Region: France

France Brevets success in Germany shows just how wrong Bessen and Meurer are

Last 5th November, James Bessen and Michael Meurer wrote an article for the Boston Globe in which they claimed that patent trolls sponsored by foreign governments were emerging as a serious threat to American businesses; and that this was another…

05 April 2015

Big names among those laid off from Alcatel-Lucent's IP group

IAM can reveal that Alcatel-Lucent has implemented a round of lay-offs inside its IP department. Among those departing are Craig Thompson, senior vice president of IP, and Ozer Teitelbaum, the company’s director of IP strategy. We understand that…

24 February 2015

Pharma company's RMB30 million patent windfall emphasises need for greater Chinese IP value expertise

China’s desperate need for more IP strategy expertise is an issue that this blog has addressed on several occasions previously. A story IAM heard from a senior IP executive at a Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturer last week drives the point home.…

05 February 2015

The age of the IP-aware activist shareholder has arrived

Private equity firm Vector Capital has filed suit against Technicolor over allegations that the French company manipulated shareholder voting. This is the latest development in a long running dispute between the two over the future of Technicolor&…

23 January 2015

France shifts away from three-strikes internet ban policy

The much-debated 2009 anti-piracy law established a three-strikes system to punish persistent offenders who illegally downloaded, consulted or distributed works online. However, the French government recently decided to abandon the policy set out under the law that threatened persistent offenders with internet disconnection.

16 October 2013

Laguiole: daggers drawn between tradition and trademark law

Several French cities, including Deauville and Paris, have recently taken legal action against the commercial use of their names and their registration as trademarks. Most recently, the town of Laguiole found out the hard way how important trademark protection can be.

23 January 2013

Moral rights in collective works: Supreme Court takes economic view

The French system of <i>droit d'auteur</i> is often criticised as being overly favourable to authors and for its unsuitability for the protection and exploitation of works in a business environment. However, the traditional, individualistic concept of copyright is losing ground in favour of a more pragmatic, business-friendly approach. A recent Supreme Court decision illustrates this evolution.

25 July 2012

Claiming right to information injunction at pre-trial stage: Supreme Court gives the green light

France's implementation of the EU IP Rights Enforcement Directive led to some criticism regarding the fact that French legislation was undermined by procedural issues taking over in court. The Supreme Court recently demonstrated that the courts have made progress regarding these issues in a decision regarding the application of the right to information contained in the IP Code.

25 April 2012

Construction group loses rights in Eiffel name

Trademark infringement claims are often followed by counterclaims for revocation or invalidity of the claimant’s trademark, which may have devastating consequences if improperly anticipated. French construction group Eiffage learnt this expensive lesson in a recent ruling from the Bordeaux Court of Appeal.

22 June 2011

Owner of well-known mark avoids genericness

In the trademark field, fame has a price – trademarks can be so well known that they become generic and lose their trademark status. Therefore, the owners of popular trademarks are constantly trying to protect their property. The owner of the DIVX mark is particularly active in this respect, as demonstrated in a recent case before the Paris Court of Appeal.

27 April 2011

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