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GEVERS | Belgium | 13 Sep 2021

Filing patents in Belgium

When a party files a patent application for an invention in Belgium, the Belgian Patent Office forwards the application to the European Patent Office, which carries out novelty searches and returns an opinion on whether the invention is patentable. In this interview, patent attorney Jurgen Duyver explains the process of filing a patent in Belgium and discusses the advantages that the Belgian......
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AKD | Belgium | 27 Aug 2021

What does a Belgian DPA light procedure involve?

The Litigation Chamber of the Belgian Data Protection Authority (DPA) recently issued a decision on the merits following the defendant's failure to execute a light decision based on article 95(1)(5) of the Law of 3 December 2017 on the creation of the DPA. By this decision on the merits, the DPA reprimanded the defendant and gave an order to follow up the requests for the exercise of the......
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ALTIUS | Belgium | 26 Aug 2021

Caudalie fine highlights procedural issues in competition infringement investigations

The Belgian Competition Authority recently fined cosmetics company Caudalie for imposing resale prices upon its distributors and limiting their active and passive sales. The decision casts some light on procedural issues that may more generally arise during a competition authority's investigation of a potential infringement and the setting up of the investigative file.
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ALTIUS | Belgium | 22 Jul 2021

Competition authority fines Caudalie for imposing resale prices and restricting active and passive sales

The Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) recently imposed a €859,310 fine on three undertakings of the Caudalie group. The BCA qualified Caudalie's imposition of minimum prices and the limitation on active and passive sales on the group's distributors as hardcore restrictions of competition by object. The BCA found that these practices constituted a single and continuous infringement between......
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ALTIUS | Belgium | 14 Jul 2021

Considerations for installing electric car charging stations in employees' homes

Following the Belgian government's announcement that all new company cars must be emission free by 2026, new tax incentives to boost the installation of electric charging stations are expected. It is also expected that electric charging stations for these vehicles will not only be installed on company premises but also in employee homes. Such installation provokes a number of practical issues......
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ALTIUS | Belgium | 19 May 2021

Creation of loco-regional hospital networks exempt from merger control rules

The new act of 29 March 2021 explicitly and generally exempts operations which create loco-regional hospital networks from the obligation to notify the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA). This new amendment might come as a surprise. It contradicts the BCA's July 2020 note, which reiterated that competition law rules concerning merger control fully apply to the creation of local hospital......
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GEVERS | Belgium, France | 10 May 2021

More than a wine label when prestige is at stake

When a trademark achieves a reputation, its owner can claim a broader protection which extends to goods and services not designated by their trademark registrations. However, such trademarks are more likely to be the target of parasitism and unauthorised use by unscrupulous infringers. A recent judgment regarding infringement of the well-known trademark PETRUS reaffirmed that trademark......
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ALTIUS | Belgium, European Union | 5 May 2021

Can Belgian companies use EU vaccine certificates?

To fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU Commission is setting up a vaccine passport system (the so-called 'Digital Green Certificate') to enable European citizens to travel easily and safely within the European Union in Summer 2021. This article examines whether Belgian companies may also use these certificates for other purposes (eg, to authorise or prohibit access to private places depending......
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GEVERS | Belgium | 3 May 2021

Thin line between legitimate copies and unfair trade practices

In Belgium, any party is generally free to copy or imitate another party's creation. However, the freedom to copy principle has two exceptions – namely, that copying is not permitted if it constitutes infringement of IP rights or is considered to be contrary to honest and fair trade practices. This article addresses how to tackle a parasitic copy of a creation in Belgium.
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GEVERS | Belgium | 26 Apr 2021

Extrajudicial admissions: can everything you say be used against you?

Extrajudicial admissions are those that are made outside court proceedings. In some countries, such admissions may be used against a party in court proceedings. In Belgium, no specific provisions exist regarding the admissibility of extrajudicial admissions in court proceedings relating to patents. However, case law shows that the courts will take extrajudicial admissions into account and......
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