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The Granada Court of Appeal has upheld a lower-court decision finding that the owner of the Café Jazz La Champagnería had infringed the 'Champagne' designation of origin.

 

The new Patent Act provides for far-reaching changes in the procedure for obtaining patents of invention in Spain in the future but at the same time ushers in new demands as well.

 

In response to a reference from the Brussels Court of Appeal, the CJEU held that Article 3(1) of Directive 2001/29/EC (the Infosoc Directive) must be interpreted as meaning that a broadcasting organisation does not carry out an act of "communication

 

Integrating intellectual property into the creative process is a key factor.

 

Geographical indications, certification marks and collective marks : Spanish chapter

This guide provides a basic profile of Spain's trademark law and practice regarding certification markas and collective marks and the protection of geographical indications.

 

On October 27 2015 the European Commission published a report on EU Customs’ actions to enforce IP rights in 2014. 

 

Extending GI protection to non-agricultural products

Elzaburu associate-partner, Miguel Ángel Medina, discusses the recent developments regarding the possible extension of geographical indication protection to non-agricultural products. i n the EU

 

Up till now Spanish plaintiffs benefitted from a more than generous fifteen year general statute of limitations for most actions in personam. In a major reform which entered into force October 7 this has now been reduced to five years.

 

Where to go from here?

Miguel Angel Medina, associate partner of Elzaburu and Chair of MARQUES Geographical Indications Team, talked about the problems and difficulties that face geographical indications.

 

9 July 2015 saw the resolution of the umpteenth case involving Spain's National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC) versus a Spanish collecting society. On this occasion, the society was SGAE, responsible for managing music copyright.

 
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