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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.

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June 2019
CMS In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Glob­al Bro­chure
In today’s know­ledge eco­nomy, a large part of the value of your busi­ness de­pends on in­tan­gible as­sets and good­will. Your in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty (IP) plays a key role in gain­ing and keep­ing your com­pet­it­ive...
Our In­ter­na­tion­al In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Group
In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty (IP) rep­res­ents one of the most im­port­ant re­sources a com­pany can have, and CMS helps cli­ents to se­cure and pro­tect such stra­tegic as­sets. CMS has more than 150 at­tor­neys who spe­cial­ise...
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14 May 2021
Re­cord­ing an as­sign­ment at the European Pat­ent Of­fice
Doc­u­ment sign­ing has presen­ted nov­el chal­lenges in the new re­mote-work­ing en­vir­on­ment. Re­cord­ing an as­sign­ment at the European Pat­ent Of­fice (EPO) can be straight­for­ward provided that the form­al re­quire­ments...
06 May 2021
High­lights on New Reg­u­la­tions on Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Med­ic­al...
On 18 March 2021, the State Coun­cil pro­mul­gated the Reg­u­la­tions on Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Med­ic­al Devices (Re­vised in 2021), which will take ef­fect on 1 June 2021 (the "New Med­ic­al Device Reg­u­la­tions")...
21 April 2021
Lego A/S v EUIPO: Lego re­tains design re­gis­tra­tion for its icon­ic Lego...
The Second Cham­ber of the Gen­er­al Court in Lego A/S v EUIPO (Case T-515/19) has an­nulled a de­cision of the EU In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Of­fice (“EUIPO”) to de­clare in­val­id the design of a Lego brick...
16 April 2021
Re­vised EU au­di­ovisu­al dir­ect­ive changes play­ing field for third-coun­try...
The main reg­u­lat­ory in­stru­ment for broad­cast­ing and video-on-de­mand ser­vices (VOD ser­vices) at the EU level is the re­cently re­vised Au­di­ovisu­al Me­dia Ser­vices Dir­ect­ive (AVMSD). The AVMSD re­lies on the...
14 April 2021
Court of Ap­peal main­tains ‘Brit­ish Gym­nastics’ trade marks in­fringed by...
In its re­cent de­cision in UK Gym­nastics Ltd & Ors v Brit­ish Am­a­teur Gym­nastics As­so­ci­ation[1], the Court of Ap­peal up­held the rul­ing in the IPEC[2] that the De­fend­ants’ use of ‘UK Gym­nastics’ in­fringed...
13 April 2021
The Fu­ture of Food: What makes Singa­pore an at­tract­ive des­tin­a­tion for...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. In­tro­duc­tion Singa­pore has a bur­geon­ing Ag­ri­FoodTech eco­sys­tem. As the first coun­try glob­ally...
06 April 2021
Court of Ap­peal sticks with CJEU jur­is­pru­dence on com­mu­nic­a­tion to the...
In its re­cent de­cision in Tun­eIn Inc v Warner Mu­sic UK Lim­ited and Sony Mu­sic En­ter­tain­ment UK Lim­ited [2021] EW­CA Civ 441, the Court of Ap­peal has re­jec­ted ar­gu­ments that the UK should de­part from the...
26 March 2021
Fines in­creased for per­son­al data pro­tec­tion vi­ol­a­tions
On 27 March 2021, Fed­er­al Law No. 19-FZ dated 24 Feb­ru­ary 2021* comes in­to force, which sig­ni­fic­antly in­creases pen­al­ties for vi­ol­a­tion of rules ap­plic­able to per­son­al data pro­cessing in Rus­sia. This...
26 March 2021
Body­con be­ware: how passing off fails boutique fash­ion
Sum­mary In Ori­gin­al Beauty Tech­no­logy Co Ltd and oth­er v G4K Fash­ion Ltd and oth­er, Dav­id Stone (sit­ting as Deputy High Court Judge) ruled that the de­fend­ant had in­fringed the claimants’ un­re­gistered...
23 March 2021
The En­larged Board of the European Pat­ent Of­fice has giv­en a mo­ment­ous...
The En­larged Board of the European Pat­ent Of­fice heard or­al ar­gu­ments in Ju­ly 2020 con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of a com­puter soft­ware in­ven­tion.  This rare event was video streamed to over 1600 pat­ent stake­hold­ers...
17 March 2021
SPC is­sues Ju­di­cial In­ter­pret­a­tion on Pun­it­ive Dam­ages in In­tel­lec­tu­al...
On 7 Feb­ru­ary 2021, the Ju­di­cial Com­mit­tee of the PRC Su­preme People’s Court ad­op­ted the Ju­di­cial In­ter­pret­a­tion on Pun­it­ive Dam­ages in In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty In­fringe­ment Cases (“In­ter­pret­a­tion”)...
11 March 2021
The rising tide of plat­form reg­u­la­tion
Cov­id-19 has brought many things to the fore, not least the role that on­line plat­forms play in every­day life. However reg­u­la­tion has struggled to stay ahead of the curve due to the speed at which some...