IS YOUR DESIGN ORIGINAL?
Who is behind this armchair?
Who may lay claim to this toy?
Did similar bags exist prior to 2002?
These are just some of the questions asked by businesses and industrial property attorneys either before a product is launched or as part of legal proceedings.
Modèle Déposé has built up a unique archive in France made up of specialist books on manufactured goods, magazines and old sales catalogues. The firm’s team of archivists undertake prior art searches in this archive which is updated on a daily basis, and travel to museums to gain a better grasp of a design’s level of originality.
MODELE DEPOSE also undertakes trademark use investigations (within the scope of actions for lapse of trademark), searching for evidence of the generic nature of a term (nullity actions), prior art searches for logos in publications and online, dating models/collections, reputation reports for models/motifs/logo histories, current market situations for unfair competition litigation, and any other documentary research related to industrial/intellectual property, and any other documentary research related to industrial/intellectual property.
Before a product is designed or launched, it is vital that steps are taken to ensure that the design is not already protected, particularly under copyright.Find out more
We work with a large number of law firms specialising in industrial property, both in defence and claim proceedings. We are able to undertake several types of search.Find out more
MONITORING SERVICE: THE PREVENTIVE NEWSLETTER
It is advisable to keep up to date with product news and particularly designs registered by competitors in order to avoid legal proceedings for infringement and unfair competition. Our monthly preventive newsletter enables you to see designs recently filed with industrial property offices, and new products featured in the media – from furniture to leather goods and including jewellery, domestic appliances, toys…
VIEW THE DESIGNS REGISTERED BY YOUR COMPETITORS
Every month, our team views designs recently filed with INPI (France), EUIPO (Europe) and WIPO (international) and makes a careful selection (original products, on-trend designs, companies involved in legal proceedings) and then categorizes them by product type and presents them meticulously.
FOLLOW THE NEWS IN YOUR SECTOR
In order to avoid copyright proceedings, in the “new products” section we present designs from general interest magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, Elle Décoration and IDEAT, and trade magazines such as C+ Accessoires, Table & Cadeaux, La Revue du Jouet.
THE LATEST NEWS
Once again, I wish to thank and congratulate you for this excellent outcome, and I am delighted to share this message with the person responsible at XXX!
G.D., lawyer at the Court of Paris.
I warmly thank you for this “find” which is what we were looking for. A big thank you for your invaluable help.
C. DE B., Designs and Trademarks protection manager,
307 stores in France and abroad.
This excellent outcome is largely due to you and I wish to thank you for your fruitful searches.
L.P., Director of Quality and Legal Affairs, 444 stores in France and abroad
Just a quick message to let you know that we were successful in the XXX case before the Paris High Court: your searches were vital and key to the outcome of the proceedings!
M.F., lawyer at the Court of Paris.
Thank you for your response and your invaluable help with this case. You helped me a lot.
M.C., intellectual property corporate counsel, 919 stores in France and abroad.
The documents you sent us were very useful (…). They enabled us to demonstrate the ordinariness of the designs claimed by the opposing side, or at least to limit their scope of protection. We thank you once again for your work and rapidity.
E.C., lawyer at the Court of Paris.