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Laëtitia Bénard -
Allen & Overy LLP
- Yves Bizollon - Bird & Bird
Marina Cousté -
- Arnaud Michel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.
- Denis Monégier du Sorbier - Hoyng Rokh Monegier
- Emmanuel Larere - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.
- Denis Schertenleib - Schertenleib, Cabinet
- Benoît Strowel - Hoyng Rokh Monegier
- Grégoire Triet - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.
Pierre Véron -
Véron & Associés
- Laëtitia Bénard -
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Allen & Overy LLP is ‘top of the game’ and provides ‘a very high level of service’. The firm has ‘deep IP and pharmaceuticals industry knowledge’, handling many ground-breaking cases in the sector. It is involved in a major case regarding the validity of a second medical use patent and successfully represented Merck Sharp & Dohme in one of the first cases in France involving antibodies. Novartis is a client. Electronics is another field of prominent expertise. Other work includes assisting Google in a patent case involving Google play apps and acting for Archos in a pan-European case brought by Philips regarding essential patents. Practice head Laëtitia Bénard is ‘very impressive and the must-use lawyer in the life sciences area’. The ‘very thoughtful’ David Por has ‘good analytical and communicative skills’.
The ‘excellent’ Bird & Bird is involved in high-profile global and domestic patent cases in several sectors, although the firm is particularly strong in healthcare, food, IT and electronics. The full-service IP team attracted many new clients in 2016 and also obtained great results in several cases. The practice is defending Nestlé in an infringement action initiated by Nutricia regarding patents on nutritional supplements. It is also representing Edwards Life Sciences in a European patent infringement case concerning endovascular heart valves initiated by Boston Scientific. Accord Healthcare, Actavis and Canon are also clients. Practice head Yves Bizollon has ‘high expertise’ and is ‘easy to talk with’. The other key figure is Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan.
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. ‘knows how to best defend its clients’ interests’. The ‘high-level’ team is involved in domestic and multi-jurisdictional patent proceedings in electronics, mechanical products and pharmaceuticals. In one matter, it is representing Ono Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb in the French aspects of a patent dispute relating to a revolutionary immuno-oncology treatment. It also obtained the withdrawal of all claims against its client Nokia (NSN) by patent troll High Point. The full-service team includes the ‘excellent litigators’ Grégoire Triet, Arnaud Michel, Emmanuel Larere and Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier. Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry was promoted to partner.
European boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier is ‘excellent, responsive and makes deadlines’. It ‘provides an excellent level of service and its knowledge of the legal cases and applicable law is outstanding’. The firm is handling many high-profile and landmark cases in the healthcare and telecoms sectors for key players. It is representing Core Wireless Licensing before the Court of Appeal of Paris regarding essential patent rights enforcement (FRAND) against LG Electronics, as well as acting for Merck Sharp & Dohme Animal Health and Intervet International in patent infringement proceedings against Bayer regarding the manufacturing of a medicinal dog collar. AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Lundbeck are also clients. Practice head Denis Monégier du Sorbier is highly recommended, as are the ‘really outstanding’ Benoît Strowel and Sophie Micallef, who is ‘very good in both patent and trade mark matters’.
Cabinet Schertenleib is ‘a leading firm in the pharmaceutical sector with particular expertise in biotech cases’. The three-lawyer boutique handles highly strategic cases, often defending new entrants facing proceedings from leading laboratories regarding blockbuster drugs. It is notably acting for Mylan in a series of cases and is representing Sandoz in the Pregabalin case. The practice also handles antibodies litigation and is acting in other industrial fields. Eli Lilly and Teva are also clients. Denis Schertenleib has ‘a good technical background, is very experienced and a tenacious litigator’. Counsels Ombeline Degrèze-Péchade and Matthieu Dhenne are also names to note.
Specialist patent firm Véron & Associés ‘excels in its field’. ‘Lawyers work in close collaboration with their clients, especially in an international context’. The practice handles cases in various sectors, including healthcare, electronics, chemicals, telecoms and mechanical engineering. The firm, which manages many strategic cases, was recently involved in a landmark bio-similar dispute and represented Vringo in a FRAND litigation. Airbus Helicopters, AstraZeneca, Honeywell and Lilly are clients. The team notably includes Isabelle Romet, Sabine Agé, Amandine Métier and of counsel Pierre Véron. Thomas Bouvet joined Jones Day.
Armengaud Guerlain brings ‘high quality work’ in patents and trade marks. The firm handles high-level cases, including cross-border matters, in various fields such as electronics and pharmaceuticals. Virbac, Andros, L’Oréal and Bouygues are clients. The practice is led by Stéphane Guerlain and Catherine Mateu, who ‘puts her clients’ interests first’.
The ‘very proactive, flexible and cost-efficient’ team at August Debouzy produces ‘creative solutions; there is always a solution’. The 11-lawyer team represents many leading companies in pan-European litigation and is especially strong in the healthcare sector. It successfully acted for Teva in challenging the validity of Merck’s patent on hair loss treatment finasteride. The firm is also representing Orange in a high-profile patent enforcement case against Free. The team is led by François Pochart and Grégoire Desrousseaux; ‘being both an engineer and a lawyer, he has a quick understanding of the issues and has a synthetic approach’.
DLA Piper is involved in several strategic patent cases relating to medical devices. Recent successes include representing Advanced Biological Laboratories in a patent dispute with Onxeo regarding therapeutic treatment processes, as well as acting for Andritz AG in a patent and trade mark infringement case with Tessier regarding clips for the production of degradable and antibacterial films. Medtronic and West Pharmaceutical Services are also clients. Practice head Jean-Christophe Tristant is strongly recommended.
Dechert LLP ranks among ‘the strongest firms in France in patent litigation’. The team is involved in some of the most challenging and ground-breaking cases in the electronics sector and is also handling key matters in the healthcare and other areas. Lisi Aerospace, Pierre Fabre, LG Electronics, Saint Gobain and Tate & Lyle are clients. Practice head Marianne Schaffner is ‘very experienced and an excellent team leader’. The practice hired Marie Fillon from DTMV & Associés, following the departure of Romain Viret to Reed Smith.
Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is handling top patent litigation cases in the healthcare sector, including a number of multi-jurisdictional cases. The practice has been representing Icos in proceedings relating to validity claims against two of its urology patents on Cialis. The firm is also managing cases in other areas, including assisting HTC in a dispute with Philips regarding handset display and motion sensing patent technologies. Eli Lilly is another client. Stanislas Roux-Vaillard is the key figure.
Jones Day’s ‘very solid and professional’ team has ‘great IP knowledge and experience’ and provides ‘concrete advice’. The firm deals with a wide range of patent litigation, but especially in healthcare and IT, internet and smart objects. It is representing Merck & Co in a dispute with Gilead Sciences involving Solvadi, a hepatitis C drug. Daiichi Sankyo and ERDF are also clients. Practice head Emmanuel Baud shows ‘complete mastery of his field’. Thomas Bouvet joined with a four-lawyer team from Véron & Associés, a move that is viewed as highly promising for the future of the practice.
Lavoix Avocats is involved in a number of landmark FRAND litigation and arbitration cases. Cyrille Amar, Grégoire Goussu and Antonin Staub are also strong advisers.
The ‘excellent’ team at Loyer & Abello is ‘extremely responsive, commercially aware and highly skilled’. Patent work covers various sectors, including energy, mechanical engineering, telecoms and pharmaceuticals. The team recently represented Viiv Healthcare in patent litigation with Teva and Mylan, as well as successfully acting for Manitou in litigation with Haulotte which resulted in a large damages award to the client. Practice head Michel Abello is ‘competent in various fields and has good analytical skills’.
Reed Smith shows ‘great business acumen’ in the healthcare sector, where the team has ‘in-depth responses and also goes the extra mile to understand the industry’. The firm is involved in a number of multi-jurisdictional patent infringement actions. Recent cases include representing Novozymes in a dispute with DSM. Roquette Frères is also a client. The five-lawyer team also handles mechanical matters. Practice co-heads Marina Cousté and François Jonquères are ‘excellent and very knowledgeable professionals who are sensitive to the manner in which to present a case’. Of counsel Romain Viret recently joined from Dechert LLP.
Trade marks, designs and copyrights
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Intellectual property: trade marks, designs and copyrights
Other recommended firms
- Bird & Bird
Bouchara Avocats, Cabinet
Cousin & Associés
- DS Avocats
- De Pardieu Brocas Maffei
- Escande, Cabinet
- Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP
- Foley Hoag
Granrut Société d’Avocats
- Guillemin Flichy
Hoche Societe d’Avocats
- Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Kern & Weyl
- Osborne Clarke
- Pinsent Masons LLP
Renault Thominette Vignaud & Reeve
Schmidt Brunet Litzler
- WAN Avocats
Stéphane Guerlain -
- Emmanuel Baud - Jones Day
- Patrice de Candé - Candé Blanchard Ducamp
- Marie Georges-Picot - Hoyng Rokh Monegier
Sophie Havard Duclos -
Laude Esquier Champey
- Emmanuel Larere - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.
- Isabelle Leroux - Dentons
- Sophie Micallef - Hoyng Rokh Monegier
- Arnaud Michel - Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.
Alexandra Néri -
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
- David Taylor - Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP (domain names)
- Stéphane Guerlain -
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Armengaud Guerlain has ‘leading trade mark expertise in France’. The firm is involved in high-profile cases and can handle cross-border matters. Dolce & Gabbana, Virbac, Andros, L’Oréal and Bouygues are clients. The practice is led by the ‘highly experienced and reliable’ Stéphane Guerlain and Catherine Mateu, who has ‘trade mark law at the tip of her fingers’, ‘perfectly masters her files’ and ‘puts her clients’ interests first’.
Candé Blanchard Ducamp provides ‘a high level of service’ and shows ‘excellent industry and legal knowledge relevant to a luxury brand’; ‘advice is straightforward, appropriate and strategic’. The five-lawyer firm advises many high-profile French and international companies, including many very prominent trade marks. The practice recently represented the Italian fashion house Emilio Pucci in an appeal over a copyright infringement case with H&M and represented Burberry in a figurative trade mark infringement case. The team is led by Julien Blanchard along with Patrice de Candé, who ‘wins his cases thanks to his hard and rigorous work’, and Claire Herissay-Ducamp, who shows ‘a very good proactive and practical approach to issues’.
DTMV & Associés is equally adept in trade mark, design and patent litigation. The firm is retained by leading luxury goods companies and pharmaceuticals manufacturers for strategic cases. The practice is led by Thierry Mollet-Viéville, Pascal Lefort, Thomas Cuche, Eléonore Gaspar and Jean-Pierre Duclos.
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. provides ‘an excellent overall level of service’ and represents many prestigious French and global brands. The firm recently achieved great results in several cases. The Paris Court of First Instance notably held that the use of the name Merck on MSD’s French website infringes its client Merck KGaA’s trade mark rights. The practice also obtained a favourable judgment for Marks and Spencer plc in a dispute with Auchan regarding the client’s Simply M&S brand. A number of luxury goods companies are also clients, including Dior Couture. Key figures include Arnaud Michel, who has ‘a very high level of expertise’, and the ‘experienced’ Emmanuel Larere, who is ‘instrumental in the success of his clients’ brand protection programme in France’. Grégoire Triet - and Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier are also recommended; Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry was promoted to partner.
The ‘fantastic’ Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is ‘the go-to-firm in France for trade mark matters’. Providing ‘solid and practical’ advice, the team is routinely used by the world’s largest internet companies, including Google, to handle trade mark, copyright and data privacy work. The team is also handling trade mark disputes in other various areas, including in the luxury goods sector. Geox and Danone are also clients. ‘Hardworking and responsive at any time’, practice head Alexandra Néri is ‘sophisticated and street-smart at the same time’. Céline Bey joined Gowling WLG.France.AARPI.
Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP ‘always provides trusted advice and staffs cases appropriately’. The ‘very smart and highly regarded’ team is ‘expert in its field’ and advises many leading companies, especially in the healthcare sector. The firm is involved in several strategic and multi-jurisdictional cases. ASOS, Beiersdorf and McDonald’s are clients. Practice head Marie-Aimée de Dampierre and counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe are the key contacts. The firm also has a ‘very strong team with a level of expertise that is very rarely found elsewhere’ for domain name protection of global brands, where Facebook and eBay are clients. David Taylor has ‘a deep background of global enforcement and clients can rely on him to protect their global brands’; counsel Jane Seager is ‘highly knowledgeable and provides strong advice in filing enforcement actions around the world’.
Hoyng Rokh Monegier is ‘highly competent in national and cross-border issues, always straight to the point and focused on its clients’ outcome’. The firm represents many leading companies, including top luxury goods clients, handling high-profile litigation and transactional mandates. Recent successes include defending BIC’s Crystal pen 3D trade mark. L’Oréal, Canal+, Chanel and Insight Venture Partners are also clients. Practice head Sophie Micallef is ‘experienced in setting up and structuring complex IP matters, has thorough analytical skills and is an excellent performer in custom seizure issues’. Also recommended are Denis Monégier du Sorbier and Marie Georges-Picot, who ‘has outstanding knowledge and eminent experience, and is impressively problem-oriented’.
Laude Esquier Champey is ‘knowledgeable in the trade mark area and provides a high level of service for good value’. The firm represents leading French and international companies, including several prestigious names in luxury goods, wine and spirits, and retail. The practice manages many trade mark and copyright cases before the French courts and OHIM. Practice head Sophie Havard Duclos combines ‘sharp legal and practical advice and a great strategic sense’.
Jones Day has ‘very deep knowledge and practical experience in the IP field, leading to concrete recommendations’. Showing ‘strong business sense and excellent creativity’, the team has particular expertise in geographical indications and advises many leading players in the wine and spirits sectors. The practice also acts in pan-European litigation. Shiseido, Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac, Pernod Ricard, Accor and Sonia Rykiel are clients. Practice head Emmanuel Baud is ‘a master in his field and a very hard worker’.
BCTG Avocats has ‘great expertise’ and provides ‘responsive, precise and tailored services’, especially in mandates in the retail, food and beverage sectors. In addition to a heavy litigation caseload, the team also often advises clients in the context of customs seizures. Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci heads the team. Counsel François-Xavier Boulin ‘understands his clients’ goals and finds appropriate solutions quickly’.
Baker & McKenzie SCP has ‘high-quality expertise’ combined with a ‘great international network’. The ‘available and responsive’ team, which ‘takes into account its clients’ interests’, is in charge of managing trade marks and design portfolios of many leading corporations such as Hennessy, Abbott and Nokia. The practice also handles litigation and is representing Intel in a dispute regarding the use of the Ultrabook trade mark; the team has several clients in disputes regarding the payment of copyright levies for private copying. Virginie Ulmann heads the practice. Local partner Nathalie Marchand is another name to note.
Full-service IP boutique Casalonga deals with domestic and European proceedings and recently obtained several victories. It successfully represented Humeau Beaupreau in a copyright counterfeiting case against Carrefour regarding the client’s famous medusa sandal. The team is led by Caroline Casalonga, Arnaud Casalonga, Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte, Marianne Gabriel and Cristina Bercial-Chaumier.
Cléry - Avocats advises major brands and recently handled prominent trade mark cases in the agri-food, automotive equipment and transport sectors. The boutique also has expertise in EU trade marks and handles cases before the European Court of Justice. The practice is led by Alain Cléry and Coralie Devernay.
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has strong trade mark and copyright litigation expertise and is also involved in several design disputes in the clothing sector. Recent work includes successfully representing Twentieth Century Fox in a dispute with Guy Delcourt Productions for alleged copyright infringement in the movie Avatar of a comic series. IT is also handling a major case for a leading internet company. Château de Versailles, Colgate-Palmolive and Dreamworks Animation are also clients. Louis de Gaulle, Julien Horn, Frank Valentin, Charles-Edouard Renault and Serge Lederman are the key contacts.
Dechert LLP advises some very prestigious luxury goods companies, such as Gucci, but also acts for French and international groups from a broad range of other industries. Practice head Marianne Schaffner is ‘very experienced and an excellent team leader’. Marie Fillon joined from DTMV & Associés, following Romain Viret’s move to Reed Smith.
Dentons has strong litigation experience and recently obtained an unusually high damages award for one of its clients before the French courts in a trade mark nullity case. It is also representing M. John Galliano in his dispute with Christian Dior. Havanaias, Harley-Davidson, Merial Sanofi, Coca-Cola and Lactalis are also clients. David Masson and Isabelle Leroux head the practice, in which senior counsel Gérard Delile is another name to note.
FTPA represents some prestigious French and international companies, especially from the healthcare and luxury goods industries. The firm regularly handles strategic cases and notably advised on the protection of a distinct colour as a trade mark. Antoine Gautier-Sauvagnac is highly recommended. Fabrice Lorvo, Philippe Pochet and Boriana Guimberteau are other names to note.
Hoffman has ‘a first-rate IP litigation team’ and is also recommended for customs enforcement issues; the practice is ‘responsive, knowledgeable and reasonably priced’. It is highly active in the fashion, jewellery design and retail sectors. The practice co-heads are Ingrid Zafrani, Pierre Hoffman and the ‘excellent’ Emmanuelle Hoffman, who is ‘sharp, strategic and an innovative thinker with extensive experience developing unique solutions and strategies’.
Passa Varet Avocats advises several high-profile French luxury goods companies such as L’Oréal, LVMH and Lanvin. Peugeot, Enerlis and Wild Bunch are also clients. Vincent Varet and Jérôme Passa are highly recommended.
Patents and trade mark attorneys
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Intellectual property: patents and trade mark attorneys
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This section introduces France’s best patent and trade mark attorneys (CPI – Conseils en Propriété Industrielle). The CPI firms advise inventors on protecting and exploiting their rights. More than 900 experts have the title of CPI, divided between engineers (patents) and jurists (trade marks).
Cabinet Beau de Loménie ranks among ‘the top patent attorney firms’ in France and is ‘always technically very good and easy to work with’. The firm houses some 200 professionals, including 70 CPIs. It has four offices in France and has offices internationally in Birmingham, Munich and Duisburg. The practice represents many leading French, Japanese and international clients from a wide range of sectors, including mechanics, chemicals, IT, telecoms and medicine. Philippe Hubert, Didier Intès, Pierre-Louis Désormière, François Delumeau and Pierre Balesta are the key names for patent work. Aurélia Marie supervises the trade mark team, which also advises top corporations.
Casalonga has some 30 CPIs across the Paris, Munich, Alicante, Grenoble and Toulouse offices. The firm has strong trade marks and patents expertise covering advisory work, registrations and litigation. It assists leading French and international clients in the electronics, industrial, cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors. The firm recently won several victories before the French courts and the European Patent Office (EPO). It successfully defended Takeda Pharmaceutical in opposition proceedings before the EPO launched by Cinfa and Teva regarding a patent on diabetes medication. Axel Casalonga, Gérard Dossmann, Virginie Martin-Charbonneau, Julien Thon and Gwennhaël Le Roy are the key contacts.
Lyon-headquartered Germain & Maureau fields some 50 CPIs, has four offices in France and satellite offices in Alicante, Munich and Geneva.
Lavoix has strong expertise in a wide range of sectors, especially in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, mechanics, electronics and physics. The firm houses some 60 CPI and has offices in Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Rennes, Grenoble, Lille and Munich.
Cabinet Plasseraud fields some 100 engineers and jurists based in the firm’s Paris, Lyon, Lille, Dijon, Toulouse, Shanghai and Prague offices. Its patent expertise spans electronics, mechanical engineering, chemicals and physics.
Regimbeau’s patent expertise encompasses the life sciences, chemicals, IT, mechanics and physics. The firm has offices in Paris, Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, Caen and Munich.
Headed by Luc Santarelli, Santarelli fields some 140 professionals, including some 40 CPIs, who are based in the firm’s Paris, Marseille, Nantes and Toulouse offices. The firm has strong patent expertise in biotech, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. It is managing various major cases before the EPO. The team also expertly covers trade marks. Thierry Caen and Eric Le Bihan are other names to note.