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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.

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