Plain tobacco packaging – Entry into force

Publié en June 2016

The new 2014 directive (1) lays down rules on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products with a view to assure a high level of public health. It provides for new regulations regarding health warnings, bans flavours and slim packaging, sets safety and quality rules for electronic cigarettes.

Just as the United Kingdom, France decided to introduce further requirements concerning the standardisation of the packaging

Brexit: what future for EU IP titles in the UK?

Publié en June 2016

By referendum on 23 June 2016, the majority of British people voted to leave the European Union. Even if the exit is not to become reality before several months, the first effects relating to IP could occur very soon (1).

As far as IP titles are concerned, transformation mechanisms will be defined after the United Kingdom formally notifies its decision to exit to the European Council,

EU trademark infringement – Rights of non-registered licensee

Publié en May 2016

May non-registered licensee bring proceedings alleging infringement of the licensed European Union trademark? Yes, decides the Court of Justice, if the proprietor consents thereto and without prejudice to the provisions of the licensing contract.

The Court (February 4, 2016, case C-163/15) interprets the first sentence of Article 23(1) of EC Regulation No 207/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the EU trade mark not only literally but also in light

Trademarks: Guide for a poor lonesome applicant

Publié en April 2016

To identify their activities, facilitate the promotion of their businesses and enable customers to recognize them, many trademark applicants seem to opt for a sign easy to remember, such as everyday words, which would be meaningful in relation with the designated activities and would convey a positive message.

According to article L.711-1 of the French Intellectual Property Code, A trademark or service mark is a sign

French new geographical indications and EU trademarks

Publié en March 2016

Shall the name Savon de Marseille (a vegetal oil-based soap) be the first geographical indication protecting industrial and artisanal products (1) to be approved? This name is the first application, filed by the association of the manufacturers of the Savon de Marseille (2), being examined by the INPI, the French Patent and Trademark Office.

According to the new definition set by Article L.721-2 of the French