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In today’s knowledge economy, a large part of the value of your business is based on intangible assets and goodwill. Your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your portfolio. With 150 specialist lawyers in over 30 countries, we understand your business needs and have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech and media companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies. This industry-specific approach can help you realise your commercial goals.

The right brands will win the hearts and minds of your customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your ideas or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, know-how and designs also play a vital role. Legal discussions might arise concerning trade names, advertisements, slavish imitation and unauthorized publications.

We focus on key sectors relevant to you such as lifesciences, automotive, machinery, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services and TMC. This means you get in-depth industry knowledge as well as legal expertise for the protection of your IP. If you are involved in a dispute - concerning infringement of a copyright for example - we can guide you through the litigation process.

Significant clients: UEFA, Pioneer, Syngenta, Diageo, Ogilvy.

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Outstanding full service firm. Excellent knowledge of IE-rights and data protection

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

CMS has notable cross-border capabilities and utilises this expertise when handling IP-related cases where multi-jurisdictional infringement proceedings, EU-wide, FTO requests or product launches are concerned.

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

"The firm draws praise for the co-ordination of its international network."

Chambers Global, 2020

"CMS has a huge network and I can always trust to receive seamless and high-quality legal advice, regardless of borders."

Chambers Global, 2020

"The CMS team provides assistance on privacy, anti-competition, and data ownership issues."

The Legal 500, 2019

The team "provides excellent service and has branches and partners in different jurisdictions."

Chambers Europe, 2019

"Cross-border capabilities really add to the customer experience."

Chambers Global, 2019

"Prompt, friendly and personalised service, depth of knowledge and quick grasp of the issues."

Chambers Europe, 2018

"Outstanding knowledge of, and experience in, a wide range of IP matters."

The Legal 500, 2018
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June 2019
CMS In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Glob­al Bro­chure
In today’s know­ledge eco­nomy, a large part of the value of your busi­ness de­pends on in­tan­gible as­sets and good­will. Your in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty (IP) plays a key role in gain­ing and keep­ing your com­pet­it­ive edge.

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02/04/2020
In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty in the Neth­er­lands: COV­ID-19's im­pact on dead­lines...
22 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19's im­pact on IP leg­al tim­ings
As in all as­pects of busi­ness, COV­ID-19 is im­pact­ing the world of IP and the po­s­i­tion is con­stantly chan­ging. To help you pri­or­it­ise and plan, the Glob­al IP prac­tice at CMS has put to­geth­er an over­view of COV­ID-19's cur­rent im­pact on pro­ced­ur­al timetables be­fore courts, na­tion­al in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty of­fices and key in­ter­na­tion­al IP in­sti­tu­tions.
08 July 2020
“WIPO PROOF”: WIPO’s new on­line ser­vice which helps in­nov­at­ors and cre­at­ors...
The World In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Or­gan­isa­tion (WIPO) re­cently launched its new on­line busi­ness ser­vice, “WIPO PROOF”. The plat­form aims to help in­nov­at­ors and cre­at­ors safe­guard their in­tel­lec­tu­al...
20/01/2020
The in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty di­lem­mas caused by AI-gen­er­ated works
26 June 2020
CJEU an­nuls EUIPO’s trade mark in­val­id­a­tion of Louis Vuit­ton’s Dam­i­er Azur...
On 10 June 2020, the Gen­er­al Court of the CJEU (“GC”) pub­lished its de­cision on the Louise Vuit­ton Mal­leti­er (“Louis Vuit­ton”) case,[1] which relates to the valid­ity of Louis Vuit­ton’s fig­ur­at­ive...
24/12/2019
DNB pub­lishes re­gis­tra­tion form for crypto ser­vice pro­viders
01 June 2020
En­larged Board to cla­ri­fy European Pat­ent Of­fice ap­proach to double pat­ent­ing
The European Pat­ent Of­fice Tech­nic­al Board of Ap­peal has re­ferred three leg­al ques­tions to the En­larged Board of Ap­peal. These ques­tions con­cern the al­low­ab­il­ity of double pat­ent­ing at the EPO, and will...
21/11/2019
CMS ad­vised Arkance on the ac­quis­i­tion of Dutch-Bel­gian CAD de­veloper Greenock
29 May 2020
3D trade marks news: over­view of re­cent judg­ments in the Göm­böc and Ru­bik...
The in­ter­pret­a­tion of pro­vi­sions reg­u­lat­ing shape marks of­ten raises vari­ous doubts on both the EU and na­tion­al level, es­pe­cially re­gard­ing the con­di­tions un­der which re­gis­tra­tion of shape marks can be...
08/11/2019
CMS ad­vises Arkance Sys­tems on the ac­quis­i­tion of CAD Ac­cent
26 May 2020
European Pat­ent Of­fice COV­ID-19 pro­vi­sions - as at 25 May 2020
The EPO has re­cently is­sued fur­ther in­form­a­tion re­gard­ing or­al pro­ceed­ings be­fore ex­am­in­a­tion and op­pos­i­tion di­vi­sions and be­fore the Boards of Ap­peal. This art­icle sum­mar­ises all of the EPO’s COV­ID-19...
31 August 2019
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