Droit de la propriété intellectuelle


Brexit : ‘farewell’ aux droits européens de propriété intellectuelle!

Brexit : ‘farewell’ aux droits européens de propriété intellectuelle!
20/02/2018

Le Royaume-Uni cessera de faire partie de l’Union européenne le 30 mars 2019. À cette date, les droits de la propriété intellectuelle de l’Union européenne cesseront de s’appliquer sur le territoire de Sa Majesté la Reine Elizabeth II.

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Court of Justice clarifies exhaustion of trademark principles and broadens test for economic links between trademark owners

Court of Justice clarifies exhaustion of trademark principles and broadens test for economic links between trademark owners
06/02/2018

On 20 December 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) handed down its judgment in Case C-291/16 Schweppes v Red Paralela and Others.

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Brussels Court of Appeal decides that Aldi’s Buval Pilsner does not infringe InBev’s Jupiler Pilsner

Brussels Court of Appeal decides that Aldi’s Buval Pilsner does not infringe InBev’s Jupiler Pilsner
25/01/2018

In a decision of 12 December 2017 the Brussels Court of Appeal overturned the first instance decision and decided that Aldi’s Buval beer does not infringe InBev’s trademark and is in fact not contrary to fair commercial practices.

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Mr. Thibaut D'hulst

Portrait photograph deserves Trade Mark Protection
22/01/2018

On 16 November 2017, the Board of Appeal of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (the “EUIPO Board of Appeal”) reversed the EUIPO examiner’s refusal to register a portrait photograph of the Dutch model Maartje Verhoef as an European Union Trade Mark (“EUTM”) for a large number of products and services.

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Mr. Thibaut D'hulst

Bill Implementing Unitary Patent and European Unified Patent Court
15/01/2018

On 6 November 2017, the Belgian government submitted a bill to the Federal Chamber of Representatives amending various provisions concerning patents in relation to the implementation of the unitary patent and the unitary patent court (Wetsontwerp houdende wijziging van diverse bepalingen betreffende de uitvindingsoctrooien in verband met de implementering van het eenheidsoctrooi

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Mrs. Christel Brion
Mrs. Florence Verhoestraete

Bill to Align Belgian Patent Law to the UPC Agreement
26/12/2017

Although Brexit has called into question the future of the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court, the Belgian legislature is nonetheless laying the necessary groundwork by ushering in various legislative changes.

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La traduction d’une marque est-elle protégée ?

La traduction d’une marque est-elle protégée ?
16/11/2017

Une marque déposée protège-t-elle aussi sa traduction ?

Une marque déposée pour un mot permet-elle également de bénéficier d’une protection pour la traduction de cette marque dans une autre langue ?

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Le dirigeant de société face à la propriété intellectuelle

Le dirigeant de société face à la propriété intellectuelle
19/07/2017

La première règle dont nous parlerons dans cette actualité tient à la titularité ou, en d’autres termes, à la « propriété » des œuvres réalisées par un dirigeant de société.

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Mr. Philippe Péters

It's a matter of taste: CJEU questioned about copyright protection of taste
28/06/2017

Many a debate about whether or not something looks beautiful, sounds nice or tastes good has ended with the universal truism: well, tastes differ. While in practice such an agreement-to-disagree generally works well to avoid further conflict, in the legal world it is this kind of uncertainty that usually causes the conflict to begin with. When the available legal framework seems to leave room for opposing "flavours", it can be even necessary to obtain guidance from the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU"). On 23 May 2017, the Court of Appeal of Arnhem-Leeuwarden, NL (Gerechtshof Arnhem-Leeuwarden, "CoA") sought a preliminary ruling by the CJEU on several questions in an effort to end an ongoing debate on whether or not a specific taste can be the subject of copyright protection. The case before the CJEU already has a number (C-310/17) but not much other information has been made available to the international public yet. This newsflash will therefore provide some backgrounds to the case and set out the questions referred to the CJEU together with a few general observations. For the interested reader, the CoA's judgement (in Dutch) can be found here.

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Mr. Thibaut D'hulst

Brussels Commercial Court: Parallel Imported Pharmaceuticals Must Comply with Latest Packaging
22/06/2017

On 27 April 2017, the President of the Dutch-language Commercial Court of Brussels (Nederlandstalige Rechtbank van Koophandel/Tribunal de commerce néerlandophone) decided a case concerning the repackaging of parallel imported pharmaceuticals, in which it applied the so-called “BMS”-criteria which the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) developed in Bristol-Myers-Squibb (Case C-427/93).

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