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Sophie is the managing partner of HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER's Paris office. Sophie specialises in intellectual property with a particular focus on litigation, including dealings with the French customs authorities. Sophie represents clients in disputes involving patents, trademarks, designs and geographical indications, as well as in unfair and misleading advertising and unfair competition cases. She also has extensive experience in employee invention matters and is recognised for her skills in copyright and advisory work. Sophie's clients include large international groups as well as small and medium-sized companies active in various sectors, such as paper, telecoms, mechanics, water treatment, food, clothing, cosmetics, perfumes and press materials. She regularly speaks at the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI) and the Ecole Centrale de Paris.
- Association des Praticiens du droit des Marques et des Modèles (APRAM), Treasurer - Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI), co-chair of the French trademark group - Association des Praticiens Européens des Brevets (APEB) - Association des Avocats de Propriété industrielle (AAPI)
University of Paris II (Panthéon Assas) (DEA, Intellectual Property, 1992, with honors), University of Paris II (Panthéon Assas) (DEA, Private Law, 1991)
France: Intellectual property
European boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier is ‘excellent, responsive and makes deadlines’. It ‘provides an excellent level of service and its knowledge of the legal cases and applicable law is outstanding’. The firm is handling many high-profile and landmark cases in the healthcare and telecoms sectors for key players. It is representing Core Wireless Licensing before the Court of Appeal of Paris regarding essential patent rights enforcement (FRAND) against LG Electronics, as well as acting for Merck Sharp & Dohme Animal Health and Intervet International in patent infringement proceedings against Bayer regarding the manufacturing of a medicinal dog collar. AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Lundbeck are also clients. Practice head Denis Monégier du Sorbier is highly recommended, as are the ‘really outstanding’ Benoît Strowel and Sophie Micallef, who is ‘very good in both patent and trade mark matters’.
Trade marks, designs and copyrights
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Sophie Micallef - Hoyng Rokh Monegier
Within: Trade marks, designs and copyrights
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’.