For the sixth consecutive year, the Judges of the Commercial Courts of Barcelona have set up an on-call and fast action protocol for the Mobile World Congress, the largest mobile event in the world, that brings together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology alongside today’s most influential visionaries. It will be held in Barcelona from February 24 through February 27, 2020
The protocol will allow holders of intellectual property rights to obtain preliminary injunctions, among other measures, in an extraordinarily short time throughout February 2020 in cases of infringements that may occur during the congress.
For the second consecutive year, the Judges of the Commercial Courts of Alicante adhere to the Protocol, meaning that its scope of action also extends to infringement of European Union trade marks and Community designs. The Commercial Court of Barcelona will carry out the immediate enforcement of any measures adopted.
Regarding the available measures, the protocol states that the following will be dealt with by the Courts with preference and priority: pretrial proceedings for collecting evidence, procedures of inquiries to substantiate facts (e.g. verification of infringement), urgent preliminary injunctions, and protective letters/briefs (an anticipated reply or an advance opposition to a foreseeable application for ex parte preliminary injunctions).
Regarding the time estimates, applications for pretrial proceedings for collecting evidence, procedures of inquiries to substantiate facts, and urgent ex parte preliminary injunctions will be resolved within 2 days (48 hours). Applications for preliminary injunctions with a hearing will be resolved within 10 days, provided that the respondent has previously filed a protective letter. The admission of protective letters will be resolved within 24 hours of filing.
The full text of the protocol is available on this link: Protocol-MWC-2020