Patents

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  • We offer strategic advice on developing your design portfolio and measuring its value, in particular by means of audits and due diligence, and on any contractual transactions associated with your rights.
  • We identify the inventions that can be patented in the fields of electronics and information technologies, chemistry, biology, biotechnology, pharmaceutics, healthcare, mechanical engineering or telecommunications. If you have created software, you should be aware that its functionalities could be patented if it provides a technical solution to a technical problem. We will therefore help identify the patentable content in your software and protect this content as a technical invention.
  • We identify the inventions that can be patented in the fields of electronics and information technologies, chemistry, biology, biotechnology, pharmaceutics, healthcare, mechanical engineering or telecommunications. If you have created software, you should be aware that its functionalities could be patented if it provides a technical solution to a technical problem. We will therefore help identify the patentable content in your software and protect this content as a technical invention.
  • We undertake the filing of your patent application at the INPI (National Institute of Industrial Property), the EPO (European Patent Office) or any other foreign patent office, directly or via an international PCT application. We monitor the examination proceedings for the patent application, prepare the responses to any objections raised by the offices, monitor the grant and undertake payment of the renewal fees.
  • We can conduct opposition or revocation actions against a patent which could be a threat to your business, where such procedures exist.
  • LLR has analytical tools that have been developed in-house, including Crystal®, a tool specially adapted for Freedom-To-Operate review for its clients. This is an innovative tool for managing Freedom-To-Operate (FTO) studies which we have developed to meet our clients’ needs. It is a highly effective method for assessing risks/strengths in relation to industrial property. It allows to assess the key patents for a technology and their nuisance value vis-à-vis market participants’ products in the form of a summarizing matrix. This method is particularly suitable for audits carried out for the purposes of assessing the value of a technology (Due Diligence)
  • Our firm is in a particularly good position to promote the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) project, as we keep well-informed about its development. We collaborate with lawyers when needed and several members of our team are prepared for the introduction of the UPC.
  • Where infringement proceedings have already been commenced in the courts, whether you are a claimant or a defendant, we evaluate your chances of success or risks of being found liable and help you to put together a strategy of attack or defence. We guide you towards reaching a settlement agreement if that is beneficial to your interests.