Intellectual Property

The IPzen platform – The trademark module

Are you a legal professional looking for a simple, efficient and lasting solution to manage your IP portfolio? Your business is growing and you want to organise your files in the best possible way? Discover IPzen plateform: a software designed … Read More

Derrière la plateforme IPzen – Le module des marques déposées

Vous êtes un professionnel du droit à la recherche d’une solution simple, durable et efficace pour gérer votre portefeuille PI ? Votre activité se développe et vous souhaitez organiser au mieux vos dossiers ? Découvrez la plateforme IPzen : un logiciel pour … Read More

New French Decree on the protection of trade secrets : provisional sequestration of seized documents

French Decree No. 2018-1126 of 11 December 2018 on the protection of trade secrets, enacted in application of Act No. 2018-670 of 30 July 2018 published in the Official Journal on  December 13, 2018 establishes new rules to preserve trade … Read More

Challenge to the validity of the « three-stripes » figurative trademark of Adidas, because of a lack of distinctiveness.

According to the judgment « Adidas AG / EUIPO », T-307/17, of the 19th of June 2019, the General Court (ninth chamber) of the European Union dismissed an appeal by Adidas against the decision of the EUIPO to declare the famous « three-stripes » … Read More

Conflict between trademark and plant variety

In the decision of June 18, 2019, the General Court of Justice of the European Union applied Article 7, paragraph 1, m) of Regulation No. 2017/1001, which prohibits the registration of trademarks that consist of “an earlier plant variety denomination … Read More

New developments for trademark protection in China: what has changed.

China is once again named top one in trademark applications received in 2018, making already 16 consecutive years. In addition, many changes impacted the Chinese Trademark Law and the China Trade Mark Office (CTMO), the most remarkable ones are the … Read More

Brexit : The withdrawal of the United Kingdom and the EU Rules on Domain Names.

Despite the Brexit uncertainty, some issues seems to be seeing light at the end of the tunnel. On 18 July 2019, the European Commission issued an updated notice to stakeholders concerning the <.eu> domain names registered by UK residents. This … Read More

Brief: new steps in the opening of the 2nd Round TLD expansion program.

On June 17, ICANN’s Global Domains Division published a document in which further steps related to the next TLDs expansion rounds are assessed. Brands shut out of the first round will be able to apply for their proprietary TLD. This … Read More

Trademarks: coordination between the principle of specialty and the Evin French Law on alcohol trademarks

The “principle of specialty” in trademarks law is set out in article L. 713-3 of the French Intellectual Property Code, under which the owner of a trademark only has a monopoly for the products and services that the trademark designates. … Read More

How is counterfeiting really characterized?

For the average consumer, a counterfeit is just a copy of an original product. Hence, there are many misconceptions attached to this term, such as “this is not a counterfeit because the trademark is not reproduced on the product” or … Read More