Patent Agents and Engineers

Colbert Innovation is managed and directed by Etienne Garin, a patent engineer specializing in the fields of mechanics, medical devices, and the industrial applications of electronics. Etienne Garin is a registered representative of the “Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI)”, otherwise known as the French National Institute of Industrial Property, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO - based in Geneva). In order to accommodate all of the specific needs of its customers, Colbert Innovation also uses both patent engineers and consultants who specialize in other areas of technology.

Lawyers and legal experts

Colbert Innovation is a stakeholder and participant in the Groupe Colbert network, which includes both legal experts and lawyers specialized in industrial and intellectual property at five different sites in France, and is also part of a leading international network (IAG International). The long-standing cooperation between Colbert's engineers and lawyers enables us to offer truly global and highly flexible solutions that are exceptionally cost-effective.

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69477 Lyon CEDEX 06
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59702 Marcq en Baroeul CEDEX
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The application

This is the prerequisite for protection.

An application is the first act of protection, and must also contain the invention’s protection strategy.

Learn more about the application


A patent provides both legal and economic protection throughout the life of the innovation.


A patent provides numerous benefits: it is a competitive advantage, a source of revenue, and represents future capital.