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28 January 2019
The next Mobile World Congress (MWC), a world-leading event in the mobile communications industry, will be held in Barcelona from 25 to 28 February 2019.
Foreseeing potential conflicts between the participating companies, the panel of judges of the Barcelona commercial courts has agreed – for the fifth consecutive year and for the first time in conjunction with the panel of judges of the commercial courts of Alicante (the EU trademark courts) – to adopt a specific protocol of guard service and fast action which contains effective measures to protect technology patents, industrial designs, trademarks and copyright and defend against unfair competition and unlawful advertising acts in relation to products and materials which are displayed at the MWC.
The following protocol will be put in place from the beginning of February 2019 until the end of the event:
The Barcelona commercial courts have highlighted the results of the protocol applied during the MWC 2018. In particular, 35 cases were admitted, which was an increase of 40% compared with 2017. In addition, the following results were observed:
The commercial court judges have predicted that there will be an increase in the number of protective letters and ex parte interim injunctions filed during the MWC 2019.
For further information on this topic please contact Alejandro Angulo, Jesús Arribas or Ignacio Marqués at Grau & Angulo by telephone (+34 93 202 34 56) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). The Grau & Angulo website can be accessed at www.ga-ip.com.
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