Intellectual Property

As a result of the transposition of Trademark Directive 2015/2436, both the Trademark Law as well as its implementing regulations have had to be amended accordingly. The reform of the implementing regulations, approved through Royal Decree 306/2019, of April 26, 2019 (published in the Official State Gazette last April 30), came into force on May 1, 2019.
 On January 11 2019 the EUIPO’s Cancellation Division revoked European Union trademark 62.638 BIG MAC, filed in 1996 by the famous fast-food chain McDonald’s. Although the mark had been registered since 1998, in April 2017, the Irish fast-food chain Supermac’s filed an application for revocation of the trademark BIG MAC due to non-use, based on article 58.1 of the European Union Trademark Regulation.
New Trade Secrets Law 1/2019, of February 20, 2019 (TSL, available here) has been published in the Official State Gazette. The Law will come into force on March 13, 2019. It transposes into Spanish law, Directive (EU) 2016/943 of 8 June 2016, on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure (available here).
Garrigues Portugal has been named IP Law Firm of the year in the first edition of the Global IP Awards granted by the international publications World Trademark Review (WTR) and  Intellectual Asset Management (IAM). The firm received the award yesterday in a ceremony held in London. 
The European Parliament has given its support to the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, with 438 votes in favor, 226 against and 39 abstentions. The vote moves one step further in the path to approve a directive that seeks to change the legal framework of copyright on the Internet.