Bird & Bird selected to work on study relating to patent disputes for the French INPI

29 March 2005

The Paris office of international law firm Bird & Bird was selected by the French National Office for Trademarks and Patents (INPI) to support its think-tank on a review of the French judicial system relating to patent disputes. As a result of an extensive call for tender, Bird & Bird was short-listed along with three other firms before being exclusively selected to carry out the review.

The review will be a comparative study of the French system relating to patent disputes and selected European countries (United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands) and The United States. Based on a wide consultation of a number of professionals, it will focus on areas of divergence between law and practice. This consultation process should result in a series of practical recommendations with the intention of encouraging a possible change in French law.

The Bird & Bird team will be led by Isabelle Leroux, head of the IP Group in Paris with the assistance of Frédéric Bourget, senior associate. Bird & Bird’s other European offices will also be consulted to provide their relevant experiences.

The final document will be submitted to the INPI later this year in Autumn.

For more information on this deal, please contact Isabelle Leroux on +33 (0)1 42 68 60 00 or Larry Cattle on +44 (0) 20 7416 6156.