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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’.

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