Regional Counselor for Intellectual Property Matters (Middle East), French Embassy, Economic Department
A lawyer by training and a specialist in IP Matters, Ms. Marion Guth was a member of Paris Bar, then worked as a Registered Industrial Property Agent with a number of specialized private practices in Paris, before joining the French National Trademark and Patent Office (INPI – Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle) as a Senior Counselor with the Head Department first for Patent and Trademark issues, then International and Bilateral cooperation. She was frequently called in as a Team Leader on projects from or for the European Union especially in countries in the process of adhering to the WTO Agreement or complying with the standards laid down by the TRIPs Agreement.
She has been involved in the setting up of guidelines for the enforcement of new provisions in a number of areas, such as trademark opposition proceedings, pharmaceutical patents or electronic filing of patents, in inter-ministerial work addressing issues such as generic drugs or the conservation of patentable microbiological material or preparing cases for the European Court of Justice.
Ms. Guth has been drawn on board the French National Anti-Counterfeit Committee when INPI was entrusted with hosting the Secretariate General of this forum on a permanent basis. She then acted as the Secretary General. As such, she supervised the drafting of the National Anti-Counterfeit Action Plan and worked closely with all parties involved in the enforcement of the adopted measures.
Since September 2008, she has been appointed as the French Embassy’s Regional Counselor for IP Matters, a new post that has been created in the wake of the Cooperation Agreement signed in January 2008 between the UAE and France regarding IP issues.