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11-2020 PPH Agreement between INPI and JPO

The French patent office (INPI) and the Japanese Patent Office will enter as of 01/01/2021 into a PPH agreement


11-2020 Beginning of Vendée Globe 2020

33 skippers take part in this new edition


10-2020 EUTMs and Brexit

Registered EUTMs and EUTM applications after Brexit


09-2020 Community designs after Brexit

UK will leave EU after the transition period that ends on 31/12/2020.


09-2020 EU trademarks after Brexit

UK will leave EU after the transition period that ends on 31/12/2020.


08-2020 New CJEU decision on SPCs

A recent decision from CJEU specified what is a first marketing authorisation


05-2020 New computing of extensions before the INPI

A consolidated version of Ordinance 2020-306 was published on May 15, 2020.According to this new version, all delays expiring between March 12,...


05-2020 Decision G3/19

Patentability of plants and animals exclusively obtained by essentially biological processes


05-2020 New extension of time limits before EPO

EPO further extended to June 2nd, 2020 all time limits expiring on or after March 15th, 2020.See updated information page of EPO here.


04-2020 New extension of time limits before EPO

EPO further extended to May 4th, 2020 all time limits expiring on or after March 15th, 2020.See updated information page of EPO here.


04-2020 EPO updates due dates for payments

EPO clarifies the date at which the new amounts of fees as from April 1st are due


03-2020 Information relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due dates and delays during the outbreak


03-2020 Opposition proceedings against a granted French patent

Decree 2020-225 specifying the particulars of the new opposition proceedings against a granted French patent was published on March 8, 2020


02-2020 New opposition proceedings for patents in France

Order 2020-116 published on February 13, 2020 introduces new opposition proceedings for patents in France


01-2020 Updates to French patent law following PACTE Law

Law n°2019-486 dated 22/05/2019 relating to growth and transformation of businesses, referred to as PACTE Law, brings numerous changes to French...


12-2019 DABUS patent: EPO refuses patent applications with a machine as inventor

EPO considers that the requirement of designation of inventor was not met.


11-2019 European Union joins Geneva Act of WIPO’s Lisbon Agreement

European Union becomes the fifth member of this international system.


05-2019 Cancellation of a European trademark NEYMAR filed in bad faith

On 17/12/2012, a Portuguese individual filed a European trademark application "NEYMAR" for designating clothing, shoes and headgear. This trademark...


04-2019 Referral to the Enlarged Board of Appeal related to plant patentability

The President of the EPO has submitted questions to the Enlarged Board of Appeal which relate to the patentability of plants exclusively obtained by...


04-2019 Cancellation of BIG MAC and TERMINATOR trademarks for non-use

Two EUIPO cancellation decisions remind us of the importance of the evidence of use to be provided to prove the serious use of a European Union...


04-2019 Brexit update

On 10/04/2019, the due date for UK leaving the European Union has been postponed to 31/10/2019.As indicated in our news dated November 2018, for...


03-2019 TRADEMARK LAWYER MAGAZINE’S 2019 RANKINGS

Our company achieved recognition as one of the top 10 recommended Trademark Firms in France in the Trademark Lawyer Magazine’s 2019 rankings.


03-2019 Doctrine of equivalents

In a recent decision dated February 6, 2019, concerning the French part of European patent EP1180186, the French Supreme Court reaffirmed that in...


03-2019 Refusal of a sign consisting of non-distinctive English terms for a French trademark

In a judgment dated 15/02/2019, the Paris Court of Appeal confirmed the refusal by the French Office of the French trademark application...


02-2019 Exceptions to patentability

In decision T1063/18 rendered on 05/12/2018, the Board of Appeal asserted that Rule 28(2) EPC, that was introduced into EPC following decisions...


11-2018 Brexit news: what should be done for EU trademarks and Community designs

The latest developments relating to Brexit are that, even if a deal was reached, nothing is yet sure as several validation steps are required before...


10-2018 Invalidity of Community design of the Crocs shoes based on disclosure in the US

Judgement T 651/16 dated 14/03/2018 of the General Court


03-2018 Trademark Lawyer Magazine’s 2018 rankings

Our company achieved recognition as one of the top five firms in France in the Trademark Lawyer Magazine’s 2018 rankings.


01-2018 Decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 1/16 – Undisclosed disclaimers

As a reminder, the admissibility of disclaimers (negative limitations) is laid down in decisions G 1/03 and G 2/03 which stipulate...


12-2017 Update on Brexit

The European Commission recently sent a notice (https://ec.europa.eu/docsroom/documents/26683?locale=en) to holders of and applicants for European...