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Louis de Gaulle

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De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

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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.


Firm partner, Louis de Gaulle is involved in matters requiring diverse and extensive legal experience both in litigation and transactions. He regularly appears before civil, administrative and arbitration courts. Louis de Gaulle’s legal strategy acumen and innovative capacity in the management of cases is praised by his clients. He specialises in intellectual property, new technologies, commercial law and public law. He is a certified specialist in Intellectual Property and Commercial Law at the Paris Bar and lectures on Intellectual Property at Sceaux University (chaired by Pr Sirinelli). Louis de Gaulle regularly authors articles on intellectual property, new technologies and competition law and is also a member of the Club des Juristes (French legal think tank) within the Digital Commission.


French, English.


Louis de Gaulle was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1993. International Intellectual and Artistic Property Association (ALAI); International Trademark Association (INTA).


Postgraduate degree (DEA) in Intellectual, Artistic and Industrial Property Law (Paris-II University, 1989); Master's degree in Business and Tax Law (Paris-II University, 1988).


Media and entertainment

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: Industry focus

IT, telecoms and the Internet

Within: IT, telecoms and the Internet

A continuation of its strong media and entertainment practice, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés’ IT and telecoms offering provides clients with advice on regulations, transactions and commercial agreements as well as on contentious matters. Julien Horn and Louis de Gaulle worked alongside new hire Philippe Moncorps, who arrived from an in-house position at TF1, to represent a major television network in copyright and trade mark infringement proceedings against a leading telecoms provider related to the expiration of broadcasting licenses. On the fintech front, Anne-Hélène le Trocquer advised BPCE on an agreement with Apple regarding the implementation of a contactless payment system, and assisted the same client with the takeover of a start-up. Other notable work highlights included assisting with a subsea telecoms cable project in Latin America, anti-counterfeiting campaigns and the development of IT tools. Other notable clients are Adobe, Microsoft and Dassault System.

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France: Intellectual property


Within: Patents

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés’ intellectual property team regularly advises on patent issues, especially in the context of contractual matters pertaining to the transfer of ownership rights and research and development projects. Recent highlights include advising a client on the implementation of its inventions and patents policy towards its employees, as well as handling consortium agreements. Louis De Gaulle and Francine Le Péchon-Joubert are regularly supported by healthcare sector specialist Jean-Marie Job and senior counsel Jean-Sébastien Mariez.

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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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