World Intellectual Property Indicators 2020 or how all roads lead to China (I): patents

Last December, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published an essential document: the World Intellectual Property Indicators 2020. The Report provides an integral and in-depth account of global trends in connection with registration, grant, validity and economic sectors, among others, linked to patents, utility models, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications, plant varieties and creative industry. […]

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Final act: will the Supreme Court lend bullfighting a helping hand?

For many, bullfighting is an art, but this does not necessarily mean that a bullfight is a work in which the bullfighter holds a copyright: the Supreme Court is to decide whether a bullfight can be an original work and is therefore protectable by copyright. The Supreme Court has ruled on the copyright protection of […]

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Debate over television series based on real events: “Biopics” and honor, privacy and publicity rights

Following the debate that has arisen with the famous series The Crown, the British culture secretary has proposed that a warning be added to clarify that it is a fictional series based on historic events. This poses a few interesting questions: Is it necessary to obtain consent from the people involved to make a series […]

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The value of the designations of origin: don’t be fooled by the (Galician) mussels

The use of Designations of Origin (DO) is of utmost importance to guarantee consumers that the products they are acquiring comply with specific quality standards and that come from a specific geographical origin. The doubt arises when producers intend to make similar or evocative, but not identical, use of the protected DO. How far can […]

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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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Atresmedia versus AGEDI-AIE: Are artists and their labels entitled to equitable remuneration for the use of their music on television?

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that artists and their record labels are not entitled to charge equitable remuneration for the communication to the public of synchronized songs incorporated in audiovisual works. The judgement of November 18, 2020 (case C-147/19) has curbed the intentions of the Spanish collecting societies AGEDI […]

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