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Intellectual Property

France

Intellectual property is a powerful lever for conquering and defending markets and is a driving force for promoting innovation and creativity. The development and protection of intellectual property are major strategic issues for your business and require more than ever an expert approach as the legal framework (widening of the areas of intervention, adaptation to EU law, etc.) becomes increasingly complex. Whatever your business sector, it is crucial that you ensure ownership of the technological and artistic creations of your employees and suppliers, guarantee their protection, form secure contractual terms for their exploitation from a legal and tax point of view and have the means to deal with infringement and unfair competition practices.

Our specialists have extensive experience in copyright, database law, advertising law, the law on trademarks, industrial designs and models, domain names and patents and the law on unfair competition. Our team can therefore offer a comprehensive service from auditing the intellectual property of your business to assisting and representing you in litigation, filing and monitoring your trademarks, designs and models (research and analysis of prior art, national, community and international filings, opposition proceedings) and negotiating and drafting licence, assignment and coexistence agreements. Due to cases being complex and often going beyond the strict framework of intellectual property, our experts work closely with associates specialising in other subjects (taxation, customs, competition, etc.) to guarantee you receive the most appropriate, most effective support in all circumstances.

"Led by Anne-Laure Villedieu, CMS' team of ten associates is increasingly involved in litigation and in cases pertaining to customs seizures. The firm handles trademark, model and patent cases. It recently represented KDI in patent litigation concerning wires specifically profiled for industrial cutting. IGN and Picard Surgelés are also clients."Legal 500 Paris 2014/2015

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