Intellectual property: Copyright in France

Allen & Overy LLP

Best known for its outstanding track record in the gaming sector, Allen & Overy LLP is also active in the entertainment, technology, media consumer and life sciences sectors. Its dedicated brands practice and strong sector-focus approach means that the group is regularly sought after by the most renowned global and domestic brands for complex negotiations and enforcement strategies. Benefiting from the firm’s cross-practice capabilities, the team is fully equipped to handle disputes involving anti-piracy, copyright strategies and related contracts such as licenses and transfers. M&As with copyright at their core are also handled. Alexandre Rudoni leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Rudoni

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Dufaure


‘Super strong team. Very good quality and price ratio.’

‘Alexandre Rudoni is our ‘go-to’ lawyer in France for video games. Very, very strong. Excellent knowledge of the industry, top international network (not limited to A&O offices).’

‘Alexandre Rudoni’s team is practical, to the point, quick, and efficient.’

‘In addition to professionalism, analytical skills and specialised legal knowledge, Alexandre Rudoni is fun to work with, he clearly enjoys his work, solving issues and addressing challenges.’

‘Young and agile team. Exceptional English language skills and capability to lift heavy litigation.’

‘Alexandre Rudoni is always ready for out-of the box thinking. Andrea Dufaure has excellent skills and is very proactive.’ 

Key clients


Epic Games

Focus Home Interactive

Fox Entertainment






Riot Games

SFL Interactive

Sony Music

Sparkling VR

Sport Faction

Valve Corporation

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Nintendo in a civil litigation initiated against hosting company Dstorage, which operates
  • Assisted Netflix with a number of disputes involving the protection of its La Casa de Papel series, including oppositions and copyright claims in France brought by third parties.
  • Successfully assisted Epic Games with enforcing its IP rights in Fortnite against several hackers selling ‘cheats’ on Fortnite.

August Debouzy

August Debouzy remains one of the premier copyright practices in the French market, standing out for its strong expertise in the tech space. The department’s broad offering includes the negotiation and drafting of licensing agreements, litigation before civil and criminal courts as well as emergency procedures and infringement seizures. The integration of the French office with the firm’s wider international network means that the group is also well placed to handle its clients cross-border needs. Co-head Mahasti Razavi is a key contact for litigations involving IT, e-commerce, digital and media issues. Co-head Basile Ader has extensive expertise in media and art law as well as press criminal law. Amélie Tripet is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mahasti Razavi; Basile Ader

Other key lawyers:

Amélie Tripet; Charles Bouffier


‘IP software copyright team is very professional, aware of technologies and the latest case law, pragmatic and concrete.’

‘Charles Bouffier is a very technical and rigorous lawyer.’

‘A team with solid knowledge.’

Key clients


Dassault Aviation


Editions Bionnay

Work highlights

  • Assisted Meero with the drafting of the Meero photographer service contract to ensure compliance with French copyright law, and with pre-litigation assistance.
  • Acted for Editions Bionnay on a civil dispute before the Lyon judicial court, where Editions Bionnay was sued by a former journalist in relation to the absence of her name in several published articles of which she is the author.
  • Successfully represented SNCF in a copyright case against one of its employees, where the latter claimed that SNCF would developed a system for monitoring the security of railway tracks by copying one of their ideas.

Bird & Bird

Under the leadership of Yves Bizollon, Bird & Bird‘s Paris copyright team takes advantage of the firm’s wider international network, which places the group in good stead when acting on complex cross-border mandates. With a sector-focus approach, the practice is particularly active in innovative industries such as life sciences, healthcare, media as well as fashion and tech. Senior counsel Frédérique Bocqueraz is highly regarded for her track record handling questions of international copyright law and damages assessments in the context of infringement proceedings as well as managing employees’ claims related to IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Yves Bizollon

Other key lawyers:

Frédérique Bocqueraz


‘Expertise and availability.’

‘Yves Bizollon is an expert in the field.’

Key clients


Take Two interactive software


Uniqlo Europe Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented VITRA in copyright infringement claims in France against different infringers.
  • Acted for Take-Two Interactive Software in a video game copyright infringement litigation against mod menu developers.
  • Advised Uniqlo Europe on a copyright infringement, unfair competition and free-riding action brought by Agnes Trouble known as Agnès b and her company CMC in France.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés handles a busy caseload of matters in the entertainment and media sector, frequently acting on the negotiation and drafting of licensing, distribution and film production agreements, and title clearance proceedings. The firm’s cross-practice capabilities mean that the team is well placed to assist clients with contentious matters as well as other issues such as the financing of film productions and tax schemes. The tech space is another forte of the practice where it advises on the development and structuring of strategic partnerships in relation to AI, blockchain and 3D and 4D printing. The department is headed by experienced quartet Louis de Gaulle, Julien Horn, Philippe Moncorps and Charles Edouard-Renault.

Practice head(s):

Louis de Gaulle; Julien Horn; Philippe Moncorps; Charles Edouard Renault

Key clients


247 Films



Easy Mile

Bergerat Monnoyer

Bibliothèque Nationale de France




CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée)



Dassault Systems

DreamWorks Animation/NBC Universal

Editions Xavier Barral

Epic Games


FFT (French Tennis Federation)





Hill’s Pet Nutrition


Ile de France Mobilité



Koch Films


Les Amis de Delâge


National Football League




No Money Productions


Opéra National de Paris

Oppo Mobile

Palais des Thés




SIPA – Ouest France

Spot Me



Twentieth Century Fox

Epic Games

Warner Bros. (US)



Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Handling transactional and contentious mandates, Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.‘s Paris copyright practice works in close conjunction with the Brussels office, offering clients in-depth expertise in EU copyright law. Representing producers, press publishers and agencies, the group frequently advises on the collection and payment of royalties. With partners and associates from both IP and TMT departments, the team is fully equipped to assist clients with intersectional issues. The group is jointly led by Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier, Emmanuel Larere, Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry and Julien Guinot-Deléry.


‘Very in-depth knowledge of legal matters associated with pragmatic recommendations taking into account the constraints of their clients’ activities. Perfect adaptation to demands.’

‘Julien Guinot-Deléry has in-depth knowledge of matters, making him our partner of choice.’

Key clients


Fondazione Prada

Christian Dior Couture

Exerienced Capital Management

Herrmann Global


Agence France Presse

Paris 2024

Taylor Wessing

With a dedicated media group to lead on mandates in segments including broadcasting, social media, publishing, and advertising and marketing, Taylor Wessing's copyright team offers an array of services to clients in the media sector, advising among others on regulations, licensing and distribution issues, and rights exploitation. The practice works closely with the tax and corporate teams to provide seamless counsel on content-related corporate transactions and tax schemes. In addition to handling copyright infringement and other judicial procedures, the group also assists digital platforms with the development and implementation of policies and alert systems. Christian Valsamidis, Claire Saint-Laurent, Benoît Goulesque-Monaux and Marc Schuler direct the department.

Practice head(s):

Christian Valsamidis; Claire Saint-Laurent; Benoit Goulesque-Monaux; Marc Schuler

Key clients

Mandarin Television

Reworld Media Magazines



Fox Channels


Zodiak Media








Tik Tok

Work highlights

  • Assisted Adobe with the management of third parties copyright infringement claims brought against its licensees and in relation to its Adobe Stock services.
  • Advised Comcast international France on a business transformation in relation to ads programmatic services.

UGGC Avocats

UGGC Avocats‘s premier copyright team maintains an outstanding track record in handling both non-contentious and contentious mandates for clients in sectors spanning fashion and luxury, consumer goods, art, design, sports, music and publishing. While advising on the negotiation and drafting of all types of agreements including assignments, co-ownership and co-branding, the team also assist clients with infringement and unfair competition proceedings before national and European offices and courts as well as ADR procedures. Clients in the fashion and luxury sectors benefit from the team’s high level anti-piracy programmes using Talisman technology from Incopro. The practice is jointly led by Elisabeth LogeaisCorinna Khayat and Anne-Marie Pecoraro.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Logeais; Corinne Khanat; Anne-Marie Pecoraro

Other key lawyers:

Rodolphe Boissau


‘I particularly recommend Anne-Marie Pecoraro and Rodolphe Boissau. They did a remarkable job.’

‘Very hands-on. Good results. Amazing lawyers.’

‘Standout partner Anne-Marie Pecoraro is very knowledgeable. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Communication is very fluid and questions are handled in the quickest and most complete manner possible. I highly recommend the firm’s team, in particular, Anne-Marie Pécoraro and Rodolphe Boissau.’

‘Very strong firm for copyright matters.’

‘Anne-Marie Pecoraro has the qualities of a great lawyer (agile, intelligence, formidable strategist…) and strong expertise. She knows how to pursue her clients’ objectives with extraordinary diligence and great negotiation skills.’

‘I recommend this team which combines in-depth sectorial and legal expertise.’

‘I am very satisfied with the practice of the firm, which is excellent with a great mastery of issues in the field of cinema.’ 

Key clients



Paris 2024

EFB Hadopi


Cross Over Prod

Mayssa Issa

Gainerie 91



Emmanuelle Haim

Concert d’Astrée

Huit-Douze SAS

Chloe Saada

Berthoud Consorts

Cité de la Musique Philharmonie de Paris

Sophie Djerlal



Work highlights

  • Assisted Elsevier and Springer with securing injunctions against websites infringing their rights.
  • Assisted EFB with works and conferences on the challenges of fighting against privacy in sports content.

Armengaud Guerlain

Benefiting from the ability to leverage the firm’s intentional network of 'best friend' firms and practitioners, the copyright team at boutique law firm Armengaud Guerlain is at home with complex cross-border mandates. Co-head Stéphane Guerlain advises French and international clients on disputes over trade marks, copyrights, design, patents and unfair competition. Co-head Catherine Mateu has extensive experience in French and EU IP law, frequently acting for designers, investors, corporates and start-ups.

Practice head(s):

Stephane Guerlain; Catherine Mateu

Key clients



Banque Transatlantique


1906 Collins








Work highlights

  • Represented Musidor in trade mark and copyright infringement litigation in relation to the Lip’n Tongue Logo.

Baker McKenzie

Equipped to handle advisory and contentious work, the copyright team at Baker McKenzie is frequently instructed by arts, tech and publishing companies as well as film studios to act on copyright protection and enforcement as well as on the negotiating and drafting of agreements. With in-depth expertise of EU copyright law, the practice is a popular choice for tech companies seeking assistance with issues raised by new directives. The team is active across a broad range of sectors, including luxury, retail, entertainment, tech and communications. Virginie Ulmann leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Virginie Ulmann

Other key lawyers:

Nathalie Marchand


‘Excellent team. Technical and practical advice. Innovative and helpful.’

‘Virginie Ulmann is an expert in her field. Wealth of knowledge and experience.’

‘Nathalie Marchand is an expert in her field. Very practical and proactive.’

Key clients

Succession Consuelo de St Exupery

Work highlights

  • Advised the estate of Consuelo de Saint-Exupery, the estate representing and promoting the works of Consuelo de Saint-Exupery, on copyright issues.


The copyright practice at Dentons is led by former Clifford Chance practitioner Loïc Lemercier, who joined the firm in March 2021 and has extensive experience in assisting clients in the pharmaceutical, TMT, luxury, internet and technology segments with their non-contentious and litigious needs. The team’s ability to leverage the firm’s international network and work in close conjunction with other departments means it is well placed to advise on complex cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Loïc Lemercier

Key clients


Merial/Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health France

Groupe Lactalis




MG Freesites


EARS 360

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented ABC News in three cases related to copyright claims filed by three former employees against ABC News.
  • Represented Groupe Lactalis in a summary action against one of its main competitors for the protection of the packaging of one of its products, obtaining an injunction to cease the commercialisation of the packaging at issue.
  • Advised Michel Vivien on a series of copyright protection and enforcement matters in France and abroad.

Laude Esquier Champey

Under the leadership of experienced litigator Sophie Havard Duclos, Laude Esquier Champey stands out for its strong track record representing French and international clients in litigious matters. Although the group operates in a broad range of sectors, it is particularly active in the fashion space, where it frequently acts on copyright infringement matters and the negotiation and drafting of copyright-related agreements on behalf of fashion and luxury goods brands.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Havard Duclos

Key clients




Work highlights

  • Successfuly represented Christian Dior Couture in the Bobigny Criminal Court and the Paris Court of Appeal in a case involving 5,024 pairs of earrings infringing Christian Dior Couture’s copyrights and design rights on its famous ‘Mise en Dior Tribal’ model.
  • Assited Nike with French customs seizure of shoes infringing its copyrights and design rights.
  • Assisted clients with the negotiation and the drafting of copyright-related agreements.

Momentum Avocats

Momentum Avocats opened its doors in September 2020 when practice heads Julien Canlorbe, formerly at Meridian, Julie Carel and Jean-Sébastien Mariez, former practitioners at De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, joined forces to assist art institutions, tech companies, digital platforms and brands with IP and IT issues. Equipped to handle both litigious and non-contentious work, the boutique is particularly active in the publishing, software, luxury goods, gaming and internet sectors, where it advises on pre-litigation and court proceedings as well as on the negotiation and drafting of agreements.

Practice head(s):

Julien Canlorbe; Julie Carel; Jean-Sébastien Mariez

Osborne Clarke

Benefiting from the firm’s wider international network, Osborne Clarke’s copyright team frequently handles multi-jurisdictional mandates in a broad range of sectors, including music, publishing, TMT, advertising, arts and e-commerce. With a strong track record in IP litigation, the practice is regularly sought after to advise on copyright infringement and intellectual parasitism claims as well as on the negotiation and drafting of licensing, co-branding and distribution agreements. Claire Bouchenard, Xavier Pican and Béatrice Delmas-Linel direct the group.

Practice head(s):

Claire Bouchenard; Xavier Pican; Béatrice Delmas-Linel


‘The Osborne Clarke team is distinguished by its expertise, accessibility, proactiveness and pragmatism. They are agile and know how to adapt.’

‘The relevance of the practice’s counsel and the practical nature of the solutions proposed make it a true partner for our operations.’ 

Key clients

Etablissements Coquet


Harper Collins

Palais des Thes

Paris Artistes


Mino du Sud


AIR France



Work highlights

  • Assisted Etablissements Coquet with the protection of its handicraft tableware goods against copyright infringements.
  • Advised Harper Collins on its publishing activities and all copyright-related issues.
  • Advised SPRD.NET on the difference between hosting platform and publisher in a litigation against a competitor.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The copyright team at Pinsent Masons LLP is led by Emmanuel Gougé, who is qualified in both England and France and has extensive experience handling cross-border IP litigation as well as copyright and technology transfer agreements. Offering clients sector-focused counsel, the team is particularly active in the technology, art, life sciences and retail sectors. The group also benefits from its ability to leverage the firm’s wider international network to advise on cross-border issues.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Gougé


‘The team is efficient and very capable, they are very fast in their replies.’

‘Emmanuel Gougè is a very experienced lawyer. He speaks perfect English and very well German and has extensive experience in all fields of IP. He has a pragmatic and business-oriented approach.’

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Accord Healthcare

Griesson de Beukelaer

Simmons & Simmons

The Paris copyright practice at Simmons & Simmons takes advantage of the firm’s strong cross-practice capabilities and international network to offer clients seamless assistance with complex and cross-border issues. Skilled in transactional and contentious work,  the team’s caseload originates in sectors such as TMT, fashion, design, optics, publishing and retail. Co-head Sarah Bailey, who is qualified in both French and English law, leads the firm’s cross-border brands team. Co-head Marina Cousté has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration for IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Bailey; Marina Cousté


‘The team works in an integrated and extremely pragmatic manner, taking into account the needs of the business.’

‘It offers innovative solutions tailored to each case in both operational and financial terms.’

Key clients


Ticket for change

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ticket for Change, a French association, on a pro bono basis with the reviewing of intellectual property provisions in its various contracts, in particular, to ensure the protection of the copyright in its training materials.
  • Successfully represented Honeywell in a copyright infringement action brought by a former employee in the Bordeaux Court of First Instance.


The copyright team at Taliens is jointly led by Clara Steinitz, who advises clients in the media, content and fashion sectors on the protection and exploitation of IP rights, and Jean-Frederic Gaultier, who has extensive expertise in court litigation and cross-border M&As involving substantial IP assets. The practice offers clients the full range of IP law services and is particularly known for its strong disputes expertise, regularly representing fashion, film, publishing and jewellery clients.

Practice head(s):

Clara Steinitz; Jean-Frédéric Gaultier


‘To the point , efficiency,  pro-active , multilingual.’

Key clients






Froggie Production

Thomson Reuters

Burger King France

Goodwin Procter


The copyright team at VARET PRÈS KILLY takes advantage of the boutique’s focus on IP, media and information technology law, making the group well placed to advise on intersectional issues. The team’s expertise in art law make it a popular choice for renowned French cultural institutes and museums. Co-head Vincent Varet focuses on advisory and litigation work for clients in a broad range of segments including music, publishing, e-business and advertising. Co-head Xavier Près specialises in IP and information technology law as well as art and business law.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Varet; Xavier Près



‘Extremely knowledgeable advice with exemplary client care and perfect communication.’

‘The collaboration is unique and the partners are always present.’

‘The expertise is unmatched and the advice sound.’

‘We feel perfectly taken care of.’

Key clients

Musée du Louvre

Ville de Vichy

Work highlights

  • Represented Musée du Louvre before the Paris Court of Justice in a litigation concerning an alleged infringement of the moral rights of the artist CY Twombly.

Vercken & Gaullier

The copyright team at boutique law firm Vercken & Gaullier is led by the experienced Florence Gaullier, who specialises in EU copyright law, data protection and e-commerce law as well as the collective management of rights, Edouard Mille, who acts on both advisory and litigious mandates, and Gilles Vercken, whose expertise cut across a broad range of sectors including publishing, IT, music and gaming. The group is also sought after to assist with regulatory affairs and lobbying campaigns at the European level in areas of copyright, media and information technologies law.

Practice head(s):

Florence Gaullier; Edouard Mille; Gilles Vercken


‘Very professional team with in-depth knowledge of intellectual property rights and the collective management of rights related to copyright. Always available.’

‘We work with Gilles Vercken and Florence Gaullier. We appreciate their analytical skills, their precision, their rigour, their proactiveness, their experience of the field and their involvement in the case.’

‘A very attentive and accessible team. Unfailing efficiency! Very educational too.’

‘Relations are fluid, the team is proactive and adapts to the realities of our group.’

‘The team is proactive and has very good lawyers who know how to address the legal issues of clients.’

Key clients


Bouygues Telecom



Bob Sinclar

The DØ



Elsevier Masson

Work highlights

  • Assisted famous French pop band The DØ in a dispute against another artist who is accused of having sampled an extract of a music work created by The DØ.
  • Represented Hachette Livre in various copyright matters, including pre-litigation and litigation proceedings.
  • Advised Public TV Channel on the renegotiation of its general representation contract with the collective management organisations.


ADVANT Altana is particularly known for its work in the technology, media and publishing sectors, where it advises on the negotiation and drafting of licensing and distribution agreements as well as on the protection and exploitation of publishing, image and neighbouring rights. Through close cooperation with a network of international firms, the practice is also equipped to assist clients with cross-border issues. Co-heads Pierre Lubet and Jean-Guy de Ruffray are key contacts for litigious and non-contentious matters.

Key clients

Moulin Rouge

OHM Games



La Poste

BCTG Avocats

Acting for major international groups in segments such as fashion, sports, retail, pharmaceutics and advertising, BCTG Avocats advises clients on various aspects of IP law, particularly copyright protection on the Internet and social media platforms. The practice is well known for its litigation capabilities and benefits from its ability to leverage the firm’s international network of partner firms when acting on cross-border mandates. In addition to her expertise in IP and new technologies, practice head Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci is also known for her in-depth knowledge of music law, regularly representing the rights holders of major composers.

Practice head(s):

Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci


‘A efficient team which always provides tailored advice and solutions to the matters I bring to them. I appreciate their focus on business implications and client-related constraints which contributes to satisfactory outcomes.’

‘I very much appreciate working with Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci. Her professionalism, strong experience in litigation and solid legal expertise contributed to the success of the case.’

Key clients


Converse Inc.

All Star CV



Cabinet Bouchara Avocats

Boutique law firm Cabinet Bouchara Avocats stands out for its strong track record representing clients in pre-litigation and ADR proceedings as well as litigation before civil and criminal courts. The group is particularly active in the fashion, pharmaceutical and gaming sectors, where it advises on an array of issues such as the protection and exploitation of copyright, infringements, unfair competition and parasitism.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Bouchara


‘Always available, proactive and involved team in all matters entrusted to it. The whole team is extremely good from a technical point of view, and is also very pragmatic. We appreciate the proactive and intelligent solutions they offer to us. We love working with this firm.’

‘The main person we work with is Vanessa Bouchara, who is a brilliant and very resourceful lawyer. She always offers us practical solutions, in which she mixes her in-depth knowledge of our company and legal principles. She is very involved and always available.’

‘Proactive, experts in IP law, cost efficient, strategic.’

‘I primarily worked with Vanessa Bouchara, but her colleagues are also top notch.’

‘Bouchara is extraordinary, we always get a very fast response in any area, the invoicing is clear and always supported by the quotes signed beforehand.’

‘The team is welcoming, efficient and always listening to us.’

‘Hardworking and passionate about their profession. All our needs are anticipated, we are very satisfied.’

‘Vanessa Bouchara  is truly remarkable and brilliant both for the quality of her work and for the cohesion of her team. We love to work with each member of the firm!’

Key clients

In-N-out Burgers

Beierdorf (NIVEA)

Nicolas Ghesquiere


IKKS Group

Christian Lacroix

La Prairie



Western Digital Technology

Attijariwafa Bank

JT Global

Sofrane (PAUL & JOE)

Eleven Paris

Stella Forest


Des Petits Hauts



Credaddict (Redline)

Les Montres Suisses


Deux Magots



Benoit Valerie Calvet

Château Peyrat Fourthon

La Française des Jeux


Altavia Group

Maison France Confort


Camif Habitat

Guy Hoquet






Laboratoire Diététique et Sante

Kingsley Coman


Kingsley Coman

Sophie Ferjani


Counsel Florentin Sanson leads the copyright practice at CMS, which is part of the firm’s wider IP and TMC department, headed by Anne-Laure Villedieu. Acting for major players in the retail, media and entertainment, social media and sports sectors, the group typically advises on anti-piracy matters, copyright collective management in music, right clearances in TV programmes and licensing agreements as well as on contentious matters. Leveraging the firm’s wider international network, the practice is at home with cross-border issues.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Laure Villedieu; Florentin Sanson


‘The team stands out for its proactiveness and availability.’

‘I work regularly with the team of Anne-Laure Villedieu and in particular with Florentin Sanson for everything related to copyright or trade mark law. As such, we benefit from quality and pragmatic advice, in line with our needs and concerns.’

‘The team is supportive, accessible and knowledgeable and they’re very easy to deal with. I feel in safe hands with them!’

‘Florentin Sanson worked relentlessly for us and I very much value and appreciate his support and knowledge. He is quick to respond to emails, always available for calls at short notice and is very thorough in his advice.’

Deprez Guignot Associés

Under the leadership of Vincent FauchouxFrédéric Dumont and Jean-Daniel Bouhenic, Deprez Guignot Associés' copyright practice is particularly active in the luxury goods, media and entertainment, and new technologies sectors, where it regularly advises on copyright contracts, anti-counterfeiting and complex litigations involving IP issues. The group also offers clients IT solutions, including ‘HubMarques’ and ‘BlockchainyourIP’, for the management and protection of IP contents and rights.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Fauchoux; Frédéric Dumont; Jean-Daniel Bouhenic

Key clients


Fédération Française de la Couture


Work highlights

  • Advised the founders of BlockchainyourIP on the protection of its time-stamping solution using blockchain technology.
  • Represented L’Oreal in a litigation regarding the launch of new eco-friendly products.
  • Assisted Polaroid with the litigation against Fujifilm for the protection of the iconic “square format” photography.

DLA Piper

The copyright group at DLA Piper is led by experienced IP practitioner Frank Valentin, who is well known for handling complex disputes in the TMT and life sciences sectors. The group is noted for advising leading entertainment and media brands on all IP-related issues, including the protection and development of strategies for their intangible assets, the implementation of contracting policies and anti-counterfeiting campaigns.

Practice head(s):

Frank Valentin

Key clients

Akzo Nobel


Brooks Sports


Edwards Lifesciences

Exacompta Clairefontaine

Fear of God

Microsoft Corporation

Richemont International Ltd

Unga BV

DTMV & Associés

Boutique law firm DTMV & Associés is an established name in the field of IP law, where it generates a busy caseload of litigious matters while also housing transactional capabilities. The group frequently represents luxury brands, publishers and global media and entertainment companies in disputes in all areas of IP, in particular, artistic copyright. Thierry Mollet-Viéville, Pascal Lefort, Eléonore Gaspar, Thomas Cuche, Julien Grosslerner and Laurine Janin-Reynaud are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Mollet-Viéville; Pascal Lefort; Eléonore Gaspar; Thomas Cuche; Julien Grosslerner; Laurine Janin-Reynaud


‘A boutique firm with qualities of an international firm.’

‘Our preferred counsel is Eléonore Gaspar. She has in-depth knowledge of copyright and of the French market.’


As part of the firm’s wider IP and technologies law practice, Féral's copyright team is particularly known for its strong expertise in the software sector, where it advises on copyright infringements, licensing arrangements, IT contracts and unfair competition, including in disputes. With lawyers qualified in both France and Quebec and benefiting from its partnership with Toranomon Chuo law firm in Tokyo, the group offers clients legal services in Europe, Canada and Japan. Richard Willemant leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Richard Willemant


‘Excellent knowledge of the field.’

‘Richard Willemant masters technical issues and has the ability to handle cases in English.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted a leading French telecommunications operator with several legal proceedings in connection with a copyright dispute related to the use of a software provided by one of its IT service providers.
  • Represented a Monegasque company in a copyright dispute related to copyright infringement related to jewellery and acts of unfair competition and parasitism.
  • Assisted a client with a copyright infringement dispute between two editors of an open source software.


The copyright practice at Franklin offers transactional and litigious capabilities. On the transactional side, the group regularly advises on the development of IP protection strategies, the negotiation and drafting of contracts and the implementation of policies. On the litigious front, the caseload consists of copyright infringement, unfair competition and parasitic act proceedings in the French courts. Practice head Sandra Strittmatter has extensive expertise in IP and advertising law, frequently representing clients in the food and beverage, technology and fashion sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Strittmatter


‘Sandra Strittmatter always achieves the best commercial outcome in negotiations.’

‘Sandra Strittmatter has a very good knowledge of business and marketing issues.’

‘Sandra Strittmatter is accustomed to international cases and is fluent in 4 languages (French, English, German and Italian). She is very proactive and rigorous. An excellent professional.’

Key clients

Martell & Co

Champagne Perrier-Jouët

Airway International Limited

Siemens SAS

Work highlights

  • Advised Martell & Co and Champagne Perrier-Jouët on contracts and IP law in connection with marketing and communication related agreements.
  • Assisted Airwair International Limited with the protection and enforcement of its IP rights in France.
  • Advised Siemens SAS on various issues related to IP law.

Harlay Avocats

At Harlay Avocats, the copyright practice is part of the firm’s wider technology, IP and commercial department. The specialised expertise in information technologies, IP and life sciences issues is used for transactional, regulatory and litigious work. The group's strength in new IT copyright makes the team a popular choice for AI and software clients. The practice is jointly led by Sabine Lipovetsky, Fabrice Perbost and Dominique Mallo.

Practice head(s):

Sabine Lipovetsky; Fabrice Perbost; Dominique Mallo

Key clients

Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE)

Laboratoires Thea

Isigny Sainte-Mère




Herald Avocats

Herald Avocats is particularly known for its strong expertise in the media sector, regularly advising a varied client list, including TV broadcasters, publishers, art institutions, actors, software companies and websites, on copyright protection and exploitation issues. When assisting clients with cross-border matters, the group takes advantage of the firm’s membership in the Geneva Group International. Under the leadership of Richard Milchior, the practice also handles a busy caseload of litigation involving copyright infringements and enforcement as well as counterfeit allegations.

Practice head(s):

Richard Milchior

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Under the leadership of experienced IP and TMT practitioner Alexandra Néri, the copyright practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is skilled in both non-contentious and litigious work, frequently representing internet, technology and consumer-focused companies in high-profile IP and TMT disputes. The department is particularly known for its strong expertise in data protection and information security issues affecting social media platforms, software companies and their customers.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Neri

Key clients




Work highlights

  • Advised Forseti on the framework of a litigation against Lexis Nexis, Dalloz, Lexbase, and other traditional editors of legal information.
  • Represented Molotov in a multi-jurisdictional litigation against several TV Channel editors before the Paris court of appeal in regards to the termination of distribution agreements.
  • Represented Comptoir des Cotonniers in copyright and free-riding proceedings brought by its former supplier in relation to the sale by CDC of several dresses and shirts.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

The copyright team at Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP is an integral part of the firm’s wider IP, media and technology practice, which makes the group well equipped to advise on intersectional issues. The practice offers sector-focused advice, with expertise including the e-commerce, cosmetics and automotive sectors, demonstrating the department’s awareness of the necessity to assist client with the particular issues they face in their specific industries. Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, David Taylor and Jane Seager are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Marie Aimée de Dampierre; David Taylor; Jane Seager

Other key lawyers:

Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe


‘They are very experienced with IP litigations and offer practical and professional advice. Also, they are very proactive and communication channels are very efficient.’

Key clients


Joffe & Associés

Joffe & Associés strengthened its IP practice with the arrival of former August Debouzy practitioner and team head Véronique Dahan in November 2020, who has extensive experience in litigious and non-contentious matters involving commercial and IP law as well as digital marketing and e-reputation issues. The team’s caseload consists of copyright infringement disputes, interim measures, and the negotiation and drafting of contracts. The practice regularly works in close collaboration with the firm’s commercial and luxury goods teams.

Practice head(s):

Véronique Dahan

Key clients

Les Corpographes

KGA Avocats & Wenner

Klein Wenner's copyright team is part of the firm’s wider IT and IP law practice, which frequently acts on both contentious and non-contentions matters for clients in a broad range of sectors. The group is particularly active in the technology, media and entertainment, and sport segments. Supported by a network of local firms in various countries, the practice is equipped to act on both domestic and cross-border mandates. Laurent Badiane and Matthieu Bourgeois lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Badiane; Matthieu Bourgeois


‘The team is very competent.’

‘Matthieu Bourgeois is always available and is a great specialist in data law.’

Key clients

Agence du Numérique en Santé

Time Bomb Records Label


Work highlights

  • Assisted the IT and health department of the ANS, a French public agency charged with developing health information systems, with a comparative study of eight ‘free’ or ‘proprietary’ licences for the use of health terminology.
  • Represented Time Bomb Records Label  in copyright, unfair competition and parasitism proceedings against a leading publishing house before the Paris Judicial Court.
  • Advised Mathematic, an animation and motion design studio, on the drafting of contracts for the transfer of rights between Mathematic and an English writer-director based in Los Angeles.

LPA-CGR avocats

Prudence Cadio, whose expertise spans IP, computer law, protection and personal data, and internet law, leads the copyright practice at LPA-CGR avocats. The group is part of the firm’s wider IP and IT department and particularly known for its strong track record in the field of architects copyright, frequently advising on the negotiation and drafting of agreements in addition to assisting clients with pre-litigation and litigation proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Prudence Cadio

Other key lawyers:

Romain Viret


‘Romain Viret is always available for calls and questions. He is always at ease when dealing with different types of issues. Very proactive.’

‘Their fees are very competitive compared to firms at the same level.’

‘Romain Viret is always available, business-minded and has the ability to explain very complex IP issues in a straightforward way. He is also a very pragmatic IP litigator who always tries to find the best solution for our company. He is a top class IP lawyer.’


NEXT AVOCATS opened its doors in April 2020 when founding partners and practice heads Etienne Papin and Stéphanie Foulgoc, both established names in the field of IP and IT law, joined forces to assist clients with both transactional and litigious matters. The boutique handles a busy caseload in a range of sectors, such as media and entertainment, software, publishing and sports, typically acting for live show producers, music studios, artists, designers and SMEs.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Papin; Stéphanie Foulgoc


‘Availability, detailed analysis of cases, clarification of issues and methods of resolution, advice and tailor-made assistance.’

‘NEXT Avocats is distinguished by its sector-focused expertise and its availability.’

‘Very accessible team, in addition to being extremely competent and friendly.’

‘Etienne Papin and Stéphanie Foulgoc are very creative and adopt a practical and pragmatic approach. They have in-depth knowledge of the IT sector and new technologies.’

‘A team that is always available and provides concrete answers to clients while having a strong technical expertise.’

‘The Next firm has an excellent knowledge of the audiovisual sector and a very pragmatic approach to legal issues.’

‘I have the pleasure to collaborate with Etienne Papin and I greatly appreciate his efficiency, proactiveness and analytical skills.’

Key clients


Moment Factory

Eliott Editions

Lyrebirds Arthur

Eclair Preservation

N3D Land Production

La Prairie Productions

Work highlights

  • Advised Prodiss on the negotiation and drafting of partnership agreements for the ‘Ambition Live Again’.
  • Assisted Moment Factory with the negotiation of copyright licenses and assignments.
  • Advised Eclair on the drafting of general term and conditions and commercial letters regarding copyright issues raised by the long-term storage of films.

Pierrat & Associés

Under the leadership of Emmanuel Pierrat and Sophie Viaris De Lesegno, Pierrat & Associés handles advisory and litigious work on behalf of publishing companies, authors, artists, architects and cultural institutes. The group is particularly active in the creative arts, media and entertainment, and publishing sectors, where it assists clients with the negotiation and drafting of contracts as well as with court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Pierrat; Sophie Viaris de Lesegno

Key clients

Fondation le Corbusier

Cine Tamaris

Institut Mémoire de l’Edition Contemporaine (IMEC )

Schmidt Brunet Litzler

The copyright practice at Schmidt Brunet Litzler is led by experienced IP litigator Delphine Brunet-Stoclet who frequently represents start-ups, designers, major brands and companies in court and ADR proceedings. Handling both contractual matters and litigious work, the team is active across a broad range of sectors, including design, fashion, cosmetics, IT, and media and entertainment.

Practice head(s):

Delphine Brunet-Stoclet


‘Specialist knowledge of IP law, in particular copyright.’

‘It was a pleasure to work with Delphine Brunet-Stoclet. Commercially savvy and a real team player.’

Key clients


Victory Frères


Amanresorts Limited





So press


CVL Creations du Val de Loire

Drugeot Manufacture

Hélène Prime

Stim Media


Amélie Pichard

Eugene Riconneaus



Dermatologic Skincare Solutions

Bastille Day

Concept Footwear Solutions



Sarah Lavoine

BUTLER Industries



WEB Industries

Val d’Opies


ESP Consulting



Edmond de Rothschild


Carmen Busquets



WEB Industrie


Marie Poniatowski


Fonds Stratégique de Participations



Le Media

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Pearson’s French branch in a court litigation.
  • Assisted Swarovski with a long litigation against competitor APM Monaco.
  • Successfully represented Jakob Maul in a litigation where Jakob Maul was accused of having counterfeited five key products.


Benefiting from the firm’s specialised expertise in media, entertainment, new technologies and art law, the copyright team at TWELVE frequently assists a varied client list, including artists, film studios, museums, publishers and e-commerce companies with the particular IP needs of their industries. The firm’s retainer fee offering means that clients enjoy day-to-day legal assistance, which typically involves the negotiation and drafting of contracts as well as advice on M&A and pre-litigation processes. Philippe AllaeysEmmanuel Emile-Zola-Place, Stéphane Cherqui and Benjamin Domange are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Allaeys; Emmanuel Emile-Zola-Place; Stéphane Cherqui; Benjamin Domange

Other key lawyers:

Lucie Quéméré; Arnaud Okraj


‘Twelve are an outstanding business partner for us. They are always available and have a strong understanding of our business and the creative industry. We can trust and rely on them to operate as an extension of our in-house legal team to resolve complex legal and business issues for us.’

‘Emmanuel Emile-Zola-Place, Lucie Quéméré and Arnaud Okraj stand out for their excellent work and client-focused approach.’