IP conflicts at the Mobile World Congress: a fast solution

IP conflicts at the Mobile World Congress: a fast solution

  • 01/02/2016

The Commercial Courts of Barcelona have just published the so-called “IP Fast Protocol” for the attendance of IP conflicts that may appear during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) that will be held in our city from 22 to 25 February 2016.

This IP Fast Protocol is issued to protect the interests of the IP rights owners (patents, designs, trademarks and copyright owners), as well as to protect the interests of the exhibitors (allegedly infringers) during the MWC, in which an extraordinary urgent decision may be needed from the Courts. This protocol definitely guarantees the granting of preliminary measures to protect the IP rights in a very short period of time and, at the same time, to avoid the granting of such measures without hearing the allegedly infringing party.

On one side, the Courts will grant a preferential and priority treatment to the urgent preliminary measure requests filed against the infringement of IP rights by those companies that launch or exhibit products during the MWC. On this regard, the Courts undertake to issue their decisions within a term of two days without the hearing of the defendant.

On the other side, those companies that are reasonably afraid to be object of a preliminary measure request with no hearing, have the possibility to file preventive writs. Such preventive writs allow:

  1. To give its allegations regarding why it should be denied the preliminary measure requests that, presumably, might be filed against them.
  2. To show its availability to immediately appear before the Courts in case the Judge considered that convenient to decide regarding any preliminary measure requested with no hearing.

It is also stated that upon request made by the public and private institutions, the Commercial Courts of Barcelona may adapt and extend the Protocol to other congresses and trade shows that might take place during 2016.

JAUSAS has a legal department specialized in IP litigation with more than 25 years of experience in proceedings referred to the infringement of technological patents, designs and software copyright.

With offices in Barcelona and Madrid, JAUSAS would be able to provide you urgent legal assistance in case you consider that your IP rights might be infringed during the MWC (filing urgent preliminary measures requests at the very beginning of the MWC) and/or in case you are afraid that a legal action might be filed against you (filing the preventive writs on the Courts before the MWC starts).

In case you would like to receive further information or assessment regarding this matter, please contact the leader of our IP team, Josep Carbonell, at the e-mail address and/or telephone number +34.93.415.00.88. You also may contact Eduardo Vila at the email address


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