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France general info

France, officially the French Republic, comprises Mainland France and several overseas regions and territories. France is bordered by the Bay of Biscay in West, by the English Channel in North-West, by the North Sea in North, by Belgium and Luxembourg in North-East, by Germany, Switzerland and Italy in East, by the Mediterranean Sea, Monaco, Spain and Andorra in South.


IP Legal Base in France

Intellectual Property Code


International organizations/agreements

Patent Law Treaty
Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks
Trademark Law Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Patent Cooperation Treaty
Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs
Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
Vienna Agreement Establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks


Patent Office Contact Details

National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI)
15 rue des Minimes, CS 50001, 92677 Courbevoie Cedex
Phone: (00 33) 171 087 163
Fax: 00 33 01 56 65 86 00
Email: contact@inpi.fr


IP registration costs

Fees associated with registration of IP rights in France are available in the fee calculator.


Brief summary is based on the information provided by LAURENT & CHARRAS on 09.02.2023
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with French IP Laws