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22/12/17

Limoges porcelain now protected by French GI scheme

36662140 - seamless blue floral pattern. background in the style of chinese painting on porcelain or russian gzhel style.“France’s national institute of industrial property, the Institut national de la propriété industrielle (INPI) has approved « Porcelaine de Limoges », the porcelain made in Limoges, in the Haute-Vienne department, as an « indication géographique protégeant les produits industriels et artisanaux », a geographical indication protecting industrial and handicraft products. It is the third geographical indication of an industrial and handicraft product approved by the INPI, after the « siège de Liffol » in December 2016 and the « granit de  Bretagne » in January 2017. The Limoges porcelain must be both produced and decorated in the Limoges geographical area. Lire la suite

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21/12/17

Brexit : New headquarters for the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority

57353021 - brexit conceptFollowing voting by secret ballot on 20 November 2017, the EU’s 27 European affairs ministers chose Amsterdam to welcome the headquarters for the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and Paris for the European Banking Authority (EBA).

The results of voting surprised everyone. If Lille’s submission to welcome the EMA’s headquarters was considered as one of the more serious, Paris seemed to have little chance up against Frankfurt, notably, to win that of the EBA. Lire la suite

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11/12/17

Brexit : the transfer of the European Banking Authority’s headquarters to Paris

paris2The 27 Member States meeting on 20 November 2017 in the Council of Ministers of the European Union (EU) chose Paris, after two rounds of voting and a drawing of lots, to host the headquarters of the European Banking Authority (EBA). Lire la suite

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30/11/17

Is the ‘Brexit’ necessarily a threat to the interests of businesses throughout the UK and EU that own or rely on Intellectual property and geographical indication rights protected within the Union?

brexit-2The first Brexit position paper to cover Intellectual property was issued on 7th September, 2017 [i] by the European Commission. The position paper contains technical aspects procedures and geographical indications of Intellectual property law to be presented to the UK in the context of negotiations under Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon. Indeed Article 50 was invoked by the UK on 29 March, 2017 and the negotiations started on 29 June, 2017. It seems that the potential change in Intellectual property law within the EU and the UK could be an obstacle for current IP right owners in regards to the management of their existing IP rights. Lire la suite

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17/11/17

REACH: the ECHA focuses on BREXIT…

60174465 - wo separate flags - eu and uk. brexit concept. vector.Despite some progress, after 5 rounds of negotiations on the conditions of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding three key issues, namely:

  • the protection of the rights of all of the citizens concerned by the withdrawal,
  • guaranteed preservation of the peace process in Northern Ireland and cooperation in Ireland as a whole,
  • the need for the financial commitments made by 28 Member States to be honoured by 28 Member States.

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08/11/17

Impact of Brexit on the pharmaceuticals industry and biotechnologies

55315001 - european jigsaw puzzle with uk missing pieceAfter the financial sector and the automotive industry, it is now the pharmaceuticals industry that is concerned about the consequences of Brexit. The UK government has reassured automotive manufacturers that their industry would not be negatively impacted by Brexit. Companies in the pharmaceuticals industry would like their concerns to be heard in the same way. Lire la suite

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06/11/17

Changes made by Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 amending the Community Trademark Regulation

UPSTO, demande d'enregistrement de marque internationaleThe EU trade mark regulation (EU) 2015/2424 was amended on 23 March 2016. Some changes to the codified version of the EU trademark regulation (n° 2017/1001) as well as two pieces of secondary legislation (Implementing regulation (n° 2017/1431) and Delegated regulation (n° 2017/1430) came into force on 1rst October 2017. Lire la suite

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03/11/17

France: Corporate tax “exceptional surcharges” proposed for largest companies

7730838 - skyscrapers in city of london,

The French government on November 2, 2017 announced details of an “exceptional surcharges” to corporate income tax that would be intended at partly offsetting an estimated €10 billion in lost revenue as a result of a decision of the French Constitutional Court that held the 3% tax on distributions was unconstitutional.

The proposed surcharges are expected to raise approximately €5 billion in revenue. Lire la suite

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11/10/17

Dividends distribution tax (3%) held unconstitutional; possible refund opportunities

taxThe French Constitutional Court (Conseil Constitutionnel) issued a decision holding that the 3% tax imposed on distributions of dividends is unconstitutional.

The case identifying information is : N° 2017-660 (6 October 2017) Lire la suite

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02/10/17

French government unveils 2018 draft budget

douane_ipOn Wednesday September 27, 2017, the French Government has unveiled the draft budget for 2018 which will be submitted to the French parliament in the next few days.

In conformity with President Macron’s platform, the draft budget includes a few tax measures aimed at increasing the competitiveness of companies established in France and at encouraging, through targeted measures decreasing their tax burden, individuals to invest their savings in the economy and in companies (thus reinforcing the latters’ financial situation). Lire la suite

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