Appeal court confirms revocation of Spanish SPC for Truvada

During the current state of alarm, on 23 April 2020 the Barcelona Court of Appeal issued a judgment confirming the invalidity of Gilead’s supplementary protection certificate (SPC) for the combination of tenofovir disoproxil + emtricitabine, thus upholding a first-instance decision favourable to generic competitors Teva and Mylan. The matter has been broadly followed in Europe,…

Spain Chapter / Trademark Review Yearbook 2020/2021

– Patent, Trademark, Copyright & Design litigation – Advice on licence agreements  – Anti-counterfeiting actions – Domain name disputes – Unfair competition Authors Sonia Santos and Jesús Arribas Read the Spain chapter here   This article first appeared in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2020/21, a supplement to World Trademark Review, published by Law Business Research…

COVID-19

Queridos clientes, colegas y amigos: Ante la rápida expansión del COVID-19 y el consiguiente estado de alarma decretado por el gobierno español, GRAU & ANGULO ha adoptado una serie de medidas con la finalidad de proteger la salud de los que nos rodean y, al propio tiempo, mantener inalterado el servicio que prestamos a nuestros…

Barcelona court confirms legitimacy of Tommy Hilfiger’s use of TH sign

On 4 December 2019 the Barcelona Commercial Court No 6 dismissed an action for trademark infringement brought against Hilfiger Stores Spain, SL (HSS) and upheld its counterclaim, declaring partial revocation for non-use of the plaintiff’s Spanish trademark registered for clothing, footwear and hats (Class 25) and leaving it registered exclusively for “occasion hats” and “women’s…

Exhaustion of trademark rights: Barcelona Court of Appeal rules in Schweppes case

On 22 July 2019 Section 15 of the Barcelona Court of Appeal declared that Red Paralela SL and Red Paralela BCN SL (together, Red Paralela) had infringed Schweppes International Limited’s Spanish SCHWEPPES trademarks by importing and commercialising Schweppes-branded tonics in Spain which had been manufactured in the United Kingdom by Coca-Cola/Atlantic Industries (together, Coca-Cola), the…

Important changes to Copyright Act

Act 2/2019 of 1 March 2019 has modified the consolidated text of the Copyright Act (1/1996) of 12 April 1996 and incorporated the following EU directives into the Spanish legal system: EU Directive 2014/26/EU on the collective management of copyright and related rights and the multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use…