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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights through Border Measures (second edition), edited by...

Olivier Vrins (ALTIUS) and Marius Schneider

Oxford University Press, the well-known UK publisher of reference books, has just published Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights through Border Measures (second edition), a 1248-page practical guide to using border measures against the importation of goods infringing intellectual property rights into the European Union, edited by Olivier Vrins (Partner at ALTIUS) and Marius Schneider. 

Favourable decision for Veuve Cliquot orange bubbles up

Companies often use colours to promote their products, applying them to goods and packaging and using them in advertisements and point of sale displays. Colours may become a powerful corporate tool, especially when they are registered as trademarks in relation to the company's goods.

Blushing brands: protecting trademarks before and after '.xxx'

The '.xxx' domain name extension will soon be open for registration - whether brand owners like it or not. The new top-level domain is intended for companies in the adult entertainment industry.

New law will give better protection to plant breeders

A plant variety right (PVR) is an IP right which rewards breeders of new plant varieties for their efforts in creating those varieties. The current PVR law dates back to 1975 and is based on the 1961 International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants. The convention has since been amended several times, most recently and radically in 1991.

Colour marks: difficult to register, easy to protect?

Colours are used on packaging and in advertising to present products attractively and decoratively. However, they also send a powerful, attention-grabbing signal and are often processed more rapidly by the human brain than verbal of figurative signs, especially when perceived at a distance. A single colour or colour combination can thus fulfil the function of a trademark: to guarantee the origin of goods or services to consumers or end users by enabling them unambiguously to distinguish particular goods or services from others.

Trademarks, virtual products and Homer Simpson's favourite beer

A few months ago the Brussels Commercial Court annulled two DUFF BEER Community trademarks owned by Twentieth Century Fox.

Are donations of counterfeit goods to charities socially acceptable?

Despite calls for seized counterfeit goods to be donated to charity, set conditions should be met in order to protect rights holders and those receiving the goods

Injunctions in Intellectual Property Rights

In the context of the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy, the private sector members called for the establishment of a professional and technical group of legal practitioners, to horizontally assess intellectual property rights legal framework.

Advocate general's opinion a setback for copyright

In 2010 the Brussels Court of Appeal referred a question to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the subject of illegal downloading.

Cookery and rights protection: a recipe for disaster?

The growing success of cookery books in Belgium has revived the issue of how to protect the intellectual property in recipes. Recent cases involving two of Belgium's finest culinary specialties have raised a number of questions for IP experts, not least how to protect both highly innovative recipes - for example, in the field of molecular gastronomy - and the free exchange of culinary ideas.

Intellectual property rights of an employee

In a judgment of 14 January 2011, the Labour Court of Appeals of Brussels defined more precisely the rules concerning intellectual property rights of an employee regarding a patent (invention), and rejected a claim for compensation of an employee.

 

Corrective Measures in Intellectual Property Rights

In the context of the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy, the private sector members called for the establishment of a professional and technical group of legal practitioners, to horizontally assess intellectual property rights legal framework. The Commission welcomed this and on 22 October 2009 an inaugural meeting of the Observatory's sub-group on the legal framework took place. The group is mainly composed of legal practitioners from different Member States, suggested by the industries represented in the Observatory.

Damages in Intellectual Property Rights

In the context of the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy, the private sector members called for the establishment of a professional and technical group of legal practitioners, to horizontally assess intellectual property rights legal framework. The Commission welcomed this and on 22 October 2009 an inaugural meeting of the Observatory's sub-group on the legal framework took place. The group is mainly composed of legal practitioners from different Member States, suggested by the industries represented in the Observatory.

Le contentieux de la propriété intellectuelle, nouvelle mouture: un premier bilan

La transposition en droit belge, courant 2007, de la Directive européenne 2004/48 sur la mise en œuvre des droits de propriété intellectuelle offrit l'occasion au législateur de revoir et d'harmoniser les procédures relatives au contentieux de la propriété intellectuelle. Deux ans après son entée en vigueur, il est possible de dresser un premier bilan de la réforme. Assurément positif.

Grey and counterfeit goods in transit: trademark law in no-man’s land

Trademark owners often try to stop grey-market and counterfeit goods while in external transit through an EU member state. However, ECJ rulings are unclear as to the extent to which this is possible.

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