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Intellectual property: copyright

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  1. Intellectual property: copyright
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The copyright offering at Armengaud Guerlain consists of Catherine Mateu, Stéphane Guerlain and associate Axelle Collin, who cover both contentious infringement matters and non-contentious contract negotiations for clients such as Studyrama and Dolce & Gabbana. Along with copyright licensing negotiations, the group recently represented a luxury brand in infringement proceedings against several retailers. Clients also instruct the team to advise on the monetisation of intellectual property and intangible assets.

The 'technically excellent and very responsive' intellectual property team at August Debouzy is noted for its 'outstanding industry knowledge and huge strength in depth'. Clients highly recommend 'superb litigator' and counsel Véronique Dahan for her 'excellent client management skills' and 'outstanding commercial lawyer' Mahasti Razavi, who 'has a good sense of what clients need'. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Basile Ader and counsel Amélie Tripet from Cabinet d'Avocats Ader Jolibois; the pair recently acted for a wide range of clients on contentious copyright infringement and parasitism claims as well as the negotiation of licensing agreements. In recent highlights, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instructed the group to handle its claim against L'Oscar Café, which allegedly reproduces the "Oscar" logo and statuette without authorisation. Other key clients include Marlau Editions, Première Media and Edition Pierre Chareau.

Bird & Bird's Lyon-based Géraldine Arbant is currently acting for Swiss designer furniture manufacturer Vitra in several copyright infringement proceedings against a host of parties, and in Paris Yves Bizollon successfully defended an international home appliance manufacturer in an infringement claim filed by a designer previously employed by the defendant. Also notable is Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan, who is currently representing a leading global hospitality client in contractual and copyright infringement disputes across multiple jurisdictions.

Louis de Gaulle and Julien Horn jointly head the copyright offering at De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, which was recently strengthened by the arrival of Sandra Strittmatter from LMBE. The group is currently advising on a copyright infringement claim brought by two authors against the client, a major cinema production studio, and an international publisher instructed the team to represent it in an action filed by the heir of a famous individual regarding the use of posthumous materials in a biography. Charles-Edouard Renault is also a key name to note within the practice and recently oversaw non-contentious mandates in the television and cinema sector such as co-production agreements and output deals.

Recently strengthened by the promotion to partner of¬†Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry, the intellectual property team at¬†Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.¬†represents an enviable client base in the luxury, media, fashion and technology sectors. Emmanuel Larere¬†is currently assisting John Galliano - a subsidiary of Christian Dior - with a dispute brought by its founder, who demanded the forfeiture of all John Galliano marks and the prohibition of the use of his name for corporate purposes.¬†Gr√©goire Triet¬†is representing Fondazione Prada as the owner of a Jeff Koons sculpture at the centre of a copyright infringement action pertaining to the sculpture's alleged reproduction of a previous advertisement campaign owned by the plaintiff, Naf Naf. Other key names include¬†Rapha√ęlle Dequir√©-Portier¬†and¬†Arnaud Michel,¬†who advise high-profile clients.

Pinsent Masons LLP's Emmanuel Gougé 'is a brilliant practitioner capable of quickly navigating to the core of the dispute with a problem-solving and pragmatic approach'; according to one client, 'as opposed to some other French attorneys, he is a very talented English speaker and team coordinator'. In recent highlights, senior associate Virginia de Freitas and associate Léonore Isnard supported Gougé in his advice to a photographer in a pre-litigation matter pertaining to the unauthorised use of the client's work by large conglomerates for advertising purposes. Also notable is the team's work for a perfume brand on the intellectual property aspects of the launch of a new product in France.

Recently bolstered by the arrival of Marina Cousté, along with Romain Viret and Frédérique Potin  (both of counsel), from Reed Smith, the intellectual property team at Simmons & Simmons covers the full gamut of intellectual property issues across a wide array of industry sectors. Sarah Bailey is currently representing the estate of a famous painter in actions protecting his name and copyright from unauthorised use, and she was instructed by a multinational conglomerate to handle an infringement action filed by a former employee pertaining to the copyright of products he designed during his employment. Viret assisted corporate partner Christian Taylor with the intellectual property aspects of open source software in the context of a corporate acquisition.

Taylor Wessing¬†fields a team of four partners to cover the full range of 'soft' intellectual property matters, including¬†Marc Schuler,¬†who recently joined the firm from¬†Bird & Bird.¬†Christian Valsamidis¬†is currently leading a team including¬†Beno√ģt Goulesque-Monaux¬†and counsel¬†Jeanne L√©on-Dufour¬†to assist a music publisher with an infringement action against an animation studio on the grounds that the soundtrack to a popular series counterfeits one of the client's songs. Claire Saint-Laurent-Mantoux¬†is a partner within the media and entertainment department and specialises in copyright issues across the advertising, cinema, design and arts sectors, particularly relating to contractual matters. Key clients include Dailymotion, Webedia, Mondadori Magazines and National Geographic.

At Allen & Overy LLP, the copyright offering is headed by Alexandre Rudoni, who has a particular expertise in the video games and electronic entertainment space, where he represents an enviable client roster including names such as Nintendo and Epic Games on counterfeiting, piracy and copyright infringements. On the non-contentious side, the firm advised on the allocation of royalties and the negotiation of commercial contracts pertaining to intangible assets.

Altana's copyright offering is especially strong in the digital world, where it advises on both transactions and litigation. Frank Valentin and recently promoted counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon continue to assist a major technology player with the day-to-day copyright issues arising from its audiovisual production activities in France and the EU, and Pierre Lubet is currently collaborating with Jean-Guy de Ruffray to advise a high-profile individual in the haute couture world on an action against a former designer on the grounds of moral rights infringement. The group also advised on the negotiation of licence contracts, liability reviews and pre-litigation matters.

The 'very dedicated and professional' team at FTPA covers all aspects of intellectual property including trade marks, patents, designs and unfair competition matters. Antoine Gautier-Sauvignac recently advised clients on the negotiation of publishing contracts and production arrangements as well as contentious infringement cases. Other key names include Boriana Guimberteau and Philippe Pochet, who advises clients on counterfeiting.

The litigation specialists at niche firm Laude Esquier Champey have substantial capabilities in the contentious intellectual property arena, where the 'very skilled and highly renowned' Sophie Havard Duclos 'always provides clear and business-oriented advice' through her 'creative and pragmatic approach'. The practice is representing Christian Dior at the appeal stage of a copyright and community design infringement action against a host of retailers following a favourable decision in the Paris District Court.

The lawyers at boutique intellectual property firm Taliens  'are trustworthy, provide great advice and are true experts in their field'; they 'know how to approach litigation strategically' and the 'fantastic team has developed high-end capabilities in the copyright area'. Especially noted is 'bright practitioner and leading IP specialist' Clara Steinitz, who is 'commercially astute and takes into account the bigger picture'. She is currently representing the BBC in an action brought by the successor of a renowned photographer on the grounds of copyright infringement in a TV documentary, and Airbnb instructed the group to handle an infringement action filed by a photographer hired to illustrate the listings on the platform. Other noteworthy clients include Facebook, AccorHotels and Thomson Reuters.

Anne-Marie Pecoraro heads the intellectual property team at ATURQUOISE, where she advises fashion designers, media clients and live entertainment players on the protection of their intangible assets. Senior associate Rodolphe Boissau and associate Marion Faupin are also noteworthy.

The 'reactive' team at Cabinet Bouchara Avocats 'is strong when it comes to portfolio management and can easily decide on how to optimally protect trade marks and copyrighted assets'. Practice head Vanessa Bouchara 'is very involved and always provides advice as if it was for her'; she recently represented Eleven Paris in an infringement case pertaining to the reproduction of three t-shirt models. In other highlights, Jabouley instructed the team to defend it in an appeal by Nedel following the client's victory in 2015 in a case pertaining to the illegal copying of one its laces, and Bouchara successfully acted for Cloud B and Hall B in its action against Laboratoire Bouix Santé (LBS) in the Nanterre District Court on the grounds of infringement and unfair competition. Associate Héta Sacko heads the trademark department and is also a key contact.

Herald Avocats' client roster includes TV broadcasters, literature and music publishers, production companies, research institutes and industrial groups. Jean Castelain and Richard Milchior jointly head the offering with the support of counsel Juliette Félix. Recent highlights include a number of copyright infringement disputes in the music space, as well as a dispute over the copyright aspects of the use of medical software following the dissolution of the inventor partnership.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's Alexandra Néri and counsel Sébastien Proust recently acted for a leading global technology client in litigation proceedings against unions representing copyright holders in the music and cinema industries seeking the implementation of anti-piracy measures on its online search platform. In other highlights, the firm advised on several infringement cases and anti-counterfeiting efforts abroad.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP fields experts such as counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe and Marie-Aimée de Dampierre to advise clients on a wide range of intellectual property issues, including copyright litigation cases pertaining to the infringement of third-party copyrights, both economic and moral. Luxury and entertainment players also instruct the firm to provide strategic advice in the context of new product launches and international marketing.

Kern & Weyl 'has high-quality expertise in intellectual property brought to clients through a modern, efficient and business-oriented approach'. Particularly noted are recently promoted partner Giulia Cortesi, who 'matches a strong academic perspective to an efficient, pragmatic approach', and Tania Kern, who 'combines in-depth knowledge of intellectual property with her expertise in contractual law'. The firm is currently advising well-known clients in the fashion world on a number of anti-counterfeiting campaigns, and Claire Weyl acted for a global car manufacturer in a pre-litigation matter against a film production company regarding the use of its products in a film.

The main names to note at Schmidt Brunet Litzler are Delphine Brunet-Stoclet and Marie André-Nivet, who was recently promoted to senior associate. The group advises clients such as JJA, Swarovski, Amélie Pichard and Generik on copyright infringement claims, brand protection and anti-counterfeit programmes.

Intellectual property: Patent and trade mark attorneys

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Cabinet Beau de Loménie handles the full spectrum of patent and trade mark filings as well as dispute resolution services including mediation. Global names in the technology, manufacturing, cosmetics, logistics and other industry sectors regularly instruct the firm's intellectual property specialists to ensure the protection of their intangible assets internationally and to manage their portfolios. In recent highlights, the practice advised on the launch of new products, issues pertaining to spin-offs from major brands, geographical indication matters and others. Managing partner Didier Intes is a key name to note alongside Philippe Hubert, Pierre Balesta, Aurélia Marie, François Delumeau and Pierre-Louis Désormière.

Bringer IP 'is a very efficient and innovative IP practice' which provides 'clear and comprehensive services, unmatched reactivity and a great pedagogical approach'. The 'international experience and outstanding IP knowledge' of Mathieu Bringer makes him 'a very reliable IP counsel for any complex matter', and Léonard Pirastru 'delivers impressive advice pertaining to trade marks and copyright issues'. Having recently gained a number of enviable new clients across a range of industry sectors, the group covers the full gamut of filing, prosecution, management and protection of intangible assets such as patents and trade marks.

Casalonga¬†acts for an enviable client roster including names such as Sanofi, GE, Michelin and generic drug manufacturer Biogaran in patent opposition cases and advises on the securing of significant trade marks. The main names to note are¬†Axel Casalonga,¬†Cristina Bercial-Chaumier,¬†Jean-Baptiste Lecoeur,¬†Gwennha√ęl le Roy¬†and¬†G√©rard Dossmann.

The sizable team at Germain & Maureau is spread across several French and European offices and fields patent and trade mark partners as well as engineers. Clients such as Deloitte, Biogaran and Jaguar Land Rover regularly appoint the team to act in multi-jurisdictional patent disputes and assist with the enforcement of their intangible assets abroad. Stéphane Agasse leads the firm's chemistry, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sub-team while Renaud Chevalier is one of the key contacts in the Lyon office.

Lavoix regularly handles international patent disputes, the filing of special protection certificates, the transfer of intellectual property assets in the context of corporate transactions, and the day-to-day management of portfolios. For mandates in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, clients can rely on Béatrice Holtz, while Philippe Blot, Bertrand Domenego and Gérard Myon - among others - are especially proficient in the mechanical and electronics spaces.

Clients find that Dreyfus & associés 'has an excellent insight into the trade mark space in France' and that the 'prompt and responsive' team not only provides 'practical assessments but also realistic risk assessments'. The 'very experienced and capable' Nathalie Dreyfus 'is top notch'; she was recently appointed to act on an arbitration case pertaining to a family claiming full rights over its name, which was incorporated into a global corporate brand. On the advisory side, the firm advised on the acquisition of a domain name for the launch of a new digital platform, and Dreyfus assisted a client with trade mark filings for a new logo following the client's change of visual identity. Emmanuel Harrar is also a partner within the firm and a name to note.

IXAS Conseil is headquartered in Lyon and assists clients with all the intellectual property aspects of their day-to-day operations as well as their long-term strategies. Providing 'top-quality service', the team is led by Martin Schmidt, who is 'a leading practitioner in France', according to one client. In recent highlights, he collaborated with Jean-Philippe Schouller to advise Emirates Global Aluminium on a comprehensive right-to-use study, due diligence, contractual matters and patent drafting relating to the building of an IP strategy.

Formed by the merger of HMV Avocats and Partenaires PI, the 'clear, rapid and efficient' team at TAoMA Partners 'always finds creative solutions that fit clients' needs and budget'. Head of legal Jean-Charles Nicollet recently joined from Regimbeau and provides 'a strong sense of security' and is a key name to note alongside the other 'effective, rigorous and well-organised' practitioners. Malaurie Pantalacci, Gaelle Loinger-Benamran and Mélissa Cassanet are also key contacts.

Intellectual property: Patents

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La√ętitia B√©nard,¬†David Por¬†and¬†Alexandre Rudoni¬†are the three main partner names to note within¬†Allen & Overy LLP's intellectual property team. They are supported by counsel¬†Eveline Van Keymeulen,¬†who was recently promoted to head of the firm's regulatory life sciences department. Merck Sharp & Dohme appointed the group to act on a series of patent actions seeking to defend the validity of its supplementary protection certificate (SPC) for Ezetrol and enforce it against major generics manufacturers, and Novartis instructed B√©nard and her team to advise on a patent nullity and infringement action brought by Teva. In other highlights, the team is currently representing Samsung in a salvo of litigation filed against it by Technicolor alleging the infringement of six patents. Other key clients include Archos, Pfizer and 3M. Counsel¬†Charles Tuffreau¬†joined from¬†Bird & Bird¬†and¬†Fr√©d√©ric Chevallier¬†became a partner at¬†Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

The patents offering at¬†August Debouzy¬†'consists of lawyers with a strong technical background and a deep understanding of their clients' business'; clients especially value their 'ability to quickly explain technical points, immerse themselves in the commercial environment and adopt a pedagogical approach'. Practice co-heads¬†Fran√ßois Pochart¬†and¬†Gr√©goire Desrousseaux¬†recently represented clients such as Nicoll, Teva and Orange in sensitive patent disputes with the support of 'standout practitioner' and senior associate¬†Lo√Įc Lemercier. Also notable are counsel¬†Mathilde Rauline¬†and senior associates¬†Lionel Martin¬†and¬†Martin Brion.

Bird & Bird handles local and European patent matters for a broad range of enviable client names. Yves Bizollon recently represented Actelion in a patent revocation action against Icos - an affiliate of Eli Lilly - and Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan continues to lead the advice to Technicolor regarding a series of infringement claims filed against Samsung pertaining to technologies such as video coding. The team also acted on a number of sensitive proceedings in the healthcare and consumer goods sectors. Géraldine Arbant is the main name to note in Lyon and counsel Laurent Labatte is also a key contact within the Paris branch.

Dentons recently recruited the 'hard-working, extremely responsive and strategically brilliant' Marianne Schaffner from Dechert LLP; one client describes her as 'by far the most knowledgeable and best prepared patent litigator in Paris'. She joins David Masson, who is currently representing a global technology leader in French proceedings against a competitor in the telecoms space, and leading the advice to clients regarding FRAND and European patent law issues. Of counsel Pierre-Olivier Ally and associate Clémence Boland arrived alongside Schaffner to join the ranks of counsel Clément Monnet and consultant Michel Vivant. The firm also gained a number of new clients including Essilor, Pierre Fabre and St-Gobain.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.'s patents offering sits within the wider IP/TMT department and consists of five partners who hold substantial expertise in the pharmaceuticals, medical devices and telecoms sectors.¬†Rapha√ęlle Dequir√©-Portier¬†is currently defending Guerbet in a patent invalidity claim brought by Bayer, and¬†Emmanuel Larere¬†teamed up with her to advise Ono Pharmaceutical on its overall patent strategy in France, which currently includes two appeals regarding the French patent office's refusal of two SPCs for major immunotherapy treatments. The team also handled high-stakes litigation on behalf of clients such as Shionogi, Nokia and Maury Imprimeur. Also notable are¬†Gr√©goire Triet, Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry¬†and¬†Arnaud Michel.

Beno√ģt Strowel,¬†Denis Mon√©gier du Sorbier¬†and¬†Sabine Ag√©¬†head the patents offering at¬†HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER,¬†which recently merged with the team from¬†V√©ron & Associ√©s,¬†including¬†Amandine M√©tier¬†and¬†Florence Jacquand. Telecoms player Conversant Wireless appointed the group to enforce the patent rights of a large essential portfolio against LG, and Ag√© acted for Sony on the protection of three of its patents covering features of its game controllers. In the healthcare space, Gilead Sciences instructed a team including M√©tier and Jacquand to handle proceedings for the revocation of an SPC filed by various generic manufacturers.¬†Sophie Micallef¬†is also a key name to note.

Jones Day impresses clients with its 'promptness, short turnaround times and clear communication', which one client finds personified in practice co-head Thomas Bouvet. He is currently acting for Coloplast in infringement and preliminary injunction proceedings against its competitor Hollister, and secured a victory for Naos in an aggressive infringement claim. Client such as Merck Sharp & Dohme, Lufthansa and Renault also feature on the firm's enviable client roster. Emmanuel Baud co-heads the team with Bouvet and is also an experienced litigator.

Stéphane Guerlain and Catherine Mateu co-head the intellectual property offering at Armengaud Guerlain and represent an enviable client roster in the full gamut of 'soft' and 'hard' intellectual property matters. Significant recent patent work includes a number of sensitive and high-value international patent disputes, and the defence of a bailiff who had performed a seizure in infringement proceedings. Also notable is associate Axelle Collin, who plays a key supporting role in the practice.

DTMV & Associés fields patent experts such as Eléonore Gaspar, Thierry Mollet-Viéville, Pascal Lefort and Thomas Cuche to act for an enviable client roster of domestic and international names in the technical sectors. Mainly appointed to handle high-profile cross-border patent disputes, the group has acted for clients such as Nespresso and Gilead Sciences in high-stakes invalidity, counterfeiting and nullity claims.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP's Stanislas Roux-Vaillard is currently representing Eli Lilly and one of its affiliates in validity attacks on patents covering urology products Cialis and Alimta as part of a cross-office team. He is also acting on a cross-border SPC nullification action on behalf of a major pharmaceutical company as defendant. In other highlights, the team oversaw SPC filings, patent ownership disputes against employees claiming rights or remuneration, and the defence of exclusive licence rights. Other noteworthy clients include Hollister, Merz Pharma, Dassault Systèmes and HTC. Marie-Aimée de Dampierre heads the firm's wider IP, media and technology department and is also a key name to note.

Lavoix's Camille Pecnard leads a patents offering with significant capabilities in the management of international portfolios, transactional support and litigation. Along with Valérie Genin-Samson, he has advised on disputes with employees pertaining to contested ownership rights, questions of inventorship and the misappropriation of know-how.

Linklaters' 'intellectual property team is very dedicated to its clients' and its 'thoroughly experienced patent specialists' are led by Pauline Debré, who one client recognises as 'one of the top patent litigators on the French market'. Noted for her 'great oral persuasion skills and deep understanding of the law', she recently defended a major pharmaceutical client in a patent revocation action, and acted for a leading international technology player on a potential challenge to an arbitration award pertaining to the determination of FRAND terms. Managing associate Jean-François Merdignac recently joined the firm from HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER and recently assisted a luxury client with a dispute arising from a former employee's claim for additional remuneration for inventions realised during her employment.

Emmanuel Gougé is the name to note at Pinsent Masons LLP for patents work; he recently acted for B/E Aerospace in its nullity claim against the French part of a European patent held by Zodiac Aerotechnics in a pan-European action. He and associate Virginia de Freitas have been representing Plastic Omnium in a cross-border infringement claim against German competitor Emitec from the seizure of counterfeit goods by the authorities to the action's current stage in the European Patent Court. Other key clients include Landis+Gyr, Bobis Engineering and Aber Instruments.

Cabinet Schertenleib is 'an effective niche patent litigation offering' with 'great technical understanding' of the technology and life sciences sectors. Clients can rely on the 'responsive and technically gifted' Denis Schertenleib and Ombeline Degrèze-Péchade, who 'is skilled in regulatory law in the health sector'. The group is currently representing biotech company Amgen in a patent infringement claim against Sanofi regarding hypercholesterolemia antibodies, and Mylan instructed Schertenleib to assist with a number of SPC revocation actions.

Adamas' Barbara Bertholet 'is a great professional, a tough counterpart and has a constructive approach to litigation'. She is currently assisting Sandoz with patent litigation against pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo, and is acting for Babymoov as a co-defendant in patent litigation brought by Bamed. In other highlights, the team advised on the negotiation of employee inventor policies and the drafting of licensing agreements.

The four-partner team at Altana advises French and international clients on the protection and enforcement of their intangible assets and recently strengthened its offering through the promotion to partner of Jean-Guy Ruffray and the promotion to counsel of Charlotte Hébert-Salomon. In recent highlights, Frank Valentin, Armand Aviges and senior associate Cédric Meiller acted on a number of sensitive and high-stakes patent litigation cases in the technology and healthcare sectors. Alongside the contentious aspect of its practice, the team also advises on the negotiation of licensing agreements and the prosecution of patents. Pierre Lubet is also a partner within the team.

Aramis' Benjamin May recently handled multi-jurisdictional patent litigation proceedings in the food, cosmetics, technology, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors, as well as the management of patent portfolios. Teoxane appointed the group to handle a multi-jurisdictional dispute in Switzerland, Belgium, France and Monaco arising from the infringement of a patent and the misappropriation of know-how; this matter also involved a series of notifications before national regulatory health bodies. Associates David Roche and Louis Jestaz are also key names to note within the practice.

Boutique firm Bardehle Pagenberg is 'very proactive and attentive, responsive to its clients' needs, not afraid to push back and able to think outside of the box'. The team is active in both litigation and prosecution but is noted especially for its the contentious side of the practice, headed by the 'very conscious and responsive' Julien Fréneaux. He is currently collaborating with Axel Munier and Dominique Dupuis-Latour to assist an international patent holding company with a series of infringement disputes in France in the telecoms sector, and recently led the advice to a foreign automotive equipment manufacturer on an infringement claim filed by a non-practising entity.

The four-partner team at Casalonga covers all aspects of intellectual property law including patent disputes. Caroline Casalonga has substantial experience in the mechanical and engineering space, while Arnaud Casalonga has a strong track record of advising clients in the pharmaceutical industry. Other key names include Marianne Gabriel and Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte.

Cornet Vincent Ségurel's patents offering is spread across several offices in Rennes, Nantes, Lille, Bordeaux and Lyon, and handles both patent infringement matters and the transfer of intangible assets in the context of corporate transactions. Thomas Deschryver is the name to note in Lille.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés advises on the negotiation of R&D agreements, the intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions and the implementation of employee-inventor policies. The team is jointly led by Louis de Gaulle and Francine Le Péchon-Joubert and represents clients such as Groupe Cahors, R Santé and Alstom. In recent highlights, a large team of partners handled the intellectual property aspects of a joint venture between a rail company and a regulatory agency for the development of a new generation of high-speed trains, including patents and know-how. Other key names include Cécile Théard-Jallu, Blandine Fauran and Julien Horn.

Dechert LLP provides clients with a 'very wide scope of expertise' and fields a team of practitioners led by Marie Fillon, a 'rising star within the French intellectual property ecosystem', who is 'very reactive and available' and 'always gets straight to the point when answering difficult questions'. She recently acted for Astorg as part of a multi-disciplinary team on its acquisition of a controlling stake in medical devices company Echosens, and handled the intellectual property aspects of HRA Pharma's takeover of the Compeed brand from Johnson & Johnson. Along with a number of disputes, the team also advised on the negotiation of licences, R&D agreements and the revision of employee-inventor policies. Associates Guillaume Bensussan and Louis de Chezelles recently joined from DTMV & Associés and HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER, respectively. Marianne Schaffner departed the firm to join Dentons.

In addition to its strong contentious offering, Guilbot Avocat's intellectual property team regularly advises on due diligence in the context of corporate transactions and questions of freedom of use. Founding partner Florent Guilbot has acted on infringement and nullity claims pertaining to European patents.

Michel Abello heads the intellectual property offering at Loyer & Abello, which advises a diverse list of clients in the healthcare, life sciences and energy sectors on both contentious and non-contentious mandates.

The 'fantastic team' at Taliens 'has developed high-end capabilities in patent disputes' and 'always goes the extra mile for its clients'. The practice is led by 'fantastic litigator' Jean-Frédéric Gaultier, who has 'deep knowledge of both French civil proceedings and international patent litigation'; he is currently acting for Boston Scientific on its multi-jurisdictional infringement claim against Edwards concerning heart valve technology. Other highlights included the negotiation of licensing agreements and criminal proceedings pertaining to the misappropriation of know-how and trade secrets.

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs

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Armengaud Guerlain's Stéphane Guerlain and Catherine Mateu recently acted on a variety of mandates such as the filing of trade marks, the protection of cross-border intangible assets and the revocation of decisions of the national intellectual property office of France (INPI). Dolce & Gabbana recently instructed the team to coordinate a series of seizure proceedings against an entity manufacturing and selling counterfeit clothing, and associate Axelle Collin supported Mateu in her work for a major international car manufacturer regarding the negotiation of a co-existence agreement. The practice's enviable client roster includes names such as L'Oréal, Castorama, Hyundai and Subway.

Known to clients as 'the perfect balance between theory and practice', the intellectual property team at Bird & Bird distinguishes itself through its 'pragmatic approach' and ability to 'emphasise the pros to reduce the impact of the cons'. Anne-Charlotte Le-Bihan continues to assist CrossFit with a host of actions for the enforcement of its trade marks, while Lyon-based Géraldine Arbant is representing Groupe SEB before the EU Intellectual Property Office in its opposition to the EU trade mark application for the 'foodle' logo by an Armenian company. Yves Bizollon is also a key name alongside associate and trade mark attorney Estelle Henry-Mayer, who is based in the Lyon office and specialises in the intellectual property aspects of marketing campaigns. Other noteworthy clients include Electrolux, Sodebo, Petit Bateau and GO Sport.

Candé Blanchard Ducamp exclusively acts on contentious intellectual property matters under the leadership of Patrice De Candé, Julien Blanchard and Claire Herissay-Ducamp. Noted for its 'in-depth knowledge of the French landscape' and its 'commercially focused and astute' advice, the team recently acted for high-profile names in the luxury sector in anti-counterfeiting litigation. On the junior side, associates Alix Phiquepal d’Arusmont and Margaux Nègre-Carillon also play a key role within the practice.

At Dentons, the intellectual property team recently gained Marianne Schaffner and her team, who arrived from Dechert LLP, as well as several new clients including Sandoz. Associate Clémence Boland - who arrived with Schaffner and Pierre-Olivier Ally - recently acted for Square in several trade mark infringement cases in the French and European courts, and senior counsel Isabelle Leroux is currently representing Merial in litigation against Virbac arising from the defendant's registration of the European 'Frontline' mark. David Masson leads the practice and recently collaborated with counsel Clément Monnet to assist Polaroid with the protection and enforcement of all of its European assets, including R&D arrangements. Other key clients include Wavestone, CGI, Delta Air Lines and Lactalis.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.'s intellectual property team is currently assisting a subsidiary of Dior in litigation against its founder, John Galliano, pertaining to his demand to forfeit all trade marks and uses of his name for corporate purposes. The recently promoted¬†Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry¬†is currently representing Klesia in a trade mark infringement case brought by Ecclesia Versicherungsdienste in France and before the European courts. Also notable are¬†Rapha√ęlle Dequir√©-Portier, who advised a major fashion brand on all intellectual property issues arising from the bankruptcy of a licensee;¬†Arnaud Michel,¬†who continues to protect the brand of a well-known TV show; and¬†Emmanuel Larere,¬†who acts for clients such as Adidas and Guerlain.

Alexandra Néri and of counsel Sébastien Proust are the main names to note for intellectual property at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. The pair continue to represent a global technology giant in a host of trade mark disputes, and recently acted for an American manufacturer on a trade mark cancellation for non-use action in the context of a complex multi-jurisdictional dispute. Other key names to note include associates Samira Anfi and Laure Cardinet.

The dedicated intellectual property and media technology team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP fields a specialist domain names offering jointly headed by Jane Seager and David Taylor. Counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe is currently leading the advice to a heavyweight global restaurant chain on the protection of its intangible assets and image rights in France, while Marie-Aimée de Dampierre continues to represent Lego in all the contentious and advisory aspects of the management of its intellectual property portfolio, particularly pertaining to customs seizures. Facebook is also a key client and regularly benefits from Seager and Taylor's counsel on the recovery of domain names.

Denis Mon√©gier du Sorbier,¬†Sophie Micallef¬†and¬†Marie Georges-Picot¬†are the partner names to note within¬†HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER's trade marks and design offering. Groupe Savencia appointed the team to act on unfair competition and parasitism proceedings arising from trade mark infringement allegations, and a major telecom player instructed Georges-Picot and associate¬†Pierre P√©rot¬†to handle a trade mark cancellation claim. Other key clients include Canal+, Chanel, Etam and Lanc√īme. Following its merger with¬†V√©ron & Associ√©s, the team was bolstered by the addition of¬†Sabine Ag√©,¬†Amandine M√©tier¬†and¬†Florence Jacquand.

The intellectual property team at Jones Day 'is always available to provide valuable and comprehensive advice'; 'even though it is a worldwide firm, its strength lies in its ability to advise so well locally', according to one client. Emmanuel Baud leads the department with a particular focus on the wine and spirits industry, where clients instruct him to advise on issues arising from marketing, regulations, disputes and contractual matters. In recent highlights, Baud acted for a number of French administrative entities responsible for the protection of geographical indications and labelling rights in a number of disputes pertaining to the unauthorised use or registration of protected terms as trade marks by competitors. The group also obtained cancellations of European trade marks.

Clients can be 'fully confident of finding professional skills, an analytical approach and outstanding quality of advice' at business litigation boutique Laude Esquier Champey. The main name to note is Sophie Havard Duclos, who 'clearly listens to the needs of her clients and always provides added value to any case'. The firm's steady flow of trade mark infringement cases occasionally spread to the criminal courts, but the mainstay of Havard Duclos' work is the unlawful abuse of trade mark law and the associated competition issues. Associates Pauline Casanova and Sophie Genet are also key contacts within the team.

Allen & Overy LLP sets itself apart from the competition through its 'great responsiveness, great familiarity with the client's industry and ability to provide actionable input'. Clients especially value the 'responsiveness and connectivity' of Alexandre Rudoni, who heads the brands practice in Paris and continues to represent Nintendo in all aspects of its anti-piracy campaign in France. Also notable is associate Andrea Dufaure, who recently assisted Rudoni with a number of high-profile cross-border trade mark litigation actions, including Vemedia's defence against a number of claimants seeking damages in the Paris Court of Appeal for the client's use of the Oenobiol brand.

Altana's intellectual property team acts for its French and international clients on the protection, enforcement and commercialisation of their intangible assets. Frank Valentin and recently promoted counsel Charlotte Hébert-Salomon 'spend time learning the ins and outs of their clients' business cultures' and 'take feedback to constantly adapt and improve their service'. Along with sensitive and high-profile trade mark and design infringement litigation proceedings, the team also advised on the renegotiation of licence and coexistence agreements and the setting up of exclusive distribution networks. Other key names to note include Pierre Lubet, Armand Aviges, senior associate Cédric Meiller and Jean-Guy de Ruffray, who was recently promoted to partner.

Baker McKenzie's intellectual property offering covers the full spectrum of patents, trade marks, designs and models matters under the leadership of¬†Virginie Ulmann. In recent highlights,¬†Nathalie Marchand¬†advised on the trade mark aspects of Servier's acquisition of Shire's oncology business, and Intel, as part of a group of defendants, instructed a team led by Ulmann to handle an infringement case arising from its use of the 'Ultrabook' trade mark. The practice provides regular advice to major companies such as Mo√ęt Hennessy, Orient Express and Unilever in connection to the protection, management and administration of their intellectual property portfolios and brands.

The intellectual property lawyers at boutique firm Bardehle Pagenberg are 'genuinely skilled in their craft' and field 'the right mix of young talent and experience' to provide 'hands-on and commercial counsel'. Headed by the highly recommended Rebecca Delorey, the team recently witnessed the promotion to partner of the 'highly regarded and highly knowledgeable' Axel Munier. BMW recently instructed the group to advise on a number of trade mark and design litigation actions, and Munier represented a heavyweight fashion client in a number of infringement claims as well as non-contentious mandates. Other key clients include Pandora, H&M, Diesel and EasyGroup.

BCTG Avocats¬†fields a 'high-level team which is hyper involved and focused on the real concerns of its clients'. This is personified by counsel¬†Fran√ßois-Xavier Boulin,¬†who 'always guarantees matters will be treated efficiently and professionally through his experience and skills'. Practice head¬†Ga√ęlle Bloret-Pucci¬†recently represented Converse in civil and criminal proceedings against a recurring defendant pertaining to the latter's importation and sale of counterfeit shoes, and Nike continues to entrust the day-to-day oversight of its brand protection strategies to the practice, which recently advised on the seizure of counterfeit football jerseys imported into the European market in light of the FIFA World Cup. Associates¬†Jessica Sandowski¬†and¬†Georgina van der Heijden¬†are also key names.

Casalonga's Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte has a strong track record of acting for clients in the audiovisual space on the protection of high-profile trade marks such as the Star Trek property. Other key names include Arnaud Casalonga, Marianne Gabriel and Caroline Casalonga, who also regularly handle cross-border intellectual property litigation.

Alain Cléry's team at Cléry - Avocats covers the full gamut of intellectual property work but is especially noted for its work in the contentious space. It has a strong track record of advising on infringement and counterfeit claims as well as the filing of technical trade marks. Also notable is Coralie Devernay.

Intellectual property litigation boutique firm Cousin & Associés fields 'a small team of highly experienced lawyers' which provides 'clear and quick solutions, outstanding expertise in the field and experience in negotiations'. Clients especially value the input of 'highly talented litigator' Myriam Moatty, who 'understands the real commercial implications of every case' and 'focuses on the result rather than the process'. She continues to defend the registered 'Lamzac' design on behalf of Fatboy, and is currently collaborating with Sandrine Bouvier-Ravon to file and defend infringement and unfair competition claims across a wide variety of sectors.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associ√©s' client roster includes enviable names such as Ch√Ęteau de Versailles, which recently instructed a team led by¬†Julien Horn¬†to oversee the administration, licensing and prosecution of its worldwide trade mark portfolio, as well as a dispute with an ex-licensee on the grounds of the fraudulent registration of trade marks. Other notable names include¬†Louis de Gaulle,¬†Francine Le P√©chon-Joubert¬†and¬†Serge Lederman,¬†who is currently representing Mango in separate copyright, unregistered designs and models infringement proceedings brought by Chlo√© and Gas Bijoux. The arrival of Sandra Strittmatter¬†from LMBE¬†significantly strengthened the offering following Philippe Moncorps' arrival from TF1 in 2017. Palais des Th√©s, Skechers, Haribo and Etam are also names to note among the practice's blue-chip clients.

Dechert LLP's Paris office fields intellectual property expert Marie Fillon, who was recently joined by associates Louis de Chezelles and Guillaume Bensussan from HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER and DTMV & Associés, respectively. She recently secured a full victory for Elior in the Court of Appeal in its trade mark litigation against Enterprise Holdings, and acted as part of a cross-office multi-disciplinary team to advise on the intellectual property aspects of HRA Pharma's takeover of the Compeed brand from a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Another notable client is Ekkio Capital, which appointed Fillon's team to advise on the intellectual property elements of its acquisition of FX Solutions. Marianne Schaffner departed to join Dentons.

FTPA 'provides a very responsive and excellent overall service' through practitioners like joint practice heads Boriana Guimberteau and Antoine Gautier-Sauvignac: 'two outstanding individuals who always provide superlative advice that is easily accessible to all clients'. In addition to several high-profile and sensitive trade mark infringement and cancellation proceedings, the team is handling advisory and pre-litigation matters related to the launch of new brands in the luxury sector. On the non-contentious side, the group also advising on the filing of trade marks and the negotiation of licence agreements.

Gowling WLG fields a three-partner team consisting of Céline Bey, Philippe Rousseau and Julien Monsenego. Along with several contentious infringement matters, the team acted for a luxury fashion brand in a worldwide action as a defence to invalidity proceedings filed by a competitor in several countries; Rousseau represented a luxury group in pre-litigation pertaining to a threat by a competitor to terminate a licence granted for the sale and manufacturing of perfume. On the non-contentious side, Bey assisted a major cosmetics brand and its subsidiary with the liability and intellectual property aspects of the proposed launch of a new cosmetics range.

The full-service offering at¬†Hoffman¬†advises on all areas of intellectual property as well as adjacent antitrust and commercial law issues. Jointly headed by¬†Emmanuelle Hoffman,¬†Pierre Hoffman¬†and¬†Ingrid Zafrani, the practice is currently representing Domaine Ch√Ęteau Tour Fourthon in a challenge to the Court of Appeal's decision to overturn a decision by the French office of intellectual property which directly affected the peaceful co-existence between the client and a competitor. Associate¬†Laure Bouchard¬†collaborated with Pierre Hoffman to defend Simco Cash in an infringement action brought by Laguiole alleging the client's use of the 'laguiole' trade mark was void and deceptive and grounds for unfair competition practice charges. Clients in the fashion, luxury and technology sectors also feature on the team's enviable client roster.

Arenaire 'has strong technical legal skills and brings a tactical strength that is above the norm'. The team, led by founding partner and 'superb lawyer' Pierre Massot and Thibault Lentini, showcases 'creative thinking which is a real advantage in disputes'. In recent highlights, Lentini acted for Pernod Ricard in a trade mark cancellation action, and Massot successfully advised Maisons du Monde on its dispute with a competitor which used a trade mark similar to the client's old one. Associate and 'rising star' Louis Louembe also impressed clients with his 'excellent communication, risk management and decision-making skills'; 'he goes above and beyond to consider creative solutions to problems'.

Benoliel Avocats' Sylvie Benoliel-Claux represents clients in the luxury and other sectors in non-use cases and infringement claims. The team also advises on cross-border anti-counterfeiting programmes and assists clients with the protection of their intangible assets internationally.

Anne-Laure Villedieu heads the trade marks offering at CMS with the support of counsel José Monteiro. The team specialises in the luxury, cosmetics and food sectors and recently advised Bolton Solitaire on the intellectual property aspects of the launch of a new product line. On the contentious front, Body Minute appointed Villedieu's group to handle a trade mark litigation against an international competitor, while recent advisory work includes the management of several high-profile international brands, the negotiation of licensing agreements and the restructuring of intangible assets. Litigation specialist and associate Sabine Rigaud is also a name to note.

DS Avocats¬†provides day-to-day advice to the Louvre regarding the management of its brand portfolio, and recently acted for¬†√Člectricit√© R√©seau Distribution France (ERDF) on the trade mark issues arising from its name change to Enedis. In other highlights,¬†Catherine Verneret¬†assisted a major French retailer with three litigations pertaining to the revocation of an expired trade mark, and Frisquet appointed the group to advise on infringement proceedings. Other key names include¬†Thierry Granturco¬†and associate¬†Mathieu Salvia.

DTMV & Associés is strong in the litigation space and assists its diverse clients with the strategic management and enforcement of their trade marks and design portfolios. Eléonore Gaspar, Thierry Mollet-Viéville, Thomas Cuche and audiovisual expert Jean-Pierre Duclos are the key names.

With clients such as Decathlon, Truffaut and Vivarte, Guillemin Flichy acts for both defendants and claimants in infringement and revocation cases under the leadership of Alexis Guillemin. Fauré Le Page recently appointed the group to handle infringement proceedings filed by leather retailer Goyard on the grounds of alleged counterfeiting, as well as in its own countersuit against Goyard for denigration and illicit commercial practices.

The intellectual property team at Harlay Avocats covers the full gamut of contentious and advisory work including portfolio management and transactions. Its client roster is mainly composed of high-profile names in the biotech and healthcare space but also spans industry sectors such as tourism, media and technology. The key names to note are Sabine Lipovetsky, Dominique Mallo and Fabrice Perbost.

LMBE's intellectual property team handles both contentious mandates, such as infringement, nullity and counterfeit claims, and contractual negotiations involving intangible assets. The partner names to note are¬†Jean-Yves Larangot¬†and¬†Gw√©na√ęlle Madec.

Meridian is noted for its intellectual property work, especially in the luxury space where the team advises on competition and commercial law issues arising from trade mark and design infringements. The partner names to note are Vincent Vilchien and Julien Canlorbe; they regularly handle pre-litigation and litigation proceedings for clients in the fashion, food and beverage, telecom and media technology sectors.

Osborne Clarke's Claire Bouchenard is currently advising Wirecard in trademark litigation proceedings brought by GIE, and continues to provide brand protection and enforcement to Innocent. Xavier Pican is also an intellectual property and IT expert; he has deep experience in the field of software contracts and the protection of intangible assets including patents and copyright.

In recent highlights, Osmose acted for high-profile clients such as Total, Schmidt and Picard Surgelés in trade mark infringement litigation. On the non-contentious side, Antoine Gendreau and Alexandra Le Corroncq advised Coca-Cola on the negotiation of licensing agreements and continue to provide day-to-day assistance with brand management and intellectual property law to clients such as Sony and Saupiquet. Alexis Vichnievsky is also a partner name to note.

The 'focused, cautious, deeply knowledgeable and client-minded' intellectual property practitioners at¬†PASSA VARET Avocats¬†provide 'expert step-by-step advice'.¬†J√©r√īme Passa¬†is currently acting for an individual in trade mark litigation pertaining to a law firm's use of his name, and is also representing a major French automotive manufacturer in arbitration proceedings brought by a family bearing the same name, challenging the client's right to use the name. On the non-contentious side, the firm advises on the registration of trade marks and portfolio management. Other key names include¬†Vincent Varet¬†and associate¬†Camille Bertin.

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†regularly represents clients in trade mark and design infringement litigation and assists them with branding and international marketing strategies.¬†Emmanuel Goug√©¬†and associate¬†Virginia de Freitas¬†are currently defending Griesson - de Beukelaer in trade mark infringement and parasitic business practice proceedings brought by G√©n√©rale Biscuit Glico France and Mondelńďz regarding the alleged violation of the "mikado" biscuit trade mark. Also notable is associate¬†L√©onore Isnard.

Schmidt Brunet Litzler acted for Swarovski on the preparation and co-ordination of two seizures of counterfeit materials infringing the client's community registered design and associated proceedings against importers and wholesaler distributors in France. The main name to note is Delphine Brunet-Stoclet, who handled sensitive and high-stakes litigation on behalf of well-known clients and assisted them with issues surrounding the filing of new trade marks. Marie André-Nivet was recently promoted to senior associate and is also notable.

Sarah Bailey's intellectual property team at¬†Simmons & Simmons¬†was recently bolstered by the arrival of¬†Marina Coust√©¬†and¬†Fran√ßois Jonqu√®res, as well as¬†Fr√©d√©rique Potin¬†and Romain Viret¬†(both counsel) and¬†Micka√ęl da Costa¬†and¬†Sarah Madi¬†(both associates), from¬†Reed Smith. In addition to advising a number¬†of heavyweight global conglomerates on day-to-day trade mark portfolio management, Coust√© and Bailey handled high-profile and sensitive infringement proceedings. Recently, this included one criminal charge on the grounds of the attempted theft of a confidential prototype by a senior manager of a competitor group. On the non-contentious side, clients instruct the team to negotiate co-existence agreements and brand management on social media.

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