New nullity and revocation proceedings before the INPI (French Trademark Office) now online

By Géraldine Arbant, Estelle Henry-Mayer, Elsa Lavaud

04-2020

Since 1 April 2020, the INPI has exclusive jurisdiction for most of trademark nullity and revocation actions brought as a main cause of action.

These only online proceedings are available since yesterday. The aim of these less time-consuming and costly proceedings is to keep the registry clear of unused registrations and to facilitate the feasibility of new filings projects. So, on your Marks, get set, seize the INPI…!

The amount of the fees to be paid is as follows:

• € 600 for each application for nullity or revocation of trademark
• € 150 per additional right invoked in invalidity actions

Given that these actions can be brought by anybody as a defence, we reiterate our recommendations to collect evidence of use of your trademarks and to set up systematic archiving so as to be able to react quickly and to defeat any action for revocation.

The courts shall retain exclusive jurisdiction for proceedings in connection with other civil actions, with other claims relating to trademarks, for counterclaims and as well as for of some basis of nullity.

Our team will support and advise you in these new proceedings.