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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

Brexit and IP rights: it is urgent to wait.

30 June 2016

Mechanisms and options for change within the United Kingdom regarding your European trademarks, drawings and designs are not known so far. For your new projects at European scale, it will be more cautious to designate the United Kingdom through a ... Read more

Specifications of goods and services for EU trademarks further to the communication of the President of the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

06 May 2016

Following the IP TRANSLATOR case which raised many questions as to the drafting of specifications of goods and services and the scope of trademarks filed in relation with the “official specification”, Article 28 of Regulation 2015-2424 of 16 December 2015 ... Read more

Article L.611-7 of the French Intellectual Property Code – Consequences of “Macron’s Law” [‘Loi 2015-990’] on employees’ inventions

02 December 2015

French law aimed at encouraging growth and business and equalising economic opportunities, known as Macron’s Law, was enacted on 6 August 2015. Certain provisions of this law make amendments to French Intellectual Property Law [‘Code de la Propriété Intellectuelle’ or ... Read more

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