UFC-QUE CHOISIR v. Valve: to the consecration of a second-hand market for dematerialized video game? (TGI Paris, September 17, 2019, RG 16/01008)

On September 17, 2019, the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris (first degree civil jurisdiction) ruled against VALVE, following a lawsuit initiated in 2015 by the consumer association ...Lire la suite

The industrial property contributions of the Pacte Law

The Pacte Law adopted on May 22th, 2019 amends the French Intellectual Property Code on various points. The Government's primary objective in this area ...Lire la suite

The French National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) approves the geographical indication "Porcelaine de Limoges"

A Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) is an official sign of origin and quality implemented by European regulation in 1992 and now governed by the Regulation n°1151/2012 of 21 ...Lire la suite

Every slogan is not a trademark

To be eligible as a trademark, a slogan, as any other sign, shall bear a distinctive character, meaning it shall serve as an indication of origin for the covered products and services and not be limited to a promotional function.

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CJEU states that The Pirate Bay infringes author's rights

The Pirate Bay is a BitTorrent online sharing platform which provides to internet users indexed links in order to localise protected works and to download them, without any hosted files on the platform. Thus, the exchange of files is realized directly between the internet users and not through ...Lire la suite

The "Les Républicains" trademarks are legal

In a decision dated May 6, 2015, the Paris First Instance Court, ruling in emergency, held that neither manifestly unlawful disturbance nor eminent harm could be characterized by the use, by a political party, of the term “Les Républicains” as a denomination and as a trademark.

The ...Lire la suite

Decree n°2015-511 of May, 7th, 2015: the INPI silence is not considered as an acceptance

The Decree n°2015-511 of May 7th, 2015 introduces exceptions concerning the principle "silence is considered as an acceptance".

In the relationship between the citizens and the Administration, the principle is: "if the administrative authority failed to respond within two months to a ...Lire la suite

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