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Hmm…H&M !

H&M filed an opposition against the French trademark application HMM ! in class 25. On April 9, 2008, the Court of Appeal considered the signs as similar.

The Court denied a potential conceptual difference and retained the phonetic resemblances due to the spelled pronunciation of the contested mark as « H-M-M » and not « Hmm ».

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Fraudulent Love

An interesting recent decision of the Paris Court of appeal stated on the issue of fraudulent applications. CLARINS owner, of the mark PAR AMOUR, successfully opposed it to the registration of the mark TOUT L’AMOUR of DIOR. DIOR however filed another trademark for TOUT L’AMOUR DE DIOR, hoping that the adjunction of their notorious company name could limit the likelihood … Read the rest

COOKINLEX, INLEX new department

Considering the specificity of gastronomy protection and because the culinary art is evolving everyday, we created CookinLex Department composed of Eric Schahl (Partner), Aurélie Guetin and Estelle Henry-Mayer (IP lawyers).
They will bring you their expertise in the protection of culinary matters. For further information, please feel free to contact cookinlex@inlex.com
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Enforcement decrees on anti counterfeiting law

As previously reported, the European Directive of April 2004 was implemented in France in October 2007 to increase the means to fight counterfeiting.
The enforcement decrees to complete the text, especially to precise the deadlines mentioned in the implemented law, have been published last June.

Some French Courts already considered that said law was in force since October 2007 and … Read the rest


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 during 2 years. I was … Read the rest


Not so SIIMPEL !

On January 18, 2008, the Board of Appeal refused to register a CTM for SIIMPEL for “electronic and optical communication and imaging systems and components” in class 9, for non distinctiveness, stating that SIIMPEL was just a minor modification of the Dutch word “simpel”, meaning “simple”.

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Monograms Protection

On January 31, 2008, the Board of Appeal rejected an opposition between and CTM   based on the visual difference. What matters in shorts marks composed by letters without signification is the way they are represented more than the letters themselves.

The Board additionally pointed out the respective messages of the signs. An avant-garde image was allotted to the opponent and … Read the rest