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Update on abusive clauses in passenger contracts
Augusta Abogados
  • Aviation
  • Spain
  • 18 November 2020

In 2019 Gijón Commercial Court No 3 ruled in a case dealing with some of Volotea's transport terms and conditions. The Association of Financial Users, a consumer protection association that filed the initial claim, disagreed with some of the judgment's points and lodged an appeal. The Provincial Audience of Asturias recently gave its judgment in appeal; while it confirmed some of the first-instance court's decisions, it overruled others. This article focuses on the most controversial decisions.

Burden of proof in consumer claims
Augusta Abogados
  • Aviation
  • Spain
  • 11 November 2020

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently ruled on a request for a preliminary ruling from Barcelona Commercial Court 9. The case concerned the interpretation of Articles 17(2) and 22(1) of the Montreal Convention. In line with the Montreal Convention, the ECJ established the principle that the courts should fix the amount of compensation, depending on the damages effectively suffered by the passenger, subject to a limit of 1,131 special drawing rights.

Vehicle workshop owner convicted for using labels featuring BOSCH trademark on his machines
Grau & Angulo
  • Intellectual Property
  • Spain
  • 19 October 2020

The Castellon Court of Appeal (Section 2) recently confirmed the criminal conviction of a vehicle workshop owner for a crime against industrial property rights consisting of a six-month prison sentence. Further, the court imposed the additional penalty of disqualification from standing for public office during the time of the sentence and payment of the procedural costs, reserving the right to take civil actions that may correspond to the injured party.

Q&A on new remote working regulations
CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo
  • Employment & Immigration
  • Spain
  • 14 October 2020

The health crisis triggered by COVID-19 has accelerated the already existing trend of facilitating and implementing remote working policies in Spain. However, forced remote working as a result of the pandemic has emphasised the lack of regulation in this area, not to mention the practical issues previously left unresolved. Published on 23 September 2020, Royal Decree-Law 28/2020 on remote working seeks to provide clearer guidelines in this regard.

Modification of exceptional measures adopted due to COVID-19
Grau & Angulo
  • Intellectual Property
  • Spain
  • 31 August 2020

During the national state of alarm caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and its related health crisis management, measures were adopted affecting IP matters, including the suspension and official interruption of certain deadlines and judicial and administrative actions. Having overcome the exceptional state of alarm, the Spanish courts and administrative bodies have now resumed full activity and the courts have been reinforced to ease the situation.

Employment-related measures to fight effects of COVID-19: regulatory update following lifting of state of emergency
CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo
  • Employment & Immigration
  • Spain
  • 05 August 2020

In order to illustrate the current status of the COVID-19 extraordinary measures following the lifting of the state of emergency on 21 June 2020, this article summarises the key employment-related measures adopted since the state of emergency was declared and the updated regulation of each measure following the numerous amendments introduced subsequent to Royal Decree-Law 8/2020.

Supreme Court dismisses cassation appeal against conviction of counterfeit adidas shoe importer
Grau & Angulo
  • Intellectual Property
  • Spain
  • 03 August 2020

In February 2020 the Supreme Court dismissed a cassation appeal against a judgment from the High Court of the Valencian Community confirming the first-instance judgment issued in 2019 by the Provincial Court of Valencia condemning the defendants for an 18-month prison sentence and for the payment of a fine, the transport and destruction costs, as well as the legal costs (including the private prosecutor's costs) for the import of counterfeit shoes for commercial purposes that infringed adidas's brands and designs.

Court of appeal recognises well-known nature of DINOSAURUS trademark and declares use of GALLESAUROS sign to be infringing
Grau & Angulo
  • Intellectual Property
  • Spain
  • 27 July 2020

The Barcelona Court of Appeal recently recognised the well-known nature of the DINOSAURUS trademark owned by Galletas Artiach and its infringement by La Flor Burgalesa for using the GALLESAUROS sign applied to biscuits. This article provides a summary of the legal basis of the Barcelona Court of Appeal's judgment.

Extraordinary employment-related measures in fight against COVID-19: regulatory update
CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo
  • Employment & Immigration
  • Spain
  • 03 June 2020

The government has adopted several extraordinary employment-related measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, since a state of emergency was declared, Spain's employment authorities have published countless guidelines and instructions relating to the practical application of such measures. This article summarises the key employment-related measures adopted since the state of emergency declaration.

Appeal court confirms revocation of Spanish SPC for Truvada
Grau & Angulo
  • Intellectual Property
  • Spain
  • 01 June 2020

The Barcelona Court of Appeal recently issued a judgment confirming the invalidity of Gilead's supplementary protection certificate (SPC) for the combination of tenofovir disoproxil + emtricitabine, thus upholding a first-instance decision favourable to generic competitors Teva and Mylan. The matter has been followed in Europe, where the UK Patents Court referred a question to the Court of Justice of the European Union, which issued a judgment on the interpretation of the requirement under the EU SPC Regulation.

Copyright protection of fashion designs in Spain after Cofemel
Grau & Angulo
  • Intellectual Property
  • Spain
  • 25 May 2020

In light of the European Court of Justice's (ECJ's) decision in Cofemel, copyright protection for fashion designs is now more feasible in Spain. However, it remains to be seen how the Spanish courts (in particular, the Supreme Court) will apply the main teachings and caveats of this ECJ judgment in practice in the field of fashion.

New regulation on right to refund for cancelled tickets
Augusta Abogados
  • Aviation
  • Spain
  • 20 May 2020

The Spanish authorities have issued a number of measures to remedy the impact of COVID-19 on the Spanish aviation industry. This article focuses on a specific topic especially relevant in the current circumstances – namely, the provisions and regulations that the Spanish authorities have recently approved in relation to flight cancellations and ticket refunds.

IP-related measures adopted due to COVID-19
Grau & Angulo
  • Intellectual Property
  • Spain
  • 11 May 2020

The health crisis caused by the rapid spread of COVID-19 led to the approval and entry into force in Spain of Royal Decree 463/2020 on 14 March 2020, which declared a state of alarm. The situation led to the adoption of measures in the judicial and administrative areas. This article highlights the measures of interest for IP owners and practitioners that are adapting to the progressive changes in the situation.

Court examines alleged abusive clauses in airline terms and conditions
Augusta Abogados
  • Aviation
  • Spain
  • 29 April 2020

On 8 January 2019 Commercial Court No 3 of Gijón resolved a collective cessation action brought by the Association of Financial Users, a non-profit entity, against the Spanish airline Volotea relating to some of its transport terms and conditions. Although the court was asked to give its opinion on a number of Volotea's terms and conditions, this article focuses on the most significant issues discussed in this judgment.

Impact of COVID-19 crisis on Spanish aviation industry
Augusta Abogados
  • Aviation
  • Spain
  • 22 April 2020

The rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the world has forced many governments to issue emergency legislation, generally in a hurry and as a reaction to a continuously changing scenario. Spain is among the countries which have been hit particularly hard. This article provides a summary of the main pieces of Spanish legislation that affect the aviation industry.

Extraordinary employment-related measures introduced in fight against COVID-19
CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo
  • Employment & Immigration
  • Spain
  • 25 March 2020

The government recently published a royal decree-law on urgent and extraordinary measures to address the economic and social impact of COVID-19. The measures include clarification of the grounds and simplification of the procedures to suspend employment contracts or reduce working hours due to force majeure, as well as economic, technical, organisational or production grounds.

Barcelona patent court dismisses preliminary injunction request based on patent in amended form
Grau & Angulo
  • Intellectual Property
  • Spain
  • 23 March 2020

Barcelona Commercial Court No 1 recently refused to grant a preliminary injunction requested by Sanofi against Mylan in relation to an insulin glargine biosimilar product. Sanofi had filed for a limitation of the patent claims in the main proceedings on the merits running parallel, but the court concluded that such an amended form of the patent could be neither asserted nor taken into account in the preliminary injunction proceedings, which had been initiated before based on the patent as granted.

New ministerial order on issuance and maintenance of air operators' licences
Augusta Abogados
  • Aviation
  • Spain
  • 04 March 2020

The Spanish government recently decided that it was time to update its internal regulations regarding the issuance, maintenance, suspension and cancellation of air operators' licences in order to bring them into line with current trends. In doing so, the government issued a new order which contains novelties that merit highlighting.

Appeal court upholds criminal sentence for possession of infringing handbags
Grau & Angulo
  • Intellectual Property
  • Spain
  • 10 February 2020

The Barcelona Court of Appeal has confirmed a criminal sentence of six months' imprisonment, a fine and compensation of legal costs for the possession of 240 round bags which infringed the famous Robin Ruth Group design. The judgment follows from a trial court's decision to issue a condemnatory sentence based on Article 273.3 of the Criminal Code.

Barcelona court confirms legitimacy of Tommy Hilfiger's use of TH sign
Grau & Angulo
  • Intellectual Property
  • Spain
  • 03 February 2020

Barcelona Commercial Court No 6 recently dismissed an action for trademark infringement brought against Hilfiger Stores Spain, SL and upheld its counterclaim, declaring partial revocation for non-use of the plaintiff's Spanish trademark registered for clothing, footwear and hats (Class 25) and leaving it registered exclusively for occasion hats and women's formal party hats.