Introduction As a general rule, defendants in Spain must be heard before a preliminary injunction request against them can be upheld. Preliminary injunctions can therefore be granted ex parte only in exceptional cases – namely, in cases of urgency or if the hearing could jeopardise the preliminary injunction’s aim. However, in pharmaceutical patent cases, plaintiffs…
On 5 April 2019 Section 5 of the Barcelona Court of Appeal revoked the 21 March 2018 judgment of the Commercial Court of Barcelona Number 2, which had dismissed all of the claims filed by the owner and licensee of the MUSTELA trademark against its former distributor and various other companies. The plaintiffs had filed…
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…
General Court: common figurative elements will make an impression on consumers, despite their weak distinctive character
DPG opposed registration of mark representing bottle and arrow in Classes 35, 40 and 42 based on earlier mark representing can, bottle and arrow in same classes. Board of Appeal found that likelihood of confusion could not be excluded. General Court agreed, finding that common figurative elements were likely to be remembered by consumers, even though they…
On 3 April 2019 the Supreme Court rejected the extraordinary appeals filed by Pfizer against a Barcelona Court of Appeal judgment, confirming the dismissal of a patent infringement action against sildenafil generics competitors in Spain. Read More
EU Trademark Court rules on use of well-known trademarks to sell smell-alike perfumes Read More
On 1 March 2019 the Valencia Court of Appeal, acting as a trial court, sentenced two defendants to one-and-a-half years in prison for importing thousands of pairs of counterfeit shoes for commercial purposes. Read More
On 3 December 2018 Section 8 of the Alicante Court of Appeal, acting as the EU Trademark Court of Appeal, declared that the Ibiza Beach drink marketed by Productos Ibicencos, SL and Aromáticas de Ibiza, SL – whose bottle was highly similar to the well-known Malibu bottle – infringed The Absolut Company AB’s (TAC’s) 3D…
On 8 February 2019 the Barcelona Court of Appeal confirmed the January 2018 Barcelona Commercial Court Number 5 decision which had declared European Patent 1.472.156 (Spanish Patent 2.260.626) (EP’156) and European Patent 1.808.382 (Spanish Patent 2.407.963) (EP’382) – both of which related to Nescafé Dolce Gusto capsules – to be valid and infringed by Fast…
Grau & Angulo una vez más, figura como líder en el área de marcas en el ranking que establece anualmente WTR 1000 y cinco de sus socios, Jorge Grau, Alejandro Angulo, Sonia Santos, Jesús Arribas y Maite Ferrándiz han sido destacados entre los abogados líderes en el área de marcas en España en 2019.
On 19 December 2018 Barcelona Commercial Court Number 4 dismissed a patent infringement action brought by Mundipharma against two generics of its oxycodone and naloxone medicinal product for the treatment of pain (Targin) and upheld the defendants’ counterclaim that the asserted patent was invalid. Facts Mundipharma holds European Patent EP2425825 (EP’825), entitled ‘Pharmaceutical preparation containing…
In 2013 defendant signed settlement agreement undertaking not to infringe any design owned by Robin Ruth Group. In 2014 police found handbags infringing Robin Ruth Group’s design in defendant’s warehouse. Court found that both subjective and objective elements of crime were present. By Barbara Krystkowiak Download
14 January 2019 – Ignacio Pontijas Facts Ex parte inspection and ex parte injunction Commercial court decision Barcelona Court of Appeal decision Read More
Entre los días 25 y 28 de febrero de 2019 se va a celebrar en Barcelona una nueva edición del Mobile World Congress (MWC), el evento más importante del mundo en el sector de la comunicación y telefonía móvil. Leer más
On 2 October 2018 the EU Trademark Court Number 1 of Alicante granted the interim injunction application filed by Xiaomi Inc against Blablatel Mobile SL for trademark infringement due to the parallel import of technological products from outside the European Economic Area. Read More
On 25 July 2018 Barcelona Commercial Court Number 2 declared that teleshopping ads broadcast by European Home Shopping, SL (the defendant) had infringed the copyright in three similar ads created by Telebrands Corp, International Edge, Inc and Best Option Products SL (the plaintiffs). Read More
On 15 June 2018 the Ministry of Culture and Sports fined a website owner under the Consolidated Text of the IP Act for allowing users to download copyrighted content from Spain. Read More
Seis abogados de Grau & Angulo han sido nombrados Best Lawyers® 2019 en Propiedad Industrial e Intelectual en España
Han merecido este reconocimiento: Alejandro Angulo, Jesús Arribas, Maite Ferrándiz, Jorge Grau, Javier Huarte y Sonia Santos.
Jesús Arribas participó como ponente en las XIII Jornadas del Tribunal de Marcas de la Unión Europea
Nuestro socio Jesús Arribas participó, como ponente, en las XIII Jornadas del Tribunal de Marcas de la Unión Europea que se celebraron en Alicante el 15 y 16 de noviembre. Su intervención se centró en las medidas cautelares urgentes y escritos preventivos en ferias y eventos. http://www.icali.es/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Jornadas-Marca-Tribunal-2018.pdf
Preliminary draft Trademark Act approved: declarations of invalidity and cancellations of registered signs
On 20 July 2018 the Council of Ministers approved a preliminary draft law which will partially amend the Trademark Act (17/2001) in order to incorporate the EU Trademark Directive (2015/2436/EC). Read More
Preliminary injunction request dismissed due to prima facie invalidity of asserted SPC 15 October 2018 | Contributed by Grau & Angulo
On 12 September 2018 Barcelona Commercial Court Number 5 dismissed a preliminary injunction request filed by Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) regarding the commercialisation of generic medicinal products comprising ezetimibe and simvastatin. Read more
– Patent, Trademark, Copyright & Design litigation – Advice on licence agreements •Anti-counterfeiting actions – Domain name disputes – Unfair competition Authors Sonia Santos and Jesús Arribas Download This article first appeared in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2019/2020, a supplement to World Trademark Review, published by Globe Business Media Group – IP Division. To view the…
General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between PRIMART and PRIMA European Union – Grau & Angulo EUIPO Board of Appeal found likelihood of confusion between PRIMART and PRIMA in Class 30 Court con rmed that signs were visually similar to an average degree, and phonetically similar to an higher-than-average degree Group of letters ‘prima’ contributed…
Court of Appeal upholds criminal sentence for import of counterfeit t-shirts bearing registered trademarks
On 6 April 2018 the Court of Appeal of Zaragoza confirmed the judgment issued by the Trial Court Number 1 of Zaragoza, which had sentenced the two defendants for importing thousands of counterfeit t-shirts from China.
On 14 March 2018 the Barcelona Commercial Court Number 4 dismissed a patent infringement action brought by Novartis against the first generics in Spain of its valsartan and amlodipine medicinal product for the treatment of hypertension (Exforge). The court upheld the defendants’ counterclaim for invalidity of the asserted patent.
Appeal court confirms revocation of ex parte preliminary injunctions against oxycodone/naloxone generics
On 13 April 2018 the Barcelona Court of Appeal issued two decisions confirming the Barcelona Commercial Court Numbers 1 and 4 rulings revoking the preliminary injunctions that they had granted…
Los socios Jesús Arribas y Sonia Santos de Grau & Angulo han recibido recientemente un grupo de estudiantes del programa Lex Fellowship
El programa está diseñado para ofrecer a los estudiantes de Derecho una visión práctica de la carrera en España.
General Court: no likelihood of confusion between marks consisting of same two letters in different order
In El Corte Inglés SA v EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (Case T-241/16, May 4 2018), the General Court has annulled the decision of the Second Board of Appeal of the EUIPO, thereby allowing the registration of the EU figurative mark EW…
Spain – Grau & Angulo May 23 2018 On February 23 2018 the Barcelona Court of Appeal dismissed the writ of appeal filed by an online seller of counterfeit shoes against a condemnatory judgment issued by Barcelona Trial Court Number 9 on October 27 2017, confirming the judgment in its entirety. Barcelona Trial Court Number…
The Mobile World Congress (MWC) took place in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1 2018 (for further details please see «Courts adopt specific protocol for protecting IP rights during MWC 2018»). Read More
On December 12 2017 Barcelona Commercial Court Number 5 revoked a preliminary injunction which had been granted ex parte at the request of Merck Sharp & Dohme BV (MSD) against Laboratorios León Farma and Exeltis Healthcare for alleged patent infringement.
On March 7 2018 the Supreme Court confirmed the revocation of the collective trademark BARCELONA – whose registration had been sought in all classes of the Nice Classification – due to its lack of distinctiveness.
Commercial court upholds Nestlé’s infringement action of its patents relating to Nescafé Dolce Gusto capsules
On January 9 2018 Barcelona Commercial Court Number 5 upheld the patent infringement action filed by Société des Produits Nestlé against Fast Eurocafé, SA
In 2017 the EU Trademark Regulation (2017/1001) and the Spanish Patents Act (24/2015) entered into force.
Entre los días 26 de febrero y 1 de marzo de 2018 se va a celebrar en Barcelona una nueva edición del Mobile World Congress (MWC), el evento más importante del mundo en la industria de la comunicación y telefonía móvil.
January 08 2018 | Contributed by Grau & Angulo. On October 20 2017 Barcelona Commercial Court Number 4 lifted the preliminary injunctions that it had previously granted ex parte at the request of Gilead in relation to the imminent market launch of tenofovir and emtricitabine generic medicinal products by Mylan and Teva. Descargar artículo…
Grau & Angulo da la bienvenida a dos nuevos socios, Ignacio Marqués y Carlota Viola, que han sido promovidos con efectos a partir de enero de 2018. Ambos contribuyen de una manera muy significativa al desarrollo de la firma. Ignacio se ocupa de asuntos de patentes, marcas, diseños, derechos de autor, competencia desleal y publicidad,…
Best Lawyers™ reconoce a Grau & Angulo como Firma del Año 2018 en España en el área de Propiedad Industrial e Intelectual
Además, cinco abogados de Grau & Angulo han sido destacados en la 10ª edición de Best Lawyers in Spain de la especialidad: Alejandro Angulo, Jesús Arribas, Jorge Grau, Javier Huarte y Sonia Santos.
Grau & Angulo organizó el pasado 24 de noviembre 2017 un desayuno informativo en el Club Financiero Génova de Madrid en relación a Claves sobre la Defensa de la Propiedad Industrial en China. INSIGHTS INTO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT IN CHINA CLAVES SOBRE DEFENSA DE PROPIEDAD INDUSTRIAL EN CHINA Breakfast Meeting – Desayuno Informativo Madrid, 24th November 2017…
In Futbol Club Barcelona v Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (Judgment 132/2017, February 17 2017), the Catalonia High Court of Justice revoked a Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO) decision which had granted the registration of an industrial design featuring an image of the Camp Nou stadium. Read More
General Court upholds decision on prior non-registered national trademarks…
On July 20 2017 the Supreme Court confirmed a Zaragoza Court of Appeal decision of December 17 2014 and acknowledged a US company’s legal standing to file unfair competition claims. The US company had operated in the Spanish market through a Spanish company, which was its exclusive licensee. Download
Barcelona courts lift preliminary injunctions previously granted ex parte in oxycodone/naloxone case
Through two decisions issued on July 18 and 19 2017, Barcelona Commercial Court Number 4 and Barcelona Commercial Court Number 1, respectively, lifted the preliminary injunctions that they had previously granted ex parte at the request of Mundipharma in relation to the imminent market launch of two oxycodone/naloxone generic medicinal products. Facts Mundipharma is the holder of…
Ignacio Marqués ha participado en la Conferencia Anual sobre Marcas y Diseños en Europa 2017 Alicante (EUIPO), 28-29 septiembre 2017 Su presentación versó sobre el concepto de “marcas defensivas” en la práctica de la EUIPO y de los tribunales de justicia.
In its judgment of June 30 2017, the Barcelona Court of Appeal confirmed the Barcelona Commercial Court Number 4 first instance decision, which had dismissed the patent infringement action filed by Novartis against several generics for alleged infringement of European Patent 2’292’219 (EP’219). Read More: Barcelona_Court_of_Appeal_confirms…
Barcelona Court of Appeal confirms invalidity of Roche’s valganciclovir patent Descargar artículo
Entrevista con Sonia Santos sobre la reforma y protección de marcas en España: Ir a la entrevista
Sonia Santos e Ignacio Marqués han elaborado el capítulo sobre la Propiedad Industrial e Intelectual de España en la Guía Comparativa por Países de Legal 500.
Sonia Santos e Ignacio Marqués han elaborado el capítulo sobre la Propiedad Industrial e Intelectual de España en la Guía Comparativa por Países de Legal 500. Spain: Intellectual Property
Una vez más Grau & Angulo aparece en la banda 1 del directorio Legal 500 2017.
Grau & Angulo nombrado “Mejor despacho especialista europeo del año”