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,…

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Copyright protection of fashion designs in Spain after Cofemel

Fashion designs tend to be short lived, sometimes available only for a single season before being replaced by other designs. This is reflected in EU legislation. Unregistered community designs were specifically conceived to protect these kinds of design, regardless of the possibility of opting for the more solid protection conferred by registered designs.   Read…

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IP-related measures adopted due to COVID-19

The health crisis caused by the rapid spread of COVID-19 led to the approval and entry into force in Spain of Royal Decree 463/2020 on 14 March 2020, which declared a state of alarm. This has led to the adoption of diverse judicial and administrative measures which are being adapted to changes during the COVID-19…

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Community design courts find infringement of well-known GHD hair straighteners

On 26 February 2020 Section 8 of the Alicante Court of Appeal, acting as the Community Design Court, confirmed the infringement of Jemella Limited’s Community design which had previously been declared by the first-instance Community design court (Alicante Community Design Court Number 1). The Community design in question protected the special shape of the well-known…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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