Patents

Our Department covers all patent services which range from information-gathering and patent claims drafting to filing and renewal of exclusive patent rights.

Observation and follow-up of existing technologies
We propose monitoring services of new patent applications with a view to assessing the development of any technical domain, including competitors’ strategic progress.

Priority Searches
We carry out Priority Searches to evaluate the patentability of a new development and the chances of exploiting that development with regard to existing intellectual property rights.

Applications and Portfolio Management
Depending on the economic and technical sector, we prepare a set of protection strategies, i.e. drafting patent applications and handling filing requirements in France, Europe or outside Europe and via PCT . The applications are closely monitored up to and following grant-stage, including continued renewal. Managing the patent portfolios of our clients both within France and abroad is also part of our work.

Dispute Resolution
We undertake all forms of pre-litigation work, and provide in-depth assistance in the preparation and handling of court proceedings, working in close collaboration with sollicitors. We also draft and monitor seizures of infringing material.

Industrial agreements
Our work involves large-scale negotiation and drafting of various contractual agreements regarding patents and know-how (technology transfer, sales, licensing, franchise, etc.).

Consulting
We carry out the necessary research and consultancy work on every legal aspect of patents, as well as strategies for protection, from a legal and a technical point of view.

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An invention is eligible for protection if it is capable of having a technical effect. Such technical creations are protected by a form of ownership title called a patent.

A patent will confer on its holder the exclusive right to use the patented invention in return for the publication of the invention, thus bringing it within public knowledge.

  • is new : is not yet available to the public at the date the patent application is filed;
  • involves an inventive step: the invention is not obvious to a person having ordinary skill in the art to which the said subject matter pertains at the time the patent is filed;
  • is capable of industrial application: if the invention can be made or used in any kind of industry, by actual physical production or use with regard to its matter and nature.

Provided these conditions are met, a patent can be obtained for many different technical creations, such as products, machines, devices, processes or uses. Protection may also result from a combination or new use of known or unknown means : it can also stem from a selection of objects falling into a category of objects possessing common attributes.

The possibility of applying for protection can arise in the course of developing a process, when a specific solution is found to deal with a specific technical problem.

Mere ideas or theoretical notions devoid of any technical effect are however excluded from patent protection.

A patent is a national right. A number of co-existing systems also offer patent protection at a supranational level, such as the Convention on the grant of European Patents and the Eurasian Patent Convention , though the actual conditions pertaining to such patents remain fixed at a national level.

The Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) does not actually provide for the actual grant of a patent, but offers a more strategic method for filing patents.

Our firm offers consultancy and assistance for the protection of your inventions.