The General Court of the European Union consistent with the French State, legitimate holder of the trademark holder...
... , which enjoys a sufficient distinctive character.
The American company France.com, Inc., established in Florida, just lost another battle against the French State, this time before the General Court of the European Union (case T-71/17 dated June 26th, 2018).
The practical trick consisting in the filing of the EU trademark application « » in Polish (second language: English) was clearly not sufficient to prevent the action of the French State…
Call for comments on the Chinese Trademark Law
On the 2nd of April 2018, the Chinese Trademark Office issued a call for comments on the Trademark Law (CTML), allegedly to further improve the quality of the legislation.
Respondents have until 31 July 2018 to submit their comments.
Those comments are most likely to stick to the latest statements issued by the United States and the European Union, i.e. the Special Report 301 and Position Paper.
Copyright in Blockchains: the Elephant in the Room
Public awareness on blockchains recently gained traction, for they are often tied up with the much-ballyhooed bitcoin cryptocurrency or some breakthrough application (e.g. car transportation, land titles, food-supply chains, digital rights management, etc). So far little has been written on copyright in blockchains though, while it is central in the blockchain architecture.
It is well known that Blockchains refer to data structure, where transactions are aggregated in non-editable blocks linked to one another, or in other words to innovative data storage features committing to secure, enhanced, real-time and cost-slashing solutions (ledger technologies).
China’s IP government bodies to merge
On March 17th 2018, China’s Congress adopted a plan to overhaul IP-related government bodies.
As of today, patents, trademarks and geographical indications each have their own government body for management of applications, grants and administrative adjudications (respectively SIPO, CTMO/TRAB and AQSIQ).
Pursuant to the plan adopted, the bodies previously in charge of trademarks and geographical indications will lie within the competence of the SIPO. The AQSIQ and the SAIC, which is currently supervising both the CTMO and TRAB, will be disbanded. As a result, the SIPO will be a unified office for industrial property rights, like in neighboring Japan and South Korea. The date of entry into force should be by the end of 2018.
VIDON IP LAW GROUP will attend the INTA’s (International Trademark Association) annual meeting held from May 19th to 23rd
Soazig THEMOIN and Gaël LE SAUX will attend the INTA’s annual meeting, major and international IP meeting held in Seattle from May 19th to 23th.
This event is a way to exchange through working groups on international key questions (trademark, patent, design patent, counterfeit, copyright…).
Feel free to contact us if you wish to meet one of our counsel on site.
Program and additional information are available on the INTA website: https://www.inta.org/2018Annual/Program/Pages/Schedule-by-Day.aspx