It is with deep sadness that CEIPI has learned of the death of Maître François Greffe, an emblematic figure not only of the Centre, but also and above all of the world of intellectual property, his contribution to the field being invaluable.
A member of the Paris Bar, François Greffe taught design law for 40 years at the Centre d'Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle - CEIPI.
Passionate, enthusiastic, a good teacher and accessible, he has trained many generations of students, who have now become accomplished intellectual property specialists. More than a guide, he was a mentor to these students, an example to follow.
As a researcher, François Greffe also left his mark on the doctrine of design law, his writings having enlightened and influenced both jurisprudence and legislation.
François Greffe was not simply a witness to the evolution of design law, but one of its main protagonists, and his commitment to the entire design industry has been recognized far beyond its borders.
With these few words, which do not suffice to pay tribute to him, CEIPI expresses its most sincere condolences to his family.