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French patent

Definition : French patent

A French patent application can be filed with the INPI, so that the applicant can obtain protection in the French territory.

Such filing often serves as a first filing, with a view to subsequently claiming the filing date for other subsequent applications (such as a European patent application, for example).

From its filing with the INPI, this patent application provides its owner with a temporary exploitation reservation for their invention throughout the national territory for a maximum period of 20 years, subject to the issuance of the patent and the payment of annual maintenance fees.

A patent attorney will be involved in contracts related to French patents as well as in litigation (patent infringement action, provisional injunction action, cancellation action, employee inventions).