> Who is concerned by IP issues?
All economic actors are concerned by Industrial Property issues.
If you are:
- a chief executive officer of a SME/SMI
- a chief legal officer
- a head of R&D
- a marketing director
- a project leader /setting-up a business
- a technology transfer officer
- a researcher
- an individual
- an incubator
- competitiveness cluster
- an advertising agency
- an architect
> Who are the different actors proposing services in this area?
Several administrations, in France and abroad, are dedicated to Industrial Property:
- INPI (French National Industrial Property Institute or “Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle ») – based in Courbevoie, France
- EPO (European Patent Office) – based in Munich, Germany
- EUIPO (European Union Itellectual Property Office) – based in Alicante, Spain
- WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) – based in Geneva, Switzerland
In addition to these administrations, private practices offer their services:
- Patent and trademark attorney firms (or “Conseil en Propriété Industrielle” firms) such as Cabinet Plasseraud
- Attorney-at-law firms specializing in Industrial Property.
> What is the Role of an attorney-at-law specialized in Industrial Property matters?
Patent and/or trademark attorneys and specialized attorneys-at-law are partners who work in cooperation in order to protect Industrial Property titles.
The attorney-at-law notably intervenes, together with the patent/trademark attorney, before the Courts in case of litigation.