CASE COMMENTS: RESTRICTIVE PRACTICES – RENOWNED MARK – ASSIMILATION OR CONFUSION – NOT REQUIRED

Parasitism: The French Supreme Court holds that the protection of famous marks is not depending on likelihood of assimilation or confusion (Maison du monde / Gifi et Gifi Mag)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article in French, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. As shown by the decision handed down by the Commercial Chamber of the Court of Cassation on April 12, 2016, the protection of reputed trademarks is distinguished by its scope. While the principle of speciality has been attenuated - the protection applying when the goods or services in question are not identical or similar - this protection is now subject to conditions of implementation that facilitate the exercise of liability and, as a result, the sanctioning of parasitic or unfair behavior. The company Maison du monde, specialized in home equipment and decoration, is the owner of a semi-figurative trademark "Maison du monde" registered on

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Valérie Durand, Parasitism: The French Supreme Court holds that the protection of famous marks is not depending on likelihood of assimilation or confusion (Maison du monde / Gifi et Gifi Mag), 12 April 2016, Concurrences Nº 3-2016, Art. N° 80838, pp. 105-106

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