3D trademark v/ Community design – The Tic Tac box case

Publié en February 2018

The three-dimensional trademark, filed for sweets and consisting of an empty and unlabeled TIC TAC box, although considered as a weak trademark, is opposable to a Community design consisting of a full candy box, bearing figurative and verbal elements.

First of all, an earlier trademark right can be opposed to a later registered Community design (RCD) as:

Part of the prior art, to destroy the novelty or individual character of

Why would you pay a licence royalty if you do not need to?

Publié en January 2018

On the 26th of September of 2017, the Court of Appeals of Paris issued the final decision in the case that lead to the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union of the 7th of July of 2016 that we commented here (Royalty for a patent: what do you really pay for?).

For the Court of Justice, Competition Law did not preclude the imposition on the licensee, under

INSCRIPTA meets businesses at Paris Chamber of Commerce

Publié en October 2017

INSCRIPTA is proud to be an official partner of Paris Chamber of Commerce for the next International Business Meetings taking place 27 November 2017 in Paris.

The event is dedicated to helping companies expand their business overseas by meeting experts on various international matters.

INSCRIPTA will be hosting a workshop on:

Intellectual Property and Online Business

Keys to international success

INSCRIPTA’s stand will

Wrong ideas about design infringement

Publié en June 2017

If there are at least 7 differences between two designs, there is no counterfeiting.

Wrong!

The designs are compared according to their similarities and the overall impression they produce on an informed user. If the overall impressions are the same, copying or infringement may be recognized. If they differ from each other, the first registered design is not infringed.

There is thus no anti-counterfeiting magic method. The key points are

Changes of name or address must be registered with IP offices

Publié en March 2017

When a company changes its name or address, it is advisable to register said changes for all its trademarks, designs and patents with the IP registers in order to update the owner’s identification details for all industrial property titles.

This ensures an up-to-date and uniform portfolio of IP titles, and enables the owner to initiate both administrative and judicial procedures without having to deal with problems of urgent regularisation and/or

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