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Interview with EU Legal Director in charge of the relationships with the owners of rights and manufacturers for Ebay in Europe

Mr. Alexandre MENAIS accepted to answer to our questions considering especially the two French decisions. What is your professional evolution? I have a master of private law from the Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg and an Executive MBA from HEC. I passed the Lawyer certification and started in a Law firm specialised in Community law…

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IPEOPLE

“People” are back under the spotlights! But this time, intellectual property aspects will be dealt with. Some say that “People” would be nothing without paparazzi. But do paparazzi have a copyright on their pictures? A fashion show is also amongst the place to be but …is this event open to copyright protection? Turning lastly to…

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Modifications of the Madrid System Safeguard Clause

Under the Safeguard Clause the provisions of the Agreement prevail where, with regard to a given international application or registration, the country of origin and the designated country are parties to both the Madrid Protocol and the Madrid Agreement. From September 1st, 2008, states bound by both treaties will benefit from the provisions of the…

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IP professionals merger : inside and outside views

While in France arises the question of a possible merger between Lawyers and Industrial Property Attorneys, we found interesting to interview French and foreign Lawyers to know better about their scope of action and to have their opinion about this new situation to come. Mrs Anne-Marie PECORARO, Lawyer in Paris and Mr Ian BARTLETT Lawyer…

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Trademarks policies behind politics

Following the French Presidential elections that ended on May 6, 2007, we find it interesting to look at how political trademarks were handled. Mr. Sarkozy, member of the Union pour un Mouvement Populaire “ UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) party, won the French elections with 53,06 % on the second tour. While the party of…

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Coming soon : a French new law to fight counterfeiting !

The new bill was drafted by the French Government on February 7, 2007 in order to improve the tools in the fight against counterfeiting. Its scope of application concerns all industrial and intellectual property rights including indications of origin and geographical indications. This draft of bill is the French version of a Community Directive dated…

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