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Protection of graphical user interfaces in France
  • Santarelli
  • European Union, France
  • October 12 2016

Electronic products ranging from tablets to cars and even fridges contain a growing number of software components. Graphical user interfaces (GUIs


Consequences of a breach of a trademark license agreement
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • European Union, France
  • June 22 2009

In the judgment of the European Court of Justice dated April 23, 2009 (C-5908), the following facts were at issue: Christian Dior Couture SA concluded a trademark license agreement with Société Industrielle Lingerie (SIL) in respect of the manufacture and distribution of luxury corsetry goods bearing the Christian Dior trademark, which is owned by Dior


Appeal court finds AFNIC not liable for failing to 'freeze' a domain name
  • Hogan Lovells
  • France
  • December 19 2011

In October 2009 the French Association for Internet Names and Cooperation (AFNIC), the registry for the '.fr' country-code top-level domain, was ordered to pay compensation of 4,500 to the owner of the FRANCE LOTS trademark for failing to 'freeze' a domain name upon its request


Global Intellectual Property Newsletter A topic for 2016 - Digitalisation 4.0 - Issue 0616
  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • European Union, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Global, Iran, Italy, Spain
  • June 14 2016

In an increasingly interconnected world, with increasingly powerful computational and modelling tools, our ability to gather and process large


eBay wins some (in the US), loses some (in France)
  • McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Canada, France, USA
  • August 8 2008

A French court has ordered eBay to pay damages to Hermès, after determining that eBay did not sufficiently ensure that its website would not be used for illegal activities


Comparative advertising of a generic medicine
  • Bird & Bird
  • France
  • December 15 2009

It is not necessary within the meaning of Article L. 713-6 of the French Intellectual Property Code (“CPI”) to mention the brand of the reference product in comparative advertising for a generic medicine, as the healthcare professionals to which the advertising is directed have other means (namely, the INN - international non-proprietary name) by which to identify the corresponding reference product


E-bay outbid on French fakes
  • Howes Percival LLP
  • France
  • June 25 2008

A French Court has held eBay liable for the sale of counterfeit goods in a surprising move which is likely to encourage intellectual property holders throughout Europe and the rest of the world


Quel abus du droit d’exploitation faut-il demontrer, pour obtenir l’intervention du juge ?
  • Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira
  • France
  • February 28 2013

En cas d'abus notoire dans l'usage ou le non-usage des droits d'exploitation de la part des représentants d’un l'auteur décédé, le tribunal de grande


eBay’s legal battles continue: a French victory and a prudent English test case
  • McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • European Union, France, United Kingdom
  • July 28 2009

While a French court found that eBay was not liable to L’Oréal for the sale of counterfeit cosmetics on its auction website, an English court determined it required guidance from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on the interpretation of applicable directives before deciding key issues in a proceeding between the two parties


Quand contrefaçon rime avec prison
  • Fidal
  • France
  • June 17 2016

Par un arrêt du 13 avril 2016, la Cour d’appel de Montpellier a condamné deux hommes à 12 et 8 mois de prison avec sursis pour contrefaçon de marques