Brexit: the three potential scenarios

On October 31, 2019, Brexit was expected to reach its final conclusion. However, at the last minute, the United Kingdom and the European Union, because of a lack of agreement, decided to extend the negotiation period to  January 31, 2020. If negotiations are once again postponed, the scenarios remain unchanged for the Brexit and its […]
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Fashion ID & Facebook : a joint liability subject to debate

Like many digital players, Fashion ID inserted a Facebook “Like” button on its website. This plug-in automatically collects and transmits to Facebook the personal data of the website users, whether or not they click on the button, and whether or not they have a Facebook account. This process takes place without any control by the […]
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Towards the protection of culinary creations by certificate?

To the delight of our taste buds, flavors and gourmet creations are part of our daily lives, but from a legal perspective, the situation is more delicate and the flavor more bitter. Indeed, there is a consensus on the need to protect culinary creations but intellectual property law currently offers only peripheral protection.   As […]
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Generic trademarks: good practices to avoid ‘genericide’

Protecting intellectual property assets is a major concern of companies. Trademarks are a subject of immediate interest, because they allow consumers to associate products and/or services with a specific company. The company is therefore more easily recognized and is more likely to see customers buy its products.   Once a trademark has been duly registered, […]
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Nathalie Dreyfus has been admitted as panelist and arbitrator in the CIRA Panel

Nathalie Dreyfus has been admitted as panelist and arbitrator in the CIRA Panel (Canadian Internet Registration Authority). The CIRA Panel is a new Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre which belongs to the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC). The main aim of CIRA is to settle disputes concerning domain names through a quick and relatively […]
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“Karawan” and “Caravan”: sign used as a reference, potential trademark infringement.

According to the judgment “Société Roche Bobois Groupe v. Société Caravane” of 23 January 2019, n° 17-18693, the French Cour de cassation held that a sign used to reference a piece of furniture may constitute a trademark infringement. In the present case, Roche Bobois had marketed sofas referenced as “Karawan”. Caravane, considering this exploitation damaging, […]
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Trademark reform package – Administrative procedure before the INPI for invalidity proceedings and trademark revocation

One of the main innovations introduced by the "Trademark Package" Directive of 16 December 2015 (2015/2436 EU) is the introduction of an administrative procedure for revocation or declaration of invalidity. Some countries, such as Great Britain or Germany, have already introduced this possibility into their legislation but this was not the case in France.
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