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In today’s knowledge economy, your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. A cohesive strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your IP. With specialist IP lawyers throughout Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), we have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech and media companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies, often across the region or in several jurisdictions.

Everything was co-ordinated in a very good way. The lawyers also had good ideas.
Chambers Europe

Leading multinationals look to CMS for an integrated, cross-border service to meet their global needs and/or deal with global trademark portfolios, as well as specialist advice and representation in individual countries. Working with CMS gives you invaluable access to knowledge of the CEE markets and regulators, both locally and regionally. We work together with you to find the best solutions for your business.

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 life sciences and healthcare, automotive, machinery, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services, and technology, media and communications.

The overall impression of the is very positive. The team provided a lot of support and assistance.
Chambers Europe

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, CMS dedicated contentious IP experts can guide you through the litigation process.

In Poland our IP team focuses on enforcement and litigation relating to patents, trademarks, designs, and copyrights. Our experts work with Polish customs on a regular basis with regards to managing clients’ IP rights enforcement programmes.

High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty in Po­land
Cooper Stand­ard on re­view of cli­ent’s key IP as­sets across Europe in­clud­ing know-how and pat­ent leg­al re­view, ad­vising on pat­ent/trade­mark li­cens­ing scheme and co­ordin­a­tion of crit­ic­al pat­ent dis­putes...

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27/01/2023
Quantum com­put­ing pat­ent in­crease is far above av­er­age
On Wed­nes­day 25 Janu­ary 2023, the European Pat­ent Of­fice (EPO) is­sued their In­sight Re­port in­to quantum com­put­ing and pat­ents. In their Re­port, the EPO con­sidered quantum com­put­ing pat­ents in gen­er­al...
18/01/2023
What is the sig­ni­fic­ance of a clin­ic­al tri­al pro­tocol as pri­or art at the...
The EPO Ap­peal Board has fur­ther re­fined their view on when pri­or art dis­clos­ures of clin­ic­al tri­al pro­to­cols are an is­sue for pat­entab­il­ity of med­ic­al use claims. De­cision T1806/18 In de­cision T1806/18...
16/12/2022
Arm­chair in­ven­tions part 2:  Pre­lim­in­ary opin­ion on plaus­ib­il­ity at the...
The is­sue of plaus­ib­il­ity was pre­vi­ously re­ferred to the En­larged Board of Ap­peal (EBA), the highest ju­di­cial au­thor­ity at the European Pat­ent Of­fice (EPO). Our art­icle on the re­fer­ral can be found here...
12/12/2022
The European Com­mis­sion’s pro­posed reg­u­la­tions for Designs. What does it...
On 29 Novem­ber 2022, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished pro­posed word­ing for a new Reg­u­la­tion and Dir­ect­ive re­form­ing the sys­tem for design pro­tec­tion. The aim of the pro­pos­als is to make design re­gis­tra­tions...
22/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: Life Sci­ences are reap­ing...
Di­git­al trans­form­a­tion in life sci­ences is cre­at­ing op­por­tun­it­ies to counter health­care’s most in­tract­able prob­lems from treat­ing rare dis­eases to ac­cel­er­at­ing dia­gnostics and re­du­cing treat­ment back­logs...
15/11/2022
Déjà vu for Louis Vuit­ton’s Dam­i­er Azur pat­tern?
In­tro­duc­tion It could be ar­gued that the ma­jor­ity of con­sumers would re­cog­nise the in­fam­ous Dam­i­er Azur pat­tern be­long­ing to French lux­ury fash­ion house, Louis Vuit­ton Mal­leti­er (Louis Vuit­ton). Pre­vi­ous...
08/11/2022
Tech­no­logy Trans­form­a­tion – Me­dia
The me­dia sec­tor is known to be highly com­pet­it­ive, with that com­pet­i­tion driv­ing in­nov­a­tion. Older me­dia busi­nesses have had to grapple with dis­rupt­ive new entrants. And those new entrants are con­stantly work­ing to de­liv­er bet­ter and more en­ga­ging con­tent and user ex­per­i­ences to main­tain their ad­vant­age. Di­git­isa­tion has changed how me­dia com­pan­ies in­ter­act with their audi­ence in ways we could not have ima­gined just a few years ago, but this comes with risk.This re­port is a deep dive in­to the data first pro­duced for the re­port Tech­no­logy Trans­form­a­tion: Man­aging Risks in a Chan­ging Land­scape. This saw over 500 cor­por­ate coun­sel and risk man­agers sur­veyed from mul­tiple in­dus­tries across the world. Here we look in de­tail at the 75 re­spond­ents from the me­dia sec­tor, and their per­spect­ives on the risks as­so­ci­ated with busi­ness-crit­ic­al tech­no­lo­gies, in­clud­ing emer­ging tech­no­lo­gies. What did we find? Me­dia is a dy­nam­ic sec­tor and can be an early ad­op­ter of many nov­el tech­no­lo­gies as com­pan­ies push for com­pet­it­ive ad­vant­ages to cre­ate and sat­is­fy cus­tom­er de­mand. As we look to the fu­ture, the sec­tor does seem un­der­prepared in some areas, which is a po­ten­tial cause for con­cern.Down­load the Tech­no­logy Trans­form­a­tion me­dia sec­tor re­port now to read aboutThe prin­cip­al drivers in the ad­op­tion of busi­ness-crit­ic­al tech­no­logy in the me­dia sec­tor­Con­fid­ence in man­aging tech-re­lated risks among seni­or me­dia ex­ec­ut­ivesFu­ture threats from new tech­no­lo­gies like AI and block­chain­Which plans and pro­cesses me­dia com­pan­ies are put­ting in place to pro­tect tech in­fra­struc­ture­Cul­tur­al bar­ri­ers to man­aging tech risks in the me­dia sec­tor­Preferred ap­proaches to dis­pute res­ol­u­tion in the me­dia sec­tor
04/11/2022
Ar­bit­ra­tion of FRAND dis­putes
UK Court of Ap­peal gives strongest steer yet for set­tling FRAND dis­putes via ar­bit­ra­tion Last week, the Court of Ap­peal handed down its judge­ment in Optis, in which it was asked to opine on the avail­ab­il­ity...
03/11/2022
5 things you need to know about the DSA in less than 10 minutes!
Oc­to­ber fin­ished with the long-awaited ad­op­tion and pub­lic­a­tion (on the 27th) of the Di­git­al Ser­vices Act (DSA). Al­low us to de­mys­ti­fy the key points of the DSA for you. The DSA is a new leg­al frame­work...
19/10/2022
Di­or Saddle Bag – icon­ic fash­ion state­ment or just an­oth­er bag?
In the latest in­stal­ment of the fash­ion in­dustry’s at­tempts to re­gister three-di­men­sion­al trade marks, Chris­ti­an Di­or Cou­ture has al­most en­tirely failed to se­cure trade mark pro­tec­tion for the shape...
27/09/2022
CMS ad­vises Brod­vik AB on the sale of SITS
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Brod­vik AB on the sale of 100% of shares in SITS sp z o.o. to Ac­tona Group A/S. Brod­vik AB is a Swedish whole­saler of fur­niture, car­pets and light­ing equip­ment...
21/09/2022
Any way you see it: CJEU Ad­voc­ate Gen­er­al is­sues Opin­ion on parts of designs...
The Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (CJEU) Ad­voc­ate Gen­er­al Szpunar (AG) has de­livered his Opin­ion in a re­quest for a pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing by the Fed­er­al Pat­ent Court of Ger­many (Bundes­pat­ent­gericht)...