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Kimbrough & Associés

Paris, France

Intellectual Property

Examples of our activities in the following areas of Intellectual Property:

General Presentation

Kimbrough & Associés has had an intellectual property practice since its inception, conscious of the growing importance of the personal and economic value that these rights represent for both individuals and professionals.

The Intellectual Property Team pays particular attention to clients' objectives and interests, whatever their field of activity and scope, and collaborates with them for the development of their projects, both nationally and internationally. The firm iprovides advice, negotiation of contracts and assistance in defending the rights of clients in litigation. It assists clients on specific, one-off or follow-up transactions by offering different and sometimes innovative solutions to defend their interests. It deals with various types of matters, ranging from trademark filing to assumption of the assignment of intellectual property rights in the context of international mergers and acquisitions (including drafting of contracts and completion of formalities for their implementation).

Our experience in intellectual property focuses on literary and artistic property, industrial property, such as designs, models, trademarks and patents, as well as media and new technologies. The firm conducts legal audits of intellectual property rights and analyzes, advises and prepares contractual documents such as assignments, licenses, distribution agreements, including reproduction, representation or communication rights, as well as clauses relating to intellectual property in any type of contract, such as settlement agreements, employment contracts, company bylaws, sale of business. The firm represents both natural persons and legal persons to obtain recognition and protection of their intellectual property rights and to defend their interests vis-à-vis rights holders.

The firm's practice includes service in the context of international telecom and network companies, software developers for specialized industrial applications, rights creation and management, database development, distribution on the web.

In particular, we handle issues relating to counterfeiting, unfair competition, image rights encompassing all activities related to artistic productions, including the negotiation and preparation of contracts for the transfer of rights, transactions, confidentiality agreements, contracts for the digitization of works of art, audits of copyright contracts and the ownership of rights, registration of contracts and creations at the international level.

In advertising, we represent clients in relation to marketing and advisory campaigns, including the transfer of the rights of creators, designers, performers and composers involved in advertising in various forms. The PI Team has also worked for advertisers in areas such as the transfer of rights for the use of a new logo, the name of a motor vehicle, the conclusion of an agreement with models and interpreters, and relating to advertising space.

In the entertainment industry, the IP team represents authors, interpreters, producers and rights holders, as well as trade unions and other professional organizations (advertising, theater, television, cinematographic adaptation rights ...). Which includes the legal protection of productions, collective management, adaptation contracts, registration of French and foreign trademarks.

In the publishing industry, the PI team has advised and assisted authors, authors 'heirs, publishers of journals or books, an authors' association with the delicate question of the nature of the interest to defend, in the context of advice, audit or litigation

In the field of visual arts, architecture, design or fashion, the PI team has advised and assisted authors, creators' heirs, creative companies, companies using or distributing works or models, in the context of advice, consultation, audit or litigation.

As far as trademarks are concerned, in addition to filing trademarks with the acquisition of intellectual property rights in connection with international mergers and acquisitions, the PI team assists clients in the context of infringement in judicial proceedings.

In the field of patents, the PI team intervenes in auditing patent portfolios, licensing agreements, disclosure of know-how, experimentation and industrial production and evaluation of patents With engineers.

We have an international network of correspondants and are thus able to provide our clients with a comprehensive handling of complex international matters.