Hecht Pani_Award

On May 12, 2014, one of the firm’s clients, Jean-Louis Hecht and Jean-Claude Hecht received the highest honor in France’s annual invention exhibition, Concours Lepine of the Foire de Paris.


Concours Lepine is a prestigious traditional event that first started in 1901 to showcase innovative and cutting edge inventions to the world. http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concours_L%25C3%25A9pine&prev=/search%3Fq%3DConcours%2BLepine%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3Dear%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official

Every year, many inventions are recognized, but only one receives the highest honor, President of the Republic Award.

Annually, crowds of people flock to Foire de Paris to witness and participate in the exciting event. Last year, the city welcomed more than 2,000 exhibitors and 620,000 visitors. Not only is this event perhaps the world’s leading trade fair, it has historically introduced groundbreaking inventions that have changed our lives: the ballpoint pen (1919), the steam iron (1921), the two-stroke engine, contact lenses, and a wheelchair lift for automobiles (1994).

This year, the President of the Republic award went to Buche & Associates’ clients, Jean-Louis Hecht and Jean Claude Hecht, for their truly innovative Pani Vending machine. They are the 114th winner of the competition.

The Pani Vending machine dispenses hot, freshly baked baguettes 24 hours a day. The vending machine can store baguette dough, bake it, and keep it warm in anticipation of passing customers wishing to purchase freshly baked bread. The customer only waits ten seconds after inserting money into the machine and is soon walking away with a hot baguette.

The Pani Vending machine is already in operation with 20 installed machines in the northeast of France, one in Paris, and four in Russia. With this groundbreaking success, the Hecht brothers are now looking overseas to expand their innovative machine so that more people may enjoy freshly baked hot baguettes.

Buche & Associates, P.C. is proud to represent Jean-Louis and Jean-Claude Hecht in their United States intellectual property matters as well as their international ones. The firm has already successfully secured 1 United States utility and a design patent for the Pani Vending machine, and additional patents are in progress.


This innovative machine may soon revolutionize the way people purchase freshly baked bread in the United States like it has in Europe. Special congratulations to Jean-Louis and Jean-Claude Hecht for their award-winning idea.

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