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Design law

A true specialisation within the speciality, design law, which aims to protect the form of objects, is a highly specialised area and one of the main fields in which the Greffe Law Firm works.

The Law Firm has been specialised in this area of intellectual property law since it was created in 1923.

The Greffe Law Firm thus acts as Counsel for many professional confederations and federations as well as companies operating in a variety of business sectors (table arts, furniture and furnishings, jewellery, fashion, etc.) and defends their interests in the field of design.

François Greffe and Pierre Greffe teach this subject at the Centre for International Studies in Intellectual Property (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg. François Greffe also lectures at Sciences-PO in Paris (Master’s in Economic Law) where he teaches design law.

They are also the authors of the Traité des Dessins et des Modèles (Treatise on Designs) the 9th edition of which (1,041 pages) was published in May 2014, with a preface by Christophe Geiger, Director General of the Centre International de la Propriété Intellectuelle (CEIPI); this work addresses French law but also the protection of designs in each European Union Member State, in Switzerland and on the American continent.

The Law Firm also regularly publishes articles on doctrine focussing on design protection in the journals Propriété Industrielle (Litec) and La Semaine Juridique (Litec).

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