Changes regarding patents and trademarks with the French PACTE law (Action Plan for Growth and Transformation of Enterprises)

On October 9, 2018 the National Assembly passed a law entitled “Action Plan for Growth and Transformation of Enterprises”, i.e. the PACTE law, which has a notable impact on patents and trademarks.   Regarding patents On the one hand, we see a revitalization of the utility certificate. The utility certificate makes it possible to protect […]
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The legality of permanent promotions without the prior authorization of the trademark owner

On 24 September 2019, the Lille Court ruled against a leather goods manufacturer who abruptly terminated a commercial relation ship, without notice. The manufacturer broke off this relationship without notice because the website concerned distributed the products with permanent promotional offers. The Court pointed out that no formal contract is necessary to establish the existence […]
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Enterprise names and Trademarks in China

The Asian giant – hitherto invisible – has become one of the countries where most patent and trademark applications are filed. It is not surprising that companies from all over the world want to have a presence in China. However, several factors must be taken into account when setting up these companies’ such as the […]
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Audiovisual works: the protection of program titles by trademark law

Companies which specialise in the audiovisual sector often require protection for their program titles through trademark law. If granted, this protection obviously offers considerable advantages for the company, but it is necessary to take into consideration some limits to it.   The advantages of trademark protection First, the term of protection of a title by […]
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The pseudonym: what protection?

As an Alias adopted to preserve anonymity, the pseudonym is frequently used in the public sphere for commercial purposes. This can be, for example, the pen name of an author, the identity under which a painter is known, etc.   French law does not provide any legal status for the pseudonym. However, it is recognized […]
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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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UK : a new IP law

Like every “wash-up period” preceeding the dissolution of the British Parliament and the election of a new one, this latest period witnessed the rushed adoption of a new intellectual property Act, which received Royal Assent on April 27, 2017. The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act As its name implies, the Act is specific to threats […]
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