The French Association of IP Specialists (ASPI) currently has some 600 members, the vast majority of whom are employed in industry and provide intellectual property services on behalf of their employers. ASPI’s primary vocation is to represent its members before national and international authorities, to undertake and participate in training and upskilling schemes and to issue and follow up requests, motions and suggestions in matters of industrial property with the relevant authorities.
Founded in 1963, the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), which is part of the University of Strasbourg, is one of the most renowned centers for education and research in intellectual property (IP) at the international level. Through its diversified and dynamic offer, it trains specialists in the various professions of intellectual property, innovation and related disciplines. A wide range of diplomas as well as trainings for professional qualification examinations and specific seminars are offered. Finally, the Center carries out an important mission of analysis regarding the evolution of IP through its Research Department 'UR 4375-Laboratoire de recherche du CEIPI'. The Centre has thus positioned itself as a genuine school of thought, playing the role of interlocutor of decision-makers or public authorities in this field.
The French Patent and Trademark Attorneys Institute (CNCPI) is a body established by law and codified in the French Intellectual Property Code. It represents the regulated profession practiced by intellectual property attorneys in France, whose core business is to represent and support companies in the protection, enforcement and commercialisation of their intellectual property rights (trademarks, patents, designs, software, personal data, new technologies, and more).
EUIPO is the European Union Intellectual Property Office responsible for managing the EU trade mark and the registered Community design. We also work with the IP offices of the EU Member States and international partners to offer a similar registration experience for trade marks and designs across Europe and the world.
The EPO is the patent office for Europe. Since 1977, it has delivered high-quality patents and efficient services to encourage innovation, competitiveness, and economic growth. Through a single application procedure, inventors can obtain high-quality patents in up to 44 countries, covering a market of 700 million inhabitants. The EPO will also deliver and administer Unitary Patents when the system starts later in 2022. As an organisation, the EPO values diversity, with 6 400 staff across sites in Munich (headquarters), Berlin, Brussels, The Hague, and Vienna representing 34 nationalities. Reflecting its commitment to environmental sustainability and the United Nations Paris Agreement, the EPO also aims to be carbon neutral by 2030.