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Crocs killed its own design through public disclosure

Crocs killed its own design through public disclosure
20/03/2018

The General Court of the EU confirmed the cancellation of the registration for the famous design of Crocs clogs on the ground that it was disclosed to the public more than twelve months preceding the priority date.

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Nieuwe innovatieaftrek op komst

Nieuwe innovatieaftrek op komst
10/01/2017

Op 1 juli 2016 werden de fiscale vrijstellingen voor inkomsten uit octrooien afgeschaft. Begin december 2016 werd een voorontwerp voor een nieuwe innovatieaftrek goedgekeurd door de Ministerraad. Het navolgend wetsontwerp werd op 21 december 2016 ingediend bij het Parlement, waar het momenteel met spoed wordt behandeld. Wij lichten u al kort de belangrijkste wijzigingen toe.

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Repackaging: when is it allowed?

Repackaging: when is it allowed?
12/12/2016

On 10 November 2016, the European Union Court of Justice (ECJ) rendered a judgment regarding the "need of repackaging" of pharmaceuticals and the reaffixing of the trade mark by the parallel importer within the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes Norway.

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To hyperlink or not? Posting a hyperlink can infringe copyrights

To hyperlink or not? Posting a hyperlink can infringe copyrights
14/09/2016

On 8 September, the Court of Justice (“CJEU”) in the GS Media BV v. Sanoma Media a.o. case (C-160-15), within the framework of a preliminary ruling requested by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, held that GS Media, by posting hyperlinks that give access to copyright-protected work which is freely accessible on another website without the consent of the right holder, and knowing that the hyperlinks were published without the consent of the right holder, made a communication to the public in the sense of article 3(1) of the Information Society Directive 2001/29/EC. 

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Mr. Miguel Troncoso-Ferrer

The beneficiary of a patent licence must pay the agreed royalty even if it does not infringe the patented technology
10/08/2016

The German company Behringwerke granted the company Genetech a worldwide non-exclusive licence to use a patented human cytomegalovirus enhancer. Nevertheless, the licensed patent was not infringed as a result of the way Genetech used the enhancer.

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Mr. Peter Wytinck
Mrs. Delphine Gillet

Court of Justice clarifies the legality of royalty payments in the event of revocation or non-infringement of the licensed patent
09/08/2016

On 7 July 2016, the Court of Justice ruled on a request for a preliminary ruling from the Paris Appeal Court. The question arose in the context of a dispute between two pharmaceutical companies, Genentech Inc. ("Genentech") and Hoechst GmbH ("Hoechst").

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Mrs. Lisbeth Depypere

Entry into force of EU trade mark reform package
05/02/2016

EU trade mark reform is finally happening, as on 15 December 2015 the EU trade mark reform package was adopted by the European Parliament.

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Mrs. Lisbeth Depypere

C-215/14, Nestlé/Cadbury: het HJEU verduidelijkt de vereisten waaraan de KITKAT chocoladewafel moet voldoen om als vormmerk te kunnen worden ingeschreven
27/11/2015

Vorige maand heeft het Hof van Justitie van de EU (HJEU) een interessante uitspraak gedaan over vormmerken, nadat de Engelse High Court of Justice prejudiciële vragen had gesteld in een zaak waarin de typische KitKat chocoladewafel moet worden beoordeeld.

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The Art. 29 working party issues a statement on the ECJ Safe Harbour decision. What's next now?

The Art. 29 working party issues a statement on the ECJ Safe Harbour decision. What's next now?
20/11/2015

Following the landmark ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “ECJ”) on 6 October 2015 in the Maximilian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner case (C-362-14) (the “ECJ Decision”), the Art. 29 Working Party (the “WP”) has issued a statement, providing some preliminary guidance on the impact of the ECJ Decision at both European and national level.

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Mr. Alexis Hallemans

Oracle or Fata Morgana: can a licence lead to transfer of property in Belgium?
04/11/2015

The Brussels Court of Appeal recently confirmed the landmark decision UsedSoft v. Oracle of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

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