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Considered a ‘top-tier unit’, Allen & Overy LLP’s patent lawyers are ‘very responsive and extremely knowledgeable about clients’ business needs, the industry and the technology space in general’. Laëtitia Bénard, David Por and Alexandre Rudoni head the team which has developed a strong expertise in the life sciences, telecoms, gaming and media sectors. Counsel Eveline Van Keymeulen ‘is there to answer regulatory questions surrounding patents cases’ and was part of the team which successfully defended Merck against a series of claims brought by a group including Bristol-Myers Squibb pertaining to a cancer treatment drug. Other notable work highlights included representing Novartis in a series of claims against a generic actor in the French market, and defending Archos in French, German and Dutch infringement actions brought by Philips in relation to mobile phone operating systems. Counsel Frédéric Chevallier is also a key contact.

Bird & Birdhas a highly skilled team for pharmaceutical patent litigation matters which always provides helpful and appropriate advice’. Practice co-head Yves Bizollon, who stands out for his ‘proactive and pragmatic approach’, and ‘well-prepared’ counsel Jean-Baptise Thiénot recently represented Actelion in revocation proceedings against Icos with regards to its patent in the innovative pulmonary arterial hypertension medical space. In the technology sector, Anne-Charlotte le Bihan is representing Thomson Licensing in several infringement proceedings against Samsung, and counsel Charles Tuffreau teamed up with Bizollon to advise Chavanoz Industrie on the appeal stage of a patent suit against sunscreen manufacturer Mermet with regards to a high-tech yarn used to manufacture fire-retardant blinds and curtains. Also notable is counsel and patent attorney Laurent Labatte who regularly handles complex litigation cases with a particular strength in the electronics and telecoms spaces.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.’s ‘very strong and highly responsive’ intellectual property lawyers are particularly ‘well-known and connected’ in the medical devices and pharmaceutical sectors. Emmanuel Larere recently teamed up with Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier to represent Ono and Bristol-Myers Squibb in a multijurisdictional patent dispute against Merck with regards to an innovative immunological treatment for cancer, while Grégoire Triet represented Shionogi in two infringement claims against Merck and its subsidiaries pertaining to a HIV drug. In the consumer products space, the team defended Delica and its distributor Mifroma against patent infringement claims brought by Nestlé concerning its marketing of coffee capsules compatible with the ‘Dolce Gusto’ machines. Newly promoted partner Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry has experience in handling trade secret and ‘know-how’ protection matters; he is a notable contact alongside ‘driven, client-oriented and very strong professional’ and associate Emma Leguillon.

Specialist intellectual property boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier regularly represents clients from the agro-food, life sciences, aeronautics and telecoms sectors in cross-border litigation. Brussels-based practice head Benoît Strowel advised Zeltiq on a potential appeal against the revocation of one of its patents and the coordination of European litigations pertaining to CoolSculpting Cryolipolysis technology and Denis Monégier du Sorbier assisted Strowel with the enforcement of patent rights. Sophie Micallef, who is representing a corporate client in an invention dispute with a former employee, is another key contact.

Jones Day visibly strengthened its patent litigation offering by welcoming Thomas Bouvet and his team from Véron & Associés. The group represented Yamaha in a patent litigation against its competitor Piaggio concerning the alleged violation of six European patents pertaining to motorcycle and scooter engines, and also represented Vestegaard Fransen in breach of trade secret proceedings against a former consultant and his French company. Other work included representing Star Fruits and the Department of Agriculture and Food of Western Australia in appeal proceedings filed by Pink Lady following a decision by the Community Plant Variety Office to nullify a Community Plant Variety Right to Star Fruits.

Cabinet Schertenleibis outstanding for patent litigation in the life sciences space’ and name partner Denis Schertenleib is ‘a very sophisticated and technically qualified operator’ with ‘experience providing no-nonsense advice as part of multijurisdictional litigation teams’. The group, which also includes of counsels Ombeline Degrèze-Péchade and Matthieu Dhenne, recently advised Mylan on a series of revocation actions and defended the same client against infringement claims. Additional highlights included defending Sandoz in a dispute brought by Pfizer and Warner Lambert with regards to whether generic laboratories can sell the client’s products through skinny label indications and outside of the realm of life sciences, as well as advising Alpinestars on its revocation claim against Dainese pertaining to mechanical engineering patents. Other notable clients are Teva, Amgen and Bio-Rad.

Véron & Associés’s practice is entirely dedicated to the resolution of contentious matters in the patents space and is led by of counsel Pierre Véron, who recently left the management of the firm to Sabine Agé and Amandine Métier. Recent highlights include a high-stakes infringement litigation against Bell on behalf of Airbus Helicopters pertaining to a new type of landing gear and Florence Jacquand, who was recently promoted to partner, defending Gilead in revocation proceedings brought by generic company Mylan. The group was also instructed by the National Institute of Intellectual Property to oversee a series of disputes arising from the lapse of the supplementary protection certificate of block buster cholesterol drug pravastatin. Caroline Levesque and Marta Mendes were recently promoted to counsel.

Armengaud Guerlain’s recent caseload includes acting for clients in multijurisdictional patent infringement proceedings, providing strategic advice on global patent invalidity proceedings and delivering intellectual property advice regarding industrial contracts. Catherine Mateu advised Quad Logic on its patent infringement action against the French public electricity distribution company, Enedis, with regard to smart electricity meters and Stéphane Guerlain defended a corporate client in a litigation filed by a former employee who claimed rights to an invention.

Grégoire Desrousseaux and François Pochart head August Debouzy’s patents offering which recently successfully closed a longstanding infringement claim on behalf of Pfeiffer Vacuum against Till Liquidating concerning plasma-generating technology. The firm also defended the French National Scientific Research Centre against a number of employee inventor claims, and senior associate Loïc Lemercier is working alongside Pochart to challenge the validity of the French part of a European patent owned by Merck before the French Supreme Court and to appeal the granting of a special protection certificate to Novartis. Other notable contacts include Mathilde Rauline who joined the firm as counsel in 2016 from a head of patent litigation position at Sanofi and has substantial experience in both litigious actions but also the management of patent portfolios.

DTMV & Associés’ patents practice services an impressive client roster in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and high-tech electronics sectors featuring French and international entities such as Gilead, Pfizer, and Nespresso. The team, comprised of Thierry Mollet-Viéville, Pascal Lefort, Eléonore Gaspar and Thomas Cuche, recently defended Gilead in a high-stakes multijurisdictional invalidity action brought by Idenix with regards to its hepatitis treatment drug, and is acting for Nespresso in its ‘capsules war’ against other brands marketing coffee capsules compatible with its machines. Hutchinson and Valeo also engaged the practice to pursue manufacturers of counterfeit automobile parts.

Dechert LLPis highly responsive and available for its clients’ and fields ‘an outstanding team’ headed by Marie Fillon. In recent highlights, Tembec engaged the team to handle its opposition against a European patent owned by Norwegian pulp and paper company Borregaard. The client roster also includes LG and Pierre Fabre. Julie Sérusclat departed the group for a deputy general counsel position at LVMH and Marianne Schaffner joined Dentons.

Dentons recently welcomed Marianne Schaffner and her team from Dechert LLP to bolster the patents offering, which services clients such as Essilor. She is currently handling a number of domestic and multijurisdictional patent infringement cases across a variety of sectors, including the life sciences space. On the non-contentious side, Laboratoires Servier appointed the group to oversee the intellectual property aspects of its international partnership with Swiss biotech company GeNeuro. Also notable is Davis Masson who acted for ICT in a patent litigation case brought by Tissues France pertaining to the use of an absorbent paper product and its production process.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s Stanislas Roux-Vaillard recently defended Icos, an affiliate of Eli Lilly, in proceedings against the validity of its European urology patent covering Cialis; he also worked at a multijurisdictional level to defend Bristol-Myers Squibbs in a special protection certificate nullification action brought by Teva in France. The team’s recent caseload also includes a number of infringement claims in the technology space, the defence of a company in the transport infrastructure sector against an invention claim by a former employee, and a transfer of patents and trade secret portfolios in the context of a major corporate transaction for a major energy company. Other notable clients include Hollister Inc, SNF Floeger and Merz Pharma. Jane Seager made partner and Marie-Aimée De Dampierre heads the team.

Lavoix is adept at transactional patent matters, the coordination of multijurisdictional cases and the handling of FRAND cases. Practice head Camille Pecnard, who recently joined the firm from Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP, represented ArcelorMittal in a number of disputes against former employees pertaining to the unauthorised use of trade secrets and ‘know-how’, as well as invention claims. Also noteworthy is Valérie Genin-Samson whose experience extends to the intellectual property aspects of contracts, the transfer of portfolios and ownership rights as part of corporate transactions, as well as arbitration proceedings for clients in the railway transport, luxury goods and automotive manufacturing sectors.

At Linklaters, the ‘level of service is excellent and the response times are prompt’ The team, noted for its ‘strength in depth’, is headed by Pauline Debré and acts across a vast array of industry sectors, where it provides litigation and pre-litigation advice in connection with revocation, infringement and nullification actions; however, the team’s recent caseload also features advice on research and development agreements and the transfer of intellectual property portfolios in the context of corporate transactions.

Representing clients in a wide array of industry sectors including healthcare, life sciences and energy, Loyer & Abello tackles both contentious and advisory patents matters. Michel Abello’s team has a particularly strong expertise in the pharmaceutical field where it regularly handles significant disputes pertaining to infringements, nullification demands and oppositions. Clients also engage the firm to advise on trade mark and design issues.

Marina Cousté heads Reed Smith’s European intellectual property team from the Paris office with the support of high-tech partner François Jonquères and counsel Romain Viret. The group has particular expertise in the biotechnical, chemical and technology industries.

Frank Valentin recently joined Altana from De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés with four associates and Armand Aviges who arrived from Armfelt Association d'Avocats. Recently, the three-partner team advised biotechnology company Onxeo on patents and IP aspects of its acquisition of DNA Therapeutics and represented a client in an employee patent dispute. Pierre Lubet is also a partner in the team and collaborated with counsel Jean-Guy de Ruffray to oversee a number of patent infringement claims. Associate Cédric Meiller is another key contact.

The intellectual property litigation practice at Aramis recently attracted several new clients across a wide range of sectors including life sciences, food and drink, and cosmetics. The group centres its practice around litigation, risk analysis and pre-litigation advice, especially related to generic pharmaceutical products. Practice head Benjamin May recently represented a client in patent infringement and know-how proceedings with regards to propulsion technology and also teamed up with Jestaz to advise a client on the acquisition of a portfolio of patents related to storage devices. Another notable work highlight is the representation of Tereos Syral in cross-border patent infringement litigation pertaining to the production process of a starch molecule.

Bardehle Pagenberg has the ‘right people in the right places’ and an ‘in-depth understanding of clients’ needs’ which covers all aspects of patents law including filing, portfolio management, litigation and enforcement. Managing partner and ‘absolutely outstanding litigator’ Julien Fréneaux heads the Paris offering and provided pre-litigation advice to Parrot with regards to its high-tech consumer products. Also noteworthy are patent prosecution team leader Dominique Dupuis-Latour and Marie-Claude Pellegrini, who regularly work alongside Fréneaux to represent telecoms sector clients such as Free and Iliad in infringement and validity actions.

The intellectual property team at Casalonga Avocats is led by four partners with significant experience in all aspects of intellectual property work including patent disputes in the pharmaceutical space. Marianne Gabriel and senior partner Arnaud Casalonga defended generic drug company Biogaran against an infringement claim pertaining to its drug for the treatment of certain forms of high cholesterol. Other key contacts include managing partner Caroline Casalonga, who is especially strong in the mechanical, consumer goods and electronics sectors, and Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte.

The patents team at Cornet Vincent Ségurel consists of four partners and regularly handles both contentious and non-contentious mandates across a variety of sectors. François Herpe and Thomas Deschryver recently represented clients such as Ingenico in patent infringement cases, and the team also handled the transfer and restructuring of patent portfolios as a part of corporate deals and partnership contracts. Florent Lucas and Jérôme Wiehn are other names to note.

DLA Piper’s patent expertise is predominantly applied in the healthcare and life sciences space, where Jean-Christophe Tristant represents pharmaceutical laboraties and medical device companies in infringement and nullity cases. His expertise also extends to the negotiation of intellectual property licensing agreements. Notable clients include IMS Health, Becton Dickinson and Santen Pharmaceutical.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés’ intellectual property team regularly advises on patent issues, especially in the context of contractual matters pertaining to the transfer of ownership rights and research and development projects. Recent highlights include advising a client on the implementation of its inventions and patents policy towards its employees, as well as handling consortium agreements. Louis De Gaulle and Francine Le Péchon-Joubert are regularly supported by healthcare sector specialist Jean-Marie Job and senior counsel Jean-Sébastien Mariez.

Guilbot Avocat has ‘profound knowledge in the field of patent litigation’ and clients ‘can be nothing but fully satisfied with the high-quality service provided’. Alongside its strong contentious offering, the team also conducts intellectual property due diligence in the context of corporate transactions and provides advice on the question of freedom of use. Notable work highlights included successfully representing CSI in patent infringement cases against Philips, which included the nullification of three European patents. Founding partner Florent Guilbot’s ‘high responsiveness combined with his willingness to go the extra mile for his clients’ give him an ‘undeniable advantage in the patent litigation sphere’.

Pinsent Masons LLPgains strength through the high concentration of talented individuals’, who provide advice that ‘has a personal feel, so that clients feel like they are part of the team’. Practice head Emmanuel Gougé provides ‘clear, to-the-point advice’ and represented Plastic Omnium in a cross-European patent litigation case against German competitor Emitec. Other work highlights include nullity claims, contract negotiations in the context of FRAND licenses and partnership agreements, and representing Institut Mines-Télécoms in a dispute with an employee pertaining to the ownership of two patents. Calzados Hergar and Landis+Gyr are among the firm’s new clients.


Trade marks, designs and copyright

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Armengaud Guerlain’s ‘excellent’ team regularly applies its ‘great negotiation skills’ in copyright and trade mark litigation, especially in the luxury fashion and cosmetics sectors. ‘Outstanding negotiator’ Catherine Mateu represented couture and costume designer Fred Sathal in an IP dispute against a leading ballet company with regards to the costumes used in its production of Romeo and Juliet, while Stéphane Guerlain represented Dolce & Gabbana in a copyright litigation against a number of retailers who sold allegedly infringing dresses. Other noteworthy clients include Virbac, L’Oréal and Safran.

The laywers at Candé Blanchard Ducamp are all entirely dedicated to litigation in the field of intellectual property on behalf of domestic and international clients from a wide array of industry sectors. Founded by Patrice de Candé, Julien Blanchard and Claire Herissay-Ducamp, the practice recently handled various copyright and trade mark infringement cases for clients in the luxury fashion and cosmetics space, as well as trade mark opposition matters.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. advises clients such as Dior, Tag Heuer and Johnson & Johnson on the full spread of contentious and non-contentious trade mark, design and copyright matters. Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier recently represented Levi Strauss in a cross-border trade mark infringement claim against Dogg Label while Arnaud Michel acted for Merck and five of its French subsidiaries in a trade mark and name infringement action against MSD regarding the use of the ‘Merck’ sign in France. Emmanuel Larere defended Marks & Spencer in a major trade mark dispute brought by Auchan in connection with the client’s ‘simply M&S’ brand, and Grégoire Triet, who ‘takes a holistic view’ and provides ‘pragmatic advice’, is representing Fondazione Prada in copyright infringement proceedings brought by a former Naf Naf designer.

Clients such as Danone, Geox and YouTube entrust their trade marks, design and copyright issues to Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s intellectual property and TMT department. Practice head Alexandra Néri recently advised a consumer electronics company on ‘free-riding’ and defended an internet company in a criminal case concerning videos hosted online by the client which allegedly breached copyright and neighbouring rights. Other noteworthy clients include SNCF, Google and Huawei. Of counsel Sébastien Proust specialises in litigation and is also a key contact.

Marie-Aimée de Dampierre heads Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP’s intellectual property, media and technology practice, which also includes newly promoted partner Jane Seager and David Taylor, who has in-depth knowledge of internet-related intellectual property issues, especially online copyright, trade marks and domain names; he frequently assists Facebook with the recuperation of domain names and with a number of litigious matters pertaining to the client’s potential liability as a hosting provider and website editor. Counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe advises McDonald’s on the protection and enforcement of its copyright and trade mark portfolios as well as its image rights, and de Dampierre provides ongoing counsel to Lego in connection with customs seizures and civil and criminal proceedings. Other notable clients include Hollister Inc, Pepsi and Beiersdorf. Stanislas Roux-Vaillard is in charge of the patents sub-team and is also a key contact.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier routinely represents household name brands in domestic and multijurisdictional infringement proceedings and unfair competition claims. The intellectual property offering is led by Denis Monégier du Sorbier and supported by Marie Georges-Picot, who recently represented a well-known lingerie brand in litigious proceedings regarding design, advertising and market positioning issues, and Sophie Micallef, who is assisting a luxury cosmetics company with a series of trade mark infringement claims. Apart from its contentious work, the group also provided transactional support and guided a prominent financial services client through the redrafting of its trade mark management policy. Retail chain Cora and Canal+ feature among the firm’s impressive client roster.

The intellectual property team at Laude Esquier Champeyis clearly established as a major and renowned actor in the field’. Sophie Havard Duclos, who ‘stands out for her responsiveness, availability and her strategic talents based on both an in-depth knowledge of the regulatory landscape and an acute pragmatism’, regularly handles cross-border infringement proceedings for media and luxury fashion clients. Other work included representing a French client in criminal proceedings following the seizure by customs of items infringing one of the client’s trade marks. Victor Champey and business litigation specialist Olivier Laude are also key contacts.

Jones Day provides trade marks, designs and copyright advice to clients such as Accor, Shiseido and Pernod Ricard and its affiliates. Recent highlights include acting for the BNIC – the national bureau of cognac producers – in two sensitive matters against major cognac actors with respects to ageing denomination and the listing of cognac as an ingredient, and defending artist Jeff Koons and his company Jeff Koons LLC in copyright infringement proceedings filed by French photographers and their heirs. Other notable work highlights include assisting a client with license agreements related to the proposed development of a hotel chain, and handling intellectual property transfers. Emmanuel Baud is the key contact.

At Altana, the copyright and trade marks team ‘works very efficiently and punctually’ and was significantly strengthened by the arrival of Frank Valentin and four of his associates from De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés. The firm regularly assists household name clients in the technology, healthcare and media sectors with the enforcement and protection of their trade mark portfolios in France and the EU, including high-value litigation and contractual issues. Pierre Lubet and counsel Jean-Guy de Ruffray are defending an American music production company in litigation against an individual who claimed ownership of music used in a television spot created by the client, and are also acting for an individual in the haute couture sector in his claim for infringement of moral rights and supplementary renumeration for copyright. Notable clients include Netflix, Amazon, Microsoft and Moulin Rouge.

BCTG Avocatsstands out in terms of responsiveness, professionalism and practical advice’ and fields intellectual property specialists which ‘are very proactive at suggesting enforcement strategies to help clients combat counterfeits and other infringements’. In recent highlights, associate Georgina van der Heijden, who ‘stands out’ and ‘is a pleasure to work with’, teamed up with practice head Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci to handle a complex trade mark infringement case on behalf of Converse, as well as ongoing brand protection work for a number of household clothing brands involving customs seizures and criminal proceedings. Other names to note include associate Pierre Trusson, who is part of a team acting for a jeweller in copyright infringement proceedings, and counsel François-Xavier Boulin, who is assisting a major technology company with copyrights issues related to a decorative feature on the side of its headquarters.

With a particular strength in litigation work, Baker McKenzie’s Virginie Ulmann heads the intellectual property team and is supported by Nathalie Marchand, who recently acted for Canal+ in a number of disputes related to the calculation and payment of copyright levies for private copy. In other highlight work, the group defended Intel against trade mark and copyright infringement as well as unfair competition allegations pertaining to the use of the ‘ultra-book’ trade mark, including the filing of a counterclaim for the cancellation of a trade mark on the grounds of non-use; and senior associate Thomas Defaux is also working alongside Ulmann to advise the heirs of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on their copyright and trade mark rights related to the merchandising of his works. Other noteworthy clients include Unilever, Moët-Hennessy and RealD.

Bird & Bird is ‘excellent in all respects’ and clients ‘are completely satisfied with the service’ provided by the intellectual property team, which consists of four partners and handles portfolio management, transactional support and contentious mandates. Anne-Charlotte le Bihan defended electronics retailer Calor and the SEB group in a design infringement litigation brought by Babyliss with regards to the launch of a new hair curler. In the copyright space, Marc Schuler is representing longstanding client Dailymotion in privacy rights proceedings regarding the use of the image of a former France Télévision entertainer as well as providing pre-litigation advice against a ‘fake views’ service, and coordinating potential action against adblockers. Practice head Yves Bizollon successfully defended Electrolux in copyright infringement proceedings filed by an architect and conceptual artist claiming ownership of a concept. In Lyon, the name to note is Géraldine Arbant.

At Casalonga Avocats, Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte represents several clients in disputes arising from infringement claims pertaining to well-known audio-visual trade marks such as Star Trek and the CSI series, while Arnaud Casalonga and Marianne Gabriel defended La Chaise Longue against infringement claims brought by a German company regarding the use of the Pan Am logo. The group also regularly handles cross-border work, as demonstrated by Caroline Casalonga’s ongoing advice to La Samaritaine whose trade mark filing was previously denied by the authorities in China on the grounds of bad faith; she also represented BNP Paribas in an infringement claim regarding the use of its slogan by a competitor.

Although traditionally noted for its strength in litigation, Cléry - Avocats also provides advice on non-contentious patent, trade mark, design and copyright matters, as well as unfair competition issues. Alain Cléry’s team recently obtained a 3D trade mark for a mineral water bottle, and continues to represent Chronopost in proceedings against DHL who allegedly counterfeited a number of the client’s intellectual properties. On the copyright front, Nestlé instructed the practice to defend it in litigation against an illustrator claiming she owns the rights to the féminine character printed on a range of the client’s products. Also noted is Coralie Devernay.

Litigation boutique Cousin & Associés acts on the full spectrum of intellectual property matters with a particular expertise in trade mark issues. The group represented Louis Roederer in trade mark infringement proceedings against wine grower Pierre Chainier pertaining to the use of the ‘cristal’ terminology in the marketing of his products and on the copyrights front, the group defended Bouygues Bâtiment and its Moroccan subsidiary Bymaro in copyright litigation proceedings filed by a French architecture firm with regards to a number of buildings currently under construction in Casablanca. Other work included assisting Fatboy with design infringement actions against numerous parties infringing the client’s Lamzac product. Pierre Cousin, Myriam Moatty, Jean-Martin Chevalier and Sandrine Bouvier-Ravon are the names to note.

DTMV & Associés’ five-partner practice has a strong track record in contentious intellectual property issues and is particularly prominent in patent litigation, although the team also acts for French and international brands in a strategic and advisory capacity. Audio-visual expert Jean-Pierre Duclos, Thierry Mollet-Viéville, Pascal Lefort, Eléonore Gaspar and Thomas Cuche are the names to note.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés advises clients on transactional and litigious intellectual property issues. Louis de Gaulle acted for toys and games company Goliath in several litigious proceedings aiming to protect the client’s trade marks from immoral use by competitors, and Julien Horn continues to assist a longstanding client with the validation of movie titles and the protection of its trade mark portfolio which recently involved actions against distributors of counterfeit merchandise. Clients also recommend Francine le Péchon-Joubert, who is representing a trading company in its appeal against the court’s decision to condemn it for the import and distribution of infringing products, and Charles-Edouard Renault, who advised clients in the audio-visual production space on IP aspects of an exclusive output deal for a well-known television series. Other noteworthy clients include Château de Versailles, Microsoft and Twentieth Century Fox. Sandra Strittmatter and associate Sophie de Marez Oyens were new arrivals in February 2018 from LMBE.

According to one client, ‘very few firms offer the ability to address complex intellectual property in connection with high-stakes corporate deals’ like Dechert LLP. Marie Fillon represented a luxury fashion brand in trade mark infringement proceedings against a fashion company. Associate Clémence Boland is part of the team advising a household cosmetics name on IP aspects of its acquisition of a skincare and spa products producer, and a major technology client engaged the group to tackle the intellectual property obstacles hindering its expansion into Europe, including trade mark oppositions and revocation claims. In terms of counsel work, the team assisted the Technetics group with research and development agreements with EDF and Atomic Energy Commission and is also managing its intellectual property portfolio. Marianne Schaffner joined Dentons in 2018.

Dentons’ intellectual property offering provides advice on the whole array of both contentious and non-contentious IP matters: in recent highlights, the team advised Polaroid on branding and enforcement strategies for its trade mark portfolio, and senior counsel Isabelle Leroux represented Coca-Cola and its French and German subsidiaries in a complex copyright and ‘free riding’ dispute arising from the broadcasting of a Christmas advertisement. Of counsel Clémence Monnet is also a key contact and continues to assist well-known advertising agency J. Walter Thompson and its clients with campaigns and direct marketing projects and practice head David Masson carries out both civil and criminal proceedings on behalf of clients in the telecoms, life sciences, luxury goods and media spaces. The firm’s impressive client roster also includes Lactalis, Allergan and Harley Davidson. Marianne Schaffner was a new arrival from Dechert LLP in 2018.

FTPA’s intellectual property co-head Boriana Guimberteau represented a client in four separate trade mark infringement and unfair competition litigation cases against four different entities involving seizure operations and criminal charges, and together with corporate partner Nathalie Younan she also assisted a major global fashion retailer with a global agreement and the transfer of a competitor’s trade mark rights. In other recent work, Antoine Gautier-Sauvagnac regularly advises a high-end jewellery start-up company on copyrights issues and licensing agreements and also handled numerous infringement disputes. Fabrice Lorvo is one of the key contacts in the firm’s intangibles law department.

Gowling WLGis well equipped to assist with any intellectual property matter regardless of its scale’ and the ‘impeccablePhilippe Rousseauis very accessible and swift in delivering straightforward and sound advice’; he recently advised Estée Lauder on the sale of its company to prestige fragrance brand Kilian, and represented a European manufacturer in a claim against a French competitor on the grounds of the copying of its product packaging and website. In other work, dispute resolution expert Céline Bey assisted a luxury cosmetics brand with a trade mark dispute. The firm’s client roster also includes household names in the automotive and life sciences sectors.

Excellent’ IP boutique Hoffman has a particularly strong standing in the luxury retail space, particularly in the fashion sector, and is headed by the recommended Emmanuelle Hoffman, Ingrid Zafrani and Pierre Hoffman. The group represented Barbara Bui in copyright and unregistered community designs infringement claims against RT International with regards to clothing products and allegations of parasitism and represented Domaine Château Tour-Fourthon in a trade mark opposition case pertaining to the registration of the La demoiselle d’Haut-Peyrat which allegedly violates the client’s established la demoiselle trade mark. Other noteworthy clients include Guess, Repetto and Chaumet.

The intellectual property team at Passa Varet Avocats provides strategic legal advice with regards to contract negotiations and litigation and consists of Jérôme Passa and Vincent Varet. In recent highlights, the duo advised a heavyweight luxury name on copyright agreements in connection with advertising campaigns and manufacturing processes, and Passa assisted a car manufacturer with trade mark issues pertaining to the use of a family name for marketing purposes. Clients also regularly seek advice on anti-counterfeiting measures.

Boutique firm Arenaire acts on the full spread of advisory and contentious IP mandates. Having recently welcomed Thibault Lentini from Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I., the team is acting for clients such as Pernod Ricard and Maisons du Monde in trademark litigation, and assists organisations and individuals such as architect Lina Ghotmeh with the protection of their copyright. Founding partner Pierre Massot is heavily recommended and has substantial experience in a vast array of industry sectors including the creative, pharmaceuticals and media sectors.

Bardehle Pagenberg’s Axel Munier, who recently made partner, and Rebecca Delorey ‘are very easy to correspond with and understand the client’s needs’. The duo is acting for BMW in two design and trade mark infringement cases before the Paris Court of First Instance against online resellers of online replica rims, and Delorey is assisting new client EasyGroup with multiple trade mark oppositions. Also noteworthy is Julien Fréneaux who recently represented fashion brands in trade mark, design and copyright litigation matters with Munier. Other notable clients include Diesel, H&M and Pandora.

Benoliel Avocatsprovides an outstanding and reliable service to its clients’ under the leadership of founding partner Sylvie Benoliel-Claux, who is ‘committed, provides sound advice and tailors her assistance to her clients’ needs’. In recent highlights, the team acted for clients in the luxury goods sector in trade mark infringement and cancellation for non-use cases, and assisted a stationary manufacturer with its efforts to stop the sale of counterfeit products in European discount shops. On the copyright side, the group advised the heir of a well-known author on the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights and on negotiations with various production companies regarding the adaption of the material into cartoons and movies.

CMS’ intellectual property practice recently welcomed trade marks and unfair competition specialist José Monteiro as of counsel from an in-house position at L’Oréal. In noteworthy 2017 highlights, practice head Anne-Laure Villedieu represented the National Geographical Institute, a public administrative body, in IP proceedings against Michelin pertaining to the alleged counterfeiting of several of the client’s maps, and senior associate Sabine Rigaud is part of the group advising the French Olympic committee on intellectual property-related issues on an ongoing basis. The practice’s recent caseload also includes complex cross-border infringement cases related to opposition and revocation claims, the transfer of portfolios and intangible assets, and the drafting and negotiation of partnership agreements. Other key clients are Deliveroo, Snapchat and Trainline.

The intellectual property practice at DS Avocats handles both portfolio management and litigation work for clients such as SNCF, Nature & Découverte and Pages Jaunes. Recent work highlights include advising new client Musée du Louvre on the management of its trade mark portfolio, particularly in the build-up to the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and assisting EDF with its partnership agreement with television channel M6 and the French Football Federation. On the contentious side, the team handled both trade mark and copyright infringement litigation. Catherine Verneret and Bertrand Potot were recently joined by sports and media law specialist Thierry Granturco from De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés.

Barbara Levy heads the intellectual property offering at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei which has developed a particular expertise in commercial contracts for domestic and international clients. The group assisted Shiseido and Beauté Prestige International with an exclusive license agreement for Dolce & Gabanna products as well as with transitional distribution and intellectual property agreements with the previous licensee Procter & Gamble; and senior associate Claire Poirson was part of a cross-practice team advising Areva on IP aspects of its sale to EDF. Also noteworthy is Levy’s representation of VF Corporation in various trade mark, design and copyright disputes against JM Weston, and in a counterfeit litigation against Desigual pertaining to the client’s Vans brand.

Guillemin Flichy’s Alexis Guillemin combines IP expertise with substantial experience in communications and new technologies law. The group’s recent caseload includes defending sports retailer Decathlon against unfair competition and infringement claims brought by Carrefour, assisting a wine producer with a number of labelling issues, and managing a trade mark portfolio for a railway company. In other work, Guillemin defended garden center corporation Truffaut in copyright and design infringement proceedings pertaining to a range of garden furniture. New clients include Vivarte, CMA snc and digital marketing agency Adlead.

Harlay Avocats’ IP offering services clients in relation to transactions, litigation and portfolio management strategies and considerably strengthened its capacities with the recent arrival of Dominique Mallo Saint-Jalmes from Taylor Wessing. Notably, Sabine Lipovetsky is acting for a well-known internet company in copyright infringement and unfair competition actions, and is also advising on the protection and enforcement of all intellectual property rights related to a major tourist attraction. Fabrice Perbost defended an online marketing agency against an infringement claim and advised a software editor on the verification of license agreements. The firm also assists clients in the creative industry.

Under the leadership of Tania Kern and Claire Weyl, Kern & Weyl exclusively handles litigious, pre-litigious and transactional intellectual property matters. Fashion brand Desigual retained the firm to oversee its anti-counterfeiting campaign which now includes handling a number of copyright, trade marks and design infringement actions, while matters in the technology sector included advising a successful start-up on trade mark license agreements. The group also regularly acts as referral counsel to IP Law Galli and Swissberg Ltd. to advise their Italian, Swiss and international clients on the specificities of French intellectual property law.

A ‘good outfit in its field of practice’, LMBE fields a ‘small, smart and efficient’ team. The group’s recent work highlights include trademark infringement, cancelation and opposition proceedings as well as regularly assisting clients with the intellectual property aspects of contract negotiations. On the copyright front, the team assisted a client with a database infringement case, and advised a manufacturer reproducing famous artworks on their products on negotiation with owners of artistic copyrights. Sandra Strittmatter and Sophie de Marez Oyens joined De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés in February 2018.

Meridian’s ‘team always raises extremely sophisticated and appropriate points which never fail to hit their target’. Co-headed by Julien Canlorbe, who joined the team from De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés and whose ‘expertise in trade marks is particularly remarkable’, and Vincent Vilchien, the group regularly assists clients with the management and enforcement of their trade mark portfolio and other intangible assets, and also acts for claimants and defendants in infringement proceedings related to trade marks and copyright. The team is also adept at advising on the negotiation of coexistence and partnership agreements including the transfer of intellectual property assets.

Osborne Clarke’s Claire Bouchenard acts for clients such as Esprit and Coquet in copyright and trade mark infringement proceedings; she also provides non-contentious advice on advertising, coexistence agreements and labelling issues for clients such as Innocent. Xavier Pican recently joined the team from LPA-CGR avocats.

Osmose’s intellectual property team is known for its ‘eagerness to understand and respond to the client’s concerns’. The group recently handled several copyright matters such as assisting Sony with a multi-party infringement claim pertaining to a song included in the soundtrack of a FIFA videogame, and acting for Yesss Electrique in unfair competition and infringement proceedings in connection with a lamp model. Other work highlights included advising Saupiquet on the management and enforcement of its trade mark portfolio. The ‘available, approachable and pragmatic’ Alexandra Le Corroncq, the ‘technically impressive’ Antoine Gendreau and Alexis Vichnievsky are the key contacts.

Emmanuel Gougé is in charge of Pinsent Masons LLP’s intellectual property offering, where he advises clients on infringement matters as well as strategic counsel issues pertaining to partnership and commercial agreements. In noteworthy 2017 work, the team advised Griesson de Beukelaer on a longstanding three-dimensional trade mark infringement and parasitic action against Générale Biscuit Glico and Mondelez with regards to the Mikado chocolate biscuit stick, and a household hospitality name engaged the team to assist with IP matters related to the opening of a franchise restaurant within the premises of one of its hotels. In terms of copyrights work, Gougé defended an NGO against a copyright infringement claim brought by a former employee pertaining to the use of her photographs in the client’s magazine, and the group also assisted an artwork collector with copyright matters and merchandising rights related to loans for the organisation of an exhibition.

The names to note in Reed Smith’s intellectual property outfit are European practice head Marina Cousté and counsel Romain Viret. The team handles the full gamut of intellectual property issues. Associate Sarah Madi is also noted.


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Cabinet Beau de Loménie’s six-partner team ‘has successfully litigated innumerable trade mark cases’ and assists multinational names and domestic clients with the filing, protection and enforcement of their intellectual property rights. The group recently advised large manufacturing and heavy industry clients on their patent filing strategy and represented them in oppositions before the European Patent Office. Trade mark and design specialist Aurélia Marie is recommended, and patent attorney Didier Intès focuses on the construction and mechanics sectors. Other names to note are Philippe Hubert, Pierre-Louis Désormière, François Delumeau and Pierre Balesta.

At Casalonga Avocats, Gwennhaël le Roy and Jean-Baptiste Lecoeur represent clients such as L’Oréal in patent opposition cases, while Cristina Bercial-Chaumier acted for Renault to secure its ‘Master’ trade mark. Other key contacts include Gérard Dossmann who secured several victories for pharmaceutical clients in counterfeiting claims, and Axel Casalonga. The client roster includes GE, Michelin, Sanofi and Biogaran.

Germain & Maureau fields five patent partners, four trade mark and designs partners, and over twenty engineers. In recent highlights, the group advised a household name brand on trade mark issues which could potentially hinder the launch of a new luxury product, and assisted a major film company with the French and Swiss aspects of a multinational dispute with a food and drink distributor. The practice also regularly represents pharmaceutical and manufacturing clients in multijurisdictional patent litigation. The client roster includes Deloitte, Biogaran and Jaguar Land Rover.

Lavoix’s seven partner team comprises five patent experts as well as two trade mark and design specialists: Béatrice Holtz has significant experience in the life sciences sector, while matters in the electronics and mechanical spaces are regularly handled by Philippe Blot, Damien Colombié, Bertrand Domenego, Etienne Habasque and Gérard Myon. The group’s recent caseload included patent infringement issues, the filing of special protection certificates, the transfer of a trade mark portfolio in the context of an acquisition, and the successful cancellation of a Central American trademark, which had been fraudulently registered. Also notable is the opening of new offices in Nantes, Nice and Milan.

Managing partner Luc Santarelli and Eric le Bihan head Santarelli’s patent and trade mark teams, respectively. Counting Kering, Nestlé, Canon and Fnac among its clients, the group assists with both contentious and non-contentious matters. In the pharmaceutical space, leading companies such as Pfizer, Novartis and Bayer instructed the practice to file a number of supplementary protection certificates for their French patents; notable trade marks work included handling intellectual property due diligence in the context of corporate and M&A transactions, and the day-to-day management of multinational trade mark portfolios. Thierry Caen, François Lepelletier-Beaufond, Hélène Stankoff and Ghislain de Trémiolles are also noteworthy names.

Boutique offering Bringer IP is fully dedicated to the management, protection and enforcement of multinational intellectual properties with a specific expertise in assisting innovative start-ups. The names to note are Mathieu Bringer and Léonard Pirastru who head the patents and trademarks sub-teams, respectively. Several new high-technology sector clients recently transferred the management of their portfolios to the practice which oversees the filing, drafting, prosecution and exploitation of their patents and trade marks. The group also provided pre-litigation advice to a French company with regards to infringement claims.

IXAS Conseil provides ‘top-quality service’. In recent trade marks and designs work, Vanessa Darbouret advised Nawa Technologies on research agreements. Patent matters are generally handled by ‘leading practitioner’ Martin Schmidt, who ‘knows what a client needs’ and impresses with ‘general cleverness and intelligence’. Recent notable work highlights include reviewing the patent strategies of major clients such as Dubai Aluminium and Neolys, and defending StarLight against patent infringement and unfair competition claims. Of counsel Daniel Pigasse and Jean-Philippe Schouller are other names to note.

With offices in Paris, Lyon, Lille, Dijon, Toulouse, Shanghai and Prague, Cabinet Plasseraud’s team covers patent-related issues in a wide array of industry sectors including chemicals and mechanics. Didier Boulinguiez, Catherine Touati and Eric Burbaud are the key contacts.

The patent expertise at Regimbeau is spread across its Paris, Caen, Munich, Grenoble, Rennes, Montpellier and Lyon offices. Clients in the IT, electronics, life sciences and mechanics spaces frequently appoint the team to handle the full gamut of patent issues.


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