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17 publications

Revision of the Patent Examination Guidelines in China

by Dan SHI, Chinese Patent Attorney
The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China recently issued Decision of the Revision to “Guidelines of Patent Examination” (“the Guidelines”). The Revision to the Guidelines (“the Revision”) will take effect from 1 April 2017.
Published on: 29th March 2017

Recordation of Change of Legal Name for Trademarks: Minor Change / Major Risk

by Jérôme BRAQUEHAIS, Head of the Recordal Department
v2062-Jérôme BRAQUEHAIS.jpg An 8 September 2016 ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has disrupted the French legal framework relating to recordals in the trademark register.
Published on: 2nd Feb 2017

Book: Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (French only)

​The Patent system in Europe will undergo major changes with the upcoming entry into force of the agreements establishing the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent. Download the outline (french only) or order the book on the link below.
Published on: 24th Jan 2017

Unified Patent Court: No Opt-Out Fee!

by Sylvain THIVILLIER, Head of the Munich Office
v5570- Sylvain THIVILLIER.jpg On 24 and 25 February 2016, the Preparatory Committee for the UPC met and agreed on a text stating the “Rules on Court fees and recoverable costs” linked to the UPC, in which it should be noted that the official fee for opting out of the exclusive jurisdiction of the UPC has been removed.
Published on: 2nd March 2016

Isolated Nucleic Acids are no Longer Patentable in Australia

By Frédérique FAIVRE PETIT, Partner
vignette F.FAIVRE-PETIT (3).jpg On 7 October 2015, the High Court of Australia ruled in favour of the non-patentability of isolated nucleic acids.
Published on: 15th Oct 2015

Validation of European Patents in Morocco

By Christian TEXIER, Partner
C.Texier 65x65.jpg For European and International (PCT) patent applications filed on or after 1 March 2015 the option to validate in Morocco will be available, thus obtaining protection in that territory.
Published on: 12th March 2015

New tools to get your patents issued faster

By Cécile PUECH, European and French Patent Attorney
C.PUECH.jpg Recently, we have seen a growing number of tools that allow French and other European applicants to speed up the issuing procedure for some of their patents in various countries; this is particularly due to the development of PPH (Patent Prosecution Highway) programmes, which the European Patent Office (EPO) is involved in.
Published on: 9th Feb 2015

Are Your Industrial Property Rights Protected in French Polynesia?

By Christian TEXIER, Partner and Nicolas DEMILLY, French and European Trademark and Design Attorney
TEXIER DEMILLY.JPG The organic law no. 2004-192 of 27 February 2004 laying down the autonomous status of French Polynesia transferred the authority in all Industrial Property matters to this territory.
Published on: 7th Jul 2014

The product covered by an SPC - a definition on a case-by-case basis?

By Anne BOUTARIC, Senior Associate
v2191-Anne BOUTARIC.jpg By only reading Council Regulation (EC) No. 1768/92, the definition of a product eligible to be covered by an SPC may seem clear. However, the scope of this definition is still being debated, and the MEDEVA decision requires more preliminary ruling.
Published on: 3rd Dec 2013

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Filing of Divisional Applications : Amendement of the implementing regulations to the Europaen Patent Convention

By Frédérique DURIEUX, French and European Patent Attorney
v4255-Frédérique DURIEUX-RIVAS.jpg The Administrative Council of the European Patent Office has just adopted an amendment of the requirements for the filing of divisional applications.
Published on: 5th Nov 2013

Prescription of an action in patent invalidation

By Francis AHNER, Partner
F.Ahner 65x65.jpg Up to the entry into force of new Article 2224 of the French “Code Civil”, it was generally accepted that an action for invalidation of a patent was subject to the thirty year liability period of common law.
Published on: 16th Oct 2013

Following the Beifa Group versus Schwan-Stabilo Schwanhauber case : TEU's 27 june 2013 Decision

By Caroline HUGUET-BRAUN, French and European Trademark and Design Attorney
0743-C.HUGUET.jpg The Schwan-Stabilo Schwanhaüßer Company, holder of the German shown brand below, reacted to this filing by the Beifa Group Company by consequently filing an application for a declaration of invalidity for the model.
Published on: 1st Oct 2013

Patentability of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines

By Gabrielle FAURE-ANDRE, French Patent Attorney
v2387-Gabrielle FAURE-ANDRE.jpg While the Brüstle vs. Greenpeace decision does not aim to influence the European Patent Office (EPO), we nevertheless anticipated that it may well result in the hardening of the EPO’s position concerning the patentability of human embryonic stem cell lines...
Published on: 14th Jun 2013

The United States are changing their patent rules

By Marie AUDREN and Barbara CASADEWALL, European and French Patent Attorneys
After a decade of discussions for reforming patent legislation, the United-States finally passed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. The bill was signed by President Obama on September 16, 2011.
Published on: 1st Sept 2011

Design Protection in South Africa

By Bastiaan Koster, Managing Partner at the Intellectual Property law firm, Von Seidels, based in Cape Town,South Africa.
The South African Designs Act (“the Act”) provides for two types of designs. Firstly, there is an aesthetic design which is similar to a conventional design available in most countries and which protects the aesthetic appearance of an article.
Published on: 16th Jun 2010

Accession by the OAPI to the Agreement concerning the international registration of industrial designs : A single filing for 74 countries ?

This accession which became effective as from September 16, 2008 is designed to promote via a single application for the protection of a design not only in all 16 countries of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI)
Published on: 10th Oct 2008

Designs in the European Union and in France

Evelyne ROUX, Partner - Cabinet REGIMBEAU, European Patent and Trademark Attorney
ROUX_SEARCH_2013.jpg Since the 1st of April 2003, companies have been able to protect their designs in the European Union not only by filing national applications in each country, but also by using a single application .
Published on: 29th Sept 2008