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