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The strict ethical rules of the CPI

The profession of Industrial Property Attorney is a liberal profession, which is more than 200 years old . It is currently regulated by law 90-1052 of November 26, 1990 and decree 92-360 of April 1, 1992.

Guardians of very sensitive information for their clients, CPIs respect strict ethical rules  :


- responsibility towards their customers,

- respect for professional secrecy,  

- prohibition of conflicts of interest.

A disciplinary chamber oversees compliance with this code of ethics.

Since 1992, other legislative interventions have clarified the status of Industrial Property Attorneys:

- The decree of February 25, 2004 defined the conditions for the creation of independent professional financial participation companies of Industrial Property Attorneys.

- The "Profession" law of February 11, 2004 reinforced the professional secrecy of Industrial Property Attorneys by creating an article L. 422-11 similar to that relating to the secrecy of the legal profession.

Likewise, the regime of professional incompatibilities has been clarified and tightened up while the requirement of prohibition of conflicts of interest was reiterated in very clear terms (by an amendment of article R. 422-54 CPI by the decree of February 25, 2004).

The reforms undertaken in recent years have had the effect of very strongly harmonizing the ethical rules of CPIs with those of other legal professions, in particular those of lawyers. 

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