Francis Zapalowicz > Casalonga > Paris, France > Lawyer Profile

75006 PARIS

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French and european Patent Attorney
European Trademark and Design Attorney


Francis began his career in 1984 as a research and development engineer in the aerospace industry, particularly in an R&D department specialized in the field of software for gyrolaser inertial navigation systems as well as in the field of aircraft automatic control systems such as for the Airbus A320 aircraft.

In 1987 he specialized in Industrial Property Law and joined CASALONGA & ASSOCIÉS in 1991. He has been a partner since 2003.

He deals with patent prosecution in France and in Europe and all over the world, as well as opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office (EPO) in particular in the fields of electronics, microelectronics, software-related inventions and new technologies (NTIC).

Francis practices particularly in the field of semiconductors and integrated circuits both in terms of manufacturing processes and circuits, analog and / or digital architectures, and in the field of telecommunications and Internet technologies including mobile communication and contactless communication (NFC).

Francis is involved in patent litigation in France and abroad, where he joins a team of patent lawyers of CASALONGA AVOCATS. He regularly organizes and practices infringement seizure operations to find evidence of patent infringement.

Francis was tutor in the preparation course for the European Qualification Examination within the frame of the epi/CEIPI special courses in Strasbourg.


French, English, German


He is member of the French Patent and Trademark association (CNCPI “Compagnie Nationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle”), the European Patent Institute (epi), and the Licensing Executive Society (LES).


  • Post-graduate degree in Industrial Property law at CEIPI (Strasbourg University) – 1991
  • Graduate Engineer of Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures (Lyon) – 1982

Lawyer Rankings

Paris > Propriété intellectuelle > Cabinet de conseil en propriété industrielle

Casalonga a pour atouts un large effectif, un large réseau de bureaux à travers la France et une pratique réunissant des avocats et des CPIs experts en marques et brevets ; ce qui est un avantage considérable dans la gestion des litiges dans les domaines des sciences de la vie (où le cabinet est très présent), et de l’électronique et des problématiques FRAND. Le cabinet assiste aussi ses clients en conseil sur leurs dossiers à forts enjeux, comme le développement international stratégique de leurs portefeuilles de titres. Le champ de compétences recouvre, en plus des marques et brevets, les noms de domaine, les droits d’auteur, les dessins et modèles et les problématiques de concurrence déloyale. Les principaux intervenants parmi sont les CPIs suivants :  Olivier Delprat (mécanique, électronique, électrotechnique), Gérard Dossmann (chimie, pharmaceutique, biotechnologies), Gwennhaël le Roy (chimie, pharmaceutique, physique) et Francis Zapalowicz (électronique, microélectronique, logiciel, nouvelles technologies). L’avocate  Caroline Casalonga est l’associée gérante du cabinet : elle supervise l’activité des bureaux de Paris, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Toulouse et Beaune en France, ainsi que des bureaux d’Alicante et Munich à l’étranger.

France > Intellectual property: Patent and trade mark attorneys

Casalonga stands out for its deep bench of experts, its extensive office network in France, and its combination of trade mark and patent attorneys along with litigators. The combined strength of its professionals is particularly evident in life sciences disputes, with the team also a growing presence in FRAND disputes for electronics clients. Able to assist with patent and trade mark matters, the well-rounded practice manages a caseload that includes high-stakes strategic advice (on the development of international portfolio strategies, for example), in addition to representation in application proceedings and disputes. Ancillary practices, including domain names, copyright, designs and unfair competition, are also part of the team’s spectrum. Olivier Delprat (mechanics, electronics, electrical engineering), Gérard Dossmann (chemistry, pharmaceutical, biotechnology), Gwennhaël le Roy (chemistry, pharmaceutical, physics) and Francis Zapalowicz (electronics, microelectronics, software, new technologies), are the key patent attorneys in the group. Attorney-at-law Caroline Casalonga is the firm’s managing partner, overseeing its operations in Paris, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Toulouse and Beaune, as well as its offices in Alicante and Munich.