Intellectual property law


Grafische elementen uit de huisstijl van ander architectenbureau zijn geen bedrijfsgeheimen maar het gebruik daarvan moet wel worden gestaakt wegens inbreuk op auteursrecht

Grafische elementen uit de huisstijl van ander architectenbureau zijn geen bedrijfsgeheimen maar het gebruik daarvan moet wel worden gestaakt wegens inbreuk op auteursrecht
24/08/2021

De Voorzitter van de Ondernemingsrechtbank te Antwerpen, zetelend zoals in kort geding, oordeelde dat het gebruik van bepaalde grafische elementen die behoorde tot de huisstijl van een ander architectenbureau,

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Une marque non conventionnelle qui fait “pschitt”

Une marque non conventionnelle qui fait “pschitt”
19/07/2021

Dans un arrêt du 7 juillet 2021 (T-668/19), le Tribunal de l’Union européenne s’est prononcé, pour la première fois, sur la validité d’un enregistrement d’une marque sonore présentée en format audio.

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Bad faith trademark registration: what about pre-existing relations?

Bad faith trademark registration: what about pre-existing relations?
01/07/2021

A (former) distributor who files an identical or similar EU trademark to foreign trademarks or protected signs, is in a more uncomfortable position when defending a registration in bad faith claim than a random third party.

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Illegal uploads – CJEU’s landmark ruling for the platform economy

Illegal uploads – CJEU’s landmark ruling for the platform economy
24/06/2021

On 22 June 2021, the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued a ruling on the liability of platform operators with regard to illegal uploads of copyrighted content by their users.

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Mrs. Annick Mottet Haugaard

World Anti-Counterfeiting Day: Fighting fake goods remains a priority
08/06/2021

Today is the World Anti-Counterfeiting Day. The day on which we recognize the hard work necessary to stop the manufacture, sale and distribution of counterfeit goods worldwide.

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Vooruit and Vooruit: can trade marks continue to coexist?

Vooruit and Vooruit: can trade marks continue to coexist?
26/05/2021

You will certainly have heard about the discussion between the political movement Vooruit and the art centre in Ghent with an identical name over the past few months. The use of an identical trade mark for different activities is not unusual and is even embedded in trade mark law. When registering a trade mark, you must therefore choose which goods and services you want to obtain trade mark registration for.

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Repeat trademark filings: General Court confirms bad faith filing in Monopoly case

Repeat trademark filings: General Court confirms bad faith filing in Monopoly case
24/05/2021

In a recent judgment, the General Court has confirmed that repeat filings of trademarks may, in certain circumstances, constitute bad faith

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Mr. Olivier Vrins

Dies Irae at the Belgian National Orchestra: the Brussels Court of Appeal rules on musicians’ neighbouring rights
19/05/2021

The health crisis has not eased the tensions between the management and the trade unions of the Belgian National Orchestra (“BNO”). The pandemic has even caused an additional outbreak of ‘fever’, which even a Brussels Court of Appeal

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Vooruit et Vooruit : les marques peuvent-elles continuer Ă  exister ensemble ?

Vooruit et Vooruit : les marques peuvent-elles continuer Ă  exister ensemble ?
11/05/2021

Au cours des derniers mois, vous avez sans doute entendu parler de la discussion entre le mouvement politique Vooruit et le centre d'art gantois portant le même nom. 

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Influencers and IP rights: Top 5 most asked practical questions by brands

Influencers and IP rights: Top 5 most asked practical questions by brands
30/04/2021

TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, ... these are all social networks that have sparked the development of a new form of advertising over the past years: influencer marketing

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