Apple v. Samsung, assessing damages

Publié en December 2016

On December 6, 2016, the United States Supreme Court issued a very expected decision that should become one of the most significant rulings of the year in the intellectual property world. It is all the more important that it deals with the Apple v. Samsung case, one of the most commented cases of the decade.

Surely you know that Apple sued Samsung for infringing several design

Trademarks: Can descriptive or generic terms be freely used?

Publié en December 2016

The technical or usual vocabulary cannot be monopolized and must remain at the disposal of each and all economic actors. The rule is simple, but its standards for application are not.

Indeed, many descriptive trademarks have been registered and are currently in force. Are they obstacles to the registration or use of other marks containing such terms?

Yes, as long as they remain on the trademark

Trademark watch on the internet – The Vinci case

Publié en November 2016

INSCRIPTA regularly alerts companies to the necessity of monitoring their marks in order to know when it is used or misused by competitors or other parties.

For instance, let’s remind our readers that a French trademark application or registration does not automatically bar subsequent trademark applications from being registered, even if they are identical. In fact, the French Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) performs an

A new Director for the French Patent & Trademark Office

Publié en November 2016

Mr. Romain Soubeyran is the new General Director of the French Institute for Industrial Property, the French Patent and Trademark Office.

According to the official press release, he previously was director of Mines ParisTech, one of the famous French Grandes Ecoles (executive engineering and business schools). He comes after Mr. Yves Lapierre, who was in office for the past six years.

Mr. Romain Soubeyran’s

Can Pharrell Williams claim copyright over first name?

Publié en October 2016

He did try before the French courts… and failed.

Over the past years, INSCRIPTA published several articles and news about colourful copyright cases. There were rather intellectual cases like the one involving William Faulkner and Woody Allen’s movie “Midnight in Paris” (here), some other were merrier like the ones about the Happy Birthday song (here and here). There even was a case involving selfies made