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Innovation in practice

Innovation is held in high esteem in France. It is regarded as the key to sustaining growth, maintaining entrepreneurial spirit and ensuring France’s position as one of the major economic forces in the world.

To this end, companies are actively encouraged to protect their brand names and apply for patents. In support of this, The French Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) has pursued an ambitious program to streamline the patent filing process.

One notable change was the launch of electronic trademark filing in October 2008:

  • The service, which is available in French, English, German and Spanish, enables a trademark to be registered at any time, with consistent support from The French Patent and Trademark Office’s consultants during every stage of the process.
  • Quicker and less expensive than paper filing, it automatically reduces processing times

The French Patent and Trademark Office has also sought to improve its quality policy by obtaining ISO 9001 certification, which provides a guarantee of consistent standards of quality in all operations.

The French Patent and Trademark Office also works to improve associated legal procedures, both within France and in conjunction with international law.It is also instrumental in the fight against counterfeiting.

If you would like to learn more about The French Patent and Trademark Office, please go to www.inpi.fr

Patent fact:

  • France was ranked second in Europe in 2011 for the number of international patent applications (WIPO 2012).
  • SMEs benefit from a reduced rate of 50% for patent filing.