Protection for Talavera pottery, Elche footwear or Albacete knives

An EU proposal for a regulation could help protect craft products and the qualities attributed to specific local skills and traditions. Talavera pottery, Elche footwear and Albacete knives are undoubtedly well-known the world over. The challenge now is to protect them on the register as geographical indications of craft and industrial products.  The EU specifically […]

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God Save the Queen: what will happen to the Royal Warrants granted by the late Queen?

Royal Warrants of Appointment are granted to companies or traders that supply products and services to the Royal Household. In this post, we will look at what will happen to these distinctions now that the Queen has passed away. Following the sad loss of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, an icon among the […]

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A blow to image rights?: the Supreme Court rules on the protection of the personality rights of deceased celebrities

The Supreme Court has again ruled on the protection of the personality rights of deceased celebrities. Analyzed in conjunction with the previous Dalí judgment, this new ruling may introduce some uncertainty as to the post mortem scope of protection of such rights. A judgment by the Supreme Court (Civil Chamber) of June 16, 2022 (see […]

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WIPO World Intellectual Property Indicators 2021: the pandemic did not stop intellectual property

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its 2021 Indicators Report (WIPI Report 2021). In this article we will look at the main aspects of the document, which provides a detailed analysis of global trends in relation to filing, registration, validity and other aspects of intellectual property around the globe, as we did with […]

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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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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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