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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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"Firm oriented towards practical solutions resolving the issue"

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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20/11/2019
CMS wins Trends Leg­al Award for "Best Bel­gian Law Firm...
26 Nov 19
Cri­ti­ciz­ing your com­pet­it­or on its blog could cost you EUR 1,500!
Re­cently, the An­t­werp En­ter­prise Court had to de­cide wheth­er a Dutch un­der­tak­ing was li­able for cri­ti­ciz­ing a Bel­gian com­pet­it­or on that com­pet­it­or’s own blog. The court held the Dutch un­der­tak­ing li­able...
June 2019
CMS In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Glob­al Bro­chure
21 Oct 19
AG Opin­ion in SkyKick: Guid­ance on the re­quire­ment for clar­ity and...
Sum­mary The eagerly awaited Ad­voc­ate Gen­er­al Opin­ion in the SkyKick case (C-317/18) was pub­lished last week. The Opin­ion from AG Tanchev relates to ques­tions re­ferred to the CJEU by the UK High Court...
02/04/2019
European Uni­on Trade Mark Reg­u­la­tion and Com­munity...
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18 Oct 19
Re­vised Rules of Pro­ced­ure of the European Pat­ent Of­fice Boards of...
The Rules of Pro­ced­ure of the Boards of Ap­peal are the rules that gov­ern the way ap­peals are con­duc­ted at the European Pat­ent Of­fice (EPO). The EPO has re­cently ap­proved changes to these rules, which...
30/11/2018
Novem­ber 2018 News­let­ter
13 Sep 19
SPC Double Whammy - In­ter­pret­ing Art­icle 3(a) of the SPC Reg­u­la­tion
Sum­mary At the end of June, the CJEU heard the joint re­fer­rals from the Ger­man Bundes­pat­ent­gericht (case C-650/17) for Mer­ck’s sitaglipt­in product and from the Eng­lish Court of Ap­peal for Searle’s...
22/06/2018
June 2018 News­let­ter
14 Jun 19
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...
16/03/2018
March 2018 News­let­ter
13 Jun 19
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...