Cabinet Lionel Vial - Saclay IP
2 rue Jean Rostand
Telephone: +33 1 85 08 34 80
Fax: +33 1 85 41 01 62
Our core mission is to represent our clients before the European Patent Office (EPO) and the French Patent Office (Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle, INPI), from the filing of a patent application to the grant of the patent. More generally, we assist our clients all throughout the grant procedures of their European and French patents, as well as overseas, through our network of selected foreign agents.
Upstream from the acquisition of patent rights, in addition to drafting patent applications, we carry out our prior art searches and patentability opinions, in particular using patent databases (such as Questel Orbit®). Downstream from patent right acquisition, we prepare infringement opinions and assist our clients in their IP litigation work.
We also help our clients secure their employee inventions, notably through agreements framing the supplementary compensation due to employee-inventors.
In parallel, we help our clients limit their risks with respect to third party patents by preparing freedom to operate opinions (FTOs) and by assisting them in their defense in infringement actions or in their revocation actions. In addition, we also act directly before the EPO to request the revocation of third party patents in opposition proceedings.
Besides, we advise our clients for the preparation and negociation of IP agreements, such as non-disclosure agreements, research collaboration agreements, joint ownership agreements or licensing in/out agreements.
We also perform patent portfolio and IP agreements audits, especially in the frame of due diligences.
More generally, we implement tailor-made IP strategies for our clients and adapt our procedures to their needs.