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

EU / China – The battle for technology transfers

Publié en June 2018

Early June 2018, the European Union has initiated proceedings before the World Trade Organisation against China for failing to respect the intellectual property rights of European companies.

Observing that “European companies coming to China are forced to grant ownership or usage rights of their technology to domestic Chinese entities and are deprived of the ability to freely negotiate market-based terms in technology transfer agreements”, the EU decided to take action

3D trademark v/ Community design – The Tic Tac box case

Publié en February 2018

The three-dimensional trademark, filed for sweets and consisting of an empty and unlabeled TIC TAC box, although considered as a weak trademark, is opposable to a Community design consisting of a full candy box, bearing figurative and verbal elements.

First of all, an earlier trademark right can be opposed to a later registered Community design (RCD) as:

Part of the prior art, to destroy the novelty or individual character of

Why would you pay a licence royalty if you do not need to?

Publié en January 2018

On the 26th of September of 2017, the Court of Appeals of Paris issued the final decision in the case that lead to the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union of the 7th of July of 2016 that we commented here (Royalty for a patent: what do you really pay for?).

For the Court of Justice, Competition Law did not preclude the imposition on the licensee, under

INSCRIPTA meets businesses at Paris Chamber of Commerce

Publié en October 2017

INSCRIPTA is proud to be an official partner of Paris Chamber of Commerce for the next International Business Meetings taking place 27 November 2017 in Paris.

The event is dedicated to helping companies expand their business overseas by meeting experts on various international matters.

INSCRIPTA will be hosting a workshop on:

Intellectual Property and Online Business

Keys to international success

INSCRIPTA’s stand will

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