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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

Spain: Proof of use of the trademark, a new mean of defense in opposition proceedings

On April 30, Spain finalized the reform of its trademark law, started in late 2018. From that date, the Royal … Continued

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 … Continued

“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 … Continued

Trademark reform package – Changes regarding the invalidity proceedings

Our study of the draft orders transposing the Directive (EU) 2015/2436 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 16, 2015, leads us today to examine the invalidity action. The owner of an earlier mark who is instituting invalidity proceedings may now be opposed by the defendant non-use of the earlier mark. In addition, the invalidity action becomes imprescriptible.

The EUIPO and EURid have launched a new monitoring service for .eu and .ею domain name registrations.

On May 20 2019, EUIPO and EURid announced in two separate press releases that they have launched a new monitoring service for domain names in .eu and .ею (See EUIPO press release and EURid press release).

United Kingdom: The Trademark Office no longer collects and forwards to WIPO fees when registering an International trademark.

The Office of the United Kingdom has withdrawn its notification made under Rule 34 (2) (b) of the Common Regulations applicable to the Madrid Agreement as well as to the Madrid Protocol.

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.