Intellectual Property

The GUIGOU law firm offers clients assistance in the development, protection and defense of intellectual property rights, so they may monetize assets and enhance competitive positions.

We work in all areas of intellectual property and other ancillary rights: trademarks, patents, drawings and models, copyrights, know-how and distinctive signs (corporate names, brands, domain names).

Legal counseling in trademark and distinctive signs

Our legal assistance includes:

  • Help in selecting trademarks by searching availability and assessing risks of infringement with existing trademarks, corporate names and domain names,
  • Registering trademarks in France and in the European Union and coordinating non EU trademark registrations,
  • Updating filings with the Trademark Registrars,
  • Setting up trademark management and monitoring procedures for continuous trademark protection,
  • Auditing intellectual property rights in mergers and acquisitions,
  • Drafting and negotiating licensing, transfer and joint ownership agreements,
  • Drafting and negotiating coexistence agreements,
  • Validating advertising campaigns.

Legal counseling in Patent Law, know-how, drawings and models:

Our legal assistance includes:

  • Strategies for the protection of inventions (registration of patents or trade secret),
  • Drafting and negotiating confidentiality and non-competition agreements with employees, suppliers and partners for the protection of corporate know-how and sensitive data,
  • Drafting and negotiating transfer and license agreements for patents and know-how,
  • Advising on the registration of product models, preceded by availability searches,
  • Drafting commissioning, licensing and transfer agreements for models.

Litigation in Intellectual Property Law

We represent our clients in administrative and judicial procedures in the following:

  • Coordinating with court officers to obtain evidence, and counterfeit seizures,
  • Negotiating amicable settlements in case of infringements and drafting settlement agreements,
  • Opposition procedures to trademark registrations,
  • Injunction procedures to stop the counterfeit of trademarks, patents and drawings and models,
  • Unfair competition litigation.

International Legal counseling

Thanks to her legal training abroad (LLM at the Georgetown Law Center and an internship in a firm of solicitors in London) and her professional experience with international companies, the GUIGOU law firm works in both English and French to assist French and foreign companies in :

  • Drafting and negotiating contracts,
  • Advising on French and European and comparative intellectual property laws,
  • Filing of legal proceedings before French courts on behalf of foreign companies and coordinating such proceedings abroad.

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Business Cases

FOR A SILICON MANUFACTURING COMPANY

For an industry that manufactures silicone products, the firm has been involved in remodeling the company's standard business documents, non-disclosure agreements, General Conditions of Sales, General Conditions of Purchases, to their...

FOR A PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY

As part of a competition law enforcement and anti-corruption program, the firm regularly intervenes to train and update the knowledge of employees of a pharmaceutical company, a subsidiary of a Multinational UK company. In an extension...

FOR A COMPANY IN THE ENTERTAINMENT SECTOR

For a company in the field of entertainment, the firm has been involved in setting up an internal procedure for the protection and enhancement of its trademarks and copyrights: staff awareness on the value of the company’s...

FRANCHISE NETWORKS

The firm supports the creation and operation of franchise networks in many fields (gyms, bakeries, bicycle sales, hairdressing salons, etc.). We assist our clients in developing and enhancing their intellectual property assets, setting...