Author: Astrid Dhondt

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]On July 23, 2020, German chocolate manufacturer Ritter Sport won a ten-year legal battle with competitor Milka (Mondelēz) after a ruling by the German Bundesgerichtshof (I ZB 43/19 and I ZB 42/19). Ritter Sport is allowed to keep...

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IP Hills is extremely delighted to welcome Eva Eulaers as its newest member. Eva holds a Master of Science from the University of Liège (Belgium) and has achieved a PhD in Space Science. After completing her research, she worked for more than five years in a private practice...

With Brexit arriving slowly but surely, it is time to look again at what the impact will be on your trademarks – see https://www.iphills.com/brexit/. The British Government has posted clear guidelines on their website (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/changes-to-trade-mark-law-after-brexit). We would like to summarize them for you: One thing remains...

2019 is an interesting year for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). After Canada, Brazil has now joined the Madrid Agreement. The Madrid system simplifies the process of obtaining trademark protection in 122 Member States. The international system for trademark registration makes it possible to apply...

In the US the vocabulary for design patents was further extended by a judgement of the Court of Appeals in the case of Curver Luxembourg SARL v. Home Expression Inc. Curver[1] is the holder of a design patent entitled: ‘Surface ornamentation for a pattern for...