The EPO has announced a revision of fees which will enter into force on 1 April 2020. This revision involves main fees (filing fee, search fee, examination fee, grant fee) as well as annual fees.

It is possible to arrange advanced payment of fees in the coming weeks (annual fees, examination fee, grant fee) and pay before 31, March 2020 in order to benefit from the current rate.

Feel free to contact us, we are at your disposal to assist you in the management of your patent rights.


Specific exemption: a necessity for pharmaceutical trademarks?
Clinical trial, Marketing Authorization Application and genuine use of a trademark.



Should pharmaceutical trademarks benefit of a  specific exemption for demonstrating their genuine use ?




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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confronts its traditional case law to the particular frame of pharmaceutical trademarks’ genuine use appreciation.

Traditionally, case law established a relative tolerance to the condition of genuine use since the latter can be recognized for goods and services whose commercialization is not effective yet, but under way (CJEC, Ansul, March 11th, 2003, C-40/01).

Besides, it has already been specified that only obstacles that present a relation sufficiently direct with a trademark making impossible or unreasonable its useand that are independent from the will of the trademark’s owner can be qualified as “proper reasons” for non-use.   

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At the beginning of the New Lunar Year of the Rat’s, China is experiencing exceptional health measures.

Following the traditional Spring Festival Holidays, the resumption of work was postponed by the authorities to Monday, February 10, 2020 for the city of Shanghai.

During this period, Vidon Shanghai and its teams are committed to continuing to assist ou clients, in accordance with the exceptional measures, and stay at your disposal.

VIDON Group, in solidarity with China

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    First sound trademark published by the French Trademark Office !

    Protection of “non-traditional” trademarks is now available in France

First measures of the EU Trademark Package’s French transposition are in force since last December 11th.

Then, it is henceforth possible to file (and logically to obtain registration) of French trademarks considered as “non-traditional”, insofar as deprived of any graphic representation.

In theory, it can be sound, olfactory or gustatory trademarks, for instance.

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First Trademark Law in Myanmar : Save the Date !

The first Trademark Law in Myanmar has been passed and signed on January 30th, 2019, which implies that the country will have a specific system dedicated to trademark protection from 2020. Under old system (expiring at the end of this year 2019), trademarks were filed within Registry of Deeds. Yet, the new law implements “first to file” principle, including as regards existing Myanmar trademarks.

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