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Design – the result of increasingly significant investments – is an essential characteristic of the product and plays a major role in its commercial success. While counterfeiting affecting all sectors from luxury to drugs now represents a 500 billion dollar market globally, designs and models law, along with copyright, offers the possibility of protecting a product’s unique design and therefore often the very principle of its value creation. In a context of increased international competitiveness, it is more strategically vital than ever to ensure exclusive exploitation of your products. Our experts are used to becoming involved in the early stages of the creative process and will advise and assist you in the promotion and protection of your innovations.

Our team, which has significant experience in copyright, advertising law, trademark law, designs, domain names and patents, as well as unfair and parasitic competition law, is able to offer you a comprehensive and bespoke service, from auditing your intangible assets (evaluation of designs) to assistance and representation in pre-litigation and litigation. In particular, we support you with the creation, registration and protection of the design of your products (identification and analysis of precedents, registration of national, EU and international designs and models) as well as the negotiation and drafting of your exploitation, licensing, ordering, sale and coexistence agreements. We assess potential infringement risks and, if necessary, bring any proceedings required before French and European courts. Our experts work in close collaboration with specialist lawyers in other fields (tax, customs, competition, etc.) and draw on our international network to guarantee you the most effective support in all circumstances.

Awards & rankings

Trade marks & designs

L500 tier 2

“CMS' addition of a trade mark and design portfolio-management practice to its established litigation practice has considerably broadened the Paris-office IP offering.”


Leg­al 500 EMEA 2020
The 2020 edi­tion of the Leg­al 500 EMEA guide is out. We would par­tic­u­larly like to thank our cli­ents for put­ting their trust in us! Our law firm’s rank­ings in France, Al­ger­ia and Mo­rocco France 4 in...