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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

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

AWARD 2017 – Trademarks – Ranking of the Top Industrial Property Attorneys (France)

21 July 2017

We are delighted to inform you that GERMAIN & MAUREAU has been distinguished by Leaders League as one of the most leading firms in France. Established as a major international ranking, this accolade is testament to the commitment and expertise ... Read more

Expansion of UPOV’s PBR Application Tool (EAF)

17 July 2017

UPOV announced the release of a new version of UPOV’s PBR Application Tool (EAF) to cover PVP Offices of China, Colombia, Republic of Moldova and Turkey and to extend coverage for the United States of America to Potato (See UPOV Press Release ... Read more

Patentability of plants or animals obtained by an essentially biological breeding process.

29 June 2017

The administrative Council of the European Patent Office amends the relevant Regulations on the patentability of plants or animals obtained by an essentially biological breeding process. While the EU Directive on biotechnological inventions (98/44/EC). excluded from patentability essentially biological breeding ... Read more

First amendment to WTO rules since the organization was established

15 February 2017

On January 23, 2017, two-thirds of WTO members approved the first amendment to TRIPS rules to ease access to medicines. This amendment relates to the “paragraph 6 system” of the Doha Declaration, according to which WTO member countries with insufficient ... Read more


24 August 2016

The publication of Act. n°2016-1087 of 8 august 2016 on Biodiversity results in modification of the French IP law, more particularly by the introduction of: –          3°bis in Article L611-19 that adds to the list of unpatentable matters “products exclusively ... Read more

New dispute resolution procedure for .FR domain names

01 July 2016

The PARL EXPERT procedure has entered into force and allows to obtain the cancellation or transfer of an cyberqsuatted domain name in the “.fr” zone, insofar as the infringement of rights is proven, even if the holder of the domain ... Read more

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