by Ludivine Coulon 28.09.2018 - La Libre Belgique - Campaign Life Science
The EU Copyright Reform: A great sign for the creative industries in Europe and/or a catastrophic day for the internet ?
by Clara De Schryver 18.09.2018
The vote in the EU parliament on the reform of copyright in the digital single market on September 12th was controversial and depending on who you ask will either be a great success or a complete disaster.
Who will be winning the Nike & Adidas IP battle ?
by Ludivine Coulon 14.09.2018
Last week the Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois posted this image of his brand new golden football gloves. It was a tailor made surprise delivery from Nike for the world’s best goalkeeper. It includes a series of innovations, such as the so-called patented ‘Grip3 Technology’. Nike is of course very grateful for this kind of social media visibility, especially since there’s an IP battle going on among sports clothing manufacturers. We used this opportunity to dig a bit deeper in Nike’s patents and its closest competitor Adidas.
Lionel Messi’s trouble to protect his name as a trademark – why you should register your trademark even if it is your own
by Claire Godefroid 31.08.2018
Like every year during the summer transfer window, media discuss the value of football players. But what about the value of players’ names ? Some of the most famous athletes file their name as a trademark to capitalize on what has become a brand. In a recent case, the EU General Court had to decide if Lionel Messi was entitled to register his name as an EU trademark, taking into account an alleged similar earlier trademark.
Trademark holders will be able to contest Benelux trademarks easier, faster and at lower costs !
Einstein's research didn't lead to immediate innovations. But today, his work has a profound impact. This is a typical pattern. Would Einstein ever have imagined hailing an Uber ride thanks to his theory of relativity ?
RGPD : Avez-vous le goût du risque ?
by Guy Breitenstein 04.07.2018
Si vous avez l’esprit d’entreprise, vous avez nécessairement le goût du risque. Vous consacrez une large partie de votre temps, consciemment ou non, à évaluer les opportunités qui s’offrent à vous et les risques qui y sont intimement liés. Vous vous efforcez de maximiser les opportunités et d’atténuer les risques. Vous êtes responsable de la gestion des risques.
Your Personal Data is Worthless !
by Guy Breitenstein 04.07.2018
This is a bold statement but your personal data itself has indeed no economic value. It is your processing of personal data that creates value for your business. By way of example, when someone posts a cuisine recipe on Facebook, this information is of no interest whatsoever to anyone. But when that information is available on millions of people, Facebook can mine the data and process it, for example to inform menu decisions in a recipe book. Facebook has created value from a worthless piece of data!
Why is a paralegal important for a client ? What happens behind the scenes ?
by Florence Bradfer 28.06.2018
A paralegal assistant is actually the person who processes all the information our clients share with our attorneys. At Calysta, we paralegals tackle all IP applications as a team and share our knowledge so to answer our clients’ inquiries swiftly and clearly. Also, IP applications are long-lasting procedures and can vary a lot from a country to another.
There is value in the “look and feel” of your company. Make sure to protect it !
By Clara De Schryver 14.06.2018
In today’s knowledge-based economy clients need to be aware that there is value in the “look and feel” of their company, and that having an effective IP strategy is not just about filing for registration once in a while, but also about monitoring and protecting what is already theirs. Read the full interview of Clara De Schryver.
CALYSTA s’est mise en conformité avec le RGPD – Comment avons-nous procédé ?
By Guy Breitenstein 12.06.2018
Nous avons commencé par inventorier et cartographier l’ensemble des données que nous traitions. Nous avons identifié principalement trois catégories de personnes dont nous traitions les données : nos clients, nos fournisseurs et notre personnel..
GDPR – The French Data Protection Authority imposes a €250,000 fine for a data security breach
By Guy Breitenstein 07.06.2018
In a decision published today, the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) imposed a hefty fine on OPTICAL CENTER, a French eyeglasses and contact lenses retailer.
Major changes to enter into force in Benelux trademark law on June 1st
By Claire Godefroid 25.05.2018
Time to have a closer look at your trademark protection in the Benelux! As from 1 June 2018, the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property will foresee in new authorities for the Benelux Office regarding cancellation actions against a registered Benelux trademark, as well as new competences for the Benelux Court Of Justice on appeals against decisions of the Benelux Office.
Why protecting inventions is important ?
Interview Romain Lobera 18.05.2018
obtaining a patent on an invention does not mean that you can put your product on the market, you may indeed infringe a patent of a third party. Our work at this stage consists a.o. in providing our client with an advice on his/her freedom to operate, which involves various strategic aspects such as an in-depth study of the competition, targeting territories of interest and the best strategy suiting our client's business. Read whole the article of Romain Lobera