Founded in 2000 by Hervé GRÜNIG and located in Aix-en-Provence, the law firm s & Associés claimed its local ties with the south of France.
Encompassing all the fields of Intellectual Property (Trademarks, Patents, Designs, Copyright and Domain Names) GPI & Associés later expanded its “Trademarks, Designs, Copyright & Domain Names” department by developing its activities in Paris.
MARKPLUS INTERNATIONAL was acquired in late 2016 and WILSON & BERTHELOT was acquired in early 2017.
In July 2020, to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Group, GPI & Associés became GPI with the creation of its two subsidiaries, GPI marques and GPI brevets. Both have their headquarters in Aix en Provence and GPI marques has its principal place of business in Paris.
In-house qualified and approved professionals team up with qualified Representatives before the French Industrial Property Office (INPI), the European Patent Office (EPO), the European Union Office (EUIPO), the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), as well as the Patents and Trademarks Offices of Germany (DPMA), Switzerland (IPI) and Spain (OEPM).
GPI also relies on a worldwide network of foreign Associates (IP Representatives & Attorneys at Law) backed with 40 years of its Founder’s experience and also works in close cooperation with the Attorneys-at-Law of GPI Avocats, specialized in Intellectual Property, for litigation in France.
GPI operates in various business sectors and has acquired well recognized experience in the fields of aeronautics, media, mechanics, luxury products, IT, telecommunications, wine and spirits.
GPI is member of the following IP Professional associations :
French National Company of IP Counselors (CNCPI).
International Trademarks Association (INTA).
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).
New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA).
American Bar Association (ABA).
International Association for Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).
European Community Trademarks Association (ECTA).
Trademarks & Design Models Practitioners Association (APRAM).