Tradition has no shape: the protection of a design does not depend on the type of product in which it is incorporated

Simply applying the typical pattern of a “cachirulo” (traditional Aragonese bandana) on a different item of clothing does not confer individual character on the design Albeit still toned down due to the restrictions of the pandemic, the recent celebration of the festival of the Virgin of Pilar has given the inhabitants of Zaragoza the chance […]

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‘Made in China’ goes standard: a reform of the industrial design protection system is bringing the Asian giant into line with international norms

China has taken a further step towards aligning its regulations with the international protection system for designs. On June 1, 2021, the most recent reform of the country’s Patent Act entered into force, which includes significant changes to how industrial designs are regulated. The legal text, dating from 1985, has been reformed on three previous occasions […]

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The EU reaches a strategic agreement to protect European geographical indications in China

Several designations of origin for Spanish wine, oil and cheese will be protected from imitations in China – a market which is becoming ever more essential for Spanish companies. What do Champagne, Roquefort, Porto, Parma, La Rioja and La Mancha have in common? They are all examples of names that are commonly associated with agricultural […]

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‘Squeezamals’ case: At long last the CJEU will have to interpret the meaning of ‘disclosure’ of an unregistered design 

The CJEU is due to answer a long-standing debate in connection with unregistered designs: What happens when the disclosure occurs outside the European Union? Does this prevent protection of the design because it lacks novelty? The protection of unregistered Community designs (UCD) in the European Union is a very useful industrial property right which is […]

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