Trademark use requirement and bad faith

Publié en September 2019

In France as in many other countries, a trademark can be revoked if it has not been put to genuine use within a continuous five-year period. The rule is given by Article L.714-5 of the French Intellectual Property Code.

It is frequently said that there is an obligation to use a trademark. But it is not to be associated with the practice in some countries, such as the United States

Name Glen Buchenbach banned for a non-Scottish whisky

Publié en March 2019

Last August, we spoke about the German whisky ‘Glen Buchenbach’ (here), which caused the preliminary ruling of the 7th of June of 2018 by the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Case C‑44/17, Scotch Whisky Association v Michael Klotz.

The Court of Justice had been asked a series of questions by the Landgericht Hamburg (Regional Court in Hamburg, Germany) related to the interpretation of Article 16(a) to

How could McDonald’s lose the EU trademark BIG MAC?

Publié en February 2019

The European Union trademark BIG MAC number 000062638 was filed in 2016 and registered in 2018 in the name of McDonald’s, in connection with many food products, among them the famous sandwiches, as well as in connection with restaurant-linked services.

In a case against McDonald’s, Irish company Supermac’s filed a request for revocation of the EU mark BIG MAC according to Article 58(1)(a) of the Regulation (EU) 2017/1001 of the

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

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

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