Paris Appeal Court - HEYRAUD v/ SAN MARINA and COSMOPARIS

Decision date

2014-11-07

Decision No.

13/22350

Nature

Copyright

Country

France

Jurisdiction

Paris Appeal Court

Parties

HEYRAUD v/ SAN MARINA and COSMOPARIS

The Heyraud company was represented by Arnaud Casalonga and Marianne Gabriel, Attorneys at law.

The Heyraud company, a famous French tanner since 1913, has sued Cosmoparis and San Marina companies for copyright infringement on its model of woven boots.

The Paris Court of Appeal considered that Heyraud’s action was admissible and recognized the model’s originality due to the choice of materials, proportions and shapes, and the combination of the elements invoked according to a particular layout, giving it an individual appearance.

The defendants were sentenced for counterfeited acts, the only differences between Heyraud’s design and the litigious design being negligible and did not change the models’ overall impression.