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1st first geographical indication accredited

The French IP office has recently accredited the first geographical indication for manufactured and handmade products and the lucky winner is the "Liffos seat"... Reserved domain of alimentary products like wines or cheeses for a long while, the protection of geographical indications has been opened to manufactured and handmade products, by the law of March 17, 2014. Immediately, lots of manufacturers associations filed requests for accreditation for products very well-known by the public like the savon de Marseille (soap of Marseille) or the Mauleon’s espadrille. Finally, a more confidential geographical indication received the first accreditation: the Liffol Seat. This geographical...

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Modification of IP fees

From July 1st, 2015 and within the framework of the Decree of June 10, 2015 regarding INPI'S procedural fees, and average global increase of 4% of all INPI'S fees has been decided.  The Decree notably concerns filing of industrial property titles applications, oppositions, renewals and registrations of transfer in ownership. In this respect, we would lite to inform you that our professional fees will not be modified. Nevertheless, the increas will impact the global amount of invoices addressed to our clients.

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Geographical indications protecting industrial and handmade products and modifications of trademark opposition procedure

Henceforth next to the AOC and IGP (protected geographical indication) the so-called “alimentary”, the geographical indications protecting industrial and handmade products (French abbreviation IGPIA), non-alimentary, can now be subject of a similar protection in France. These IGPIA concern any kind of manufactured products, from the moment that they originate from a particular geographical area and that they show some characteristics essentially allocated to their origin. The Decree n°2015-595 of June 2nd, 2015 determines the terms and conditions of grant of the protection. The protection is submitted to the validation of a bill of specifications. The validation must necessarily be presented...

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Acknowledgement of industrial property titles in French Polynesia

Within the framework of the organic law n°2004-192 of February 27, 2004 organizing the autonomy of French Polynesia, the competence for intellectual property has been transferred to the Polynesian authorities. This transfer of competence is notably modifying the opposability on the Polynesian territory of French industrial property titles delivered by the French office. Thus, the Country law n°2013-14 of May 6, 2013 and the order n°1002/CM of July 22, 2013 have settled the conditions of acknowledgment of French industrial property titles in the archipelago as follows: TITLES FILED : DETAILS DEADLINE Before March 3, 2004 Automatic acknowledgment of French titles without...

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Membership of Tunisia to the Madrid Protocol related to International Trademarks

On 16 October, the accession of Tunisia to the Madrid Protocol will enter into force officially... concerning the international trademarks registration. Just as reminder, the Madrid system offers trademarks owners a cost effective and streamlined means of protecting and managing their trademarks portfolio internationally.

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Membership of Mexico to the Madrid Protocol related to International Trademarks

On 19 February 2013, Mexico joined the Madrid Protocol concerning the international trademarks registration, bringing the total of members of that system to 89. Just as reminder, the Madrid system offers trademarks owners a cost effective and streamlined means of protecting and managing their trademarks portfolio internationally.

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Membership of Colombia to the Madrid Protocol related to International Trademarks

On may 29th 2012, Colombia became the 87th member of International Trademarks treaty. Thus, it is the second Latin American country after Cuba, to join the International Trademark filing system. It is possible to claim protection in Colombia by means of an international trademark since august 29th 2012.

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Beware if the “7 differences” game

In design matters, rumor has it that infringement is not assessed when 7 differences can be found. However, and with the exception of PIF GADGET games, such a saying has no legal value and no case-law grounds. There exists a counterfeiting when protected elements are copied and when there is a similar global visual impression. End of discussion !

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