Lights, camera, action: the next audiovisual hub in southern Europe will soon start filming in Catalonia

Spain is implementing a series of initiatives to make the country a focal point of audiovisual production. The projects underway include those launched in Catalonia through ‘Catalunya Media City’ and ‘Parc Audiovisual de Catalunya’. The pandemic has led to the closure of some companies but has also, together with the emergence of platforms and the […]

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Clouds, hearts and sloths…. Mr. Wonderful’s Good Vibes through the prism of the Unfair Competition Law

  Can a company monopolize a certain way of presenting its articles to the market without having a recognized exclusive right? Can this company prevent competitors from including positive messages, animation and ornamental elements such as arrows or hearts on their products? This is precisely the subject of the debate in judgment no. 27/2022, in […]

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Reviews, professional reviewers and bot farms: new obligations for online businesses

New rules on online reviews of products will be coming into force on May 28. Digital businesses will have to bear in mind new requirements in relation to users’ assessments of their products and take steps to improve the truth and authenticity of their comments. The majority of the amendments of the General Consumer and […]

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Added matter as a ground for revocation of a patent

Amending a patent application or a patent that has been granted, in such a way that it contains subject-matter which extends beyond the content of the application as originally filed, is a ground for revocation of said patent. This ground for revocation, which has not been explored a great deal in the past, has been […]

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Russia takes over Champagne and Cognac: Has intellectual property become a geopolitical battlefield?

New Russian legislation on geographical indications forces importers of Champagne to relabel their products as “sparkling wine”. Few people are aware that the growing confrontation between Russia and the West actually started in connection with intellectual property back in July 2021. It was on that date that two amendments were made to the Federal Law […]

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Kerry versus Kerry: coexistence or likelihood of confusion between trademarks

Although trademarks may well coexist peacefully in some markets it is not always the case in other countries where their origin is less well known. This is illustrated by a recent dispute heard by the Supreme Court between two trademarks for butter and margarine from county Kerry in Ireland. The two trademarks, Kerrygold and Kerrymaid, […]

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