More than ever, intangible assets represent a critical component of companies’ overall worth. Trademarks, patents, know-how, data… your creativity deserves optimal protection in today’s challenging world. Our method: a cross-disciplinary approach to all legal and intellectual property issues. Our promise: the guarantee that your intangible assets are protected and valued over time.
François Pochart & Grégoire Desrousseaux
the 360° approach by August Debouzy
18 experts: attorneys-at-law, French patent attorneys, including 8 European patent attorneys
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Advise on implementing strategies to protect your intangible assets (searches for prior art, registration, granting and opposition procedures). Our network of international law firms allows us to act and advise you on all the markets you are targeting. We provide your freedoms to operate in view of third parties’ rights.
In-depth experience in disputes: infringement actions, invalidity actions, infringement seizures and preliminary measures, SYRELI (French alternative dispute method for domain names) and UDRP proceedings, actions following customs seizures or parallel imports, disputes over the employee inventions, litigation before the European Patent Office.
Our team drafts and negotiates all of your intellectual property contracts (licenses, R&D, sales contracts, broadcasting and production contracts, coexistence agreements or litigation termination, technology transfers, consortium agreements, trusts, pledge agreements, transfers of employees' designs and inventions, etc.).
Working closely with our tax department, our team analyzes the value of intellectual property rights portfolios, particularly in connection with cross-border transactions and research tax credit.
In relation to your M&A transactions, our team works with our Corporate law team to check the extent and validity of the target’s intellectual property rights (checking filings, registrations, renewals, reviewing license, transfer, confidentiality and co-development agreements, analysis of ongoing litigation, reviewing the scope and strength of IP rights, etc.). Our team is experienced in ascertaining the freedom to operate and in identifying potential risks related to running your business.
In line with our corporate-focused approach, we organize personalized training sessions at our clients’ offices on a full range of intellectual property topics.
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In-depth knowledge of sectors, including
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Women in the spotlight
for World Intellectual Property Day
During my training as a corporate lawyer, I soon realized that intellectual property was a pillar in the development of a company. During a prior professional experience at a top-end leather goods manufacturer, I was able to grasp all the strategic and financial issues deriving from trademarks and designs. This largely influenced my choice of practice, a choice that I value every day as I assist and support clients in their creative process and help them to protect, value and defend their intangible assets.
I have a scientific background and earned an engineering degree in Chemistry from the Chimie ParisTech School. As soon as I graduated I leaned towards the career of a patent engineer and worked in a Patent Law firm. Combining the technical aspects of patents and the legal aspects in order to obtain and exploit a patent was something that quickly interested me. The profession enables me to understand new technologies in drafting patent applications and to advise clients on issues related to industrial property, such as the freedom to operate for a new project or the presence of a potential infringer in the market. I completed my scientific formation with qualifications allowing me to act before the European Patent Office and before the French Patent Office (INPI). Now, I work with August Debouzy as a French Patent Attorney and assist the firm’s clients in their proceedings before Patent Offices and advise them on their industrial property issues.
Women are as creative and innovative as men, and yet they are still underrepresented in many sectors. Dedicating World Intellectual Property Day to women and putting them at the core of innovation and change, is an initiative we are thrilled to support. Encouraging women to stimulate their creativity and raise their awareness of intellectual property rights can clearly play an important role in social and economic development in all countries.
Since participating in a Moot Court on Copyright Law in a European framework I developed an interest and expertise in Copyright Law. With my knowledge of cybercrime I strive to be creative in searching useful evidence for litigation and in drafting contracts related to digital works.
As a lawyer, my main focus is patent law and I work with engineers. I strive to be creative every day. Curiosity, inventiveness and the ability to take risks are the essential qualities needed to convince and find solutions tailored to each case. In the legal profession, creativity is assessed by the quality, efficiency and originality of the strategies we provide to clients, a state of mind we share, obviously, with inventors and artists.
I came across IP by process of elimination: what could I do after my scientific studies which would allow me not to lose my scientific knowledge, but where I wouldn’t be doing science on a lab bench all day? Patents seemed to the solution that answered my aspirations. I have never regretted this choice. I handle science and law every day, I am in contact with people at all levels in companies (researchers, business heads, directors of subsidiaries, etc.), I encounter new issues daily, and I thrive on seeking solid and creative solutions for my clients.
Raised in a cultural and artistic environment, through the practice of various dances and music, it is quite naturally that I decided to combine this creative universe with my studies. However, my decision to pursue in IP, and more specifically on the litigation side, got confirmed following my participation to the national intellectual property moot competition, a fulfilling experience gathering students from various backgrounds. It was indeed the occasion to apply my academic knowledge on copyright and trademark law, often quite theoretical, to real daily issues faced by legal practitioners.
Copyright law has been my preferred area since I graduated because the margin left for interpretation in legal texts always raises new questions in a litigation strategy. Working alongside clients to secure the use of content and works of all kinds stimulates my creativity, particularly in setting up innovative business models. I value interactions with clients that are critical to understand the creative process, determine the originality of works and tailor the appropriate legal framework.