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Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Copyright, Cybersecurity, Data Protection & Privacy, intellectual property, International/EU privacy, Internet, Policy & Regulation, Technology

A Turning Point for Tech – Global survey on digital regulation

Whilst political uncertainty may have businesses’ attention fixed, the Hogan Lovells Global Survey on Digital Regulation: ‘A Turning Point for Tech’ suggests that tech companies should be looking elsewhere. During yesterday’s launch at Hogan Lovells’ London Office, editor of the survey, Falk Schoening uncovered the 452 digital regulations that had been proposed across 16 jurisdictions in just six months of … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, intellectual property, patents Zhen FengEugene Low

Investing in China’s TMT sector: What you need to know

China is a market that represents a paradox for many telecoms, media and technology (“TMT“) companies. On the one hand it offers the promise of almost unlimited growth potential if you get the product right, but on the other it presents huge challenges from the regulatory and compliance perspective in terms of establishing a foothold in the market. … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright Patrick FromlowitzBenedikt Lüthge

20-year legal dispute over two seconds of music: CJEU on the never-ending sampling story

German courts have been dealing with the Metall auf Metall [song by the German band Kraftwerk] case for two decades. Recently, the CJEU, too, has had to deal with the case and ruled by judgment of 29 July 2019 (C-476/17) that unless the phonogram producer consents, sampling constitutes an infringement of his rights. However, the CJEU argued, if, by modifying … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright Fanny Cony

Broadcasting of television programs: French court clarifications on “must carry” and framing

On July 4, 2019, the Cour de Cassation specified the criteria of the “must carry” obligation (diffusion of broadcasted public channels, governed by Article 34-2 of Law No. 86-1067 of September 30, 1986) and the regime of “framing” in the case of neighbouring rights of an audiovisual communication company. Framing is the division of a webpage into several frames to … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright Julia Anne MathesonBrendan C. Quinn

Pirates of the Caribbean copyright suit must walk the plank

The Central District of California recently sank a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Walt Disney Company’s Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, finding that numerous elements of the Plaintiffs’ allegedly similar screenplay were either lifted directly from the eponymous ride at Disney’s theme parks or constituted unprotected scènes-à-faire common to all tales about pirates.

Disney’s film Pirates of the Caribbean: Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright Penny ThorntonAlastair Shaw

DSM Watch: new rules for online transmissions of TV and radio programmes

On 15 April the Agriculture and Fisheries Council formally adopted the Directive on online transmissions of broadcasting organisations and retransmissions of TV and radio programmes (the “Directive”), following the European Parliament’s first-reading adoption on 28 March (which also amended the proposed Regulation to a Directive). Broadly, the Directive aims to facilitate the cross-border transmission, within the EU, of certain radio … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, designs, Internet, Policy & Regulation Julia Anne MathesonBrendan C. Quinn

N.D. California Straightens Out Competitor’s Use of Infringing Hashtags: #newdevelopments in Using Trademarks as Hashtags

The Northern District of California recently released an order that sheds new light on how courts grapple with the constantly-increasing use of trademarks as hashtags.

Align Technology, Inc., provider of the Invisalign teeth-straightening-system, also produces the iTero Element intraoral scanner that allows dentists to obtain three-dimensional scans of a patient’s mouth, teeth, and gums. To complement this product, Align sells … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, designs, intellectual property Patrick Fromlowitz

EU: “Der Grüne Punkt” is not a trademark used for packaged goods

“Der Grüne Punkt” is a concept that presumably everyone in Germany is familiar with; recently, the financing symbol for participation in the dual collection and recovery systems was the subject matter of proceedings before the General Court (GC). The General Court’s main task was to examine the question of whether proven use of the trademark on packaging is sufficient to … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Policy & Regulation Penny ThorntonAlastair ShawMorten PetersennWinston MaxwellBenedikt LüthgeAlberto BellanAnne Schmitt

DSM Watch: EU Copyright Directive clears the finish line

On 15th April the Council of the European Union adopted the EU Copyright Directive (the “Directive”), ending a negotiation process which first started with the Commission’s proposal for a new Directive in early 2016. After publication in the Official Journal of the EU, Member States will have two years to implement the Directive. In Council the UK voted to adopt … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, designs, patents, Policy & Regulation Katharina BerghoferDr. Teresa ChristofDaniel KanekoCorey LeggettPhilipp SimonSteffen Steininger

Hogan Lovells’ U.S. + Germany Patent Update

Hogan Lovells’ U.S. + German Patent Update reports on recent patent news and cases from Germany and the United States. The most recent update is available in English here. This update covers the following developments across the U.S. and Germany:

United States

  • PTAB Has Discretion to Join Parties and New Issues in “Limited Circumstances” – Proppant Express Investments, LLC
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Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Penny ThorntonAlastair ShawMorten PetersennWinston MaxwellBenedikt LüthgeAlberto BellanAnne Schmitt

DSM Watch: EU Copyright Directive clears the finish line

Today the Council of the European Union adopted the EU Copyright Directive (the “Directive”), ending a negotiation process which first started with the Commission’s proposal for a new Directive in early 2016. After publication in the Official Journal of the EU, Member States will have two years to implement the Directive. In Council the UK voted to adopt the Directive, … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, designs, Policy & Regulation Sahira KhwajaClare Matheson

Real Estate Horizons: The Power of the Brand

Real Estate Horizons is a snapshot of key legal topics and market trends across the globe. This post higlights the importance of IP rights in this sector. With property developments increasingly focusing on experience and becoming “destinations” or lifestyle brands in their own right, branding has become an essential element of the development process. Therefore, protecting your IP rights is … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, designs, intellectual property, Policy & Regulation Alastair ShawPenny ThorntonWinston MaxwellMorten PetersennAlberto BellanAnne SchmittBenedikt Lüthge

DSM Watch: Navigating Article 13 (now 17) of the Copyright Directive

On 26 March 2019 the EU Parliament voted to pass the draft Copyright Directive (“Directive”) into EU law.  After adoption by the EU Council (representatives of Member State governments) and official publication, the EP’s adopted text will become EU law. Member States will then have until mid-2021 to implement it into their national laws. DSM Watch has already overviewed the … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU), intellectual property, Policy & Regulation Benedikt LüthgeAlastair ShawPenny ThorntonWinston MaxwellMorten PetersennAlberto BellanAnne Schmitt

DSM Watch: Copyright Directive press publishers’ rights: final edition of Article 11 is now Article 15

Yesterday (26 March 2019) the EU Parliament voted to pass the draft Copyright Directive into EU law.  After adoption by the EU Council (representatives of Member State governments) and official publication, the EP’s adopted text will become EU law. Member States will then have until mid-2021 to implement it into their national laws. DSM Watch has already overviewed the whole … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU) Penny ThorntonAlastair ShawWinston MaxwellMorten PetersennAnne SchmittBenedikt LüthgeAlberto Bellan

DSM Watch: EU Copyright Directive passed by European Parliament

Today the EU Parliament voted to pass the draft Copyright Directive into EU law.  After adoption by the EU Council (representatives of Member State governments) and official publication, it will become EU law.   Member States will then have until mid-2021 to implement it into their national laws.   Despite substantial opposition from blocks of MEPs and the large numbers of the … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU), Policy & Regulation Alastair ShawPenny ThorntonWinston MaxwellMorten PetersennAlberto BellanAnne SchmittBenedikt Lüthge

DSM Watch: EU Copyright Directive, the big picture

Agreement on a compromise text for the new Copyright Directive was reached between Member State government representatives, EU Parliament representatives and the EU Commission last week (see our “Breakthrough” post). On 20 February 2019, EU Governments formally voted, by a majority, to approve that compromise text: Italy, Poland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Finland opposed it; Belgium and Slovenia abstained.   … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Cybersecurity, Digital Single Market (EU) Burkhart Goebel

Global IP Outlook 2019 – Two steps forward and a look back

2018 posed new opportunities and challenges for IP-rich businesses, with major new legislation introduced in Europe to govern trademark and trade secret protection; significant and transformational case law in the U.S., and the confirmation of new planned IP-specific legislation for several jurisdictions in Asia.

We’re here to help you keep abreast of these changes and understand how they impact you. … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright Penny ThorntonAlastair Shaw

EU Copyright Directive: Breakthrough

Last night the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council finally agreed the text of the long-awaited draft Copyright Directive. This followed a breakthrough compromise on the liability of platforms for making available user-uploaded content (Article 13). See our earlier blog of yesterday.

The next step will be a vote in the EU Parliament on the agreed text and, assuming Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Technology

IP in the mix: European Parliament adopts resolution on DLTs & blockchains

The European Parliament has adopted a non-legislative resolution on distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) and blockchains. In the resolution, which was adopted last month, the Parliament emphasised that the EU has an opportunity to become “the global leader” in the field of DLT and to be a “credible actor” in shaping its development and markets globally. The resolution discusses potential … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, e-commerce

EU Commission provides guidance on new Geo-Blocking Regulation

In the European Commission’s plan to create a unified Digital Single Market, the measures to promote e-Commerce are well ranked. A reason for that is the increasing impact that the digital world, and especially online shopping, is having on our lives. The Internet per se recognizes no border, and therefore artificial barriers may feel even more misplaced. To tackle … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Digital Single Market (EU)

DSM Watch: EU copyright “Value Gap” – A video guide

The European Copyright Directive seeks to strike the right balance between the remuneration received by authors and performers, and the profits made by internet platforms when they make their works accessible. This difference is known as the value gap. Our 4 minute video summary covers the following points:

  • What is it?
  • What’s the issue?
  • What about liability?
  • What’s the challenge?
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U.S.: Innovation Lounge networking event, October 17

Join us on October 17 for our Hogan Lovells Innovation Lounge, a networking event in our Washington, D.C. office aimed for associate-level attorneys and professionals with an interest in tech. Catch up with old friends and make new connections as a panel of industry disruptors discuss their cutting-edge technologies and the legal issues that arise in development and commercialization. … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright Lea Kaase

Provider liability: First YouTube, now “uploaded” – next case before the CJEU

Only two weeks ago, the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) referred various questions to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) concerning the liability of the video platform YouTube. There, the court’s queries focused on who is actually responsible for unlawfully uploaded content – just the uploader himself or the service provider as … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Policy & Regulation

DSM Watch – New EU Copyright Directive: Parliament votes to retain controversial aspects

After weeks and weeks of debate and the failure to reach a parliamentary consensus in July, the European Parliament today paved the way towards the long-awaited start of the trilogue negotiations amongst the Parliament, the Council and the Commission. The copyright reform is therefore progressing, which is good news as such.

However, it was once again a rather close vote … Continue Reading