We would like to inform you that, within the context of maintaining French patents and validations in France of European patents in force, the French Patent Office is temporarily suspending:

• the issuing of letters of information prior to the due date concerning the next annuity,
• the issuing of notifications before loss of rights, concerning unsettled annuities within the expected time frames.

Besides, we are observing delays in updating recorded information on the French Patent Office Register. 

Do not hesitate to contact us with any of your questions. We are at your disposal with any advice you might need within the framework of the management of your patents.




“The fact alone that the incriminated sign is an approximate French translation of the invoked trademark” is not enough for finding counterfeiting !

Or clear proof of the benefit of choosing a distinctive trademark.

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Only the trademark owner is in a position to file an opposition against applications corresponding to his patronymic name, on the only basis of a prior registered trademark.

Should we expect from the New EU regulation a more efficient protection, while the French IP office failed to use the article L711-3?

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semelle rouge louboutin

CJEU confirms that a red outsole can constitute a valid colour mark!

Significance of an efficient description of the sign as part of trademark protection.

Benelux Tm registration n° 0874489

The Hague District Court gave to the Court of justice of the European Union (CJEU) the opportunity to clarify the protection’s contours of a colour trademark (connecting this aspect to the shape of the product in question). The litigious trademark is indeed described as follows: “The mark consists of the colour red (Pantone 18‐1663TP) applied to the sole of a shoe as shown (the contour of the shoe is not part of the trade mark but is intended to show the positioning of the mark)” (point 9).  

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Sans titre

The geographical name of a spa town can be registered as an EU trademark for mineral water

(“the average consumer of mineral water and beverages in the European Union does not have a high degree of specialisation in geography or tourism”, therefore he will not perceive the term “DEVIN” as a geographical place in Bulgaria)


In a recent judgement dated October 25th, 2018 (T122/17), the General Court annuls a decision of the Second Board of Appeal of the EUIPO and affirms the validity of the trademark “DEVIN” to designate mineral water, notwithstanding the fact that “DEVIN” is a famous Bulgarian spa town.

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