In the context of their remit of assistance, patent agents have, for more than 20 years, being providing free consultation in the premises of the INPI in Paris, as well as in several other cities.
The purpose of this free consultation is to offer, free of charge to persons confronted by industrial property, and not initiated, a first opinion on the part of a patent agent.
According to the number of persons present, the French Patent & Trademark Attorney responsible for the consultation may devote approximately 10-30 minutes to each of them.
It is then only possible for the agent to give immediate responses to simple questions or to formulate a first impression on a complex situation; it must be clear that he/she cannot give a true complete and detailed consultation incurring his/her responsibility.
Once the consultation is given, the visitor is then free to consult any French Patent & Trademark Attorney of his/her choice, a list of them being handed to him to continue the analysis. He/she can naturally choose to continue with the patent agent that he/she has met at the free consultation, meeting at the agent’s office, under normal remuneration conditions.