Our history

IXAS Conseil is an Intellectual Property law firm based in Lyon. The firm was established in 1989 by Michel Gaucherand and reshaped in 2005 when Dr Martin P. Schmidt joined the firm as a managing partner. 


IXAS Conseil provides a synthesis of legal accuracy and strategic thinking. IP asssets are viewed as business assets which need, directly or indirectly, to provide a compeitive advantage to their owner and to create value.


IXAS Conseil is providing all traditional services in the field of intellectual property law, such as drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications, trademarks and designs. IXAS Conseil is also providing specific services related to the assessment of IP related legal risk, and assists its client to build and implement their IP strategy.


A traditional strength of the firm is its strategic approach to industrial property, to help customers create sustainable economic value. This approach is based on the industrial experience of its senior counsels, since the creation of the firm.


IXAS Conseil, directly or through its attorneys, is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • National Association of Industrial Property Attorneys (CNCPI - France)
  • European Patent Institute (EPI)
  • Patentanwaltskammer (Germany)
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)

Through these memberships IXAS Conseil accepts the ethical and professional rules of these professional organizations.


Furthermore, IXAS Conseil, directly or though its attorney, is an active members of other important professional associations, including:

  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • European Patent Litigators Association (EPLIT).


Since 2008 IXAS CONSEIL has been continuously recommended by LEGAL500PARIS.