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esports – gearing up to play in the pro leagues!

esports are so much more than an innovative, rapidly growing competitive sports discipline: from a brand owner and investor perspective, esports also provide truly global multi-channel opportunities for unique marketing and advertising initiatives with the potential to appeal to today’s over-sated young audiences. And with the rapid growth of the industry comes its increasingly sophisticated regulation, providing a degree of stability and legal certainty that is crucial for attracting investment. In short, esports come equipped with everything to make the industry a vibrant hot-spot for exciting new business initiatives. At

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esports: IP opportunities and risks for brand owners

“esports” is competitive video gaming at a professional level. This space is attractive to brand owners for targeting today’s saturated audiences with innovative forms of advertising. Combined revenues in the esports industry are expected to grow to US$ 1.4 billion by 2020. It is attracting investors from across diverse sectors, including technology, consumer goods, traditional sports and financial institutions. We’re seeing new regulatory incentives on national and international levels and we’re observing self-regulation of IP ownership in the complex network of individual IP contributions that drive this industry. Click here for

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Webinar recording: From homes to stadiums – Brand presence in esports

Last month, our IP Outlook webinar series looked at the emerging opportunities and risks for brand owners exploring opportunities in the esports market: from innovative advertising and marketing activities during tournaments and within games, sponsorship of tournaments or teams, to merchandise and fan items.The recording of the webinar is now available to watch here. What are esports? Esports refers to competitive video gaming at a professional level, with competitors playing matches in arenas with huge live and online audiences, accompanied by match commentators. The buzz and spectacle accompanying those matches, as well

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Webinar: From homes to stadiums – Brand presence in esports

On 27 and 28 March, our global IP team will take a look at some of the emerging opportunities and risks for brand owners exploring opportunities in the esports market: from innovative advertising and marketing activities during tournaments and within games, sponsorship of tournaments or teams, to merchandise and fan items (see earlier post here). Esports refers to competitive video gaming at a professional level, with competitors playing matches in arenas with huge live and online audiences, accompanied by match commentators. The buzz and spectacle accompanying those matches, as well as

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Adblocking reloaded: No unfair competition, says German Supreme Court

Germany’s highest civil court signs off on the business model behind AdBlock Plus The popular adblocking software AdBlock Plus, and the underlying business model of Eyeo GmbH, do not fall foul of German unfair competition rules. On 19 April, the German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) handed down its landmark ruling on the legality of adblocking (BGH, file number I ZR 154/16). Given that AdBlock Plus is highly popular throughout the world, the decision will have repercussions for online advertising and for publishers of online content far beyond the borders of

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“BLACK FRIDAY”: Not a trademark, just a day for special shopping deals

Hogan Lovells assists PayPal in securing an important victory for German retail Decision of the German Patent and Trademark Office of 27 March 2018 (ref. no. 30 2013 057 574 – S 33/17/Lösch) The German PTO has seen the light in the dark of the “Black Friday” battles: The term has been declared free for all to use in commerce, signaling the end of a trademark monopoly that has been aggressively exercised against German retail during the past 18 months. Hogan Lovells, represented by Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh and Dr. Thomas Richter,

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Germany: First inroads against adblocking

Eyeo ordered on appeal to whitelist Axel Springer media for free on AdBlock Plus German media house Axel Springer has won a first significant victory in the adblocking battle that has been keeping the digital advertising industry on its toes for over a year now. Read up on the procedural history between German media houses and Eyeo GmbH, the company behind the world’s most popular adblocker AdBlock Plus. Adblocking is steadily on the rise. In a workshop recently organized by the German Federal Commission on the Convergence of Media, the

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Adblock Plus: Third German court rejects claims against Eyeo

On 29 September, the District Court of Cologne became the third court in Germany to issue a decision in relation to the trilogy of actions launched by large publishers against adblocking software Adblock Plus. The court rejected publisher Axel Springer’s action against Eyeo GmbH, the German company behind AdBlock Plus. In doing so, the Cologne court agreed with the courts of Hamburg and Munich which in April and May had already rejected parallel actions brought by other large publishing houses, among them RTL, ProSieben Sat.1 Digital and Handelsblatt.

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Part II of the AdBlock Plus trilogy – Munich court says no infringement

A few weeks ago, we reported on the decision of the Hamburg District Court in the ongoing adblocking litigation concerning the software AdBlock Plus of Eyeo GmbH. Yesterday, the District Court of Munich followed suit, dismissing all claims brought by subsidiaries of RTL und ProSiebenSat.1 Digital. The judges found that the relationship between Eyeo’s business and that of the media houses is not sufficiently close to amount to a competitor relationship under the German Unfair Competition Act. Beyond that, the court held that Eyeo does not willfully interfere with the advertising business of the media

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Adblocking to extend to mobile markets?

As reported in the press last week, the rise of adblocking appears to be spreading (read our earlier reports here and here). On 14 May, the Financial Times reported that a number of mobile operators are currently developing plans to block advertising on their networks. One unnamed European wireless carrier told the Financial Times that it plans to roll out adblocking by the end of this year. The mobile adblocking technology in question was developed by the Israeli start-up Shine. Roi Carthy, chief marketing officer of Shine, told the Financial Times that

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AdBlock Plus – Germany: First decision rendered

Recently, we reported on the series of adblocking lawsuits pending in Germany against Eyeo GmbH, the makers of AdBlock Plus. Yesterday, the District Court of Hamburg rendered the first decision in this highly controversial and avidly followed battle of several German media houses, among them Axel Springer, ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL subsidiaries. The court ruled in favor of the defendant Eyeo, deciding that its software AdBlock Plus did not constitute unfair competition. The claimants, Zeit Online and Handelsblatt, had asked the court to enjoin Eyeo from offering software that blocks publicly

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AdBlock Plus – German media houses want it stopped

Adblocking is an increasingly wide-spread phenomenon with huge impact on the online advertising industry. The best known and by far most popular adblocking tool is AdBlock Plus, marketed by the German company Eyeo GmbH. AdBlock Plus is among the most frequently downloaded browser add-ons worldwide, with over 144 million active users reported in 2014 (Source: Page Fair and Adobe 2014 report). AdBlock Plus allows Internet users to decide which advertising content they want to have appear on their screens. The software comes with a pre-selection of blacklisted and whitelisted websites

Posted in Internet, Policy & Regulation Photo of Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh

Montevideo statement on the future of the Internet

On October, 7, 2013, the leaders of organizations responsible for coordination of the Internet technical infrastructuremet in Montevideo, Uruguay.  Participants included the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN); the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN);  the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF); the Internet Architecture Board (IAB); and the Internet Society (ISOC), They discussed issues determining the future of Internet cooperation. In particular, they agreed on the following key factors for a healthy Internet environment: The Internet should be governed in a global and coherent fashion through multi-stakeholder cooperation. Fragmentation at national

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Germany: Open Source must remain open: Obligations for the sale of electronic goods containing Open Source software

The District Court of Hamburg, Germany, recently had the opportunity to review the conditions governing the use of Open Source software. In a decision that bolsters the enforceability of open source software licenses, the district court confirmed that the defendant had lost its right to use the software licensed under the General Public License (GPLv2) when it failed to fully reveal the underlying source code. The court rejected the defense argument that requiring the defendant company to comply with the conditions of the GPLv2 was unreasonable (decision of 14. June

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EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes on Cloud Computing post PRISM

In the wake of the PRISM surveillance revelations, Neelie Kroes, the EU Digital Agenda Commissioner, met with the European Cloud Partnership in Early July. Ms. Kroes appealed to the EU legislative bodies to speed up adopting the draft Cyber Security Directive (covered in previous posts and available here). The Commissioner stressed the importance of cloud computing for the EU market as a means of delivering more integrated, effective and efficient services. She lamented that for the time being, the national divergences of data protection rules still stand in the way