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Europe - RCD: Dutch retail chains ordered to cease infringement of design rights of Chinese company
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union, Netherlands
  • November 8 2016

On 2 November 2016, the Hague Preliminary Relief Judge issued a preliminary injunction against the (locally) well-known Dutch retail chains Blokker

Europe: Motor vehicle rims trigger CJEU ruling on scope of repair clause in Design Regulation
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union, Germany
  • November 30 2016

The German Federal High Court (Bundesgerichtshof - “BGH”) has asked the European Court of Justice (“CJEU”) to rule on the reach of the “repair

Significant changes to the regulations on industrial designs in Poland
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Albania, Poland
  • December 1 2014

The Polish government is currently working on a set of proposals for amendments to the Industrial Property Law. These amendments concern, among other

Proving copying in UK copyright and designs cases: no need for mountain climbing
  • Hogan Lovells
  • United Kingdom
  • December 16 2014

UK copyright and unregistered Community design rights in a fabric design held not infringed, despite design similarities and Defendant’s access to

Italy: Client lists - a (trade) secret but not for the supplier
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Italy
  • October 4 2016

When distribution agreements are terminated, a delicate issue often arises that is closely related to the need of the supplier to ensure continuity

Replica wheel sales infringe BMW's Community design and trademark rights
  • Hogan Lovells
  • United Kingdom
  • October 25 2012

The English High Court ruled that a UK importer and seller of replica BMW alloy wheels could not rely on the "repair of a complex product" defense, available under the Community Designs Regulation, holding that the defendant had infringed BMW's registered designs for the wheels

European Commission addresses growing problem of trade secrets misuse
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union
  • July 20 2012

As much as 75 of most organizations' value now lies in their intangible assets, IP and proprietary information

No separate enforcement of individual elements of registered design
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • October 25 2012

The German Federal Court of Justice clarified that there is no protection of individual elements of a registered design against third party products unless such element is separately registered as an individual design

Knowledge a vital ingredient for liability for trade secrets misuse
  • Hogan Lovells
  • United Kingdom
  • May 23 2013

Ex-employee not liable for damages for trade secret misuse where she did not know that the product developed by her competing business incorporated

Defend Trade Secrets Act - more arrows in the quiver for employers and other trade secret owners
  • Hogan Lovells
  • USA
  • November 10 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) into law, thereby creating a new federal civil cause of action