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Charles-Edouard Renault

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De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

Work Department

Operations Division: The transactional and litigation activities of the Operations Division cover industrial and commercial activities and more generally clients’ operations (sourcing, sales, promotions, concessions and public procurement contracts) and the defence and optimisation of their immaterial assets.

Position

Firm partner, Charles-Edouard Renault specialises in media, audiovisual and entertainment law, as both advisor and litigator and is thus continually at the forefront of new developments linked to technology in the production sector (website content, film restoration and digitalisation, VOD and SVOD etc.) as well as in communication crises (corporate or professional e-reputation protection, follow-up of online audio and video playback content). As one of the few French arbitrators at the International Film & Television Association (IFTA, Los Angeles) and at WIPO (Geneva) for Film & Media ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution), Charles-Edouard Renault is very active in entertainment litigation and film production disputes. He has extensive experience in assisting French motion picture companies and has been involved in the legal aspects of various international film productions, several of which were nominated for the International Cannes Film Festival, the Oscars and the Berlin International Film Festival. He is co-author of "From Script to Screen - The importance of Rights Documentation in the Distribution of Films" published in January 2012 by OMPI and also regularly publishes articles on legal topics in the French and international markets. He is an associate professor at Lyon University in media law and gives lectures at the Erich Pommer Institut GmbH für Medienrecht in Berlin, Vienna and Vilnius since 2006.

Languages

French, English.

Member

Charles-Edouard Renault was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1996. International Film and Television Alliance (IFTA – Los Angeles) – Arbitrator; WIPO Media and Audiovisual Alternative Dispute Resolution (Geneva) – Arbitrator 2012; AFA (Association Française d'Arbitrage – French Arbitration Association); Association Française pour la Protection Internationale du Droit d'Auteur (French Group of ALAI - International Copyright Association); International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL).

Education

Alumni of the Multimedia Institute, 2002; Master’s degree in Publishing Management (ESCP Europe Business School, 1994); Postgraduate degree (DEA) in Intellectual Property and Copyright Law (Paris-II University, 1992).


France

Media and entertainment

Within: Leading individuals

Charles-Edouard Renault - De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

Within: Media and entertainment

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associésis highly experienced in sports law and the organisation of mass events which enables its lawyers to quickly understand the issues at hand and provide quick, useful advice’. The firm’s multidisciplinary offering features the ‘client-focused and quick-thinking’ Rhadamès Killy and Jean-François Vilotte, who ‘is able to immediately line up the appropriate team for the issues at stake’. The media law branch of the firm mainly revolves around intellectual property experts such as Charles-Edouard Renault and Julien Horn, who were recently joined by Philippe Moncorps from an in-house position at TF1. Louis de Gaulle handles a series of copyright infringement disputes and negotiated contracts for the use of copyrighted material, the production of television series and movies, and product placements in feature films. Georgie Courtois defended Twentieth Century Fox against unfair competition and copyright infringement claims arising from the client’s allegedly illegal distribution of the film Avatar. Serge Lederman is the key contact for art-related matters.

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France: Intellectual property

Trade marks, designs and copyright

Within: Trade marks, designs and copyright

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés advises clients on transactional and litigious intellectual property issues. Louis de Gaulle acted for toys and games company Goliath in several litigious proceedings aiming to protect the client’s trade marks from immoral use by competitors, and Julien Horn continues to assist a longstanding client with the validation of movie titles and the protection of its trade mark portfolio which recently involved actions against distributors of counterfeit merchandise. Clients also recommend Francine le Péchon-Joubert, who is representing a trading company in its appeal against the court’s decision to condemn it for the import and distribution of infringing products, and Charles-Edouard Renault, who advised clients in the audio-visual production space on IP aspects of an exclusive output deal for a well-known television series. Other noteworthy clients include Château de Versailles, Microsoft and Twentieth Century Fox. Sandra Strittmatter and associate Sophie de Marez Oyens were new arrivals in February 2018 from LMBE.

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