Who are we?

Who are we?

Your future projects start here

Our team accompanies you throughout the life of your projects

Innovation and protection

Your ideas and innovations are protected thanks to the involvement of our teams and our expertise

Putting your ideas forward

Our teams of intellectual property experts will do everything in their power to make your ideas evolve

Product creation

Your designs for your products are important, our teams can help you to protect them

Who are we?

Who are we?

Intellectual Property Agents and Patent engineers.


Etienne Garin, Patent engineer, patent, trademark and design attorney, has been leading and managing Colbert Innovation for 25 years. Etienne Garin is a registered attorney with the French National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO – located in Alicante) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO – located in Geneva).

Etienne Garin and his team of 8 assistants are known for the quality of the services they offer. The whole assistants combine efficiency, commitment and creativity to make Intellectual Property a strategic tool that creates value and accelerates the growth of your company, both in France and abroad.

Colbert Innovation is at your services and assists you for the drafting and filing of your patents, trademarks, designs and models in France and abroad, for the payment of the patent annual fees in France and abroad, for the wording and the management of your contract relating to the Intellectual Property matters and for advising you regarding potential litigations linked with infringement.

Colbert Innovation is characterized by the proximity and flexibility of a company having a human scale, capable to offer the tools, services and access to international networks claimed by the largest offices.

If you have developed an invention or a creation, we can help you determine whether it can be protected by French and European law. To be protectable, an invention must be new, have an inventive step and be susceptible of industrial application.

Depending on the specific characteristics of your invention or creation, one or more intellectual property rights may apply: patent, utility model, design, trademark, etc. We will advise you on the type of protection best suited to your project and help you file the appropriate applications.

We also offer services related to the management of intellectual property portfolios (for companies or individuals), such as freedom to operate (FTO) studies or infringement analyses.

Filing a patent or other intellectual property right is not always easy. It requires the services of a professional who knows the procedures and deadlines to be respected. Colbert Innovation takes care of all the necessary steps so that you can concentrate on your core business.

Depending on your needs, we can intervene at different stages of the process:

- Identify inventions and creations that deserve protection;

- Drafting patent applications and other intellectual property rights;

- File applications with the relevant national or international offices (INPI, WIPO, etc.);

- Manage your intellectual property portfolio.

Your partner in intellectual property in Lyon, Lille and Toulouse

In order to best serve our clients, we have established partnerships with foreign intellectual property firms. These allow us to offer you a complete service for the protection of your inventions or creations in France and abroad.

A human-sized company at your service

Because we are a small structure, we can offer you a more personalized service than the big IP firms. We take the time to understand your needs and to advise you as best we can. Our team is here to answer all your questions and help you manage your intellectual property portfolio.

Our firm assists you in protecting your inventions and creations, whether in France or abroad. We offer a complete service, from the identification of inventions worthy of protection to the filing and registration of patents and other intellectual property rights (such as designs and trademarks). We also provide advice on infringement and freedom to operate issues.

Our Team

Our Team


The Colbert Innovation team is composed of highly qualified engineers who are experts in intellectual and industrial property. 

We have teams in both of our offices that can help you with your projects, whether you need assistance with branding, trademarks or patents. We understand the importance of protecting your ideas and are here to help you every step of the way.
We will work closely with you to ensure that your ideas are fully protected and that you can successfully commercialize them.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you innovate more effectively.

A Question?

A Question?



Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Office

Lyon Immeuble « Le Britannia »
Bâtiment B – 7e étage
20 boulevard Eugène Deruelle
69432 Lyon Cedex 03​

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2Ter rue Gustave de Clausade
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