Author Archives: Consuelo Álvarez


Spain’s New Patent Act: The Key Points

On July 25th, the Spanish Official State Gazette (BOE) published the new Patent Act (“PA”) (“Ley 24/2015, de 24 de julio, de Patentes”), which will substitute the current legislation on April 1st, 2017. The main aim of the new Act is to simplify the patent protection of innovation and promote legal certainty by establishing a […]


How Intellectual Property Impacts Your Business

The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights and the European Patent Office have carried out studies on the contribution of the main intellectual property rights (IPR) to the economy in the European Union. The purpose of these studies is to provide evidence about the value of intellectual property (IP). The impact of the […]


Towards the Unified Patent Court

25 EU Member States have embarked on enhanced co-operation to implement unitary patent protection for their territories. The so-called “EU Patent Package” consists of two regulations: Regulation No 1257/2012 concerning the implementation of enhanced cooperation in the area of the creation of unitary patent protection and Regulation No 1260/2012 regarding the applicable translation arrangements. However, […]

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CNMC penalizes SGAE with a fine of 3.1 million euros for abusive fees on concerts

Spain’s National Markets and Competition Commission (Comisión Nacional de Mercados y la Competencia) has imposed on SGAE (Spanish Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers) a penalty of 3.1 million euros for subjecting promoters to abusive conditions. The Commission considered that SGAE carried out anticompetitive practices by imposing abusive conditions on license agreements concerning copyright over […]