The Douai Court of Appeal denied the plaintiff’s claims of unfair competitors but granted its parasitism claims, and invalidated a report of a web-based buy ready by a law-firm’s intern. The Court clarified that the word “L’OCCITANE” doesn’t constitute a geographical indication within the strict sense, however an adjective evoking Occitanie. It added that nothing supported an assertion that a shopper could be led to assume that the designated merchandise come from Occitanie, as that region isn’t recognized as a geographical provenance identified in the space of perfumes or magnificence products. A determination should also be made during that interval as to the attribution of the jurisdiction originally attributed to the London section, in particular in life sciences and well being. At least initially, jurisdiction over these areas could additionally be break up between the Central Division headquarters in Paris and the Munich section.

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