Mois : août 2010

BMW trademarks partially but interestingly enforced

The Court of Appeal of Paris held that the sole use of the word marks BMW and MINI by a formerly authorized car dealer is sufficient for its clients to be well informed as to the vehicles they may interested in purchasing in the context of its reseller activity. However, the Court pointed out that …

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Google Suggest: complete U-turn of French practice

The Court of First Instance of Paris made a complete U-turn in the French practice with a decision of July 22, 2010 which denied Google’s liability. Omnium Finance had sued Google France and Google Inc for trademark infringement and harm to its company name because internet users searching for ‘OMNIUM’ or ‘OMNIUM FINANCE’ were given …

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French Customs strengthen their position on pharmaceuticals

The French Pharmaceutical Companies Association (LEEM), representing about 326 companies operating in France in the research and/or development of medicines for human use, has signed a joint declaration with French Customs on June 18, 2010. New processes of collaboration and of exchange of information result from it. An observatory of medicines has been created which …

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French Courts link level of care to doctor prescription

In the context of a counterfeiting action involving the marks TRICOR and PRICOR, the Court of First Instance of Paris has first stressed that pharmaceutical products with different therapeutic aims remained identical considering these products have the same nature, same overall purpose, same consumers and same distribution channels. This is perfectly in line with the …

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French threat on Design rights for Ink cartridge?

Just published is a decision issued on April 15, 2010, where the Paris Court of Instance upheld that the registered Designs of ink cartridge hold by SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION be invalidated. The Court said that such designs lacked novelty and individual character because, when normally used by the public, they are incorporated into a complex …

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Concurrence déloyale en Chine et protection d’un packaging : trop d’obstacles ?

La loi sur la concurrence déloyale en Chine prévoit que, pour reconnaitre un comportement imitant un packaging ou une décoration, trois conditions doivent être remplies : le packaging / décoration doit être unique c’est-à-dire avec des particularités distinctives permettant d’identifier sa source (c’est-à-dire la société qui le produit) et ne doit donc pas correspondre à des …

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