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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

Unitary Patent: one more to go!

09 May 2018

On 26 April 2018, the United Kingdom ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPC). The EU regulations establishing the Unitary Patent system (No 1257/2012 and No 1260/2012) entered into force on 20 January 2013, but they will only apply as ... Read more

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

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