The CNCPI replaced the French Patent Attorneys Institute (Compagnie Nationale des Conseils en Brevets) in 1992, following a reform of the Patent Attorney profession via Act No. 90-1052 of 26 November 1990, which created the profession of French Patent & Trademark Attorneys (CPI).
The CNCPI represents French Patent & Trademark Attorneys whose core business is to guide companies in the protection, defence, and promotion of their intellectual property rights (e.g trademarks, patents, designs, software, databases, new technology rights…).
As the only legally-established organization that represents all French Patent & Trademark Attorneys, the CNCPI has gradually extended its areas of activity throughout France and internationally to develop and promote the profession of French Patent & Trademark Attorneys, Intellectual Property (IP), and innovation, the major levers of competitivity and development of businesses and the French economy as a whole.
The CNCPI is working to implement an ambitious policy of innovation supported by intellectual property – the protector of innovation – by collaborating with political and economic decision-makers and the networks of other key players.
Today, the CNCPI makes recommendations for all subjects pertaining to intellectual property and maintains regular contact with actors within the intellectual property ecosystem, including national and international intellectual property organizations, as well as decision-makers and institutional representatives of government authorities.
In addition to its activities in Paris, the CNCPI actively develops its influence in all regions of France. To this end, in most regions, a French Patent & Trademark Attorney manages regional contact to ensure coordination between the Committee responsible for Regional Activities of the CNCPI and the various intellectual property bodies in the particular region.
On a larger scale, the CNCPI closely collaborates with :
- institutions such as the French Patent and Trademark Office (INPI), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the European Patent Office (EPO), as well as the European Union Intellectual Property Office which manages the EU trademarks and designs (EUIPO);
- Intellectual Property actors including the Bar Association;
- and international counterpart organizations such as the Korea Patent Attorneys Association (KPAA - South Korea), the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA - Japan), the American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA - United States) and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA - China).