A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR FILING OPPOSITIONS IN FRANCE

 

Since 4 June 2015, an opposition may be filed in France based on the name, image or reputation of a local authority or a geographical indication or an AOC, PDO or GI, in addition to a trademark. 


Droit antérieur invoqué

To use one of these prior rights to file an opposition, it will nevertheless be necessary to provide the following evidence:

  • Documents that prove that the local authority is identified by way of the sign at issue, or
  • A copy of the approval of the specifications for geographical indications with respect to industrial or commercial products, or
  • For AOC, PDO and GI, documents that prove the protection thereof.


In this regard, we draw your attention to the creation of a new category of rights, the "geographical indications", which allows for the identification of manufactured products. 
Differences between GIs (Geographical Indications) and PGIs (Protected Geographical Indications):

 

 

GI

Geographical Indication

PGI

Protected Geographical Indication

Item

Manufactured products and natural resources

Natural, agricultural and wine products

Scope of protection

France only

European Community

Certification agency

INPI

INAO

Logo

 IG  igp

 

We therefore strongly recommend that you set up monitoring in this regard if you have not already done so: names of local authorities, etc.

 

Contact : Marion LAPERRIERE 

 

Publication date : June 2015

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