Patents

Patents



Our team of engineers and attorneys, who are all specialized in Industrial Property Law, develops solutions and procedures for your patents that not only take technical and legal aspects into account, but also financial and fiscal considerations.






OUR PATENT SERVICES


IP Rights Enforcement and Defence of your business
  • Freedom-to-operate studies
  • Disputes and pre-litigations negotiations
  • Counterfeit seizure procedures
  • Infringement proceedings
  • Actions for unfair competition and free-riding
  • Opinion of validity of 3rd party patent
Patent registration and protection
  • Preparing patent applications
  • Prior art searches
  • Patent applications filed in Europe, France, Monaco and throughout the world
  • Studies of invention patentability
  • Following of official procedures
  • Management of portfolios and royalty income
  • Non disclosure agreements (NDA)


Opposition against competitors’ patents
  • Oppositions before the European Patents Office
  • Actions for patent revocation
  • Technology and patent monitoring
  • Infringement opinions
Value enhancement of your IP portofolio
  • Audits, portfolio, evaluation
  • Negotiations
  • Preparing licensing and sale contracts
  • Due diligence
  • Technology transfers


FIELDS OF SPECIAL EXPERTISE


Our specialists have acquired their experience through their training and their experience, in particular:
  • mechanical engineering
  • biomedical
  • biotechnology
  • physics
  • telecommunications automotive
  • materials
  • industry
  • electronics and microelectronics
  • pharmacology
  • IT
  • business methods
  • chemistry
  • energy production
  • computer science


AN EFFECTIVE PLAN FOR THE PROTECTION OF YOUR TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS


The patent confers its holder a technological monopoly. This is a considerable advantage over your competitors. Besides, a portfolio of patents constitutes a significant part of the assets of a company. Indeed, in recent years the IP rights weight has taken an increasing importance on the balance sheets of companies.

A patent is both an offensive and defensive asset with many functions: it enhances the value of your intangible assets, protects your markets through a technological monopoly, constitutes an important edge in negotiations between companies for license agreements and sale contracts and contributes to the innovative image of your business.

The quality of drafting and the expertise in registration procedures have a direct impact on the value of your patents.



A FULLY COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE


We provide assistance throughout the validity of your patents by consultations and prior art searches, assessment of your competitors’ infringement risk, patent registration throughout the world and subsequent following procedure, dispute management and opposition, preparation of infringement proceedings, patent evaluations and more.



LEGAL, TECHNICAL AND STRATEGIC EXPERTISE


Our engineers have graduated from specialist IP university courses, thereby ensuring their knowledge and mastering of the patent law.

The long experience of Cabinet Hautier and the diversity of our customers enables us to develop strategies that are adapted to your particular goals and deal with any situations that you may encounter (defending your markets against your competitors, protecting your product development against competitors’ patents, enhancing the value of your business copyright, licensing strategies, etc).



INTERNATIONAL EXPERTISE


The professionals at Cabinet Hautier are accredited by the French Patents Office (INPI), the European Patents Office (EPO), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the Patents Office of Monaco.

Many of our clients’ markets or projects extend well beyond the borders of France and Europe and Cabinet Hautier has built up a global network of foreign partners offering access to all countries throughout the world.



INNOVATION GRANTS AND AIDS


Cabinet Hautier provides advice on government aids using our knowledge of the institutional players involved (OSEO, INPI, business incubators), and the aids available for the development of your project (grants or subsidies for innovation, first patent aids, research tax credits, preliminary diagnosis, etc.).



NONDISCLOSURE OBLIGATION – ATTORNEY PRIVILEGE


Like attorneys at law and since we are French Patent Trademark Attorney (Conseil en Propriété Industrielle), we have a strict obligation to ensure nondisclosure compliance in all our dealings with our customers. This obligation goes well beyond just professional ethical considerations and is covered by statute law.

Moreover, our status ensures that you benefit from client attorney privilege. This means that in the event of legal conflicts or disputes, you cannot be constrained to produce sensitive documents that we might have exchanged for use by the opposing party or court proceedings.

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