Mois : juillet 2009

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French law of June 17, 2008 and the reform of civil prescription: significant impact on intellectual property rights

The much awaited (and often unknown) law of June 17, 2008 has set new rules as regards civil prescription, especially by reducing the limitation of action from 30 years to 5 years. As applied to new Title XX of the French Civil Code, this law establishes new important rules that apply to intellectual property and …

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3D Trademarks in French and Community practice

considered, for example, that the breakable characteristic and overall shape of the LEXOMIL pill did not fulfill a technical function. The shape of a product or a product’s packaging are eligible as trademarks. French and Community trademark provisions concur in listing them as signs that may constitute trademarks. However, in practice, distinctiveness and the desire …

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