Region: France

As Korean, French and Japanese sovereign patent funds gain traction, other countries warm towards the model

Recently published research has shed new light on the strategies employed by the world’s three leading sovereign patent funds (SPFs) – while discussion about the creation of similar entities in other countries appears to be picking up.In …

25 July 2016

SEP and FRAND 2016: Are French courts patent-FRANDly?

Top legal experts in France provide insight on the latest developments on SEPS and FRAND in the country for 2016

23 May 2016

Technicolor CIPO explains why the company left the HEVC Advance patent pool

Arvin Patel became the chief IP officer at Technicolor in November last year. As CIPO, Patel is responsible for licensing Technicolor’s IP to companies across a variety of industries, with major programmes focusing on digital TV, mobile…

16 May 2016


Q: What options are open to a patent owner seeking to enforce its rights in your jurisdiction?The enforcement of patent rights essentially involves civil proceedings before the Paris Court of First Instance, which has exclusive jurisdiction over…

11 April 2016

Good news for SEP owners, growing NPE interest, EPO turmoil, UPC progress & more - Europe's IP market in 2015

Following on from my colleagues identifying the big stories and trends in both the Asian and US IP markets in 2015, it is my job to do the same with Europe. Having spent a bit of time thinking about this, I can’t identify anything really huge that…

20 December 2015

Vringo's $21.5 million global settlement with ZTE reflects the IP market's new realities

US PIPCO Vringo announced late yesterday that its Vringo Infrastructure subsidiary had reached a litigation settlement and licence agreement with Chinese telecoms major ZTE, bringing to an end a sprawling, multi-jurisdictional and at times…

08 December 2015

Germany may be the big block to getting Europe's new patent system up and running by the end of 2016

I was in Brussels yesterday for a joint event organised by the EPO and OHIM. Entitled “IP essentials for EU officials” it was, as the name suggests, an overview of the wide range of IP issues currently on Europe’s in-tray. As well as EU officials,…

03 December 2015

Parsa Wireless gets together with former Rockstar team to create a "win-win" alliance

File this under “One to Keep an Eye On”: Parsa Wireless has announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Marquis Technologies, the firm led by former Rockstar CEO John Veschi, which he and other senior managers at the NPE formed following…

08 November 2015

Trade secrets: international impact justifies EU harmonisation

Featured in IAM Yearbook 2016 – Building IP value in the 21st century

In today’s economy, information and know-how – resulting from R&D investments, creativity and business initiatives – are the key factors for developing and maintaining competitive advantage. One peculiar feature of trade secrets is their high degree…

23 October 2015

Prescription period for patent invalidity proceedings

Featured in IAM Yearbook 2016 – Building IP value in the 21st century

In 2008 an amendment of the Civil Code went unnoticed by many patent law practitioners, as it had no direct link to patent law. However, a series of decisions of the Paris Court of First Instance introduced the new rule into patent practice, leading…

23 October 2015

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