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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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"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
101 mar­ket­ingv­ragen jur­idisch beant­woord (derde edit­ie)
June 2019
CMS In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Glob­al Bro­chure

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CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19's Im­pact on IP Leg­al Tim­ings
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...
June 2019
CMS In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Glob­al Bro­chure
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...
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...
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...
13 May 20
Göm­böc: CJEU provides clar­ity on the pro­tect­ab­il­ity of 3D trade marks
On 23 April 2020, the CJEU handed down its judg­ment in the Göm­böc[1] case, which relates to a re­fer­ral from the Hun­gari­an Su­preme Court. The CJEU answered three ques­tions re­lat­ing to the grounds for...
06 May 20
C‑622/18 – AR v Cooper In­ter­na­tion­al Spir­its LLC and Oth­ers - Dam­ages...
On 26 March 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (CJEU) handed down a pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing in which they con­sidered wheth­er the own­er of a na­tion­al trade mark re­gis­tra­tion could claim dam­ages...
05 May 20
European Pat­ent Of­fice (EPO) COV­ID-19 pro­vi­sions – as at 5 May 2020
The EPO has now is­sued a fur­ther guid­ance no­tice re­gard­ing its dead­lines in light of the on­go­ing coronavir­us situ­ation, which re­places the pre­vi­ous no­tice dated 16 April 2020 and which will be pub­lished...
04 May 20
EPO Board of ap­peal re­mits to ex­amin­ing di­vi­sion when pri­or art search...
In Mod­el de­term­in­a­tion sys­tem/Ac­cen­ture Glob­al Ser­vices Lim­ited (Case T-1159/15), the board of ap­peal finds that need to per­form a pri­or art search con­sti­tutes a spe­cial reas­on to re­mit the ap­peal ap­plic­a­tion...
30 Apr 20
COV­ID-19 - EUIPO ex­tends dead­lines
The EUIPO yes­ter­day ex­ten­ded time lim­its which are due to ex­pire between Fri­day, 1 May 2020 and Sunday, 17 May 2020 to Monday, 18 May 2020. This fol­lows the earli­er ex­ten­sion of time lim­its un­til 1 May...
30 Apr 20
USPTO finds an in­ven­tion cre­ated by an AI ma­chine is not pat­entable
The US Pat­ent and Trade Mark Of­fice has found that DABUS is not a per­son and so can­not be con­sidered an in­vent­or of a pat­ent. DABUS is an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) ma­chine. The USPTO ac­cep­ted the in­dic­a­tion...