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Trade marks, designs and copyrights

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  1. Intellectual property: trade marks, designs and copyrights
  2. Other recommended firms
  3. Leading individuals

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Armengaud Guerlain provides ‘personalised service and a level of expertise that matches large firms’ standards’. The firm advises leading French and international companies, especially on trade marks in the luxury goods and healthcare sectors, and is recognised for its strong litigation expertise. The practice is led by Jacques Armengaud, who is ‘highly recommended for handling complex cases’; Stéphane Guerlain; and Catherine Mateu, who is praised for ‘her great practical sense and fine analysis’.

The ‘excellentCandé Blanchard Ducamp is ‘at the top in France’ and obtains ‘exceptional results’. The five-lawyer team is ‘highly knowledgeable in the fashion and leather goods sector’, where it advises many leading French and Anglophone clients. The practice is led by Patrice de Candé and Julien Blanchard, who ‘are passionate and can adapt to their clients’ demands’, as well as Claire Herissay-Ducamp, who has ‘very good business judgement’.

Duclos Thorne Mollet-Viéville & Associés is equally adept in trade mark, design and patent litigation. The firm is retained by leading luxury goods brands to handle strategic cases. Pharmaceutical laboratories also use the firm. The practice is led by the ‘excellent’ Thierry Mollet-Viéville, Pascal Lefort, Thomas Cuche, Eléonore Gaspar and Jean-Pierre Duclos, who is an audiovisual sector expert.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. advises prominent French and international brand owners including Pernod Ricard and BMW. The 19-lawyer team handles litigation and is experienced in new product launches. Arnaud Michel, Grégoire Triet, Emmanuel Larere and Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier lead the practice.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is the go-to firm for groundbreaking trade mark cases in the internet area, where giants such as Google France and YouTube are regular clients. The firm was recently successful in defending against a lawsuit brought by Hachette Filipacchi alleging the infringement of its Match and Paris Match trade marks. The practice also handles patents and copyright. Practice head Alexandra Néri is ‘very focused on achieving a positive result’. Of counsels Céline Bey – who is ‘very responsive, knowledgeable and thoughtful’ – and Sébastien Proust are also recommended.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP represents leading French and international groups in domestic and multi-jurisdictional matters. The practice is involved in sensitive matters in the luxury goods and life sciences sectors. It successfully represented Beiersdorf in a dispute initiated by Laboratoires Garnier and L’Oréal for trade mark infringement regarding hygiene products. McDonald’s and Shiseido are also clients. Marie-Aimée de Dampierre heads the practice, in which counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe is highly rated. The firm also has one of the world’s leading practices in the field of domain names, where companies such as Facebook are clients. David Taylor heads the global domain names practice. Xavier Buffet Delmas left the firm.

The ‘very good’ 11-lawyer team at Hoyng Rokh Monegier advises high-profile French and international clients including top luxury goods brand owners. The firm successfully represented Nicopure Labs in a trade mark infringement case with VFP France. L’Oréal and LVMH are also clients. The practice is led by the highly regarded Denis Monégier du Sorbier, Sophie Micallef and Marie Georges-Picot, who is ‘very helpful for international clients’, as well as Benoît Strowel.

Jones Day has ‘an extraordinary team, extremely hardworking, quick and efficient’, which is highly regarded for its strong trade mark and geographical indication expertise. The firm assists leading French and international brands such as Sonia Rykiel and the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac. It is representing Jeff Koons in two copyright disputes. The practice is also able to deal with patent litigation at high level. Emmanuel Baud heads the practice.

BCTG Avocats’ ‘efficient and pragmatic’ five-lawyer team gives ‘clear, expert and precise advice’. It is especially active in the fashion industry. Practice head Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci is ‘highly responsive, professional and efficient’.

Baker McKenzie SCP is ‘particularly competent, highly responsive and brings a highly technical vision to matters’. The 11-lawyer team has a full range of IP expertise with particular strength in the trade mark, design and copyright areas. The practice advises on portfolio management, transactions and litigation. It successfully represented Stage Entertainment in copyright litigation arising from the launch of a new live show. The firm advises many leading French and Anglophone companies, especially in the luxury goods and pharmaceuticals sectors areas, with clients including Unilever and Hennessy. Practice head Virginie Ulmann is ‘highly professional, always up-to-date and can design very fine strategies’. Local partner Nathalie Marchand is another name to note.

The ‘excellentCasalonga Avocats fields a team of ‘quick and available’ lawyers, which provides the full scope of IP services to many leading names in the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and fashion industries. It recently obtained major victories at French and EU levels. Caroline Casalonga, Arnaud Casalonga, Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte, Marianne Gabriel and Cristina Bercial-Chaumier are the partners in the practice.

Cléry - Avocats advises major brand owners and recently handled prominent trade mark cases in the agribusiness, automotive parts and transport sectors. The boutique also has expertise in Community trade marks and handles cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union. The practice is headed by Alain Cléry and Coralie Devernay.

Cousin & Associés shows ‘great understanding of complex technical issues’ and is recommended for its top trade mark, design and patent expertise. Leading corporations use the six-lawyer practice, which is headed by Pierre Cousin, who ‘can translate complex technical situations into legal language’, as well as Myriam Moatty, Sandrine Bouvier-Ravon, Jean-Martin Chevalier.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés assists renowned international retailers and handles cases before the French courts and OHIM. The practice also has a strong practice in acting for leading US audiovisual studios. Key figures in the team include Louis de Gaulle, who is praised for his ‘tenacity and his fine legal analysis’, as well as Julien Horn, Frank Valentin and Charles-Edouard Renault, who has ‘an excellent understanding of the intricacies of copyright law and is well versed in the issues faced by international companies’.

Dentons runs a full-service IP practice and advises many leading brand owners, especially in the luxury goods, fashion and pharmaceuticals industries. It is representing Lactalis in an EU court case after obtaining OAMI cancellation of an old trade mark of the Compagnie des Fromages & RichesMonts (CF&R). Bacardi-Martini and Havaianas are other clients. Senior counsel Gérard Delile is a name to note alongside practice co-heads David Masson and Isabelle Leroux.

Michel-Paul Escande heads the team at Cabinet Escande, which has outstanding litigation expertise in cases pertaining to the use of patronymic names, geographical appellations and patent issues. Clients include leading luxury goods and automotive brand owners.

FTPA’s ‘pragmatic and responsive’ nine-lawyer practice advises prestigious French and international fashion and luxury goods companies on strategic matters and IP protection, including a recent case pertaining to a colour trade mark. Antoine Gautier-Sauvagnac is ‘a very smart lawyer, who is always available for his clients’. Fabrice Lorvo, Philippe Pochet and Boriana Guimberteau are also skilled professionals.

Laude Esquier Champey mainly handles litigation and is representing various clients in the luxury fashion and wines and spirits sectors. The team successfully acted for Studio Harcourt in a copyright dispute with a former photographer. D8 and Quinta Communications are also clients. Sophie Havard Duclos provides ‘acute legal and practical advice’.


Index of tables

  1. Intellectual property: patents
  2. Other recommended firms
  3. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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The ‘excellentAllen & Overy LLP is recommended for high-value pharmaceutical patent cases, including cases aiming to change the law in France. It recently obtained a ruling in favour of the patentability of dosage regime from the Paris Court of Appeals for client Merck Sharp & Dohme. Other strong areas of expertise are telecoms and hi-tech. The practice is notably handling several cases regarding essential standard patent infringement issues. It represented Samsung in IP litigation against Apple Inc. Daiichi Sankyo and Google are also clients. Practice head Laëtitia Bénard has ‘an excellent knowledge of the industry, the courts and the law’, and is ‘an advocate for bringing France to the forefront of modern pharmaceutical patent practice’. The ‘pragmatic and tenacious’ David Por and recently promoted partner Alexandre Rudoni are also recommended.

Bird & Bird has ‘a good knowledge of the pharmaceuticals sector, providing good strategic advice on patent litigation’. The firm is handling high-profile cases in the area for clients such as Actavis. The practice also manages high-end telecoms litigation. Practice head Yves Bizollon is a ‘high-quality’ adviser; other names to note are Géraldine Arbant, who recently joined from Fidal, as well as Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan and Marc Schuler.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. has strong patent litigation expertise, especially in the pharmaceuticals industry, and regularly acts for new entrants. The 19-lawyer IP team has also been involved in obtaining key results in a high-profile telecoms dispute on behalf of Nokia Siemens Networks. The firm also successfully defended La Maison du Café at first instance to cancel some of Nestlé’s patents on Nespresso coffee machines capsules. The practice is led by the highly regarded Grégoire Triet, Arnaud Michel, Emmanuel Larere and Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier is ‘a go-to firm’ for patent litigation and ‘can handle national and international disputes’. The 11-lawyer team ‘has deep technical knowledge and good commercial understanding’ in many areas, but most notably in pharmaceuticals, where it is defending several blockbuster drug patents and advises on the development of biosimilars in strategic pan-European disputes. The firm is also representing Merck Sharp & Dohme Animal Health and Intervet International in patent infringement litigation against Bayer. The highly regarded Denis Monégier du Sorbier heads the practice jointly with Sophie Micallef, Marie Georges-Picot and Benoît Strowel, who is ‘hugely experienced and has a great understanding of clients’ needs’.

Cabinet Schertenleib is ‘especially recommended for technical patent litigation, particularly in the life sciences field’. The boutique has ‘excellent knowledge of the French pharmaceuticals industry’, where it is handling an impressive strategic caseload. The firm is assisting generics companies such as Mylan in blockbuster patent litigation, and is also involved in innovative cases pertaining to patents on antibodies. It is representing Eli Lilly in a patent revocation litigation regarding Alzheimer’s disease therapeutic monoclonal antibodies held by Janssen Sciences Ireland. The practice is led by French and English-qualified lawyer Denis Schertenleib, who is ‘technically adept on both patent law and technology’. Of counsel Ombeline Degrèze-Péchade has ‘excellent regulatory knowledge of life sciences’.

Véron & Associés’ team is made up of ‘patent experts who have scientific knowledge’ and ‘are always up to date on the latest trends in France and in Europe’. The 12-lawyer team is recommended for high-stakes litigation and has expertise in various areas; notably in strategic biosimilar cases in the healthcare sector. The firm recently successfully defended Airbus Helicopters in a landing gear patent dispute with Bell. Key figures in the practice include Pierre Véron, Isabelle Romet, Thomas Bouvet, as well as Sabine Agé and Amandine Métier, whose ‘listening abilities and pertinent advice’ are particularly appreciated.

August Debouzy’s ‘very proactive’ nine-lawyer team is ‘there 24/7 and always finds a solution’. The practice is particularly strong in the healthcare area, where it is handling pan-European litigation for clients such as Teva. The firm also acts for leading telecoms clients, including Orange. The team successfully represented Ericsson in a dispute with High Point. Other active sectors include energy, defence and research and development. The team is headed by Grégoire Desrousseaux and ‘brilliant European patent lawyerFrançois Pochart.

Dechertquickly jumps into complex cases, providing sophisticated, highly responsive advice and representation’. The ‘impressive’ five-lawyer team has ‘strong cross-border and international experience’ and is adept at serving US clients. The firm is handling complex and high-end cases pertaining to telecoms, electronics, construction, chemicals and life sciences. Johnson & Johnson and LG Electronics are clients. Practice head Marianne Schaffner is ‘a valued adviser able to manage complex and sensitive issues rapidly and in the best way possible’. ‘Rising star’ Romain Viret ‘really understands the technology behind the patents’.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP has strong expertise in the healthcare sector and regularly represents leading pharmaceuticals groups in domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation with new entrants. It is representing Hollister in a patent infringement case initiated by Coloplast. The firm also handles patent disputes in other sectors and advises on IP in the context of corporate transactions. Clients include Eli Lilly and Lear Corporation. Stanislas Roux-Vaillard is the key contact.

Lavoix Avocats is involved in a number of landmark FRAND cases. The practice represented Myriad in US and London proceedings with Oracle America, and successfully acted for LGE in a case against Core Wireless in Paris. Cyrille Amar heads the six-lawyer IP practice, which includes strong names Grégoire Goussu and Antonin Staub.

Loyer & Abelloprovides excellent and very pragmatic assistance’. The five-lawyer team is ‘to the point, efficient and result-driven’ and ‘has very large experience in court’. The practice represents many major groups, including handling key matters in the healthcare sector, where it is defending Teva following the launch of a generic drug a few months before MSD’s SPCs expired. The firm is also acting for Gaztransport and Technigaz in proceedings with Chantiers de l’Atlantique. Practice head Michel Abello is ‘highly competent and a very good negotiator’.

Reed Smith’s ‘excellent’ five-lawyer team is renowned for its patent expertise in the healthcare sector, where it takes on strategic disputes against generics manufacturers. The firm is notably representing Alkermes Pharmaceutical and Abbott Laboratories in blockbuster patent infringement litigation. It is also handling cases in the telecoms and mechanical engineering sectors. ‘A very talented and experienced litigator’, practice head Marina Cousté has ‘extraordinary ability’. François Jonquères is another name to note.

Patent and trade mark attorneys

Index of tables

  1. Intellectual property: patent and trade mark attorneys
  2. Other recommended firms

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).

The ‘excellentCabinet Beau de Loménie houses some 200 professionals, including 70 CPIs. The firm has four offices in France and satellite offices in Birmingham, Munich and Duisburg. In the patent area, the firm advises some of the most technologically advanced French companies, as well as leading French telecoms and retailer companies. The practice also acts for certain blue-chip Asian companies. It is led by Philippe Hubert, Didier Intès, François Delumeau, Pierre Balesta and the ‘very knowledgeable’ Pierre-Louis Désormière, who ‘understands inventors’. Aurélia Marie heads the trade mark team, which assists leading names in the luxury goods sector.

Casalonga & Associés fields some 100 CPIs, who are based in the firm’s Paris, Munich, Alicante, Grenoble and Toulouse offices. It has leading trade mark and patent expertise and acts for leading clients in the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and mechanical sectors. The practice represented L’Oréal in patent litigation with Henkel. Axel Casalonga, Gérard Dossmann and Virginie Martin-Charbonneau are especially recommended.

Lyon-headquartered Germain & Maureau fields some 50 CPIs and ranks among the most active French players for Community trade mark registrations. It has four offices in France and satellites in Alicante, Munich and Geneva.

Lavoix produces ‘high-quality work’ and has ‘recognised expertise in many technical areas’, especially in relation to chemicals, pharmaceuticals, mechanics, electronics and physics. The firm fields 200 professionals, including some 60 engineers and ten jurists. Its prominent client base includes leading French groups such as Alstom, ArcelorMittal, Technip and L’Oréal. The firm has offices in Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Rennes, Grenoble, Lille and Munich.

Cabinet Plasseraud fields some 100 engineers and jurists across its offices in Paris, Lyon, Lille, Dijon, Toulouse, Shanghai and Prague. Its patent expertise spans electronics, mechanical engineering, chemicals and physics.

Regimbeau provides ‘a very high level of personalised service’. The firm houses some 200 professionals, and its 60 CPIs are ‘great experts, always available and efficient’. The patent practice spans 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 40 engineers and jurists who are based in Paris, Marseille and Toulouse. The firm has strong patent expertise in biotechnology, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as a robust trade mark practice. It is managing major cases before the EPO. Clients include Sanofi, Kering, Accor and Nestlé. Thierry Caen and Eric Le Bihan are other names to note.

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