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Industrial design – CJEU First Ruling on how to assess if a product appearance is solely dictated by its technical function

02 May 2018

According to Article 8(1) CDR, a Community design shall not subsist in features of appearance of a product which are solely dictated by its technical function. However, such Article has so far given rise to two different interpretations, namely: The ... Read more

The Schweppes War

17 April 2018

Schweppes SA cannot oppose the importation into Spain of SCHWEPPES-branded goods coming from the UK, where that mark is owned by the Coca-Cola group. Since 1999, Coca-Cola has acquired rights (further to an assignment) to the Schweppes trademark in some ... Read more

Record increase in applications for Industrial Property Rights

05 April 2018

Statistics published by the WIPO, EPO, EUIPO and INPI show a significant rise in filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs in 2017. China – ranked in the top 5 applicants for international and European trademarks and patents – has ... Read more

United Kingdom ratification of Hague Agreement

28 March 2018

On 13 March 2018, the UK joined the Hague Agreement for the international registration of industrial designs. The Hague system is an international agreement that allows applicants to protect their industrial designs in up to 68 contracting parties by submitting ... Read more

Validation of Patents in Cambodia : two options

27 March 2018

It is now possible for European patent applicants and European or Chinese patent holders to have their rights validated in Cambodia. From 1 March 2018, the validation agreement between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Government of the Kingdom ... Read more

Crocs shoots itself in the clog

19 March 2018

At the request of GIFI, the EUIPO pronounced the cancellation of the registration of the Crocs’ design protecting its famous clogs. The CJEU has just confirmed this decision on the grounds that the “well-known shoes” had been disclosed to the ... Read more

After years of legal battle, Adidas win the war over stripes

13 March 2018

The ECJ upheld EUIPO’s decision to prohibit Shoe Branding Europe from filing trademarks for shoes with two oblique stripes as a logo. Indeed, the judges considered that due to the strong similarity between the two trademarks, Shoe Branding Europe could ... Read more

Best Wishes from Germain & Maureau

22 December 2017

Click and fly over our new location in Marseille The Partners and Associates of Germain & Maureau wish you a Happy New Year Read more

(Français)  « Chiche… j’innove ! » le livre blanc

21 December 2017

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Trophées Bref Rhône-Alpes

18 December 2017

Germain & Maureau, proud sponsor of Trophées Bref Rhône-Alpes for 12 consecutive years, will be part of ceremony that will take place in Lyon on December 18, 2017 at the Hotel de Ville. free slot machine games with free spins ... Read more

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