Announcement paper for M. Christophe ANDRAL
We are pleased to announce that M. Christophe ANDRAL has recently joined the HIRSCH & PARTNERS International IP Law Firm.
The professional experience of M. ANDRAL is very extensive, he is fully qualified in the IP field and benefits of a long and solid IP practice of more than 25 years within two major international Companies.
He started his career in 1985 as a Patent Attorney at RHONE-POULENC CHIMIE and then moved to L’OREAL in 1993 where he became Worldwide Chief Patent Counsel from 1995 to 2013.
M. ANDRAL is fully familiar with drafting, filing and prosecuting patents at national, European (EPO) and International (PCT) proceeding levels. Besides managing an important Patent Department and the team of Patent attorneys attached thereto, skills of M. ANDRAL also include opposition, validity study and right-to-market (freedom-to-operate) study, litigation, managing and valuing patent portfolios, defining and implementing industrial property policies, including Employee’s inventions reward systems, and providing strategic and global IP advices to Clients.
In his previous position, M. ANDRAL had frequent interactions and contributions with Corporate and local Legal Departments, the R&D Legal Department (Contracts, Licences) and the Business Development (collaborations, merge and acquisitions, due diligences). As a result of his background, M. ANDRAL has acquired a special and significant expertise in the field of disputes and litigations attached to Patent Law (Infringement and Employee’s invention), and also in the field of US Patent Law.
The technical areas of operations of M. ANDRAL are mainly Chemistry, Biology, Dermatology, Cosmetology, Oral Cosmetics, Instrumental Cosmetics and other related areas.
M. ANDRAL is originally a chemist, has a Master in “Sciences and Technics”, specialized in Chemistry of Materials, he graduated from the C.E.I.P.I. school in Strasbourg (Patents, Trade Marks, Designs), he is qualified as a European Patent Attorney (E.P.O.), a French Patent Attorney, and an O.H.I.M. Patent Attorney (Community Trade Marks and Designs). He is also a member of the L.E.S. (Licensing Executives Society). M. ANDRAL is French and is fluent in English.
At HIRSCH & PARTNERS, M. ANDRAL is directly in charge of the Chemistry and Biology Patent Department.