IP protection of pictograms

Publié en January 2019

In our time of digital communication, the pictograms, these basic symbols conveying universally recognized and fully understood information, also intend to be used as a badge of origin. But can these simple and meaningful signs be perceived as identifying the commercial origin of the products or services offered?

According to the law and case law, pictograms indicating a mode of use, or that convey a universally understandable message, or commonly

Copyright protection over a portal

Publié en November 2018

That’s right! This is France and France is known worldwide (at least we French people like to think so) for its contributions to the arts, its intellectual creations, its original productions. Yet we are talking about copyright protection claimed over a portal, a front gate.

In 2012, a portal manufacturer filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement claiming another company had a portal made based upon its plans and drawings, after

Taste of food not protected by copyright in the EU

Publié en November 2018

The EU law precludes (i) the taste of a food product from being protected by copyright and (ii) national legislation from being interpreted in such a way that it grants copyright protection to such a taste.

The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU, Grand Chamber, 13 Nov. 2018, case C-310/17, Levola Hengelo BV v Smilde Foods BV) sounds the death knell of copyright protection of

Law and Intellectual Property as growth boosters

Publié en October 2018

This article is the transcription of a presentation by Manuel ROCHE, Industrial property attorney and President of the International Relations Committee of the CNCPI (the French Patent and Trademark Attorneys Institute), during the international symposium “Paris, European hub for business, digital, IP and tech law” which took place the 11th of October 2018, at the Tribunal de grande instance de Paris (Paris First instance Court of Paris), organized by the

Design of a retail store may be protected by copyright in France

Publié en August 2018

The layout of a retail store, even more if it is a flagship store or a franchise store, often created by a designer or an architect, may be protected in France by copyright if the originality of the store design is recognized by the courts.

Such is the case of the franchised hair salons Shampoo, given their characteristics detailed by the Court of Appeal of Douai (April 5, 2018, Case

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