An orangutan does not denigrate
An interesting decision was rendered by the Paris Court of Appeal last December in a dispute between Ferrero and Rigoni di Asiago.
When a quantum claim leaves you skeptical
Where a cream is presented as "a new path to cosmetic rejuvenation for the skin born from quantum science"...
What’s new in domain names
New domain name extensions will soon be available. They are open to everyone, with no particular restrictions.
Transferring intellectual property rights to a company: a few rules to be aware of
The purpose of this communication is to draw your attention to the tax aspects to be observed in the event of a contribution in kind of an intangible intellectual property asset to your company.
The end of 10 days: Changes to the calculation of European Patent Office limitation periods
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Is Artificial Intelligence patentable?
Wouldn't computer programs be patentable? What about "Artificial Intelligence"? Read our article:
OPT-IN or OPT-OUT?
Some information and reminders on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and on the opt-out to discover in this article.
PERFECTO : a clothing brand, not a garment !
PERFECTO is a registered clothing brand, and that it is not possible to use this term as a common name.
The Digital Service Act (DSA) comes into force
A new European Union regulation came into force on August 25, setting out rules for digital platforms to ensure that legal principles applicable offline are respected online.
Unitary patent: what are the launch results?
The unitary patent came into force on June 1, 2023, as did the Unified Patent Court (UPC).
Artificial intelligence x Photography
At a time when AI is shaking up the world and all artistic fields, our client PHOTO MAGAZINE published a special issue last March-April on the theme "Should we be afraid of AI?"
Copyright protection for a work of street art
Court of Appeal - July 5, 2023
Geographical points of vigilance
A few reminders about geography and trademark law. Some are well known, others a little less so.
Pay attention to GDPR compliance
It has now been almost 5 years since you heard about the GDPR and the need to comply with this regulation concerning the collection of personal data.
Why should you file a patent or register a trademark?
According to the INPI, France is the European champion in terms of trademark application, with 100,000 applications filed per year at the INPI.
A red card for CR7
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo holds several trademark rights, particularly at European Union level, including a CR7 trademark for drinks, filed in February 2022.
Is the unitary patent for you?
A few days before the start of the sunrise period and the start of preparations for the Unified Patent Court (UPC), it seemed important to us to review the counterpart of the UPC.
Will the French Patent Office align itself with the EPO on the patentability of software?
Unlike the European Patent Office (EPO), the French Patent Office (INPI) has always taken a relatively strict approach to the patentability of computer-implemented inventions, also […]
The most notorious (chocolate) rabbit
Do you know this rabbit? Sold by Lindt for a long time and successfully, it is protected in particular as a three-dimensional mark. As […]
Change of practice in the US
The United States Office (USPTO) has just introduced a new rule which, as of December 3, 2022, limits the time limit for responding to an objection from the Office.
Rififi among Marseille firefighters
The Departmental Fire and Rescue Service of Bouches du Rhône was recently the victim of cybersquatting for its domain name pompiers13.fr. (firefighters)
Intellectual property at the origin of 82 million jobs in the European Union
Intellectual property is responsible for nearly 30% of jobs in the EU over the period 2017 to 2019.
NFT and metaverse: how to classify?
The emergence of new technologies and new products can sometimes be a real headache when it comes to filing a trademark to protect them.
How to prepare for the Unified Patent Court
Initially announced for April 1, 2023 the Unified Patent Court (UPC) should finally start on June 1, 2023.
Copyright and artificial intelligence
An American artist has just registered his copyright for a graphic novel generated by artificial intelligence (AI). Kris Kashtanova indeed created this graphic novel from […]
Mr. Daniel Druet fails to have the paternity of his works recognized
We told you about the action brought by the sculptor Daniel Druet against the Galerie Perrotin, its publishing house and the Monnaie de Paris for […]
What the Global Innovation Index reveals in its 2022 edition
The global index published by WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, ranks the innovation capacity of around 130 countries each year.
Montenegro becomes a member of the EPO
Montenegro's membership took effect on 1 October 2022.
The DIOR SADDLE bag is not a valid figurative mark
In March 2021, CHRISTIAN DIOR COUTURE filed as a three-dimensional trademark the following design representing the shape of its “Saddle” bag.
For the EPO, the inventor must be human
The reputation of the Beatles is not that of the trademark
Following the filing of a French trademark The Beatles, an opposition had been filed by Apple Corps, owner of the Beatles trademark whose notoriety was […]
4 millions European patents published
The number of patent applications published by the European Patent Office (EPO) has just passed the 4 million mark.
First decision from the French Patent Office on a patent opposition
On May 23, 2022, the Director General of the French Patent Office issued the first decision on an opposition to a patent. This procedure was […]
Turmoil in the contemporary art world
A lawsuit is currently pending in the French courts between the French sculptor Daniel Druet and the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan regarding the paternity of […]
A new law in the United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates has issued a new Federal Trademark Law that came into effect in January 2022.
NFT, an intangible asset that is not so secure
If the NFT, or non-fungible token, is known for its security and traceability, recent news has shown that its security is quite relative.
The international trademark system extended to new countries
On April 4, 2022, the Government of Chile filed its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol.
Louis Vuitton condemned for counterfeiting
For once, the trunk-maker was condemned by the Paris Court of Appeal last March for having used a clasp created by a designer without authorization.
The European Patent Office is ready to grant a European patent
The European Patent Office is ready to grant a European patent, will it be possible to benefit from the unitary effect?
Trainee’s invention, attribution clarified
Article L.611-7-1 of the Intellectual Property Code (IPC) introduced by the December 15, 2021 ordinance finally clarifies the attribution of the invention developed by a trainee.
Consequences of the situation in Ukraine and Russia in terms of intellectual property
There have been reports that the Russian government has decided to waive patent rights for patent holders from certain foreign countries. In particular, there are […]
Two new accessions to the international design protection system (The Hague)
Jamaica and China have recently joined the WIPO Hague System allowing these territories to be designated within an international design application. Jamaica is the 93rd member […]
No three-dimensional mark for Moon Boot shoes
The Italian company Tecnica Group SpA was refused protection as a three-dimensional mark by the European Office. The trademark had been filed at the European […]
When Leffe asks a Breton brewer called Leff to change their name
The AB InBev group, the world’s leading brewer holder of the LEFFE brand does not intend to allow the Breton brewery of Leff to use […]
The USPTO registers its name as a trademark to better fight against fraud
Even national IP Offices have to defend their names. It is for this purpose that the US Office has registered the terms USPTO, UNITED STATES […]
Entry into force of the provisional application protocol of the UPC: we take stock
Almost 50 years after the creation of the European Patent Office and further to the recent filing of the instruments of ratification of the Provisional […]
United Arab Emirates join Madrid Trademark System
On September 28, 2021, the Government of the United Arab Emirates filed at WIPO its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol, making the United […]
The filing of a trademark is no longer constituting an infrigement
In two decisions issued on October 13, the French Supreme Court made an important reversal of case law. The question asked to the Supreme Court […]
A look back at the year 2020
Global intellectual property indicators report: global trademark filings exploded in 2020 despite global pandemic. According to the WIPO report, patent applications increased in 2020, as […]
Signature of a PPH agreement (Patent Prosecution Highway)
Signature of a PPH agreement between the French Patent Office (INPI) and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
What is the best security strategy to adopt when launching a new logo? On the one hand, to carry out an availability search among the […]
Cristiano shines in his underwear
Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo owns several trademarks composed of his name, for various products and services, some used, others most certainly for protective purposes. […]
An artificial intelligence named inventor of a patent application?
We have already told you about Dabus, the artificial intelligence to which the European Patent Office has refused inventor status. It was 2020 and it […]
A step forward towards the European unitary patent
The process of adopting the European unitary patent system is still ongoing and we are monitoring it regularly. The entry into force of the agreement […]
Two heavy penalties under the GDPR
Convictions for non-compliance with the Regulation on the Protection of personal data are falling like dead leaves this summer… After the 746 million fine imposed […]
Debates in progress before the French Council of State
The regulations relating to personal data conflict with the needs of the intelligence, justice and police services, and the arbitration between the two has been […]
Two rock’n roll decisions
On February 25, 2021 the Paris court recognized the famous Rolling Stones logo as a well-known trademark. The company that owns the intellectual property rights […]
The author’s remuneration in the commissioning contract
The Higher Council for Literary and Artistic Property (CSPLA) entrusted Sarah Dormont, lecturer and Pierre Sirinelli with a mission to assess the advisability of defining […]
Health, the main sector for European patents
According to recent results published by the European Patent Office, medical technologies registered the highest number of inventions in 2020. The pharmaceutical sector (+10%) and […]
The Trademark Modernization Act in the United States
Signed last December by former President Trump, the Trademark Modernization Act includes provisions relating to the assessment of infringement damage and questions of the use […]
What legal basis to use in the event of non-compliance with a license agreement?
Counterfeit or contractual liability? That is the question! The Paris Court of Appeal ruled on March 19, 2021 in favor of contractual liability and set […]
A new database which lists geographical indications
Since November, the European Union Office (EUIPO) has been offering a database of geographical indications recognized and protected in the European Union: GIview. Its main […]
German Bundestag approves bill to ratify Agreement on a Unified Patent Court
On November 26, the Bundestag adopted the ratification bill on a unified patent court (UPC). This is an important step towards the implementation of the […]
Who can act on the ground of a registered trademark in the name and on behalf of a company not yet registered?
An interesting decision of the French Supreme Court was issued on October 14th. A natural person had filed a French trademark on behalf of a […]
The European Patent Office looks into the valuation of patents
The European Patent Office (EPO) recently published the results of its study “Valuation of scientific results – Dashboard of commercial exploitation of patents: European universities […]
Brexit: how to make the right decisions
We were all in a hurry to see 2020 end, but December 31 also marked the end of the transition period for the Brexit […]
French patent: Taking account of inventive step by the French Patent Office (INPI)
As we have already announced to you, the PACTE law has established a post-grant patent opposition system in France since April 1, 2020. In […]
Out your pig
You probably know the famous device of PUMA, the bounding feline, many times counterfeited with or without imagination. The Portuguese company Trendiamo tempted it […]
WIPO PROOF : WIPO’s service to prove the existence of an intellectual asset
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched a new online service: WIPO PROOF. As the name suggests, it is about providing proof of […]
Force majeure, a legal remedy
Can you invoke force majeure in your contracts due to the current health crisis? We thought it would be interesting to look into the […]
Increase in INPI and EPO official fees
France : Since April 1, 2020 the French PTO has posted its new applicable rates. While the official fees relating to the procedure for filing and […]
France: Entry into force of administrative procedures for nullity and revocation
The implementation of the measures provided for by the PACTE law continues with the entry into force, since April 1, 2020, of the procedures […]