User representatives have welcomed the proposal that all European Union trademark offices offer an administrative cancellation/revocation procedure. However, for countries like Spain, which do not offer such a system..
On 25 February 2014 the European Parliament gave its approval to the Proposal for a Directive to approximate the laws relating to trade marks where new provisions intend to end the freedom of transit of counterfeit goods.
The reference to damages, which has been transposed in Article 66 of the Patents Act has caused particular problems in Spain where case law has traditionally held that damages must be “real and effective” and strictly limited to those that are proven
The General Court decided in joined Cases T-604/11 and T-292/12 that two marks, although phonetically identical, could be considered different due to the figurative elements.
ELZABURU is involved, within the framework of Operation Opson III, in the pursuit of a criminal organization engaging in the production and distribution of counterfeit French champagne originating in Italy.
The long-awaited judgment of the CJEU in the Svensson case regarding internet links
The user will certainly be able to buy it. But may never end up receiving it: on entry of the counterfeit product into the EU territory the Regulation relating to the seizure by customs authorities of goods suspected of infringing IP
Under the title “Look behind”, on 14 January the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched a public awareness campaign aimed at highlighting the close global relationship between organized crime and piracy and counterfeiting of goods.
The CJEU has handed down a judgment in a dispute between companies Nintendo and PC Box regarding the manufacture and sale of devices which, once installed in a Nintendo video game console, allow users to circumvent the piracy protection system.
As a celebration of the International Mediation Day, partner Javier Fernández-Lasquetty shares some thoughts on the role of this type of conflict resolution in the field of IP.