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Jurriaan Dane

Groundbreaking judgment will result in quicker refusal of Benelux trademark applications for descriptiveness

Litigation - International
AKD NV

The Benelux Court of Justice recently assessed whether the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) rightly refused the Benelux trademark PET'S BUDGET for being descriptive.

Beatrijs Gielen

BCA and civil courts rule on interim measure requests in football industry

Competition & Antitrust - Belgium
ALTIUS

As in many other European countries, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Pro League – the Belgian professional football league – to set up an alternative arrangement for the end of the disrupted 2019-2020 football season.

Paul Van den Bulck

DPA reprimands hospital for violating employee's access and information rights

Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media - Belgium
AKD

The Litigation Chamber of the Data Protection Authority recently issued a reprimand to a hospital for its violation of an employee's access and information rights regarding an audit, which had led to the employee's dismissal.

Armand Aviges

Suspension of decision granting Baclocur market authorisation when decision is based on compromise rather than scientific knowledge

Healthcare & Life Sciences - France
Altana

Over the past two years, the French administrative courts have witnessed several proceedings concerning the use of Baclofen for alcohol-related disorders.

Gordon Drakes

European Commission's VBER review – what does it mean for franchising?

Franchising - European Union
Fieldfisher LLP

The EU Vertical Block Exemption Regulation will expire on 31 May 2022 and the European Commission is reviewing its effectiveness to determine whether it should lapse, its duration should be prolonged or it requires revision to take account of market developments since 2010 (most notably with regard to online sales and online platforms).

Rebecca Liebowitz

Pigment of our imagination? Colour trademarks could be inherently distinctive

Intellectual Property - USA
Venable LLP

Previously, in order for a brand owner to protect colour as a feature of its product packaging, it had to show that the colour scheme had acquired distinctiveness through extensive use in the marketplace.

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