In a decision dated June 29, 2022, the Cour de cassation (French Supreme Court) overturned the decision of the Paris Court of Appeal (Paris, November 24, 2020) which refused to assess acts of infringement committed abroad. The decision of the Supreme Court, which merely applies classical rules of private international law, leads one to wonder…

25 May 2022, the Paris Court of Appeal overturned the refusal of the French National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) to grant an SPC on avelumab. This is a reversal of the “nivolumab” case law on the interpretation of Article 3(a) of Regulation (EC) No 469/2009 (hereafter the SPC Regulation).   In this case, Dana-Farber…

In a decision of 3 June 2022, opposing NOVARTIS and BIOGARAN, the President of the Paris High Court accepted the admissibility of a request for a preliminary injunction based on a patent application. This decision was rendered in a case relating to the GILENYA product, which includes fingolimod hydrochloride as active ingredient and is indicated…

This almost unnoticed metamorphosis, which has been hardly or not at all commented on, is nevertheless an important reform of French law. Order 2021-1658 of 15 December 2021 extends the system of devolution of rights in respect of software (Article L. 113-9-1 of the Intellectual Property Code) and employee inventions (L. 611-7-1 of the Intellectual…

In a decision rendered on April 1, 2022, the Paris Court of Appeal ruled on the determination of the starting point of the statute of limitations for claiming additional remuneration related to mission inventions. The case before the Paris Court of Appeals raised the issue of the statute of limitations with respect to 11 unexploited…

The transposition of the 2016 directive on trade secrets into French law by the law of 31 July 2018 and its implementing decree could have led to the expectation of difficulties with the so-called “saisies-contrefaçons”. The main one to remember is undoubtedly the application of the new article R. 153-1 of French Commercial Code to…

My eminent colleague Pierre Véron, who needs no introduction here, is the author of a recent survey on the ranking of European jurisdictions in terms of damages awarded over the period 2000-2019 [1]The full version was published in English in Festschrift for President Meier-Beck in the journal GRUR (GRUR 2/2021)., which particularly caught my attention…