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Our history

Founded in Lyon in 1849, Germain & Maureau is one of the oldest Intellectual Property (IP) law firms in France.

For 165 years, we have steadily built up our clientele. We now represent thousands of clients, from start-ups, small and medium-sized companies to multinational corporations, universities and governmental agencies.

We also act for financial investors.

Our size has also increased and we now have:

  • branch offices in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Grenoble and St Etienne
  • international offices in Alicante, Munich and Geneva
  • around 100 staff, including some 50 highly qualified Trademark and Patent Attorneys, including those with PhDs.

Our teams are constantly developing, through high quality training, to meet our clients’ requirements.  We deal with all technical, strategic and legal aspects of IP work – from developing legal and economic strategies, to protecting and defending inventions, trademarks, designs, copyrights and domain names.

We handle infringement and unfair competition work with lawyers specialised in advocacy.

Through its expertise and know-how, Germain & Maureau has become one of the leading IP Law firms in Europe. We are recommended in the Legal 500.

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