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Implementation of the E.U. "Trademark reform package" in France: the French TM Office now competent to invalidate or revoke Trademark registrations

By Carole ADJADJ, French & European Trademark and Design Attorney.
v3783-Carole ADJADJ.jpg As of April 1, 2020, requests for invalidity or revocation of trademarks which had been brought before the judicial courts prior to this date, now fall within the purview of the INPI and become administrative and purely electronic procedures.
Published on: 21th April 2020

PACTE Law: Opposition to patents

By Stéphanie CELAIRE, Partner and French & European Patent Attorney, and Henri BOURGEOIS, French & European Patent Attorney.
CELAIREBOURGEOIS.png The 2019 PACTE Law will deeply modify several fundamental aspects of the French patent law. One of the flagship measures in this area is undoubtedly the creation of patent opposition proceedings before the French IP Office, with the right to appeal before the Paris Court of Appeal.
Published on: 17th March 2020

PACTE LAW: changes relating to Utility Certificates and establishment of a provisional patent application

By Stéphanie CELAIRE, Partner
Celaire_search.jpg The PACTE Law of 2019 will result in substantial changes to several fundamental aspects of French patent law. This law extends the term of protection conferred by utility certificates and establishes a provisional patent application. When developing your industrial property strategy, these provisions should be considered as a package deal along with the examination of inventive step of patent applications and new opposition proceedings.
Published on: 10th Feb 2020

PACTE law: changes relating to examination of French patent applications

By Henri BOURGEOIS, French & European Patent Attorney.
BOURGEOIS_SEARCH.jpg The PACTE law of 2019 will result in substantial changes to several fundamental aspects of French patent law. Concerning the examination of French patent applications, in addition to the key measure that is examination of inventive step, several existing grounds of rejection are being reinforced and a new ground of rejection for extension beyond the content of the application as-filed is being introduced. Provisions concerning national security are also modified.
Published on: 4th Feb 2020

PACTE law and trademarks. Ready - On your mark - Go!

By Evelyne ROUX, Partner.
ROUX_SEARCH_2013.jpg – Law no. 2019-486 of May 22, 2019 relating to business growth and transformation, known as the “PACTE Law,” has finally kept its promises regarding the provisions relating to trademark law. Ordinance No. 2019-1169 of November 13, 2019, implementing decree N°2019-1316, the order relating to fees of the same day, and two INPI decisions Nos. 2019-157/158 will significantly modify French trademark law, while also bringing it into conformity with European law.
Published on: 4th Feb 2020

PACTE Act : What will change for your Industrial Property in France ? When ?

By Stéphanie CELAIRE, Partner
Celaire_search.jpg The PACTE Act for the Business Growth and Transformation Action Plan was published in the Official Journal on May 23, 2019 (Law No. 2019-486 of May 22, 2019). This text embodies the flagship economic reform of the government of Emmanuel Macron, led by the Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire. Its primary objective is to improve the growth of small and medium-sized French businesses.
Published on: 18th Jul 2019

Unitary Patent

Unified Patent Court - the German federal Constitutional court has finally issued its decision regarding the ratification process in Germany

By Sylvain THIVILLIER Partner and French & European Patent Attorney and Henri BOURGEOIS, French & European Patent Attorney.
On Friday March 20, 2020, the German Federal Constitutional Court issued its decision relating to the appeal filed against the German Act of Approval of the Unified Patent Court (“UPC”), and ruled that the vote at the German Parliament in favour of the ratification was not valid.
Published on: 23th March 2020

European Patent Office : Patentability of inventions involving Artificial Intelligence

By Matthieu OBJOIS, Senior Associate.
OBJOIS_SEARCH.jpg By decision of the President of the European Patent Office (EPO) dated 25 July 2018 and pursuant to Article 10(2) EPC, the Guidelines for Examination have been amended in accordance with the policy of the EPO which provides for their revision on an annual basis. These Guidelines indicate the practices and procedures to be followed by both Applicants and Examiners, and are a useful tool for monitoring the evolution of EPO policy.
Published on: 4th Oct 2018


Protection of Trade Secrets : Law No. 2018-670 of July 30th, 2018

By Christian Texier, Partner.
C.Texier 65x65.jpg Law No. 2018-670 of July 30th on the “Protection of Trade Secrets” was published in the Official Gazette, No. 0174 on July 31st 2018.
Published on: 25th Sept 2018

Proposal from the European parliament and council on copyright for a directive in the single digital market. Rejection or substantive debate coming?

By Christian TEXIER, Partner.
C.Texier 65x65.jpg It has been widely reported in the press in recent weeks that a proposal for a European Copyright Directive was rejected by the European Parliament on July 5th, 2018. What does this mean exactly?
Published on: 25th Sept 2018

Disclaimers at the EPO: an update with decision G1/16

By Jérôme COLLIN, Partner
Collin_search.jpg On December 18, 2017, the Enlarged Board of Appeal published decision G1/16 on the allowability of disclaimers. This decision clarifies the requirements for allowing a so-called ‘undisclosed’ disclaimer at the European Patent Office. This article will provide a reminder of the background behind decision G/16, present the content of the decision and draw conclusions on the practice of disclaimers at the EPO.
Published on: 24th Jul 2018

Validation of European patents in Cambodge

An agreement allowing the validation of European patents for Cambodia entered into force on March 1, 2018, allowing inventors and companies filing an application for European patent, to ask for Cambodia validation.
Published on: 19th March 2018

Some news from this summer regarding the agreement on the unitary patent court

After Estonia on August 1st, 2017, Lithuania has ratified the agreement on the unitary patent court on August 24...
Published on: 5th Sept 2017