There is value in your IP rights - maximise it!
Start-ups, SMEs, public research institutions, large groups, investors or shareholders, we assist you in the valorisation of your innovative or communication assets.
By offering you a tailor-made consulting service, subtle technical, legal and financial alchemy, we can assist you in your search for partners, the negotiations, drafting / proofreading of contracts, the financial valuation of your assets, the determination of optimal financial conditions, and even more !
Creating value and generating profit from your investment
Are you looking to identify the ideal strategy for exploiting your IP assets? To decide whether this should be done alone or collaboratively? Whether it should be done by assigning your rights, by licensing them, via a contribution in kind outside your own technical or geographical area? We can help you answer these questions in our capacity as technology transfer experts.
You will get the benefit of our experience and the resources available to us in terms of valorisation (co-operation agreements, in-, out- and cross-licensing agreements, assignments, co-ownership agreements, memoranda of understanding, etc.), as well as our familiarity with market practices and your partners (public and private), and our negotiating expertise. From identifying potential partner(s) to recommending an appropriate level of royalties, we are here to support you.
Using contracts as strategic/management tools
At a time when innovation is collaborative and a great deal depends on image management, contracts have to be regarded as a competitive advantage enabling you to secure your investments and interests and exercise control over the future of your assets. We support you today so as to be ready for tomorrow.
Our team, formed of lawyers, engineers and financial experts, will support you in drafting or reviewing all IP-related contracts in the light of your objectives, providing you not only with legal expertise, but also with the commercial and technical vision which, thanks to the experience we have in the area, is a particular strength of ours.
Our team can assist with contractual documents including NDAs, letters of intent, asset transfer agreements, MOUs, licensing agreements, assignments, co-ownership agreements, co-operation or consortium agreements, distribution agreements, franchising agreements, agreements for services, general terms and conditions of sale, general terms and conditions of use, etc., as well as clauses for incorporation in shareholder agreements or employment contracts.
Audit your contracts as well as your IP assets!
Do you have a prospective fund-raising operation, merger or acquisition, technology transfer transaction or collaborative arrangement? If so, ensure that the contracts portfolios are audited as well as the IP portfolios. We will support you in carrying out this rather delicate analysis, ensuring that the audit is comprehensive, reliable and coherent.
Auditing the industrial property and contracts is essential from the point of view of securing your investments, identifying (as rapidly as possible) any risks relating to the acquisition and ownership of the rights (collaboration and consortium agreements, know-how agreements, co-ownership agreements, contracts of employment), or indeed the exploitation of the rights (licensing agreements, distribution agreements, general terms and conditions).
Certain contractual provisions, such as intuitu personae clauses, licensing options, exclusivity periods, rights of pre-emption, termination clauses and reassignment clauses, can put the investment or acquisition at risk.
We can also support you in identifying innovations.
Get a monetary valuation of your IP assets
Are you looking to acquire or sell an asset, find out how much value has been created, make a contribution in kind, or determine the share of company's value that is represented by IP assets? We will support you in establishing a value, or range of values, for your assets in a unique and specific context.
Our expertise in valuation (a field which is subject to norms and standards where patents and trademarks are concerned) lies in a combination of comprehensive knowledge and understanding of intellectual property assets, and, on the financial side, the use of various valuation methods. When we carry out a valuation for you, you receive the assistance of an intellectual property adviser or attorney, an asset technician and scientific expert, and a valuation expert, so that you can gain the full understanding necessary for this critical task.
We can also assist you in assessing the damages which might be awarded by a court if you were to be faced with legal proceedings, such as infringement proceedings.
Give your inventors a push in the right direction!
90% of patented inventions are made by employees. Could your employee inventions policy be improved? We can provide advice in terms of regulations, enforcement strategy, legal framework or remuneration policy.
French law makes provision as to the status of inventions made by employees, but having a real internal policy on innovation can still be a way of stimulating it, while protecting your interests. Particular attention should be given to clauses in employment contracts, declarations of inventorship and additional remuneration incentive schemes. Non-employed personnel (such as company directors, interns, and external service providers) must not be overlooked, and the same goes for copyright - the governing law is entirely different.
We support you in securing or defending your rights in the inventions and creations of your employees.
Get training and instill a culture of creativity and innovation
We can support you in raising internal awareness of numerous issues, such as managing innovation, handling confidential information and know-how, collaborative R&D projects, the different ways of maximising the value of IP assets, and the use of brainstorming to generate innovative ideas.
Our dedicated team can intervene directly on your site to help embed innovation management in your business culture, make your investments more profitable, identify levers of internal or external growth, develop the right responses in terms of identifying and protecting your IP assets, and get the most out of them. Tell us what you would like to understand and control better, we will support you.