Intellectual Property in France

Overview by
National Organizations
The national institute of industrial property (INPI) for patents, trademarks, models and industrial designs.
The Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM), The National Union of Authors and Composers of music (SNAC), The Society of Stage Authors and Composers (SACD), The Society of Men of Letters (SGDL), The Civil Society of Multimedia Authors (SCAM), etc., for royalties.
Regional Organizations
For the protection of patents: the European patent office
To control trademarks, designs and models: the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed

Code of intellectual property
20 years
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Strasbourg agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Code of intellectual property
10 years renewable indefinitely Trademark Law Treaty
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Code of intellectual property
25 years renewable once  

Code of intellectual property
70 years after the death of its author for inheritance tax
50 years after the first publication for registration fees
Berne convention
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Edict n°2001-670 of 25 July 2001 incorporating into Community law the code of intellectual property and the code of the post and telecommunications
25 years renewable once  

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