Legal & Social

COUNTERFEITING

Protection of industrial property: a professional priority 
 
With counterfeiting now on a global scale and trafficking of counterfeit merchandise on the rise, France has stepped up measures in recent years to counter this scourge, which has been the subject of numerous studies and conferences. In the face of internationally organised mafia-style networks, industry professionals and government authorities (customs, DIGITIP, etc.) have formed an alliance that is critical to combating the damaging effects of counterfeiting, particularly when it comes to jobs (pattern copying, fraudulent use of trademarks, etc.). 
In the clothing and fashion industry, the Fédération Française du Prêt à Porter Féminin, represented by the French Clothing Industry Union (UFIH), is a stakeholder in the work being carried out by the CNAC – the National Anti-Counterfeiting Committee at the Ministry for the Economy, Finance and Industry. This committee is responsible for handling counterfeiting issues and its main goal is to improve legal measures in other countries to bring them in line with those in France, where the law offers better protection of industrial property rights. 
For your part, you can contact your regional trade association to help you protect your designs and labels. (Please don’t hesitate to ask for individual advice to supplement the information available on our website.) 

For more information: 

Institut national de la propriété industrielle (I.N.P.I.) 
26, rue de Saint-Pétersbourg 
75800 Paris Cedex 08 
Tél. : 01 53 04 53 04 
Fax: 01 42 93 59 30 
Site :www.inpi.fr 

Comité National Anti-Contrefaçon (C.N.A.C.) 
Digitip Sim – Le Bervil 
12, rue Villiot 
75572 Paris Cedex 12 
Tél. : 01 53 44 95 46 
Fax: 01 53 44 91 73 
Site :www.industrie.gouv.fr 

Ministère de l’Industrie : Conseils pratiques Contrefaçon 
Site :www.industrie.gouv.fr 

Union des fabricants pour la protection internationale de la propriété intellectuelle 
16, rue de la Faisanderie 
75016 Paris – France 
Tél. : 01 56 26 14 00 
Fax : 01 56 26 14 01 
Site :www.unifab.com 

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS

Know everything on welfare
 
Your regional trade association will advise you on welfare and contractual issues. You can also view industry conventions on the official government website, Legifrance.gouv.fr. Here you will find collective bargaining agreements, agreements on the reduction in legal working hours and salary agreements. The reference number of the applicable national collective bargaining agreement (CCN) is 3098 Industries de l’Habillement. 

Legifrance 
This is the official French government website for the publication of legislation. It provides free access to all French codes, acts, regulations, journals and official bulletins. www.legifrance.gouv.fr 

LOCAL ASSISTANCE

Your regional trade association to your service! 
 
As a long-time expert in the complexities of managing ready-to-wear businesses, your regional trade association can offer you unparalleled advice in legal and social matters, whether it is the latest legal status regarding licensing or information on representation methods in France and abroad. 

Its up-to-the-minute knowledge of laws applicable to the industry (employment contracts, sales agreements, etc.) means that it can provide you with the latest information and practical advice about running your business. 

Contact your trade association for all your business enquiries