Beware of scams related to trademarks in France and Europe

Publié en June 2013

In France and in other European countries, for several years now, commercial companies directly contact the owners of industrial property rights to offer unnecessary trademark management services.

With the increasing digitization and the development of online accessibility of national, regional and international registers of industrial property rights, the phenomenon has amplified. Cybercriminals have indeed easy access to personal information about applicants and registered owners of trademarks,

When companies do not own their trademarks

Publié en June 2013

If you look at trademark registries in France or in other countries, you may observe that trademarks are not always owned by the companies that use them, but by their CEOs, managers, founding partners, etc.

There can be many reasons why such decisions are made. It could be for practical or legal motives when the company is not registered yet. It could result from a strategy

Protection and defense of trademarks in the E.U.

Publié en June 2013

Further to the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union IP TRANSLATOR (see our previous article), all 25 national trademark offices of E.U. Member States together with OHIM have increased the discussions to try to harmonize their interpretation relating to protection and defense of trademarks filed or registered in connection with the Nice class headings.

The offices are working to find a common

Enlargement of the European Union to Croatia

Publié en May 2013

What consequences for owners of Community trademarks and Community designs?

On 1st July 2013, the European Union will be enlarged to Croatia as the 28th member country.

As industrial property titles valid throughout the entire E.U., Community trademarks and Community designs will naturally be affected. They will be automatically extended to Croatia as of Midnight the 30th of June.

As regards ongoing

Recent Case Law of Trademark oppositions – Focus on the comparison of the signs

Publié en May 2013

This month, we have selected European and French case law focusing on the comparison of the signs and the different criteria used by judges and offices to assess whether or not there is a risk of confusion between the marks for the relevant public.

Different situations have been chosen:

The scope of protection of simple signs composed of one letter; The identical reproduction of a part