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Virginie Martin-Charbonneau

Partner / Paris

French Patent Attorney

European Patent Attorney

Personal assistant : Valérie Daoud


  • - Post-graduate degree in Industrial Property law at CEIPI (Strasbourg University) - 1999
  • - Chemical Engineer of Ecole Nationale Supérieur de Chimie de Paris - 1996

Practice description

Virginie Martin-Charbonneau began her career in 1997 in the Industrial Property Department of the TOTAL Group (refining branch). She served three years in a research center and then five years in the central office, as IP Manager in charge of catalytic and refining processes and petroleum products (fuels and solvents).

During these eight years in industry, Virginie acquired extensive knowledge of the IP issues and strategies of a large industrial group.

Virginie joined CASALONGA & ASSOCIÉS in 2005. She became partner in 2010.

Virginie advises and supports many French and foreign clients in the field of chemistry including cosmetics, dermatology, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemistry, petrochemical and chemical engineering.

She assists and represents clients in protecting their inventions worldwide, advises in the development of their IP strategies (technical and legal opinions, freedom to operate opinions, developing offensive or defensive strategies and drafting IP agreements). She advises clients in patent litigation before the French courts and handles oppositions procedures before the European Patent Office.

Virginie has acquired extensive experience in proceedings before the European Patent Office, and regularly represents clients in oral proceedings in opposition and appeal.

Adjunct teaching / Professional organisations

Since 2007, Virginie Martin-Charbonneau is a teacher at the International Section of CEIPI (University of Strasbourg), and is involved in the training of future European patent attorneys.

She is a member of the French Patent and Trademark association (CNCPI “Compagnie Nationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle”) of which she was member of the Board from 2011 to 2012, the European Patent Institute (epi), and the Licensing Executive Society (LES).


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