Trademark protection in France is only obtained through registration, use does not confer rights.
Trademark registration in France may be sought through National French registration, through the designation of France via an International Registration according to the Madrid Agreement and Protocol system, and through the designation or the direct registration of a Community Trade Mark covering the European Union.
The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Community trademarks and designs) has recently issued a notice confirming that the scope of protection of a Community Trademark (or Design) registration does not extend to some territories which have specific relationship with European Union member states.
As concerns more particularly France, a Community trademark registration scope of protection does not extend to some French Overseas territories, namely New Caledonia and dependencies, French Polynesia, Mayotte, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Wallis and Futuna Islands, Saint Pierre and Miquelon. http://oami.europa.eu/ows/rw/resource/documents/CTM/geographic_scope.pdf
Trademark owners which are doing business in these overseas territories should therefore check carefully whether they have a valid French trademark registration.
- Geographical scope of the CTMR and CDR : Notice of the Department for Industrial Property Polity of the Office for Harmonizatin in the Internal Market