20.03 – Intellectual property law – JAP

Intellectual property law

As French intellectual property lawyers, we specialize ourselves in litigation involving all kinds of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, designs, copyright and geographical indications.

As we are members of the Paris Bar, we regularly represent clients before the Court of First Instance of Paris which has exclusive jurisdiction for French patent infringement cases, whatever the place of the defendant is located,  and for European Union trademarks and Community designs litigation when the defendant is a French resident or a French company, or when the infringement took place in France.

Whether it’s defending and enforcing your rights, we can help you with IP litigation, cybersquatting and domain name litigation, false advertising, unfair competition, custom seizures, trademark opposition, or alternative dispute resolutions relating to intellectual property.

Our firm also regularly collaborates with French and other European Customs and can work with its clients to develop strategies in order to address counterfeiting issues encountered by various IP holders. Our firm regularly submits national or Union applications for actions before the French Customs.

Indeed, customs authorities are both competent and quick in enforcing intellectual property rights with regard to goods, which, in accordance with Union customs legislation, are liable to their supervision or control, and to carry out adequate controls on such goods in order to prevent operations, which are in breach of intellectual property rights laws.

Our firm has also developed its services with regards to the registration and prosecution of French and European Union trademarks and designs. MANDEL-ASSOCIES may rely on its Correspondent Office it has in Alicante, Spain, seat of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), when it comes to filing of trademarks and/or designs and the defense to opposition and cancellation proceedings before EUIPO.

Our expertise addresses every aspect of trademark strategy, not only trademark prosecution but also brand clearance advice, licensing arrangements and technology transfers so as to maximize clients’ IP assets.

Finally, we have expertise on geographical indications. We advise wine and spirit or food producers for the protection and registration of GIs before the French Authorities or the European Commission and in case of disputes between GIs and trademarks, unfair competition, etc.