SpainNew challenges in the ever-expanding IP field

In recent years the Spanish industrial property regulations have been modernised, thus raising them to a level equivalent to the laws of other EU member states regarding trademarks (in 2002), designs (2003) and competition (2007). The patent regulations were modernised in 1986 and then updated to include rules for unfair competition (1991), biotechnological inventions (2002) and the Bolar clause (2006). Further, in 2006 all the industrial property laws were brought into line with the EU IP Rights Enforcement Directive.

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