IP-IT

Intellectual property

From the onset in 1993, UGGC Avocats created a team dedicated to matters relating to intellectual property, IT and the Internet.  This competence unit is organized around specialist lawyers covering, both as consultants and in litigation, all aspects of intellectual property, new technologies and data processing. 

Trademark law

UGGC Avocats helps and advises its clients in the development of their protection strategy for their trademarks, according to their field of activity and their desired geographical expansion.  From the filing of trademarks, relying in particular on their Shanghai office, through the management of oppositions, nullity or cancellation law suits and the drafting of operation agreements (assignment, licence, coexistence, franchise), UGGC Avocats is present at its clients’ side, in France and internationally, to ensure the protection of their trademarks all along the value chain.

UGGC Avocats also assists its clients by dealing with civil and criminal infringement law suits, which often prove complex when it comes to infringement on the Internet and violation of distribution networks.  Our firm assists significant operators in the fashion, watchmaking, cosmetics and foodstuff distribution sectors in particular, and it is currently dealing with proceedings for the restitution of domain names (UDRP & Syreli).

Our firm also deals with disputes arising from the contesting of trademark registrations both before French and Community courts (EUIPO / formerly OHIM and EU General Court) and advises its clients on the implications of the trademark package (2015 updating of European trademark directive and Regulation on community trademarks).

Patent law

UUGC Avocats helps and advises its clients in the negotiation and drafting of licence agreements, patent joint ownership rules, agreements on the remuneration of inventions, as well as in the use of know-how in view of Community exemption regulations in particular, both in the scientific and the pharmaceutical, automobile or agri-food domain

Our firm ensures for its clients the defence of their patents and know-how, dealing with infringement or patent claim law suits in particular, for French and foreign companies in the consumer goods (electronic, beverages) or infrastructure sectors (highways in particular) for instance.

UGGC Avocats also assists its clients with the negotiations and follow-up of research partnerships and to put into practise the results they obtain.

Copyright and design law

Copyrights

With regard to copyright and related rights, the IP-IT team is active in the domain of fashion and accessories creation to assist designers or their employers and patrons (couture houses, jewellery, leather goods…) and defend their copyrights.  The team is also an expert on problems of copyrights protecting works of art issued from public orders (        architecture) or independent artists (sculptures).  In particular, the team has a good practice of contracts for exhibitions of works of art and a good grasp of the copyright issues faced by museums in the management of their collections.

UGGC Avocats also has a good practice and expertise of audio-visual production, image rights and publishing law, and deals with issues of copyright and associated rights.  In the fight against the infringement of copyrights on the Internet, our firm deals with take down notice procedures and implementation of the responsibility of the various providers of online communication services.

Design law

UGGC Avocats assists its clients to register their designs and models and to negotiate the related exploitation contracts (transfer, licence, co-existence) in France, the EU or internationally.  The protection of designs and models and related litigation generally create an opportunity to review the concurrent protection by copyright and 3D trademark law.  This is true for the fashion sector where concurrent protection is frequent but it also concerns industrial designs and models (utensils, table ware, decorative objects, spare parts and connected objects).


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