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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 over 30 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. Legal discussions might arise concerning trade names, advertisements, slavish imitation and unauthorized publications.

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 - concerning infringement of a copyright for example - we can guide you through the litigation process.

Significant clients: UEFA, Pioneer, Syngenta, Diageo, Ogilvy.

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Outstanding full service firm. Excellent knowledge of IE-rights and data protection

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

CMS has notable cross-border capabilities and utilises this expertise when handling IP-related cases where multi-jurisdictional infringement proceedings, EU-wide, FTO requests or product launches are concerned.

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

"The firm draws praise for the co-ordination of its international network."

Chambers Global, 2020

"CMS has a huge network and I can always trust to receive seamless and high-quality legal advice, regardless of borders."

Chambers Global, 2020

"The CMS team provides assistance on privacy, anti-competition, and data ownership issues."

The Legal 500, 2019

The team "provides excellent service and has branches and partners in different jurisdictions."

Chambers Europe, 2019

"Cross-border capabilities really add to the customer experience."

Chambers Global, 2019

"Prompt, friendly and personalised service, depth of knowledge and quick grasp of the issues."

Chambers Europe, 2018

"Outstanding knowledge of, and experience in, a wide range of IP matters."

The Legal 500, 2018
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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 edge.

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02/04/2020
In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty in the Neth­er­lands: COV­ID-19's im­pact on dead­lines...
22 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19's im­pact on IP leg­al tim­ings
As in all as­pects of busi­ness, COV­ID-19 is im­pact­ing the world of IP and the po­s­i­tion is con­stantly chan­ging. To help you pri­or­it­ise and plan, the Glob­al IP prac­tice at CMS has put to­geth­er an over­view of COV­ID-19's cur­rent im­pact on pro­ced­ur­al timetables be­fore courts, na­tion­al in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty of­fices and key in­ter­na­tion­al IP in­sti­tu­tions.
08 October 2020
Ger­many tries again to rat­i­fy Uni­fied Pat­ent Court-Agree­ment
A bill for ap­prov­al of the Agree­ment on the Uni­fied Pat­ent Court (UPCA), le­gis­la­tion that would al­low Ger­many to rat­i­fy this con­ven­tion and to par­ti­cip­ate in this in­ter­na­tion­al pat­ent court sys­tem, was...
20/01/2020
The in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty di­lem­mas caused by AI-gen­er­ated works
28 September 2020
High Court con­firms that the class of in­ven­tions cre­ated by AI ma­chines...
The High Court has con­firmed that the class of in­ven­tions cre­ated by AI ma­chines is not pat­entable. The de­cision po­ten­tially leaves the door open for hu­man own­ers of AI ma­chines to list them­selves as...
24/12/2019
DNB pub­lishes re­gis­tra­tion form for crypto ser­vice pro­viders
21 September 2020
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21/11/2019
CMS ad­vised Arkance on the ac­quis­i­tion of Dutch-Bel­gian CAD de­veloper Greenock
14 September 2020
An EPO Case Law Round-Up: Ad­ded Mat­ter
The EPO is well-known for its strict ap­proach to as­sess­ing amend­ments un­der the ad­ded mat­ter pro­vi­sion of Art­icle 123 of the European Pat­ent Con­ven­tion. This of­ten cre­ates com­plex leg­al scen­ari­os which...
08/11/2019
CMS ad­vises Arkance Sys­tems on the ac­quis­i­tion of CAD Ac­cent
13 August 2020
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31 August 2019
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