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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

European Court of Justice: angry face constitutes individual character of community design
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union
  • January 31 2013

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) confirmed that the comparison of the overall impression conveyed by two opposing designs does not necessarily

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

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

Europe introduces landmark trade secrets law reform
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union
  • November 28 2013

This morning the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Directive to protect trade secrets and confidential business information against misuse

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

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

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

Global Employment Law Update - Germany
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Germany
  • November 9 2016

Employees in Germany are subject to a number of obligations towards their employer. In particular, employees are obliged to be loyal to their

Interior designs protected as copyrightable works in China - Guangzhou Tianhe District People's Court No. 29 (2008), decision of 16 January 2009
  • Hogan Lovells
  • China
  • October 15 2010

The Tianhe District People's Court in Guangzhou held that a work of interior design enjoys the same copyright protection as a work of engineering design and that copyright protection of a two-dimensional design or drawing extends to its three-dimensional use