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European Union serious and organised crime threat assessment 2017: intellectual property crime
Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency, has published a serious and organised crime threat assessment for 2017. It has identified intellectual property crime as a key financial crime ris ...
ECJ rules on compatibility of Austrian law exceptions on transmissions of broadcasts by cable with Copyright Directive
The ECJ has ruled on questions regarding the compatibility of Austrian law exceptions permitting certain transmissions of broadcasts by cable without the author's consent with the Copyright Directive ...
Advocate General's opinion on questions of applicable law and citation relating to Community designs
Advocate General Bot has given an opinion on questions referred to the ECJ as to the law applicable to sanctions for Community design infringement and the scope of the exception for reproduction of Co ...
ECJ rules on questions referred in second TV Catchup referral
The ECJ has ruled on various questions referred to the ECJ by the UK Court of Appeal in a second referral concerning the TV Catchup case. (ITV Broadcasting Ltd and others v TV Catchup Ltd (in administ ...
Unitary Patent Package: Council takes note of state of play
On 20 February 2017, the Competitiveness Council took note of information on the finalisation and entry into operation of the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court (Unitary Patent Package).
European Commission considering reforms to European SPC legislation
The European Commission has published an Inception Impact Assessment on current problems with the European system for Supplementary Protection Certificates.
ECJ rules TV broadcasts in hotels not communication to public for payment within Lending Directive
The ECJ has ruled that TV broadcasts in hotel rooms do not amount to a communication made in a place accessible to the public against the payment of an entrance fee for the purpose of Article 8(3) of ...
ECJ gives opinion that conclusion of Marrakesh Treaty falls within exclusive competence of EU
The ECJ has given an opinion that the conclusion of the Marrakesh Treaty falls within exclusive competency of the EU. (Opinion procedure 3/15, 14 February 2017.)
Portability of online content services: COREPER endorses informal trialogue agreement on proposed Regulation
On 15 February 2017, the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) endorsed the informal trialogue agreement that was reached on 7 February 2017 on the text of the European Commission proposal for ...
Advocate General gives opinion that P2P file-sharing search engine operators communicate copyright works to public
Advocate General Spzunar has given an opinion in which he recommends that the ECJ should rule that the provision of an index and search engine to enable users to find files containing copyright works ...
Portability of online content services: informal trialogue agreement reached on proposed Regulation
On 7 February 2017, the Council, European Parliament (EP) and European Commission negotiators reached an informal trialogue agreement on the text of the Commission's proposal for a Regulation of the E ...
European Patent Office Enlarged Board decision on partial priority published
The reasoned decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal on issues of partial priority has now been published. (G-0001/15 Use of cold flow improvers in fuel oil compositions/Infineum USA LP, 29 November ...
ECJ gives ruling on payment of damages for intellectual property infringement
The ECJ has given a preliminary ruling on a question referred to it by the Polish Supreme Court on the interpretation of Article 13 of the IP Enforcement Directive (2004/48/EC) on the calculation of d ...
Advocate General gives opinion in appeal on discretionary powers of CPVO
The Advocate General's Opinion in the appeal from the decision of the General Court on the extent of the discretionary powers of the President of the Community Plant Variety Office recommends that thi ...
ECJ holds that information under Article 8(1) of IP Enforcement Directive can be sought outside IP infringement proceedings
The ECJ has held that the right to information under Article 8(1) of the Intellectual Property (IP) Enforcement Directive (2004/48/EC) could be exercised in separate proceedings to IP infringement pro ...
Advocate General opinion on meaning of establishment in EU Trade Mark Regulation
Advocate General Tanchev has delivered an opinion on the meaning of establishment within Article 97(1) of the EU Trade Mark Regulation (207/2009/EC). (Hummel Holding A/S v Nike Inc, Case C-617/15, 12 ...
European Commission publishes report on patentability of CI inventions in Europe and USA
The European Commission has published a research report comparing the current positions on the patentability of computer implemented inventions in Europe and the US.
ECJ rules on need to show genuine use in EU trade mark infringement actions
The ECJ has ruled on whether an EU trade mark owner needs to show genuine use of their mark in the five years following registration of the mark to succeed in an infringement action. (Länsförsäkringar ...
EUIPO adopts guidelines for examination of EU trade marks and registered Community designs
EUIPO has adopted guidelines for examination of EU trade marks and registered Community designs.
Advocate General takes view that sale of media players incorporating hyperlinks to unauthorised content infringes copyright
Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona has given an opinion on whether the sale of media players incorporating add-ons which contained hyperlinks to unauthorised content infringed copyright. (Stichti ...
EU General Court rejects argument that appeal documents were not filed on time due to technical failure of EUIPO system
The EU General Court has upheld a ruling that an appeal was inadmissible because the necessary documents had not been filed on time, rejecting the appellant's arguments that the documents were filed l ...
Advocate General opinion on whether labels of quality can constitute individual EU trade marks
Advocate General Wathelet has delivered an opinion on whether labels of quality can constitute individual EU trade marks. (W F Gözze Frottierweberei v Verein Bremer Baumwollbörse, Case C-689/15, 1 Dec ...
Advocate General opinion on EU General Court consideration of national judgment issued after EUIPO decision
In an appeal against a decision by the EU General Court relating to the validity of an EU trade mark, Advocate General Kokott has delivered an opinion on whether the EU General Court, when assessing t ...
European Commission publishes report on Patent Assertion Entities in Europe
A report has been published on research commissioned by the European Commission into the impact on innovation and knowledge transfer in European ICT markets of Patent Assertion Entities.
Advocate General opinion on calculation of damages for intellectual property infringement
Advocate General (AG) Sharpston has given an opinion on certain questions referred by the Polish Supreme Court to the ECJ relating to the interpretation of the provisions for calculation of damages fo ...
Related legislation trackers
- Digital Single Market Strategy: Marrakesh Treaty Directive: legislation tracker
- Digital Single Market Strategy: Marrakesh Treaty Regulation: legislation tracker
- Digital Single Market Strategy: TV and radio programmes: legislation tracker
- Digital Single Market Strategy: digital copyright: legislation tracker
- Digital Single Market Strategy: legislation trackers
- Digital Single Market Strategy: portability of online content services: legislation tracker
- Trade secrets: legislation tracker
Key ongoing EU legislative initiatives
A practice note presenting a selection of key ongoing EU legislative initiatives in this topic area that are currently going through the legislative procedure.