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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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