Intellectual property: Patent and trade mark attorneys in France
The team at Cabinet Beau de Loménie assists clients with protecting intangible assets internationally across a litany of sectors, including pharmaceutical, aeronautics, cosmetics, sporting goods, and entertainment. François Delumeau is defending a notable telecoms supplier in cross-border patent infringement litigation, as well as coordinating seizures at multiple sites across France for a major European pharmaceutical group holding a European patent on medical devices. Other key names to note at the practice are Philippe Hubert, Aurélia Marie, Didier Intes, Pierre-Louis Désormière and Pierre Balesta.
The 'efficient and innovative' team at Bringer IP provides 'a responsive and outstanding service', specialising particularly in assisting start-ups with customised intellectual property protection. Mathieu Bringer has a strong reputation in the aviation area, from which several clients come, but the firm also advises clients from a wide spectrum of other sectors, including pharmaceutical, technology, and fashion. The team provides the full range of services, including handling patent harvesting, drafting, and prosecution, as well as trade mark clearance searches, filings and prosecutions. Léonard Pirastru is also recommended for his 'perfectly realistic and appropriate assessment of risks and opportunities'.
‘This firm is very appreciated for its reactivity, its rigour and its always-relevant advice on complex legal questions. Bringer IP is always available to answer our questions, and is proving to be a force for proposals on the actions to be taken. Commitment to our side is the word that qualifies them, combined with an excellent knowledge of international issues.‘
‘Team members are always available, to the point, and looking for the best actions to take for the benefit of their customers. Mathieu Bringer and Léonard Pirastru are 100% committed to our side with a perfectly realistic and appropriate assessment of risks and opportunities.‘
‘A team that is on such a human scale facilitates exchanges and allows for the easy dissemination of information and adaptation to our internal constraints.‘
‘Mathieu Bringer is very responsive, attentive and open, which facilitates dialogue and exchange. A fine connoisseur of the aeronautical field, his experience in a large number of cases allows us to save time and money in order to obtain rapid delivery and relevant protection. He knows every case, even those he does not deal with directly, and always has a keen eye on our needs. His team, Anaïs Solanet and Alexandre Decré, are also very responsive and attentive, they manage to transform our inventions into clear and concise patent applications while ensuring we have maximum protection.‘
‘A very efficient and innovative IP practice which provides clear and comprehensive services with a reasonable price.‘
‘Mathieu Bringer – professional, always gives clear and to-the-point legal advice.‘
‘Responsive and outstanding services.‘
‘Mathieu Bringer – a very knowledgeable person.‘
Armengaud Guerlain frequently litigates on behalf of its clients, handling contentious matters including trade mark infringement cases. The firm is also active in appealing decisions made by the French intellectual property offices, obtaining a revocation of an earlier decision not to grant a trade mark before the Paris Court of Appeal for Birkenstock in a cross-border matter. Other key clients include L'Occitane en Provence and 1906 Collins. The practice is jointly headed by Stéphane Guerlain and Catherine Mateu.
Castorama – Kingfisher
Andros – Bonne Maman
Shanghai Panati Wine
- Represented Gugler in EU trade mark invalidity proceedings.
- Representing Shanghai Panati Wine, as the claimant, in a trade mark cancellation action.
- Acting for Mapa in an appeal against the French Office related to the rejection of a trade mark.
The team at Bird & Bird assists a large number of noteworthy clients with the management of their international trade mark portfolios, including Monster and Groupe Go Sport. Other non-contentious matters handled include assisting with filing and renewing trade marks, launching availability searches, and registering trade marks. Of note at the practice are joint heads Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan, who leads from Paris, and Yves Bizollon and Géraldine Arbant, who divide their time between Paris and Lyon.
Groupe Go Sport
- Managing an international trade mark portfolio for client Groupe Go Sport.
- Conducting availability searches on new collection trade marks for Petit Bateau.
- Filed a number of trade mark oppositions for Monster.
Candé Blanchard Ducamp's intellectual property team acts for a roster of clients from a variety of industries, focusing particularly on the fashion, cosmetics and luxury goods sectors. The firm is especially active in the litigious space, representing clients as both claimants and defendants in trade mark infringement proceedings. Key names include Patrice De Candé, Julien Blanchard, Claire Herissay-Ducamp and associates, Margaux Nègre-Carillon, Clarisse Tourneux and Anna Revidi.
Casalonga's intellectual property team assists clients with the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including representing clients in patent and trade mark litigation, advising on licensing agreements, and drafting and negotiating contracts. Key names to note are Gérard Dossmann, Gwennhaël le Roy, Jean-Baptiste Lecoeur, Cristina Bercial and Axel Casalonga, who specialises in advising clients from the mechanical and software sectors.
Germain & Maureau
The team at Germain & Maureau provides intellectual property advice to clients ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations. The firm has a particularly strong focus on clients in the fashion and luxury goods spaces, and handles both litigious and advisory matters, including filings, trade mark infringement cases, and negotiation of contracts. The practice is jointly headed by Lyon-based Hugues Pouzet, William Lobelson, Julien Fialletout, and Bertrand Geoffray, who leads from Paris. The key contact for clients from the life sciences industry is Stéphane Agasse.
Laude Esquier Champey frequently represents clients in trade mark and patent disputes, both nationally and before the EUIPO. Longstanding clients, including Nike, Danone, Jack Daniel's, and Cheetah Mobile, are testament to the firm's focus on the fashion, food and beverage, and telecoms sectors. On the advisory side, the team assists with the negotiation and drafting of trade mark licensing agreements. Practice head Sophie Havard Duclos is the key name to note.
Christian Dior Couture
- Defending Danone in various trade mark infringement litigations before the Lille Court and the EUIPO.
- Successfully represented claimant Jack Daniel’s in a criminal action based on trade mark infringement.
- Successfully represented claimant Cheetah Mobile in a judicial action based on the fraudulent filing of its trade mark.
The team at boutique intellectual property firm Lavoix handles the filing of special protection certificates, the day-to-day management of portfolios and representation in patent disputes. Béatrice Holtz is a key name to note in the life sciences sector, Philippe Blot is strong in the telecoms space, and Bertrand Domenego and Gérard Myon have experience of acting for clients in the engineering sector.
Plasseraud IP's sizeable team provides 'exceptional service and knowledge'. The group includes 'true specialists in both technical and legal areas', who advise on a diverse range of intellectual property matters, including patent and trade mark portfolio management, patent prosecution, and patent filing. The team has taken on noteworthy new clients in industries including pharmaceuticals (Minakem), footwear (New Balance) and stationery (Maped). Guillaume Vermander made partner in January 2019. Other key names to note are Cyra Nargolwalla; 'expert on trade mark matters' Guylène Kiesel Le Cosquer; Eric Burbaud; and 'extremely brilliant and highly creative' Bertrand Loisel.
‘Plasseraud IP is a long-established firm with a strong team comprising of more than 150 attorneys. All Plassearud’s staff that we worked with were true specialists in both technical and legal areas. In addition to supporting their clients with complex issues related to patents, trade marks and designs, Plasseraud also specialises in technology and internet related fields.‘
‘Exceptional service and knowledge in this field.‘
‘The high degree of expertise and cohesion between the members of the firm’s team and their ability to listen are major assets in understanding innovative activities in all sectors.‘
‘I value Plasseraud IP for being highly competent in the law and for being practical.‘
‘Deep knowledge of European patent law and practice that makes it easier for non-Europeans to understand its nuances. Proactive in dealing with urgent matters.‘
‘The people I work with are particularly competent in their field; they provide sound advice in line with the protection objectives sought by a research centre such as the CEA. I particularly appreciate working with Ina Schreiber.‘
‘Partners treat you as the only client in the world.‘
‘Excellent quality of service. Excellent knowledge of all IP matters.‘
‘We consider that Plasseraud IP offers an excellent level of service. They demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their area of expertise and they provide solid and practical advice, with rapid response times and very competitive rates.‘
‘Very motivated teams, available to listen to clients, and very competent.‘
THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
MAPED (school supplies and paper goods)
Ecolab, USA Inc
- Successfully obtained the cancellation of an EU trade mark filed in bad faith for New Balance.
- Advising Nutriset on the development and implementation of patenting strategies to best protect its latest innovative solutions.
- Assisting Minakem with stopping a French competitor that started a price war by commercialising a product that was produced according to Minakem’s patented process.
Boutique firm Benoliel Avocats is active in litigation, representing numerous clients, including popular European channel TF1, in trade mark infringement cases before French courts. The team has strengthened its practice by taking on a litany of new clients, from multiple industries, including aeronautics, automotive, fashion and engineering. Additionally, the group fields a non-contentious side caseload, including assisting clients with their trade mark strategies, IP rights protection and settlement negotiations. The key name to note at the practice is Sylvie Benoliel-Claux.
ETABLISSEMENTS GABRIEL BOUDIER
GROUPE FUNECAP TOPCO
LOLA JAMES HARPER
- Defending Etablissements Gabriel Boudier in trade mark infringement litigation.
- Representing defendant TF1 in trade mark infringement litigation.
TAoMA Partners' intellectual property team has 'exceptional skills regrading trade mark law and trade mark registration strategy'. The firm focuses largely on advisory matters, including auditing trade mark portfolios and managing trade mark portfolios for clients. Malaurie Pantalacci is valued for 'his experience and his analytical mind'. Also recommended are Gaëlle Loinger-Benamran, Mélissa Cassanet, and 'exceptional lawyer' Jean-Charles Nicollet.
‘The practice is unique in the reactivity it shows and in that it is very focused on customer satisfaction by understanding the needs of the client.‘
‘The TAoMA team is always pleasant, available and competent. It is clear in its explanations, structured in its working methods and efficient in responding quickly to any request. For me, its working methods distinguish the TAoMA team from that of other firms, because they allow us to know at all times where we are in each case in a clear and transparent manner.‘
‘In general, the people I work with in the firm are all welcoming, very efficient and available. More particularly, I work with Malaurie Pantalacci, who is always extremely clear in his explanations and reliable in his recommendations, thanks to his experience and his analytical mind. I also had the opportunity to work with Alain Hazan who immediately inspires confidence through the professionalism he exudes and his ability to listen.‘
‘In my opinion, they have exceptional skills regrading trade mark law and trade mark registration strategy. Also an excellent network of partners all over the world.‘
‘I work mostly with Malaurie Pantalacci, she is a high level IP specialist, and delivers excellent quality work, always being very transparent and fair on the amount of her fees. I don’t hesitate to recommend her systematically to my customers who need to register international trade marks, have some issues with registration processes, or have any issues related to trade marks.‘
‘Excellent relationship, always available, strong knowledge of the sector and the legal issue our company is facing.‘
‘Ultra-professional team who pays attention to our needs.‘
‘Jean-Charles Nicollet is an exceptional lawyer. Great advice. A thoroughly upright straightforward person.‘
‘The team is receptive and listens to the client carefully. Their guidance take our strategic orientations and our financial criteria into consideration. They are pragmatic and realistic. The team is competent, conscientious but very pleasant and readily available. Team members are aware of the last information about intellectual property regulation and the latest changes to take into consideration or to be ready for. For example, they follow very closely the progress of Brexit consequences on intellectual property law.‘
‘We have worked with Gaëlle Loinger-Benamran for a long time. The stability of our relationship is a key point for us. She knows our corporate culture, our strategy. Not only does she give us practical advice, but she also explains matters to us in an instructive way. We work also with Blandine Lemoine and Jean-Charles Nicollet. Both are very receptive and competent. They are proactive and engaged in our issues.‘