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Intellectual Property

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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. 

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.

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.

Our specialist lawyers in 41 countries and 72 offices, 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.

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24 Apr 20
CMS again achieves top po­s­i­tions in BIL­ANZ / Le Temps...
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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...
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19's Im­pact on IP Leg­al Tim­ings
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...
15 Apr 20
New rank­ings from "The Leg­al 500" for CMS Switzer­land
20 May 20
Use of product pic­tures in ad­vert­ise­ment un­der re­vised Swiss copy­right...
On 1 April 2020, the Swiss Copy­right Act ("CopA") was re­vised to ad­apt Swiss copy­right law to the new di­git­al age. One of the of­ten-high­lighted changes is the ab­ol­ish­ment of the high threshold for the...
06 Apr 20
CMS ad­vised Har­ald Quandt In­dus­trieb­eteili­gun­gen GmbH
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...
31 Mar 20
CMS ad­vises Halder on the ac­quis­i­tion of Sirag, Univer...
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...
05 Feb 20
CMS ad­vises CTS EVEN­TIM on the ac­quisiton of ma­jor­ity...
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...