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This section introduces France’s best patent and trade mark attorneys (CPI – Conseils en Propriété Industrielle). The CPI firms advise inventors on protecting and exploiting their rights. More than 900 experts have the title of CPI, divided between engineers (patents) and jurists (trade marks).
The ‘excellent’ Cabinet Beau de Loménie houses some 200 professionals, including 70 CPIs. The firm has four offices in France and satellite offices in Birmingham, Munich and Duisburg. In the patent area, the firm advises some of the most technologically advanced French companies, as well as leading French telecoms and retailer companies. The practice also acts for certain blue-chip Asian companies. It is led by Philippe Hubert, Didier Intès, François Delumeau, Pierre Balesta and the ‘very knowledgeable’ Pierre-Louis Désormière, who ‘understands inventors’. Aurélia Marie heads the trade mark team, which assists leading names in the luxury goods sector.
Casalonga & Associés fields some 100 CPIs, who are based in the firm’s Paris, Munich, Alicante, Grenoble and Toulouse offices. It has leading trade mark and patent expertise and acts for leading clients in the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and mechanical sectors. The practice represented L’Oréal in patent litigation with Henkel. Axel Casalonga, Gérard Dossmann and Virginie Martin-Charbonneau are especially recommended.
Lyon-headquartered Germain & Maureau fields some 50 CPIs and ranks among the most active French players for Community trade mark registrations. It has four offices in France and satellites in Alicante, Munich and Geneva.
Lavoix produces ‘high-quality work’ and has ‘recognised expertise in many technical areas’, especially in relation to chemicals, pharmaceuticals, mechanics, electronics and physics. The firm fields 200 professionals, including some 60 engineers and ten jurists. Its prominent client base includes leading French groups such as Alstom, ArcelorMittal, Technip and L’Oréal. The firm has offices in Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Rennes, Grenoble, Lille and Munich.
Cabinet Plasseraud fields some 100 engineers and jurists across its offices in Paris, Lyon, Lille, Dijon, Toulouse, Shanghai and Prague. Its patent expertise spans electronics, mechanical engineering, chemicals and physics.
Regimbeau provides ‘a very high level of personalised service’. The firm houses some 200 professionals, and its 60 CPIs are ‘great experts, always available and efficient’. The patent practice spans life sciences, chemicals, IT, mechanics and physics. The firm has offices in Paris, Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, Caen and Munich.
Headed by Luc Santarelli, Santarelli fields some 140 professionals, including 40 engineers and jurists who are based in Paris, Marseille and Toulouse. The firm has strong patent expertise in biotechnology, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as a robust trade mark practice. It is managing major cases before the EPO. Clients include Sanofi, Kering, Accor and Nestlé. Thierry Caen and Eric Le Bihan are other names to note.