Principle of Speciality and the Internet under French Trademark Law

Under French law, pursuant to the so-called principle of specialty, trademark protection only extends to registration or use of identical or similar goods. French Courts have ruled that this principle of specialty applies to the Internet. Therefore, websites that commercialize different products or services might use similar domain names, keywords, meta-tags, etc.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What was the Court’s decision in the two above-mentioned cases?
What is the legal basis for the principle of specialty?
How to file a trademark infringement proceeding?

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