World Intellectual Property Day – April 26, 2024

Every year on April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day. This day was first instituted in 2001 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to highlight and explain the role played by intellectual property rights in promoting innovation and creativity. 

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Intellectual Property and the Sustainable Development Goals: building our common future through innovation and creativity”. 

It is an opportunity to highlight how #IntellectualProperty encourages sustainable solutions and plays a crucial role in the creation of environmentally-friendly technologies and practices. It encourages innovation and creativity, and helps stimulate investment in these activities. It is a true instrument for human progress. 

Together, let’s cultivate an ecosystem where creativity can flourish and innovative ideas can contribute to a better world for all. 

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International Book and Copyright Day – April 23, 2024

Packaging, logos, molds, advertising campaigns, conferences, musical compositions, illustrations, websites, software, databases, …. Copyright covers all original creations that reflect the personality of their author(s). 

Copyright is acquired without the need for formal registration. Protection arises solely from the creation of the work, whatever its genre, merit or purpose. 

Although no filing formalities are required for copyright to be granted, to be protected a work must meet the condition of originality. Originality is assessed when the work bears “the stamp of its author’s personality”. 

Despite this lack of formalism, it is necessary to build up evidence that cumulatively establishes the link between the author, the work and the date of creation. This can be done by various means, including time-stamping. 

In addition, copyright comprises both economic and moral attributes: 

  • Moral rights: The author’s moral rights include, for example, the right to respect and integrity of his work, and to oppose any distortion and/or mutilation of it. The author can also withdraw the work from the market or rework it. You can thus oppose any use that would distort your work, or claim that your name be mentioned(authorship). This moral right is perpetual, imprescriptible and inalienable. You cannot, therefore, assign it. 

  • Economic rights: Economic rights include the right of reproduction(physical fixation of the work on a medium), the right of representation(communication of the work) and the right of adaptation(change of color, format, medium, translation, etc.). These rights are transferable and granted for a defined period: up to 70 years after the death of the author, or 70 years from disclosure for collective works(belonging to a legal entity). 

As a matter of principle, the individual author holds the copyright to his work. As a result, he or she can control any use made of the work by third parties, and receive any associated remuneration. 

Copyrights add value to your company and give you a significant competitive edge. 

In combination with other intellectual property assets such as trademarks and designs, they are a valuable asset. 

Regimbeau has particular expertise in copyright, and can offer you a comprehensive range of services to secure, evaluate and exploit your intellectual property assets. 

World Creativity and Innovation Day – April 21, 2024

World Creativity and Innovation Day is celebrated every year on April 21. The aim of this day is to raise awareness of the role of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development. 

Creativity expresses itself in many ways, from artistic expression (music, drawing, dance, literature, etc….) to the discovery of solutions in many fields, whether scientific, economic, social or even sustainable development. 

To mark this day, Regimbeau would like to pay tribute to all the inventive minds who have shaped history with their inventions! 

New discoveries, revolutionary solutions, unique designs…   

Find out more about the inventors featured in the video: 

  • Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen: discovery of X-rays 
  • Louis Pasteur: inventor of pasteurization 
  • Marie Curie: discovery of the radioactive elements radium and polonium. 
  • Anthony Carlisle: decomposition of water by electric current 
  • Hermann Nernst: invention of the electric lamp with a metal filament. This lamp, which succeeded lamps with a carbon filament, was a precursor of today’s incandescent lamps. 
  • Fritz Haber: patented the synthesis of ammonia, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918. 
  • Rudolf Diesel: inventor of the internal combustion engine that bears his name, designed not to run on diesel but on vegetable oils. 
  • Gutenberg: inventor of movable type printing. 
  • Louis Cartier: inventor of the modern wristwatch. 
  • Joseph & Étienne de Montgolfier: invention of the hot-air balloon in 1783. 
  • Albert Einsitein: theorized the interchangeability of energy and mass, invented the ultrasensitive voltmeter, special relativity, Avogadro’s number, 
  • Louis & Auguste Lumières: invention of the cinematograph. 
  • Karl Ereky: founding father of biotechnology. 
  • Antoine lavoisier: discovery of oxidation. 
  • Gabriel Fahrenheit: invention of the modern mercury thermometer. 
  • Ibn al-Haytham: It was in the Middle Ages, in Arab-Muslim societies, that a new concept emerged: the light beam is independent of the human eye. The great Arab scholar in this field was Ibn al-Haytham, better known as Alhazen. He has been called the “father of optics”. He habitually confirmed his hypotheses through experimentation, making him a forerunner in the application of the scientific method.  
  • Katherine Johnson: She’s one of the scientists behind the equations describing the trajectory of an orbital space flight. Indispensable for bringing the first men to land on the moon back to Earth! 
  • Ada Lovelace: pioneer of computer science, known for having produced the first real computer program, while working on an ancestor of the computer: Charles Babbage’s analytical machine. 
  • Grace Hopper: computer scientist who led to the invention of the first compiler and the creation of the Cobol language. 
  • Claude Beck: pioneering cardiac surgeon, famous for innovating various cardiac surgery techniques and performing the first defibrillation in 1947. 
  • Hedy Lamarr: During the Second World War, she devised a device to help the Allies during naval battles. She imagined a system in which the torpedo’s transmitter and receiver would continually change radio frequencies to prevent hacking by the German army. She invented frequency hopping. Today, this device is at the origin of wifi and Bluetooth. 
  • Louis Braille: inventor of Braille, a universal writing system for the visually impaired 
  • René Laënnec: inventor of the first stethoscope. 
  • Granville T. Woods: This African-American inventor holds more than 50 patents! An engineer, he was instrumental in improving the railroad and communication between stations thanks to “Telegraphony”. He also invented the steam boiler furnace, the electric railroad, the automatic air brake, the telephone transmitter, the electromechanical brake, railway telegraphy, the induction telegraph system, the overhead control system for electric railroads, tunnel construction for electric railroads, the electrifying battery and the parabolic antenna!  
  • Buckminster Fuller: American architect, inventor, designer and futurist best known for his invention of the geodesic dome. Fuller also invented the Dymaxion car, a lightweight, aerodynamic and fuel-efficient three-wheeled vehicle. He also designed a number of other structures, including the Dymaxion House, a prefabricated house that was built in the 1930s. 
  • Elisabeth Magie: inventor of the world-famous board game Monopoly. 
  • Anthony Bajada: inventor of the can
  • Nicolas Appert: inventor of appertization, a method of preserving food by heat sterilization in hermetically sealed containers, more commonly known as canning. 
  • Eileen Gray: Irish designer and architect. She is best known for incorporating luxurious lacquer finishes on Art Deco furniture, then moving on to International Style tubular steel furniture in the 1920s. In the architectural field, she is famous for creating Villa E-1027 (1929) with Jean Badovici, a free interpretation of modernist architecture. 

Managing IP’s EMEA Awards 2024 ceremony – London on April, 11 

We are pleased to announce that Regimbeau received an award as Europe Cross-Border Patent Litigation Team of the Year from Managing IP for its work on the Bristol-Myers Squibb (Apixaban) against generics matter with Gide Loyrette Nouel.  

Anne Boutaric and Marie Audren attended Managing IP’s EMEA Awards 2024 ceremony in London on April,11 to represent Regimbeau and receive the award.  

It recognizes the in-house teams, firms, individuals and companies behind the most innovative and ambitious IP work of the past year, as well as those at the forefront of the international market. 

We would like to thank our clients for their trust and the Gide x Regimbeau  – Patent Litigation team for their hard work.  

On the Meril Italy Case :

  • Gide : Emmanuel Larere, Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier, Carole-Anne Bauer, Luca Chevallier and Ludivine Meissirel-Marquot
  • Regimbeau : Jean-Robert Callon de Lamarck, Anne Seibel, Aurélien Grimberg and Julien Guesnier

On the Bristol-Myers Squibb Case :

  • Gide : Emmanuel Larere, Raphaelle Dequiré-Portier, partners, Julie Pailhès, counsel and Célia Révy
  • Regimbeau : Anne Boutaric and Emmanuelle Levy, partners, Margaux Beretta.

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