The LESI Annual Meeting will be held in Berlin on 16 – 20 May 2020. Information about the 2020 annual meeting may be found online at

Protecting Organizational Trade Secrets In View Of The EU Trade Secrets Directive by Kevin Nachtrab

Implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2016 on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure (hereinafter the “Directive”) requires organizations to take various measures to ensure their trade secrets can enjoy the protection provided for by the applicable member state. In the accompanying articles in this issue, various commentators have made recommendations for actions to take to claim that protection. This article seeks to gather and summarize those recommendations in a coherent fashion, so that organizations may maximize the possibility of securing such protection for their trade secrets

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Fifty-six organizations from a diverse range of industries, up and down the innovation value chain, are pleased to announce today the publication of a set of guidelines on the licensing of standard-essential patents (hashtag#SEPs) Read more

les Nouvelles June 2019 Article of the Month “Arbitration & Mediation—ICC Patent Arbitration” by Bradley Lui of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

This chapter addresses patent arbitration under the rules provided by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The ICC rules are fairly sparse and allow for a great deal of flexibility, either in a contract containing an arbitration clause or in the conduct of the arbitral proceedings themselves. Despite the potential for flexibility, in practice there are a handful of authoritative treatises and several norms and customs governing ICC arbitration. Click here to read the whole article.

Please, click here for a report written by Bruno Vandermeulen about the IMDM held in Yokohama, May 2019

les Nouvelles April 2019 Article of the Month
Confidentiality In FRAND Licensing After Huawei v ZTE: National Courts in Europe Searching For Balance

In a landmark decision in the matter Huawei v ZTE, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) established a well-balanced framework for the licensing of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) on Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) terms and conditions. Following this judgement, national courts in Europe have been providing further guidance on several key questions related to the ruling, as illustrated in summary infographic starting on page 215. les Nouvelles April 2019 Article of the Month
Confidentiality In FRAND Licensing After Huawei v ZTE: National Courts in Europe Searching For Balance. Click here for the article

On April 26, it is Intellectual Property Day. On “World IP Day”, rights to inventions, texts, brands and plant varieties are in the spotlight worldwide. Rightly so: these legal rights are crucial to innovation. This year’s theme is “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports”, because whether you are a sporty entrepreneur or an entrepreneurial sportsperson: you score with IP!

The sports sector is a challenging playing field for innovation – both for athletes and entrepreneurs. Athletes strive to go faster, higher, stronger. Innovations in equipment and clothing can make the crucial difference. The sports industry is rapidly developing, very competitive and offers plenty of opportunities for innovative entrepreneurs. It also requires a good IP strategy.

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A special meeting was held on 21 March in Brussels in remembrance of Florent Gevers. Many LES Benelux members and LESI president Francois Painchaud are present at this meeting organized by LES Benelux and BMM in cooperation with AIPPI Belgium and ECTA.

Introduction by Francois Painchaud, President LESI

Intellectual Property In The Fourth Industrial Revolution Era

by Dookyu Kim, S-Printing Solution, Suwon, South Korea


I. Introduction

Intellectual property law creates exclusionary rights based on the results of human intellectual activities. Intellectual property exists in various forms.

Technological innovations are essential to the development of industries and can be protected as intellectual property, specifically by patents. The patent system calls such technological innovations inventions and those who created such inventions inventors. Inventions include product inventions and method inventions and, either way, they must be new and involve an inventive step (meaning not easy to think of) to be patentable.

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