Europe/European Union

Top European court sides with Audi in spare parts trademark case

Car manufacturer successfully argued that online seller of radiator grilles for old Audi models infringed its trademark

Controversial standard essential patent reforms backed by European Parliament committee

Legal Affairs Committee JURI adopts proposals, with 13 of 23 votes

European Court of Justice upholds validity of Lego brick’s registered design

Decision in favour of Danish toy maker welcomed as “great news” for designers of functional products

UK signs Hague-19 Convention in boost to litigation landscape

The treaty will ensure judgments made in UK courts will be recognised in other member countries

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UPC dismisses attempts by Mathys & Squire and Bristows to intervene in public access appeal

Court rules specialist IP firms lack “legal interest” in transparency test case involving Ocado and Autostore

Mathys & Squire files test case to improve openness and transparency at the UPC

IP firm believe the newly established court is interpreting the public access rules too restrictively, looks to the EPO as a ‘paragon of openness’ in this area

Huawei and Sharp sign patent cross licensing deal of 4G and 5G technology

Chinese and Japanese technology companies agree to license their mobile standard essential patents

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EUIPO mediation centre launched

Service aims to settle IP disputes in a single process avoiding the expense and complexity of litigation

Global decrease in trademark filings, WIPO reports, but continued rise in patents

IP filings have “braved” the pandemic, but WIPO director general warns of geopolitical instability and an uncertain economic outlook

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‘We have to be as creative as counterfeiters’ – seven takeaways from the Anti-Counterfeiting World Law Summit

Delegates heard lively debate on how to tackle counterfeiters who are creative, resilient and constantly evolving

EPO not consulted on standard essential patent reform, says president

António Campinos says European Commission’s proposed changes are “ill-suited” to achieving stated goals

TikTok’s Oliver Walsh joins Rouse’s IP enforcement team

Rouse beefs up its intellectual property enforcement team with two new appointments in response to client need amid the changing anti-counterfeiting landscape

João Negrão takes the helm as the new EUIPO executive director

Portuguese national and former EUIPO Boards of Appeal president began his new role on 1 October

Digital piracy increases by 3.3% in 2022, says EUIPO report

For the first time in years, piracy levels rose in 2022, largely driven by TV shows, series, films and manga publications

Patent platform Avanci launches single licence as carmakers gear up for 5G connected cars

Mercedes Benz becomes first car maker to sign up to 5G connected vehicle licensing programme

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Batman logo fights off trademark invalidity action at EU’s General Court

Caped crusader emerges victorious after dispute with Italian designer at Luxembourg court