JUVE Patent comments on the KUBOTA decision
Sandrine Bouvier-Ravon, Partner at Plasseraud IP Avocats, is quoted in an article in JUVE Patent - one of the leading publication on the European patent market - published on September 19 2023, concerning the Supreme Court's harmonization with EPO regulations.
The article mentions that following a decision by the French Cour de cassation, INPI must now adapt its practice to follow that of the EPO regarding when parties can file a French divisional patent FR 18 51806 from the former.
This decision by the French Supreme Court stems from a dispute between Japanese agricultural and construction machinery manufacturer Kubota, represented by Sandrine-Bouvier with Didier Intes and Gaston Vedel for Cabinet Beau de Loménie, and INPI.
The CNCPI intervened in this ruling, which is of major importance to the French patent community.
To read the article written by Konstanze Richter : “Supreme Court shows INPI the way to harmonisation with EPO regulation”