INLEX IP EXPERTISE, a French and EU IP law firm, was established in 1995. For over 20 years, the firm has been offering comprehensive and pragmatic legal advice, conducting clearance searches, developing pre-filing strategies and accompanying clients in prosecution and enforcement of their IP rights under the close supervision of Franck Soutoul and Eric Schahl.

Our strength relies on our ability to build a close partnership with our clients to ensure we  answer their needs. We also rely on our practical vision and creative approach to customise our services with pragmatism. Our expertise lies mainly in the field of trademark and design law, where our team provides a range of services that assist clients in defining the right strategy for the protection, optimisation and development of their designs and models, domain names and trademarks with a contractual scope.

We offer services including:

  • trademark availability searches in different jurisdictions;
  • research on the global distinctiveness of the trademark (eg, signs, figures, slogans);
  • trademark filing;
  • handling all types of records before national and international trademark offices (eg, ownership transfer, change of name or address, licences, pledges, coexistence agreements); and
  • trademark monitoring and portfolio management.

Furthermore, our leading position as the first trademark law firm in France has led us to develop strong skills in the management of portfolios for large groups as well as for smaller structures and to achieve the responsiveness our clients can expect.

As experts in intellectual property, we believe it is our duty not only to inform our clients on topics that may impact their IP rights but also to give them our view of the latest legislative, regulatory or judicial developments. For this reason, we have a watch service on recent case law developments and regularly comment on interesting decisions and contribute to IP magazines.

Today, the firm is a key player in the field of intellectual property. Around 70 employees aid companies with their IP strategy either from the Paris headquarters or the regional offices of La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Beaune, Cannes, Reims, Nantes and Marseille, assisting in creative projects within trademarks, industrial designs, copyright, domain names, commercial and marketing concepts and all type of contracts linked with intellectual property and IT fields.

The INLEX IP EXPERTISE team includes 20 European trademark attorneys, 18 specialised IP lawyers and 12 experienced paralegals directed by two partners. Whether it is French, English, Spanish, German, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Czech, Bulgarian or Polish, our multilingual abilities allow us to efficiently manage clients’ files in the language of their choice.

In addition to the traditional missions offered by INLEX IP EXPERTISE, the firm operates eight specialised departments to develop strategic consulting services in order to go beyond the simple management of IP rights, with LEX CONCEPT, LEX RETAIL, LEX PERFORM, LEX VALUE, LEX WINE, LEX COMPUTING, LEX MARKET and LICENSINLEX.

With offices spanning throughout France, the firm expanded internationally and opened INLEX AFRICA in Cameroon in 2014. Growing demand and interest in Africa then led the firm into further expansion by opening an IP hub in Mauritius and a liaison office in Morocco. Thus, the firm assists clients directly and regionally by providing legal expertise in the protection of their IP assets in France, the European Union, Monaco and all of Africa.

Contact details

5 rue Feydeau
Paris 75002

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Other offices

  • Beaune
  • Bordeaux
  • Cameroon
  • Cannes
  • La Rochelle
  • Marseille
  • Mauritius
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • Nantes
  • Reims

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