Intellectual Property Enforcement

Enforcement An EU directive provides for harmonization of the enforcement of intellectual property rights. The purpose is to create a level playing field in relation to such rights. The directive applies to any infringement of intellectual property rights as provided for under EU or national law. It does not affect the substantive intellectual property rights. […]

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EU Agricultural Designations

Traditional Specialty Guaranteed Agricultural products intended for human consumption or foodstuff with a traditional composition produced in accordance with traditional production methods may become a Traditional Specialty Guaranteed. The designation as a TSH boosts farmers income and is seen as positive in maintaining rural areas. The TSGs are recognized at the community level and entered […]

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EU & Miscellaneous IP Rights

Semi-Conductors The directive on the legal protection of semiconductor products requires member states to adopt legislation to protect them insofar as they are the result of the creator’s intellectual effort and not commonplace in the industry. The protection is granted to the person who created the topography subject to them being a person who is […]

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EU & Trade Secrets

Protecting Undisclosed Trade Secrets AN EU directive protects of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure Acquiring a trade secret is considered lawful if it is obtained by: independent discovery or creation; observation, study, disassembly or testing of a product or object that has been made available to […]

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EU & Copyright

Enhancements EU legislation has provided for various enhancements and harmonization of the rights of various copyright holders. Directive includes extensions in relation legal protection of computer programs. resale rights rental and lending rights relating to copyright in the field of intellectual property. computer programme protection copyright and related rights applicable to broadcast programs by satellite […]

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EU & Trademarks

European Trademark The European Community Trademark allows for a single unitary trademark enforceable directly throughout the EU. It is necessary to register the trademark. It may consist of signs capable of being represented graphically including names, designs, letters, numerals, the shape of goods or packaging. The signs must be capable of distinguishing the goods and […]

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EU & Patents

European Patents The European Union has been active in harmonizing intellectual property rights. It has provided for a Community Trademark and European Patent in tandem with national intellectual property rules. It has also provided for minimum protections in respect of certain aspects of intellectual property. It has also been at the forefront of extending intellectual […]

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EU Withdrawal Note IP Customs Enforcement

NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS WITHDRAWAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EU RULES IN THE FIELD OF CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Supplementary Certificates

Brussels, 27 April 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS SUPPLEMENTARY PROTECTION CERTIFICATES FOR MEDICINAL PRODUCTS AND PLANT PROTECTION PRODUCTS The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Trade Mark & Designs

EUROPEAN COMMISSION NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS  TRADEMARKS AND COMMUNITY DESIGNS PURSUANT TO REGULATION (EU) 2017/1001 ON THE EUROPEAN UNION TRADE MARK AND REGULATION (EC) NO 6/2002 ON COMMUNITY DESIGNS The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European […]

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EU Withdrawal Note Copyright

Brussels, 28 March 2018 NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS RULES IN THE FIELD OF COPYRIGHT The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, all Union primary […]

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Trade Marks UK No Deal Notes

Purpose If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out how this would affect: registered Community designs unregistered Community designs correspondence addresses and confidentiality for UK trade marks and designs Continued protection of registered trade marks and designs in the UK Before 29 March 2019 EU trade marks and registered […]

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Patents UK No Deal Notes

Purpose If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out in this notice how this would affect: the UK patent system and supplementary protection certificates the Unified Patent Court and unitary patent correspondence addresses and confidentiality for UK patents Patents and supplementary protection certificates Before 29 March 2019 Only a […]

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IP Rights Exhaustion UK No Deal Notes

Purpose If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out in this notice how this would affect the exhaustion of intellectual property rights. Before 29 March 2019 Intellectual property rights give the business, organisation or individual that holds the rights (the right holder) certain exclusive entitlements, which include the right […]

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Copyright UK No Deal Notes

Purpose If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal, find out in this notice how this would affect cross border copyright. Before 29 March 2019 The UK and other EU member states are party to the main international treaties on copyright and related rights. Under the rules of these treaties, countries […]

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Geographical Indications UK No Deal Notes

Purpose This notice informs UK producers about what might happen to geographical indication (GI) protection, and action they may wish to consider taking, should the UK leave the EU in March 2019 without a deal. Before 29 March 2019 Producers in the EU can protect the names of their products under GI regulations put in […]

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