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Armengaud Guerlain has ‘leading trade mark expertise in France’. The firm is involved in high-profile cases and can handle cross-border matters. Dolce & Gabbana, Virbac, Andros, L’Oréal and Bouygues are clients. The practice is led by the ‘highly experienced and reliable’ Stéphane Guerlain and Catherine Mateu, who has ‘trade mark law at the tip of her fingers’, ‘perfectly masters her files’ and ‘puts her clients’ interests first’.

Candé Blanchard Ducamp provides ‘a high level of service’ and shows ‘excellent industry and legal knowledge relevant to a luxury brand’; ‘advice is straightforward, appropriate and strategic’. The five-lawyer firm advises many high-profile French and international companies, including many very prominent trade marks. The practice recently represented the Italian fashion house Emilio Pucci in an appeal over a copyright infringement case with H&M and represented Burberry in a figurative trade mark infringement case. The team is led by Julien Blanchard along with Patrice de Candé, who ‘wins his cases thanks to his hard and rigorous work’, and Claire Herissay-Ducamp, who shows ‘a very good proactive and practical approach to issues’.

DTMV & Associés is equally adept in trade mark, design and patent litigation. The firm is retained by leading luxury goods companies and pharmaceuticals manufacturers for strategic cases. The practice is led by Thierry Mollet-Viéville, Pascal Lefort, Thomas Cuche, Eléonore Gaspar and Jean-Pierre Duclos.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. provides ‘an excellent overall level of service’ and represents many prestigious French and global brands. The firm recently achieved great results in several cases. The Paris Court of First Instance notably held that the use of the name Merck on MSD’s French website infringes its client Merck KGaA’s trade mark rights. The practice also obtained a favourable judgment for Marks and Spencer plc in a dispute with Auchan regarding the client’s Simply M&S brand. A number of luxury goods companies are also clients, including Dior Couture. Key figures include Arnaud Michel, who has ‘a very high level of expertise’, and the ‘experienced’ Emmanuel Larere, who is ‘instrumental in the success of his clients’ brand protection programme in France’. Grégoire Triet - and Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier are also recommended; Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry was promoted to partner.

The ‘fantastic’ Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is ‘the go-to-firm in France for trade mark matters’. Providing ‘solid and practical’ advice, the team is routinely used by the world’s largest internet companies, including Google, to handle trade mark, copyright and data privacy work. The team is also handling trade mark disputes in other various areas, including in the luxury goods sector. Geox and Danone are also clients. ‘Hardworking and responsive at any time’, practice head Alexandra Néri is ‘sophisticated and street-smart at the same time’. Céline Bey joined Gowling WLG.France.AARPI.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP ‘always provides trusted advice and staffs cases appropriately’. The ‘very smart and highly regarded’ team is ‘expert in its field’ and advises many leading companies, especially in the healthcare sector. The firm is involved in several strategic and multi-jurisdictional cases. ASOS, Beiersdorf and McDonald’s are clients. Practice head Marie-Aimée de Dampierre and counsel Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe are the key contacts. The firm also has a ‘very strong team with a level of expertise that is very rarely found elsewhere’ for domain name protection of global brands, where Facebook and eBay are clients. David Taylor has ‘a deep background of global enforcement and clients can rely on him to protect their global brands’; counsel Jane Seager is ‘highly knowledgeable and provides strong advice in filing enforcement actions around the world’.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier is ‘highly competent in national and cross-border issues, always straight to the point and focused on its clients’ outcome’. The firm represents many leading companies, including top luxury goods clients, handling high-profile litigation and transactional mandates. Recent successes include defending BIC’s Crystal pen 3D trade mark. L’Oréal, Canal+, Chanel and Insight Venture Partners are also clients. Practice head Sophie Micallef is ‘experienced in setting up and structuring complex IP matters, has thorough analytical skills and is an excellent performer in custom seizure issues’. Also recommended are Denis Monégier du Sorbier and Marie Georges-Picot, who ‘has outstanding knowledge and eminent experience, and is impressively problem-oriented’.

Laude Esquier Champey is ‘knowledgeable in the trade mark area and provides a high level of service for good value’. The firm represents leading French and international companies, including several prestigious names in luxury goods, wine and spirits, and retail. The practice manages many trade mark and copyright cases before the French courts and OHIM. Practice head Sophie Havard Duclos combines ‘sharp legal and practical advice and a great strategic sense’.

Jones Day has ‘very deep knowledge and practical experience in the IP field, leading to concrete recommendations’. Showing ‘strong business sense and excellent creativity’, the team has particular expertise in geographical indications and advises many leading players in the wine and spirits sectors. The practice also acts in pan-European litigation. Shiseido, Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac, Pernod Ricard, Accor and Sonia Rykiel are clients. Practice head Emmanuel Baud is ‘a master in his field and a very hard worker’.

BCTG Avocats has ‘great expertise’ and provides ‘responsive, precise and tailored services’, especially in mandates in the retail, food and beverage sectors. In addition to a heavy litigation caseload, the team also often advises clients in the context of customs seizures. Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci heads the team. Counsel François-Xavier Boulin ‘understands his clients’ goals and finds appropriate solutions quickly’.

Baker & McKenzie SCP has ‘high-quality expertise’ combined with a ‘great international network’. The ‘available and responsive’ team, which ‘takes into account its clients’ interests’, is in charge of managing trade marks and design portfolios of many leading corporations such as Hennessy, Abbott and Nokia. The practice also handles litigation and is representing Intel in a dispute regarding the use of the Ultrabook trade mark; the team has several clients in disputes regarding the payment of copyright levies for private copying. Virginie Ulmann heads the practice. Local partner Nathalie Marchand is another name to note.

Full-service IP boutique Casalonga deals with domestic and European proceedings and recently obtained several victories. It successfully represented Humeau Beaupreau in a copyright counterfeiting case against Carrefour regarding the client’s famous medusa sandal. The team is led by Caroline Casalonga, Arnaud Casalonga, Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte, Marianne Gabriel and Cristina Bercial-Chaumier.

Cléry - Avocats advises major brands and recently handled prominent trade mark cases in the agri-food, automotive equipment and transport sectors. The boutique also has expertise in EU trade marks and handles cases before the European Court of Justice. The practice is led by Alain Cléry and Coralie Devernay.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has strong trade mark and copyright litigation expertise and is also involved in several design disputes in the clothing sector. Recent work includes successfully representing Twentieth Century Fox in a dispute with Guy Delcourt Productions for alleged copyright infringement in the movie Avatar of a comic series. IT is also handling a major case for a leading internet company. Château de Versailles, Colgate-Palmolive and Dreamworks Animation are also clients. Louis de Gaulle, Julien Horn, Frank Valentin, Charles-Edouard Renault and Serge Lederman are the key contacts.

Dechert LLP advises some very prestigious luxury goods companies, such as Gucci, but also acts for French and international groups from a broad range of other industries. Marie Fillon joined from DTMV & Associés, following Romain Viret’s move to Reed Smith. Former practice head Marianne Schaffner joined Dentons in 2018.

Dentons has strong litigation experience and recently obtained an unusually high damages award for one of its clients before the French courts in a trade mark nullity case. It is also representing M. John Galliano in his dispute with Christian Dior. Havanaias, Harley-Davidson, Merial Sanofi, Coca-Cola and Lactalis are also clients. David Masson and Isabelle Leroux head the practice, in which senior counsel Gérard Delile is another name to note. Marianne Schaffner was a new arrival from Dechert in 2018.

FTPA represents some prestigious French and international companies, especially from the healthcare and luxury goods industries. The firm regularly handles strategic cases and notably advised on the protection of a distinct colour as a trade mark. Antoine Gautier-Sauvagnac is highly recommended. Fabrice Lorvo, Philippe Pochet and Boriana Guimberteau are other names to note.

Hoffman has ‘a first-rate IP litigation team’ and is also recommended for customs enforcement issues; the practice is ‘responsive, knowledgeable and reasonably priced’. It is highly active in the fashion, jewellery design and retail sectors. The practice co-heads are Ingrid Zafrani, Pierre Hoffman and the ‘excellent’ Emmanuelle Hoffman, who is ‘sharp, strategic and an innovative thinker with extensive experience developing unique solutions and strategies’.

Passa Varet Avocats advises several high-profile French luxury goods companies such as L’Oréal, LVMH and Lanvin. Peugeot, Enerlis and Wild Bunch are also clients. Vincent Varet and Jérôme Passa are highly recommended.

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