Patents

 

We benefit from a recognized expertise in this strategic practice area and we work on all kinds of cases relating to patents and, more generally, innovation protection.

 

Transactions

  • R&D agreements.
  • Assignments/licences of intellectual property rights.
  • Audit of intellectual property rights portfolios.
  • Normalization.

 

Litigation

  • Counterfeiting and/or invalidity of patents in various technical areas: pharmaceutical products, medical devices, IT, chemicals, mechanics.
  • Litigation cases relating to the indemnification for the consequences of a ban on exploiting a patented product when the said patent is subsequently cancelled (no-fault liability scheme).
  • Patents ownership claim.

 

Our cross practice approach of our profession enables us to comprehend issues relating to patent law from various legal perspectives, for example:

  • Associating a patent infringement dispute against the operator of a generic medicinal product to an administrative dispute against the price fixing order relating to the said medicinal product.
  • Managing « corporate » disputes relating to companies holding patents portfolios while taking into account the characteristics of such patents for the purposes of the said disputes (seizures for counterfeiting, technical audits, sale on seizure of patents, legal formalities).
  • Maximizing licensing transactions or patents portfolios operations from a tax perspective.
  • Designing the contractual strategy and implementing the contracts required for the research and development of some technologies.
  • Designing structures dedicated to the porterage of R&D programmes and defining regulations for the valuation and operation of the technologies arising from such programmes.
  • Maximizing the organisation of patents portfolios’ coownership.
  • Maximizing the financing of innovation efforts by development research centres including by means of competition law (regulations on state aid) and its connection with industrial property law.
  • Implementing tools for the sound management of inventions created by a company’s employees.

 

We also rely on a non-exclusive tried and trusted network of foreign law firms in this practice area, which enables us to manage international cases without the constraints of a closed network.

Furthermore, we do not manage the formalities relating to the drafting and registration of patents as far as our clients’ patent agents are in charge of these formalities. Should our clients do not have a patent agent, we are able to recommend one to them.

 

We are regularly cited in reference rankings such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, IAM1000 and Décideurs.

 

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