Ice­land Foods Lim­ited. Back­ground Three Iceland­ic au­thor­it­ies (“Iceland­ic Ap­plic­ants”) filed an ap­plic­a­tion for a de­clar­a­tion of in­valid­ity.
    13/06/2019
    SPC Man­u­fac­tur­ing Waiver to come in­to ef­fect 1 Ju­ly 2019
    Gen­er­ics com­pan­ies will soon be able to man­u­fac­ture SPC-pro­tec­ted drugs for ex­port out­side the EU un­der new man­u­fac­tur­ing waiver pro­vi­sions. In the last six months of the SPC life­time, it will also be al­low­able to man­u­fac­ture gen­er­ics for stock­pil­ing for “day.
    30/05/2019
    EPO's strict ap­proach to de­cid­ing if a com­pos­i­tion can be­ne­fit from...
    The EPO Tech­nic­al Board of Ap­peal (TBA) re­viewed the law around nov­elty of use, and de­term­ined that in the case of Car­di­oPoly­mer, Inc. 's European pat­ent ap­plic­a­tion (EP07837908. 8), the claimed chem­ic­al en­tity did not qual­i­fy as a 'sub­stance or com­pos­i­tion'.
    08/04/2019
    A new age for copy­right reg­u­la­tion in the EU di­git­al mar­ket - Part...
    The Dir­ect­ive on Copy­right in the Di­git­al Single Mar­ket (the “Dir­ect­ive”) has now been ap­proved by the European Par­lia­ment and once ad­op­ted by the Coun­cil of the EU it will form part of the EU Mem­ber States’ na­tion­al le­gis­la­tion by the end of the im­ple­ment­a­tion.
    03/04/2019
    A new age for copy­right reg­u­la­tion in the EU di­git­al mar­ket - Part...
    The European Par­lia­ment voted on 26 March in fa­vour of the Dir­ect­ive on Copy­right in the Di­git­al Single Mar­ket (the “Dir­ect­ive”). If, as ex­pec­ted, it is ad­op­ted by the Coun­cil of the EU (rep­res­ent­at­ives of Mem­ber State gov­ern­ments) in mid-April, it will be­come.
    01/04/2019
    European Pat­ent Of­fice 2018 An­nu­al Re­port
    The European Pat­ent Of­fice (EPO) 2018 An­nu­al Re­port was pub­lished this month show­ing cur­rent trends in the use of the sys­tem, as well as how the sys­tem is per­form­ing against qual­ity con­trol mark­ers. The US con­tin­ues to be the greatest user of the sys­tem in.
    27/03/2019
    Judg­ment on Ab­rax­is C-443/17; 21st March 2019
    The CJEU de­livered its judg­ment last week on the case of Ab­rax­is v Comp­troller Gen­er­al of Pat­ents con­cern­ing Sup­ple­ment­ary Pro­tec­tion Cer­ti­fic­ates (SPCs) for new for­mu­la­tions of medi­cin­al products. The Court has ruled that Art­icle 3(d) of Reg­u­la­tion No 469/2009,.
    13/02/2019
    Dot eu do­main names in a no deal Brexit - What's the plan?
    In­tro­duc­tion EUR­id is the private, in­de­pend­ent, not for profit or­gan­isa­tion that has op­er­ated the. eu TLD since 2003. Last year EUR­id re­por­ted the EU Com­mis­sion’s No­tice to Stake­hold­ers which an­nounced that in the event of a no deal Brexit, UK in­di­vidu­als and.
    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.