Carol Almond-Martin


Ernest Gutmann - Yves Plasseraud S.A.S
88, Bd des Belges
F - 69452 Lyon Cedex 06

Tel: +33 (0)4 72 84 97 60
Fax: +33 (0)4 72 84 97 65


  • European Patent Attorney
  • Partner since 1995, responsible for Lyon branch office
  • Examiner, European Patent Office, Munich, 1980-1989 (pharmacy, genetics)
  • Holds BSc (Hons) in pharmacology and chemistry (University of Aston, Birmingham)
  • Diploma in Patent Litigation in Europe
  • Specialist technical fields: patents in life sciences including biotechnology, plant biology, immunology, diagnostics and pharmacy.
  • Specialist patent fields : proceedings before EPO, particularly oppositions and appeals. Legal questions before the Enlarged Board of Appeal.
  • Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Languages : English (mother tongue), French, German
EGYP is a firm of intellectual property attorneys founded in 1985 by Ernest Gutmann and Yves Plasseraud, offering its clients a high added value service in all aspects of intellectual property. Headed by nine partners, the firm is now 50-strong, operating from central Paris (France), Lyon (France) and Alicante (Spain).

The patent side of Ernest Gutmann-Yves Plasseraud SAS (also known as EGYP S.A.S) has both a French and international clientele, including prestigious research institutes, industrial concerns, start-up companies and top-flight universities. The firm’s specialist technical fields include pharmacy, diagnostics, animal and plant biology, biotechnology, cosmetics, medical imagery, aeronautics, automobile mechanics, acoustics, optics, material science, electricity, physics and information technology. In addition to patent prosecution worldwide, European oppositions and national litigation, our teams have particular experience in Supplementary Protection Certificates, Plant Breeder’s Rights, proceedings before the US patent office, technology transfer, legal consultations and audits in patent law.

The firm also has a highly active Trademark department dedicated to trademarks, designs and models, copyright, domain names, competition and consumer law, appellations of origin, certification trademarks, litigation, contracts and intellectual property audit.
The EGYP industrial property attorneys work closely together via the EGYP Network with a team of French attorneys-at-law, having particular expertise in health law and business and company law.