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Advocate General says Article 17 DSM-Directive is in line with EU fundamental rights
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After a postponement of several months, Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe has now given his Opinion in the Polish annulment proceedings regarding Art. 17 EU Copyright in the Digital ...

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Getting The Deal Through: Automotive 2021

For the fifth time, we have collaborated with Lexology to publish Getting the Deal Through: Automotive, our market overview of key issues in the automotive industry covering 19 countries....

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Color codes need to be learned - SIENNA not descriptive for tobacco products according to GC
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According to the GC, color designations are not descriptive if the designation - in this case SIENNA - is not commonly used in the relevant industry and the public is therefore not aware of ...

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Essentially derived varieties: critical concept for protecting plant varieties or chilling effect on innovation?
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The advent of genome editing techniques in recent years is transforming plant breeding by substantially reducing the cost and development time of producing new plant varieties. The...

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EU commission finally publishes Guidance on Article 17 DSM Copyright Directive
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The EU Commission has published its long-awaited Guidance on the interpretation of Art. 17 DSM Copyright Directive. The Guidance attempts to strike a balance between the interests of rights ...

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What’s in a name? V-combination names for vegan products and trademark protection
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More and more people are deciding to give up or to reduce their consumption of meat and other animal products. In order to meet the rapidly growing demand for vegan and vegetarian foods as...

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All clear, but too late? CJEU rules on online platform liability for copyrighted content (pre-DSM)
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The CJEU has rendered its long-awaited decision on the liability of online platforms for copyright infringements. The Court provides valuable guidance on several aspects of online liability ...

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LaLiga misses goal with "El Clasico" before the GC due to descriptiveness
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The GC confirms the rejection of the word/figurative mark "El Clasico" of the Spanish professional soccer league "LaLiga". The sign is in the opinion of the court merely ...

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Pirelli trademark stays on track after CJEU ruling in its favor
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A legal dispute lasting almost 10 years concerning the invalidity of a figurative sign in the name of Pirelli Tyre SpA, which depicts the groove of a tire, has now come to an end as a...

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