#IPLaw, #Brexit – Brexit and implementation of the uitary patent

As you may remember, legislative changes that have been expected for decades are currently underway across the European Union, in order to establish what is now called the European patent with unitary effect (which we will abbreviate as „unitary patent“). .

The unitary patent is intended to implement a single title valid throughout the European Union and for which infringement disputes may be ruled ar an European scale, contrary to the „classic“ European patent for which at the end of the procedure for grant, the right holder obtains several independent territorial rights, within the competence of eah national jurisdiction.

The prerequisites for the entry into force of the unitary patent and of the unified court are almost all achieved with the exception of the ratification of Germany where a constitutional problem has been raised.

In these circumstances, the impact of Brexit could have caused great upheaval, but the British government announced that Brexit will have no influence on the unitary patent as already presented in our posts. The agreement on the Unified Patent Court was ratified by the United Kingdom on April 26, 2018.

However, the unitary patent is intended to cover the European Union only, which raises the question of the validity of the unitary patent in the United Kingdom.

The most likely solution will be to get closer to what will happen for the EU trade mark after the Brexit, as already discussed in our brief concerning the agreement protocol of 19 March 2019 on the application of Brexit. As you may remember, the EU trade mark will become a comparable English mark and its validity will be linked to that of the EU trade mark.

It therefore appears that the likely outcome will be the following: the European patent with unitary effect will have effect in EU countries, and will be validated in a conventional manner in non-EU states that are party to the European Patent Convention such as already today Switzerland and Turkey, and later the United Kingdom.

To follow closely …

#IPlaw #TMlaw – Confirmation of the validity of the Louboutin red sole trademark.

After the Paris High Court (TGI) in March 2017, the Paris Court of Appeal recognized, on May 17, 2018, the distinctive character of the Louboutin red sole.

In the shoe industry, many eagerly wait for a court decision establishing that a shoe sole color would not be protectable and could not be appropriate by a company.

For the record, schematically, an infringement of a trademark right can be characterized when consumers perceiving a sign believe that they are dealing with company A, when in fact it is an operation of a company B. But it is important that the sign in question be registered as a trademark in the relevant operating territory.

Applying this principle to the case of the red sole, it appears that the Court of Appeal rightfully recognized the distinctive character of this sole.

A similar decision was made in favor of Louboutin in the United States in 2012, according to which in essence, the trademark may be claimed unless the rest of the shoe has the same color.

A decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union is expected in another dispute …

To be followed up closely…

#ipl #brexit- Nouveaux éclaircissements dans le sort des droits de PI après „l’entrée en vigueur“ du BREXIT

La Commission Européenne et le Royaume-Uni ont publié le 19 mars dernier, une nouvelle version de l’accord de retrait relatif au BREXIT. L’accord fait mention d’une période transitoire se terminant le 31 décembre 2020 (art. 121).



Les sections en vert sont celles pour lesquelles il y aurait un accord formel.

L’article 50 et suivants concernent les droits de propriété intellectuelle UE (régis par Règlements de l’UE et enregistrés/délivrés notamment par l’Office PI de l’Union Européenne – EUIPO). Pour mémoire, le BREXIT n’aura aucun impact sur les brevets européens (délivrés par l’Office Européen des Brevets – OEB).

Les droits de PI UE enregistrés ou délivrés avant la fin de la période transitoire deviendront respectivement des droits de PI comparables anglais en vigueur, sans réexamen (Art 50 (1)). L’invalidation ou la révocation des premiers devra affecter les deuxièmes (Art 50 (3)).

Les frais à prévoir pour les déposants n’auraient pas encore fait l’objet d’un accord formel.

A suivre de près…

#ipl # brexit- New clarifications in the fate of IP rights after „entry into force“ of BREXIT.

On March 19, 2018, the European Commission and the United Kingdom published a new version of the withdrawal agreement for BREXIT.

The agreement refers to a transition period ending on December 31, 2020 (Art. 121).


The sections in green are those for which there is a formal agreement.

Article 50 and following concern EU intellectual property rights (governed by EU Regulations and registered/granted interallia by the European Union IP Office – EUIPO). As a reminder, BREXIT will have no impact on European patents (granted by the European Patent Office – EPO).

EU IP rights registered or granted before the end of the transitional period will become respectively comparable UK IP rights in force, without re-examination (Art. 50 (1)).

The invalidation or revocation of the firsts will affect the seconds (Art. 50 (3)). The costs to foresee for the applicants would not have yet been subject to a formal agreement.

To be monitored closely…

#ipl #brexit – BREXIT et Brevets Européens

Comme confirmé par le CIPA et l’OEB le 25 janvier dernier, le BREXIT n’aura aucun impact le brevet européen.