Schweppes, a worldwide brand or parallel marks?

Publié en January 2018

Schweppes is a worldwide famous brand for tonic waters created in 1793. One trademark, one product, one origin? Not since the partial assignment of the trademark in several European Union countries (including the United Kingdom) to The Coca-Cola Company, while Schweppes International Ltd operates in other EU countries (including Spain).

That’s called parallel trademarks. Their origin, recent or old, is unique and common, but further to assignments, parallel trademarks are

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

A Champagne sorbet for New Year’s Eve?

Publié en December 2017

A German supermarket network sells a sorbet containing 12% of champagne under the name ‘Champagner Sorbet’ (Champagne sorbet in German). The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC, Interprofessional Committee of the Champagne Wine), very active in the protection of the protected designation of origin (PDO) ‘Champagne’, took the view that the name ‘Champagner Sorbet’ was infringing the PDO Champagne and brought proceedings before the German courts.

The Bundesgerichtshof

Commercial free-riding for non-profit organizations

Publié en December 2017

What do an animal protection society and associations promoting natural filiation and lobbying against same-sex marriage have in common?

According to the First Instance Court of Paris, they share advertising campaigns with the same concept (judgment of 23 November 2017, 3rd chamber, 4th section). However, it was not because of a mutual decision or by mere chance but because the latter tried to promote their activities by copying the campaign

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