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Intellectual Property

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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. A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your portfolio. With 150 specialist lawyers in 33 countries, we understand your business needs and have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech and media companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies. This industry-specific approach can help you realise your commercial goals.

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. We focus on key sectors relevant to you such as lifesciences, automotive, machinery, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services and TMC. This means you get in-depth industry knowledge as well as legal expertise for the protection of your IP. If you are involved in a dispute, we can guide you through the litigation process.

Winner of the 2019 Trends Legal Award for “Best law firm in IP, IT & TMT”

 

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Feedback from a client, Chambers Europe, 2018

"For the areas in which we work with them, they are very strong technically and legally. They are solution-driven and cost-efficient. They are very reactive and can turn around things very quickly, and they know every trick in the book."

Feedback from a client - Chambers Europe, 2017

“Established IP practice with an impressive roster of domestic and international clients. Involved in complex trade mark, patent and copyright matters, including cancellation and infringement litigation. Core sectors of expertise include sports, media, technology and consumer goods. Clients appreciate the team's high level of client service.”

Chambers Europe, 2017

“The IP attorneys at CMS are ‘on the ball’ and ‘among Belgium’s foremost specialists in the field’.”

Legal 500, 2017
20 Mar 19
EU trade marks pre­pared for no-deal Brexit
To pre­pare for a no-deal Brexit, the UK par­lia­ment passed two stat­utory in­stru­ments re­gard­ing trade marks. These in­clude: the Trade Marks (Amend­ments etc.) (EU Exit) Reg­u­la­tions, which deal with EU trade marks (EUTM). This amend­ment was ap­proved last month;...
September 2018
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June 2019
CMS In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Glob­al Bro­chure

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CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19's Im­pact on IP Leg­al Tim­ings
29 May 20
3D trade marks news: over­view of re­cent judg­ments in the Göm­böc and...
The in­ter­pret­a­tion of pro­vi­sions reg­u­lat­ing shape marks of­ten raises vari­ous doubts on both the EU and na­tion­al level, es­pe­cially re­gard­ing the con­di­tions un­der which re­gis­tra­tion of shape marks can be...
20/11/2019
CMS wins Trends Leg­al Award for "Best Bel­gian Law Firm...
26 May 20
European Com­mis­sion must ad­dress in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty and AI
The Com­mit­tee on Leg­al Af­fairs (JURI) of the European Par­lia­ment has pub­lished three draft re­ports re­lat­ing to ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI). This note is about the draft re­port on in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty...
June 2019
CMS In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Glob­al Bro­chure
26 May 20
European Pat­ent Of­fice COV­ID-19 pro­vi­sions - as at 25 May 2020
The EPO has re­cently is­sued fur­ther in­form­a­tion re­gard­ing or­al pro­ceed­ings be­fore ex­am­in­a­tion and op­pos­i­tion di­vi­sions and be­fore the Boards of Ap­peal. This art­icle sum­mar­ises all of the EPO’s COV­ID-19...
02/04/2019
European Uni­on Trade Mark Reg­u­la­tion and Com­munity...
A Com­ment­ary
19 May 20
High Court rul­ing con­firms SkyKick in­fringed Sky’s trade marks
On 29 April 2020, Lord Justice Arnold handed down his judg­ment in the High Court in­fringe­ment pro­ceed­ings in Sky Plc v Skykick UK Ltd [2020] EWHC 990 (Ch).  The de­cision ap­plies the CJEU’s guid­ance...
30/11/2018
Novem­ber 2018 News­let­ter
19 May 20
Not Pat­entable – The end of the line for plants and an­im­als pro­duced...
The highest ju­di­cial au­thor­ity at the EPO is­sued their opin­ion late last week in the con­tro­ver­sial G3/19 (Pep­per) case. Con­trary to pre­vi­ous de­cisions in G2/12 and G2/13 (To­mato/Broc­coli), the En­larged...
22/06/2018
June 2018 News­let­ter
18 May 20
Boards of Ap­peal at the European Pat­ent Of­fice to re­sume hold­ing or­al...
The European Pat­ent Of­fice (EPO) Boards of Ap­peal have is­sued a new com­mu­nic­a­tion today ad­vising that, to a lim­ited ex­tent, the Boards of Ap­peal will re­sume hold­ing or­al pro­ceed­ings from Monday 18th May...