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Novartis vs Teva: an unprecedented advance payment of €13,000,000 in favour of Novartis

10 August 2018

Novartis markets (especially in France) Exforge, a drug containing two active substances: amlodipine and valsartan. Novartis is also the owner of a European patent protecting Exforge until July 2019. On October 13, 2016, Teva, holding a marketing authorization for the generic ... Read more

Canada Joined Hague Agreement

09 August 2018

On 16 July 2018, Canada joined the Hague Agreement for the international registration of industrial designs. The entry into force of this ratification on 05 November 2018  will thus allow to designate Canada in an International Design Application via the ... Read more

The Global Domain Name Market in 2017

13 July 2018

According to the 2017 AFNIC study on the global domain name market, there are about 342 million domain names, including 172 million “legacy TLDs” (.COM, .NET, .ORG, etc.), 24 million “nTLDs”, and 147 million “GeoTLDs” (so-called geographic namespaces). The .COM ... Read more

New guidance on patent eligibility of “method of treatment” claims published on June 7, 2018 by the USPTO (Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. West Ward Pharmaceuticals)

29 June 2018

The claims of Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. reciting a method of treating with iloperidone (a drug known to cause QTc prolongation) a patient having schizophrenia and a particular genotype associated with poor drug metabolism have been considered as patent eligible under ... Read more

The “SOIN PREMIER GRAND CRU” and “GRAND CRU” face creams will still be enjoyed!

21 June 2018

Considering that the cosmetic trademarks GRAND CRU and CARE PREMIER GRAND CRUS of Caudalie infringed their traditional terms “PREMIER CRU” and “GRAND CRU”, the Council of Grands Crus Classés 1855, the Confederation of Appellations and Vignerons of Burgundy and the ... Read more

London taxi : Iconic but not Distinctive!

21 June 2018

On 1 November 2017, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales upheld the ruling of the High Court of Justice cancelling the three-dimensional trademarks of London Taxi Corporation. London Taxi Corporation had brought an infringement action against Fazer-Nash on ... Read more

Germain Maureau in the Top 10 of EU Trade Mark Attorney Firms!

11 June 2018

Our firm occupies a leading position among the top EU law firms in the “2018 Top 250 EU Trade Mark Attorney firms” ranking, freshly published by Bipps. This ranking, based on the number of active EUIPO and WIPO Trademarks, reflects ... Read more

A trademark smelling like childhood!

08 June 2018

The UPSTO just validated the registration of the famous smell of the Play-Doh modelling clay as a scent trademark. To this end, Hasbro describes the distinctive character of the scent associated to Play-Doh as “a unique scent formed through the combination ... Read more

Examination of US patent applications relating to antibodies: towards new examination guidelines

28 May 2018

Following the Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi decision, the USPTO (United States Patent & Trademark Office) issued on 22 February 2018 a new memorandum to Patent Examiners regarding the sufficiency of disclosure for inventions relating to antibodies (see 35 U.S.C. §112(a)). ... Read more

Unitary Patent: a step further to becoming reality!

22 May 2018

After the UK’s ratification, the order N°2018-341 of 9th May 2018 aiming at the compatibility of the French patent law with the agreement on the unified patent jurisdiction has been published in the Official Journal. This order amends the Intellectual ... Read more

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