Firms To Watch: Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs

Established in early 2023 by partners Louis Jestaz, Sarah Madi, and Florent Mattern, Blanche Avocats is a recently formed IP boutique firm. The firm has quickly developed a strong and sophisticated client base, both in France and internationally. It is distinguished for its adept 360 management, particularly in handling intricate international IP disputes, with a notable emphasis on trade marks.
In 2023, the addition of Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe has brought a revitalised energy to the IP practice at Dechert LLP. The practice now provides counsel to domestic and international clients across various industries, specialising in trade mark and unfair competition law. The team’s expertise is particularly focused on navigating complex issues in both national and multi-jurisdictional IP litigation.
Established in 2023 by Claire Poirson, FIRSH is the culmination of her nearly two decades of experience in prestigious Anglo-Saxon and French law firms. Motivated by a commitment to values of freedom, equality, and justice, FIRSH specialises in managing intricate cross-border IP issues for European and international major companies. Notably, the firm has achieved significant success, providing valuable assistance to Tesla in numerous trade mark opposition cases.

Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs in France


ADVANT Altana, a founding member of ADVANT, a European law firm association established in September 2021 along with ADVANT Nctm (Italy) and ADVANT Beiten (Germany), brings its exceptional IP team to assist both domestic and international clients in all facets of trade mark, design, and domain name protection, valuation, and security. They possess particular expertise in handling infringement, cancellation, and invalidity proceedings, with a deep understanding of civil procedural rules, EU regulations, and international treaties. Co-led by seasoned litigator Pierre Lubet and Jean-Guy de Ruffray, the team offers comprehensive transactional and litigation services, with notable involvement in intricate litigation and cross-border disputes appearing before all French courts and the EUIPO.

Practice head(s):

Pierre Lubet; Jean-Guy de Ruffray

Other key lawyers:

Camille Raclet


‘Pierre Lubet’s work was outstanding, extremely professional and of highest quality.’

Key clients







Work highlights

  • Providing day-to-day advice on IP issues faced by DUCATI, especially concerning the protection of trade marks and domain names.

Armengaud Guerlain

The trade marks department of the boutique firm Armengaud Guerlain is a prominent player in the market, providing robust defence for a diverse client base consisting of both French and international clients, including blue-chip companies, SMEs, and individuals spanning five continents. The department is co-led by the firm’s founder and former president of AAPI, Stéphane Guerlain, along with Catherine Mateu, the founder of the international and Ibero-American desks. This dynamic team possesses extensive expertise in cross-border litigation and contract matters, with a proven track record in handling issues related to infringement, disputes over intellectual property ownership, as well as due diligence and licensing concerns. Marguerite Higgons, who specialises in soft IP litigation, left in July 2023 to found her own IP boutique.

Practice head(s):

Stéphane Guerlain; Catherine Mateu

Key clients





1906 Collins




Shanghai panati wine

Work highlights

  • Acting for plaintiff in trade mark cancellation action.
  • Representing a film studio in the defense of its famous logo in proceedings against the French trade mark’s office.

Baker McKenzie

With the capability to provide specialised expertise at both local and multi-jurisdictional levels across all aspects of intellectual property, the trade mark and designs practice at Baker McKenzie remains a premier choice for clients in the pharmaceuticals, luxury, lifestyle, entertainment, and technology sectors. Led by Virginie Ulmann, a seasoned professional in drafting and negotiating IP agreements, the team adeptly manages a wide spectrum of advisory and contentious work. Renowned for its mastery in trade mark portfolio management and extensive experience in handling cases involving unfair competition, the team excels in resolving complex and significant IP disputes across civil, criminal, and administrative courts. The team is further bolstered by the presence of litigation expert Nathalie Marchand and Pauline Celeyron, highly regarded for her skill in trade mark portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Virginie Ulmann

Other key lawyers:

Nathalie Marchand; Pauline Celeyron


‘Excellent team and very practical.’

Key clients

Moët-Hennessy and Société Jas Hennessy & Co.


BAT (British American Tobacco)





Groupe Beaumanoir




Please note that the above list is not exhaustive.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Moët-Hennessy on numerous issues regarding the protection and defence of Hennessy’s intellectual property rights.
  • Assisting Kadine in the defense of their ESSENTIEL trade marks in cancellation actions pending before the Paris Court of First Instance and the EUIPO.
  • Assisting British American Tobacco (BAT) on numerous issues regarding the protection and the defence of BAT’s trade marks rights.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird maintains its position as a prominent player in the field of IP litigation, where it represents major clients with a strong sector focus on innovative industries, including life sciences, healthcare, technology, media, entertainment, and sports. The team possesses both local and international expertise, excelling in both contentious and non-contentious matters, encompassing trade mark infringement, unfair competition cases, prosecution, and comprehensive brand management. At the helm of the practice is Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan, acknowledged for her proficiency in handling intricate technical issues, while soft IP litigation expert Géraldine Arbant collaborates closely. Notably, their capabilities are further enhanced by the contributions of Yves Bizollon, a standout member with a strong track record in complex patent litigation and significant experience in trade mark matters.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan; Géraldine Arbant

Other key lawyers:

Yves Bizollon; Estelle Henry Mayer; Edouard Treppoz


‘The team listens to its customers, is very responsive and anticipates needs.’

Key clients

Philip Morris International

International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Group Seb

Procter & Gamble



RTE Réseau de transport d’électricité

Consorzio Di Tutela Della Denominazione Di Origine Controllata Prosecco


Piasten & Lutti

CrossFit, Inc


VF Corporation

Triumph International


Cooper Cooperation pharmaceutique française

Work highlights

  • Assisting Triumph International in building an opposition case based on the Michael Jackson’s well-known overseas rights, against a French litigious filing before the French IP Office.
  • Advising the US tobacco company, Philip Morris International, in the field of IP portfolio management in closed relationship with other Bird & Bird offices.
  • Representing Piasten in a landmark trade mark litigation that opposes it to Mars, Inc. whereby Mars is attempting to revive its monopoly over the Treets sign that it has stopped using 30 years ago when it shifted to M&Ms.

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

The trade marks and designs team at De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés offers a comprehensive range of services covering soft IP matters. This includes expertise in trade mark clearance, licensing issues, and the integration of intellectual property aspects into M&A deals. The team excels in assisting clients with various litigation scenarios related to trade mark rights, representing them before both French and EU courts, as well as the French IP Office and European IP Office. Additionally, they specialise in managing IP portfolios, leveraging the firm’s proficiency in areas such as tax, competition, and labor to provide clients with a holistic service for both contentious and non-contentious IP issues. Renowned experts, including Louis de Gaulle and Georgie Courtois, who are frequent contenders in civil and criminal courts, Julien Horn, adept at handling transactional IP matters and pleading cases, Francine Le Péchon-Joubert, specialising in contractual IP matters and disputes, and Serge Lederman, recognised for his strategic litigation skills across diverse sectors like fashion, design, media, all co-lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Louis de Gaulle; Georgie Courtois; Julien Horn; Francine Le Péchon-Joubert; Serge Lederman

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Hébert-Salomon

Key clients


Careventures Fund li Gp

Château de Versailles

Colgate Palmolive

DreamWorks Animation


Energy Observer Developments

Epic Games

Fédération Française de Tennis




Ile-de-France Mobilité (IDFM)

Interop’ Santé

Monte Carlo – Société des Bains de Mer

National Football League (NFL)


Opéra de Paris

Optic 2000

Palais des Thés

Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétiques (PFDC)

Pure Laboratories


Rival Boxing


Sire Spirits – 50C


The Fragrance Designers


Warner Bros

DLA Piper

Benefiting from a robust global presence with a footprint in major markets worldwide, the IP department at DLA Piper maintains its position as a leading force in the French market, offering comprehensive support to clients with domestic, international, and cross-border needs. The team, under the leadership of complex litigation expert Frank Valentin, is highly sought after by top-tier multinationals and high-profile companies, particularly within the TMT and life sciences sectors, boasting distinguished expertise in trade mark clearance, prosecution, and litigation. Valentin’s leadership is complemented by the contributions of Cédric Meiller, a specialist in the protection and enhancement of IP trade mark assets, and Floriane Chartier-Chanot, who assists both French and international clients across various intricate technology domains in matters related to trade marks.

Practice head(s):

Frank Valentin

Other key lawyers:

Cédric Meiller; Floriane Chartier-Chanot

Key clients

Fear of God

Brooks sports

Vinci Construction Terrassements / Terélian

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Microsoft Corporation


Laboratoires Vivacy

Cutting Edge Music


Boston Consulting Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Fear of God, an American luxury fashion label, in a trade mark dispute against the Belgian clothing design company Kadine.
  • Representing Cutting Edge Music in its trade mark strategy, by performing trade mark clearances, strategising, assisting with the filing of the trade marks in France and supervising the European filings, as well as portfolio management.
  • Offering ongoing support to Edwards Lifesciences regarding trade marks and design matters.

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

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. stands as a formidable presence in the Paris IP market, boasting one of the largest and most accomplished teams. The firm represents a diverse clientele, which includes some of the world’s most prestigious brands in the luxury goods, sports apparel, and cosmetics sectors. The team, led by co-heads Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier, a seasoned expert in contentious matters with a pronounced focus on the life sciences sector, alongside Emmanuel Larere, a distinguished trade mark litigator, and Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry, a specialist in infringement disputes and technology transfer agreements, demonstrates excellence in both litigation and transactional work. Their particular strength lies in handling trade mark disputes governed by French and European Union law, where they frequently appear before civil, commercial, and criminal courts. Moreover, the team operates a dedicated unit focused on trade mark filing, prosecution, and portfolio management, catering to clients on a national and international scale.

Practice head(s):

Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier; Emmanuel Larere; Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry

Other key lawyers:

Julie Pailhè; Marie-Ange Pozzo di Borgo; Elise Marie


‘Emmanuel Larere is a sharp, strategic thinker and provides quality legal advice.’

Key clients






Louis Vuitton (vs van cleef)


Havard Duclos & Associés

Havard Duclos & Associés, a dynamic boutique firm specialising exclusively in IP matters, delivers strategic counsel to a select group of blue-chip clients, aiding them in safeguarding their intellectual property rights and optimising the licensing and exploitation of those rights throughout Europe. The practice is led by Sophie Havard Duclos, a seasoned IP litigation specialist with previous experience at a leading international law firm. She is ably supported by her fellow partners, Constance Percevaux and Pauline Casanova, who have risen through the ranks from associates. Together, they possess a wealth of expertise in handling infringement, unfair competition, and parasitism cases, while also offering comprehensive representation before French courts in civil, criminal, and commercial IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Havard Duclos

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Casanova; Constance Percevaux


‘The team is professional, responsive and customer friendly.’

‘The entire team is available and attentive.’

‘Always accessible and fast in responding. Provide solid advice and are down to earth.’

Key clients





Work highlights

  • Obtained a favourable decision of the Paris Court of Appeal on 28 October 2022, judging that the sign Fuckbook, used in relation to an adult website, infringes former Facebook trade marks.
  • Assisted Facebook and Instagram with several opposition and cancellation proceedings before the INPI.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Recognised in the market for its outstanding work on behalf of renowned internet and technology players, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s trade marks team has established itself as the go-to firm for Google in France since 2003. Led by Alexandra Neri, the team provides comprehensive support to clients, addressing a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious matters. Their extensive experience includes handling high-value and high-profile IP/TMT disputes before both French and European courts, as well as representing clients before the French Data Protection Authority (DPA). Additionally, the firm offers advisory support, aiding clients in navigating regulatory issues, addressing data protection concerns, and effectively managing and enforcing trade mark portfolios. The practice also benefits from the contributions of Sébastien Proust, head of electronics, who brings a wealth of experience in rights protection, licensing, and dispute resolution. Proust has played a pivotal role in several landmark cases that have helped shape the evolving application of trade mark law in the context of advertising referencing and the “right to be forgotten” concept in France.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Neri

Other key lawyers:

Sébastien Proust; Laure Cardinet; Suzanne Carayol

Key clients



Work highlights

  • Representing and assisting ALIBABA in all French proceedings regarding its hosting provider status.
  • Representing Enterprise rent a car in a litigation that started in 2013 against the French car rental company rent a car in relation to trade mark infringement.

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP houses one of the most extensive IPMT practices in the French market. Their trade marks team is well-versed in providing guidance on a broad spectrum of issues, encompassing both transactional matters like brand management and disputes that involve intricate multi-jurisdictional litigation, arbitration, and mediation before French courts and the French Intellectual Property Office. They are frequently entrusted with handling IP matters alongside corporate transactions. At the helm, the team is co-led by three accomplished experts: Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, an authority in the securitisation of trade mark rights and mediation proceedings; David Taylor, a specialist in internet-related trade mark protection; and Jane Seager, a seasoned expert in brand protection. They are routinely sought after by major clients for advice on sensitive and often cross-border trade mark cases, priding themselves on providing clients with a comprehensive one-stop-shop service. The team’s capabilities have recently been further strengthened with the addition of highly skilled associates Anna Revidi (October 2022) and Claire Bratel (May 2023).

Practice head(s):

Marie-Aimée de Dampierre; David Taylor; Jane Seager

Other key lawyers:

Anna Revidi; Claire Bratel


‘There is no other law firm that offers the same range of services to the consistently high standard as Hogan Lovells.’

‘Jane Seager is outstanding. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of domain name dispute procedures and case law which she brings to bear on a daily basis.’

‘Jane Seager is always available to answer questions, provide advice, and to react to urgent matters. She is more than just an outside counsel; she is a commercially minded thought partner which makes her invaluable resource for her clients.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Adviding Meta with the recuperation of domain names and security issues, in addition to the recovery of gTLDs (generic extensions such as .COM, .NET, .ORG, etc.).


HOYNG ROKH MONÉGIER’s team excels in cross-border IP litigation, benefiting from a multinational European team that provides expert advice from a European perspective. Co-headed by Sophie Micallef and Marie Georges-Picot, the trade mark team caters to a diverse client base spanning various industries, including aeronautics, digital security, life sciences, pharma, and telecommunications, among others. They offer a comprehensive array of services related to the enforcement, use, and protection of trade marks, trade names, designs, and geographical indications. Notably, they assist some of the world’s most renowned brands and are involved in high-profile trade mark cases and unfair competition litigation before French civil, commercial, criminal, and European courts. Denis Monégier du Sorbier complements the team with his extensive experience in advising on unfair competition and parasitic behavior issues and his vast expertise in handling European litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Micallef; Marie Georges-Picot

Other key lawyers:

Denis Monégier du Sorbier


‘The team acts fast and follows a clear overall market strategy to protect the client’s business/products as effectively as possible.’

‘Sophie Micallef always responds very quickly and gives clear advice in line with the overall strategy.’

Key clients

Capri Sun


Federation Francaise des Trufficulteurs




Jones Day

Jones Day is a recognised leader in trade mark and design disputes and transactions across France and Pan-Europe. They offer their expertise on an international scale, capitalising on the harmonisation of intellectual property laws within the EU to provide coordinated multi-office teams that advise and contribute to complex, multi-jurisdictional matters. The team, co-led by litigation expert Emmanuel Baud and IPO handling specialist Edouard Fortunet, adeptly manages a spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious issues, including infringement proceedings, revocation actions, license agreements, and due diligence related to M&A transactions and joint ventures. They possess notable sector-specific knowledge, particularly in the wine and spirits industry, and have established experience in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Baud; Edouard Fortunet

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Marchiset; Sarah Candelibes


‘Jones Day clearly falls into the category of full-service law firm with a strong and wide coverage of IP aspects, in France and at a worldwide level.’

‘Jones Day’s IP team is one step ahead in my view compared to its competitors given its IP transactional / IP litigation skills combination, its worldwide offices and its dedication to clients.’

‘The team offers comprehensive national and cross-border coverage of intellectual property law and has first-class experience in brand protection.’

‘Partners and associates have great availability, are top in their field and demonstrate excellent relationship management skills.’

‘Edouard Fortunet deals with most sensitive subject matters such as AI and NFTs, heavily involved in the most prestigious IP associations and is a smart, business-minded, responsive and reliable partner.’

‘Edouard Fortunet has the requisite experience in the legal issues and risks that underpin our transactions, as well as a firm understanding of the underlying business such as commercial risk and reward elements.’

‘Great responsiveness, attentive listening to customer needs, Great expertise in trade mark and copyright law. Adapted and innovative solutions with a 360° vision of the issues, both in contentious matters and in contractual matters.’

‘Very strong work force, responsiveness and global vision of disputes with an understanding of the business implications.’

Key clients

Jean Charles de Castelbajac



Les Heritiers Matisse


Syndicat Général des Vignerons des Côtes du Rhône

Schwa Medico

Syndicat des Vins Côtes de Provence

Big Fish Games

INAO – Institut National de L’origine et de la Qualité


CIVB – Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux


CPC – Creative Perfume Company Holding SA



Median Technologies

CIGC – Comité Interprofessionnel de Gestion du Comté



Total Energies

Comite Champs-Elysees


Mr. Vladimir MONTUFAR (Pro bono)

Work highlights

  • Represented INAO and various entities in charge of defending Geographical Indications of Origin in several landmark cases in 2023 contributing to the enhanced recognition and protection of Geographical Indications.
  • Representing world famous French creator, artist, and fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac in various transactional and litigation matters.
  • Representing Voodoo, a France-based global leader in the gaming industry, in several civil actions launched against foreign companies and developers further to their unlawful copies of several Voodoo games.


Arenaire, a boutique firm exclusively dedicated to intellectual property, serves a diverse clientele comprising major companies, innovative SMEs, and high-profile clients hailing from various industries, with notable expertise in the fashion, luxury, technology, and pharmaceutical sectors. Co-headed by Pierre Massot and Lentini Thibault, the trade mark practice has earned a stellar reputation, benefitting from the extensive experience of both leaders in trade mark law, encompassing design protection and counterfeiting matters. The team also boasts significant activity in the realm of IP litigation, with a track record of handling cases related to customs litigation. Mythili Thaya further supports the team, having made substantial contributions to encourage the European Court of Justice to revise its case-law regarding the concept of similarity of signs in the context of well-known trade marks, with the aim of enhancing the effectiveness of their protection.

Practice head(s):

Massot Pierre; Lentini Thibault

Other key lawyers:

Mythili Thaya; Louis Louembe


‘I appreciate the great flexibility of the team to respond to our needs, the simplicity of our exchanges and their great professionalism.’

‘We greatly appreciate Arenaire for its excellent expertise, particularly in design law, but also in other areas of intellectual property, for its practical and pragmatic working method, as well as for the great commitment and creativity demonstrated by the firm.’

‘Pierre Massot is a brilliant lawyer, well-informed, with excellent practicality and a sense of possibility. He has a very broad vision and demonstrates extraordinary creativity in his work.’

Key clients

Maisons du Monde

Pernod Ricard

Mumm Martell Perrier Jouet




Technicolor (which became ESTABLISHED INC.)

Teva Sante

Macif/Aéma (

Université PSL (

Wilmotte (

Lina Ghotmeh Architecture

Groupe Roullier (

Proludic (


Work highlights

  • Regularly intervening for Pernod Ricard’s companies on all IP aspects of their business, both in advice and in litigation and, for example, for letter of formal notice, pre-litigation, legal representation in cases of trade mark revocation or invalidity, product validation, advertising campaign validation, drafting contracts with agencies and suppliers.
  • Regularly advising MACIF/AEMA, one of the main insurers in France, on IP aspects of its business and, in particular in trade marks matters and advertising campaigns.

BCTG Avocats

Under the leadership of Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci, BCTG Avocats boasts a robust intellectual property practice with a focus on trade marks, serving both French and international clients. The firm has established a reliable network of trusted foreign partners to enhance its global reach. Specialising in both contentious and non-contentious matters, the team brings extensive experience in infringement, unfair competition, parasitism, disparagement, invalidity, and revocation proceedings. In addition to its litigation prowess, the firm provides strategic counseling services spanning diverse sectors, including retail, luxury, sports, pharmaceuticals, media, and advertising. Noteworthy practitioners including Pauline De Drée and Jessica Sandowski contribute significant expertise in court proceedings, industrial property offices, as well as contract negotiations, consulting, and litigation in trade mark matters.

Practice head(s):

Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci

Other key lawyers:

Pauline De Drée; Jessica Sandowski


‘Very professional, responsive and an expert team. The team offers solutions adapted to the specific challenges of its clients.’

‘Gaëlle Bloret-Pucci has very strong expertise in the field, which is very valuable on high-stakes cases. She brings her expertise, while ensuring that the members of her team working on each file are adapted to the particularities of it in order to always combine expertise and an appropriate budget.’

Key clients

Nike / Converse Inc. / All Star C.V.

Orangina Schweppes / Suntory Group

Stada Arzneimittel AG / EG Labo

Uber / Uber Eats

Candé Blanchard Ducamp

Candé Blanchard Ducamp is a powerhouse dedicated exclusively to intellectual and industrial property litigation, offering unwavering support and counsel to French and international giants spanning industries as diverse as luxury, construction, insurance, banking, and technology. Co-led by two exceptional specialists, Julien Blanchard, an expert in infringement-seizure proceedings, and Claire Herissay-Ducamp, a seasoned anti-counterfeiting authority, the team is resolute in defending their clients’ intangible assets. They engage in a wide array of legal proceedings, from battling infringement and unfair competition to arbitration, with appearances before French and European courts and active involvement with the French and European patent offices. Even in retirement, the firm’s third founding partner, Patrice De Candé, remains dedicated to the field, actively participating in IP-related conferences.

Practice head(s):

Claire Herissay-Ducamp; Julien Blanchard; Patrice de Candé; Charlotte Mocheff; Marion Doré; Charlotte Dolfi


Casalonga’s substantial team is a steadfast advocate in crucial trade mark cases, appearing before the French Intellectual Property Office, French courts, the EUIPO, and the European General Court. Their in-house international department significantly bolsters their capacity to adeptly navigate cross-border trade mark matters, regularly handling instructions spanning Europe, the US, Canada, China, and South America. Guided by seasoned litigators Arnaud Casalonga and Marianne Gabriel, the team benefits from the leadership of Caroline Casalonga, who heads the counseling department, and Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte, an expert in serving foreign clients. Based in Paris, the team provides guidance on a comprehensive range of matters, including trade mark and design prosecutions and portfolio management, and is particularly renowned for its prowess in trade mark litigation and prosecution. They pride themselves on spearheading innovative and successful strategies for the defense and enforcement of their clients’ trade mark rights, positioning themselves at the forefront of the field.

Practice head(s):

Arnaud Casalonga; Caroline Casalonga; Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte; Marianne Gabriel

Other key lawyers:

Floriane Codevelle; Pascaline Vincent; Laurence Schardt; Chloé Chircop; Klervi Henry


‘Very responsive team, giving clear instructions/recommendations when asked on a specific subject. Their advice is always extremely well-structured with an overview of the case law and then a clear recommendation on the procedure to follow to resolve the problem we encounter.’

‘The team is responsive, has excellent English skills, communicates effectively with clear recommendations and price tables. The advice given is always well put together and professional.’

‘Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte is an excellent partner, highly-skilled and professional.’

‘The firm has a pragmatic, strategic and effective approach to IP advice and litigation. The teams are available and responsive.’

‘Marianne Gabriel is available, educational and is able to very quickly mobilise the appropriate team within the firm to perfectly respond to our requests.’

Key clients

A.P.C (Atelier de Production et de création)


Allegion (Bricard)

Antilles-Glaces Group

Aurige Group

Banque BCP

BBG Sistemas

Berliner (restaurant chain)


Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

BNIC (National Interprofessional Office of Cognac)

Brasserie 360

Brasseurs de France

Champagne Beaumont des Crayères

Champagne de Telmont (Remy Cointreau)

Champagne Mailly Grand Cru

Champagne Prophète & CO

Champagne Royal Riviera

Champagne Vincent d’Astrée

Châteauneuf-du-Pape PDO (Defense and Management Organisation)

Cognac CAMUS

Consorzio del vino Brunello di Montalcino AOP

Credit Mutuel Arkéa


Délices de Guyane

Département de l’Isère

Desprat & Saint Verny

Diam Bouchage (OENEO Group)

Domaine Casanova


Ermewa Group (Akiem)

Essity Hygiene and Health AB

Etablissement français du sang (Efs)

Fayat Group

France Boissons

France Thermes Group (formerly La compagnie de Vichy)

GBH (Bernard Hayot Group)






Hyline Building Systems France SAS

INAO (French National Institute of origin and quality)

JCR (Ekoï)


La Centrale Group

La Chablisienne

Lalique Group

Leroy Merlin France (Adeo Group)


Luberon PDO (Defense and Management Organisation)

Matsui Shuzo

Mercier Vignobles (Mercier Group)


Mr.Bricolage Group

MSF International (Médecins Sans Frontières International)

Ortho Partner

Oui Care Group (Financiere Oui Care, O2 Developpement)


Paramount (formerly ViacomCBS)

Pernod Ricard


Rémy Cointreau Group

Rhum A1710


Samaritaine (LVMH Group)


SKF (Svenska KullagerFabriken)

Sky Group (formerly British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc)

Société de la Tour Eiffel

Sovereign Brands

Spéciales Gillardeau SARL – Maison Gillardeau

Spiribam (Bernard Hayot Group)


Unique Heritage Media (UHM)

Up Coop Group

V33 Group


Ventoux PDO (Defense and Management Organisation)

Vignobles Clément Fayat (Fayat Group)

Villard Médical

Vinora (association for the promotion of volcanic wines)



Wine Institute – California Wines

Yara France

Work highlights

  • Assisting CMA in a very important action in trade mark invalidity, trade mark infringement and unfair and parasitic competition brought by CONFEDERATION NATIONAL DU CREDIT MUTUEL (CNCM).
  • Design litigations for defending PANDORA’s jewelry creation before the Paris court: PANDORA has been sued for the creation and commercialisation of 3 types of rings which allegedly infringe on VAN CLEEF & ARPELS copyright and design right. The adverse party also raised arguments based on unfair competition and parasitism.


The Paris-based Dentons team excels in handling both local and multi-jurisdictional matters. The team are entrusted with significant cases on behalf of esteemed clients like Apple Inc, Supreme, and Zama, offering comprehensive capabilities within both the French and European Union domains. Loïc Lemercier, an expert in trade mark-related litigation and advisory, leads the team. Its client portfolio extends across various sectors, including pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, luxury, internet, and technology. The practice actively engage in infringement litigation and provide crucial assistance in structuring licensing contracts. Noteworthy individuals within the practice include Isabelle Leroux, who possesses expertise in anti-counterfeiting and piracy matters, and Chen Gu, a qualified attorney in both French and Chinese law.

Practice head(s):

Loïc Lemercier

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Leroux; Chen Gu


‘A great team with long-term experience, quality and consistency.’

‘Isabelle Leroux is exceptionally brilliant, and her advice is fast, simple and practical.

Key clients


Cosmos Soccer Club LLC





Leroy Merlin


CLT-UFA/RTL Television GMBH/RTL Group

IDEAT Editions


Merial/Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health France


Supreme (Chapter 4 CORP DBA Supreme)

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Cosmos Soccer Club LLC in more than 15 trade mark oppositions in France.
  • Advising famous clothing brand Casablanca and its designer Sharaf on three trade mark, copyright and unfair competition litigation and pre-litigation cases.
  • Representing Polo Club, Polo resort and country club of Saint-Tropez in a trade mark litigation case pending before French Courts.

DTMV & Associés

The DTMV & Associés IP team excels in a wide spectrum of matters, offering adept representation to an array of clients that encompass some of the world’s most renowned global entertainment companies, highly esteemed luxury brands, and businesses in diverse sectors such as publishing, food, energy, and travel. The team is co-headed by a formidable lineup, including Thierry Mollet-Viéville, Pascal Lefort, Eleonore Gaspar, Thomas Cuche, and Laurine Janin-Reynaud, all based in Paris, as well as Grimaud Valat, situated in Lyon. This boutique firm stands out for its robust litigation capabilities, boasting significant expertise in handling complex issues related to unfair competition and infringement proceedings, both on a domestic and international scale. They represent clients before French and EU courts, as well as trade mark offices, making them a formidable force in the field.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Mollet-Viéville; Pascal Lefort; Eléonore Gaspar; Thomas Cuche; Laurine Janin-Reynaud; Grimaud Valat


‘One of the best quality IP practices in France.’

Fiducial Legal by Lamy

Fiducial Legal by Lamy’s IP team stands out for its specialised expertise in offering comprehensive global brand strategy advice, managing extensive worldwide trade mark portfolios, and providing expert guidance in trade mark prosecution. Under the leadership of Karine Disdier-Mikus, a former partner at DLA Piper, the team tackles a diverse range of work, spanning brand management, licensing and franchising agreements, as well as addressing infringement issues and unfair competition matters. Notably, as a member of the TerraLex network, the firm is well-equipped to assist clients in the management of their global IP portfolios. The practice also features Marguerite Senard, an authority in domain names and cybersquatting, alongside Pierre Nieuwyaer, a specialist in IP laws who serves clients in trade mark matters both as counsel and in litigation, further enhancing the team’s capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Karine Disdier-Mikus

Other key lawyers:

Marguerite Senard; Pierre Nieuwyaer


‘Karine Disdier-Mikus is a brilliant lawyer, who provides top level analysis and legal advice, as well as practical solutions for her clients. She is also a great person, which is important when dealing with difficult situations.’

‘They are competent and well-prepared. I have worked with Karine Disdier-Mikus and she is an exceptional lawyer.’

‘The IP team has an impressive depth in knowledge regarding IP prosecution and litigation and a very efficient approach.’

Key clients











Work highlights

  • Advising BUMBLE/FLASHGAP on several crossed EU oppositions and cancellation actions against a company intervening in the music sector.
  • Advising B&B HOTELS on its brand strategy worldwide, including conducting clearance searches in multi-jurisdictions, as well as conducting online IP enforcement, “notice and take down” action, oppositions worldwide as well as UDRP proceedings.
  • Defending IRO brand in multiple-jurisdictions litigations against another clothing similar brand from Taiwan and assisting the brand in tackling trade mark and copyright infringement on the internet.


Under the guidance of Nathalie Hadjadj-Cazier, a renowned authority in IP rights registration and defense, Fieldfisher’s IP department excels in a wide spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters. The team demonstrates formidable expertise in trade mark litigation, encompassing infringement proceedings, customs controls, and domain names. It also excels in areas such as unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, and other unfair trade practices. With a robust technical infrastructure, the team efficiently manages extensive IP portfolios, fostering seamless collaboration with all the firm’s offices globally and international partners in various countries, providing clients with a comprehensive and international legal service.

Practice head(s):

Nathalie Hadjadj-Cazier

Other key lawyers:

Mathilde Razou


‘A very proactive and dynamic team.’

‘Thanks to their diverse team and highly qualified attorneys, we never fail to find the optimal solutions to our clients.’

‘Nathalie Hadjadj-Cazier is an excellent intellectual property lawyer.’

Key clients

Giordano Enterprises

Champagne Billecart-Salmon

Owkin, Inc.

Playboy Enterprises, Inc.


Parts Holding Europe Group (PHE) / / Oscar Holding

Work highlights

  • Advising Giordano Enterprises – a leading international retailer of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel with 3 200 stores and 8 300 employees against the Dutch company Verweij Fashion in several proceedings before the French Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation), the Court of Appeal and the INPI (revocation actions).
  • Assisting Crocs with reinforcing the protection of his historic and well-known clog which became at the top of the fashion trends. After having proved the acquisition of the distinctive character through use of the 3D trade mark, we successfully registered the classic clog as a French 3D trade mark. We also assist the client in the customs surveillance in France.
  • Assisting Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. in the defense of its trade marks in France, notably through several opposition proceedings before the French IP office (INPI). For example, we obtained a favorable opposition decision for GTA that was recognised as a well-known trade mark by the INPI.


FTPA’s IP practice boasts comprehensive expertise, underpinned by a strong focus on trade marks. They adeptly serve clients in both non-contentious matters, handling tasks like license agreements and rights assignments, and contentious matters, leveraging their formidable litigation capabilities before specialised French and European courts. The practice is led by Antoine Gautier-Sauvagnac, proficient in both English and French, and the team provides expert counsel to high-profile clients, including international players across diverse industries, such as fashion, transportation, luxury products, and heavy industries. Hélène Huet is a key figure, known for her strategic litigation prowess and negotiation skills. Notably, the team recently expanded with the addition of Arnaud Michel, an international IP specialist who joined as a partner in March 2023, a clear indication of the practice’s commitment to broadening its international footprint.

Practice head(s):

Antoine Gautier-Sauvagnac

Other key lawyers:

Arnaud Michel; Hélène Huet

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s IP team offers a wealth of expertise across all facets of intellectual property. They are particularly renowned for their extensive experience in trade mark law, covering advisory services and litigation with distinction. Helmed by Céline Bey, the team provides counsel on portfolio management and development, as well as the negotiation and drafting of contracts. On the contentious side, they boast substantial experience in complex litigation, adeptly representing clients both as claimants and defendants in cases pertaining to infringement, validity, or disputes arising from agreements, with a particular focus on cross-jurisdictional disputes. Alongside Bey, the firm features other key figures, including Sophie Boinnot, who possesses expertise in image rights, know-how, and unfair competition, and Alexis Augustin, a specialist in unfair competition, proficient in both litigation and contractual aspects.

Practice head(s):

Céline Bey

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Boinnot; Alexis Augustin


‘The strength of the team is based on perfect knowledge of IP, absolute mastery of procedures and strong relationships with its customers.’

‘Céline Bey is essential in IP: excellent professional, didactic and pragmatic.’

‘Céline Bey has been able to build a dynamic and very responsive team around her.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a UK-based creative agency providing audio services in a challenging case relating to Artificial Intelligence and a specific application of it, the main question being whether the artist can claim any rights on the voice generated by a virtual assistant and whether he has duly assigned his rights.
  • Advising a television production and distribution studio with respect to infringing acts in France of its work of authorship and EU trade marks, known as being the name of a famous fast food restaurant in a well-known TV series.
  • Advising one of the world’s largest cosmetics companies in a trade mark infringement dispute opposing our client to an iconic brand.

Kern & Weyl

Kern & Weyl, a specialised IP boutique firm, offers legal guidance to businesses of all sizes, ranging from startups to multinational corporations in diverse industries, including fashion, luxury goods, food, hospitality, automotive, and healthcare. Co-led by the esteemed experts Tania Kern in national and international anti-counterfeiting, Claire Weyl, specialising in trade mark litigation, Florence Houisse in video games and the web, and Giulia Cortesi, who spearheads the Italian division with extensive experience in Franco-Italian matters, the firm regularly manages cross-border cases, with a strong focus on trade mark-related litigation. Beyond litigation, they provide services encompassing out-of-court settlement negotiations, arbitration, and comprehensive support in contracts and licensing.

Practice head(s):

Tania Kern; Claire Weyl; Giulia Cortesi; Florence Houisse

Key clients

Automobiles Citroën

Calvin Klein

Tommy Hilfiger

Giochi Preziosi

Ariston France

Castaldi Partners (France & Italy)

Work highlights

  • Represented Citroën in a high-profile trade mark infringement legal action against another major European car manufacturer (Polestar a subsidiary of Volvo) regarding the imitation of Citroën’s famous double chevron logo.


Linklaters’ IP department, led by Pauline Debré, places a robust emphasis on trade mark litigation, demonstrating proficiency in both national and cross-border cases. The team also possesses valuable experience in managing the IP facets of M&A transactions, ensuring seamless transitions for trade mark portfolios. What sets this team apart is its systematic cross-practice approach, fostering close collaboration with colleagues in competition, arbitration, corporate, tax, and public law, providing a distinct advantage over other IP boutique firms. Notably, the team maintains a close synergy with our antitrust experts across Europe and the US, responding effectively to the increasing significance of antitrust considerations in commercial strategies, particularly within the pharmaceutical and telecommunications sectors.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Debré

Other key lawyers:

Jean-François Merdrignac; Laetitia Nicolazzi


‘The Linklaters team have been performing at the very high standards that we have come to expect from them in terms of professionalism, expertise, availability, ability to adeptly explain and communicate legal technicalities to a business audience have all been their strengths in this project.’

‘Pauline Debré and Laetitia Nicolazzi’s expertise, promptness, availability, practical approach, solution-oriented proposals are particularly appreciated.’

Key clients

Nestlé Health Science

Plastic Omnium


Crédit Agricole



Work highlights

  • Assisting Nestlé SA and Nestlé Health Science in the drafting and negotiation of a joint-collaboration agreement (together with subsequent IP license agreement) with the French biotech company Enterome, involved in developing first-in-class immunomodulatory drugs based on a unique ability to de-code the gut microbiome’s interaction with the immune system.
  • Assisting on the acquisition by Plastic Omnium, a French tier 1 auto supplier of the automotive lamps business from Indian group Varroc.
  • Advised the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a Quebec-based institutional investment fund, on the exclusive negotiations with SNCF and DWS on the proposed sale of Akiem, a leading provider of freight locomotive leasing services in France and Europe.

Momentum Avocats

Momentum Avocats, an independent law firm, excels in delivering innovative solutions to legal and business challenges within the realms of intellectual property and information technology law, with a strong emphasis on European and international perspectives. Co-led by Julien Canlorbe, a specialist in intricate litigations and issues related to trade mark protection and defense, Julie Carel, an expert in the strategic structuring of trade mark estates, and Jean-Sébastien Mariez, with a focus on ICT service activities, the team is renowned for its adept handling of complex trade mark litigation. Their expertise shines in the fashion and luxury sectors, where they also excel in assisting with new trade mark registrations, IP portfolio management, and marketing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Julie Carel; Julien Canlorbe; Jean-Sébastien Mariez

Other key lawyers:

Laura Godfrin


‘Relevance, ingenuity, responsiveness and speed.’

‘Julien Canlorbe is a lawyer with in-depth expertise, but above all a partner with strength of proposal and anticipation in the handling of a case.’

‘Great expertise.’

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke’s IP department is a comprehensive centre for trade mark-related matters, offering profound expertise in both litigation and portfolio & asset management. The firm excels in handling opposition proceedings, infringement cases, and addressing issues related to unfair competition. Additionally, they are highly skilled at negotiating coexistence, partnership, and reseller agreements, all with a distinct trade mark focus. Co-headed by Claire Bouchenard, an expert in advertising and marketing with a strong emphasis on trade mark matters, and Xavier Pican, who specialises in complex technology matters relevant to industrial sectors undergoing digital transformations, the team serves a diverse clientele across various industries, including life sciences, energy, tech, media, entertainment, fashion, real estate, and sports.

Practice head(s):

Claire Bouchenard; Xavier Pican

Other key lawyers:

Julia Darcel; Christophe Arfan


‘The firm’s IP practice distinguishes itself with a blend of deep expertise, technical proficiency, and a global perspective. They provide strategic counsel tailored to our needs.’

‘The individuals at the law firm I work with in their IP practice stand out for their dedication, expertise, and client-focused approach.’

‘The entire team’s commitment to putting clients’ interests first, their responsiveness, and their ability to deliver creative solutions in a timely manner are qualities we truly value.’

Key clients








Etablissements Coquet

Mino Du Sud

Work highlights

  • Assisting This.Sign in a litigation against the French company Roset which markets the famous “Togo” sofa and which considers that the marketing by This.Sign of renovated “Togos” through the second hand goods platform Selency amounts to acts of infringement of its copyright, trade mark and design rights, as well as to acts of unfair competition and parasitism acts.
  • Assisting GANNI in a future trade mark infringement action against The Smiley Company. The Smiley Company reproaches GANNI for the marketing of various clothes with displaying smiley.
  • Assisting NORDSEC which currently in litigation with NORDNET. NORDSEC has registered several EU trade marks, which have been opposed by the French company NORDNET.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Leveraging notable expertise in the fields of new technologies, electronics, life sciences, retail, and transportation, Pinsent Masons LLP‘ IP department is renowned for its adept handling of both contentious and non-contentious matters directly linked to trade mark infringement, parasitism, and unfair competition. Guided by Emmanuel Gougé, a dual-qualified practitioner in England and Wales and a seasoned soft IP litigator, the team excels in managing cross-border issues, with a particular emphasis on trade mark-related cases involving France, Germany, and the UK. Another distinguished team member is Virginia de Freitas, who specialises in unfair competition matters and is known for her representation of clients in the context of R&D and collaboration agreements.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Gougé

Other key lawyers:

Virginia de Freitas

Key clients

Griesson de Beukelaer

Accord Healthcare

Teva Pharmaceuticals

France Brevets


Work highlights

  • Advising Griesson de Beukelaer, a major player in the food industry, in defence on a three-dimensional trade mark infringement and parasite action against Générale Biscuit Glico France and Mondelēz Europe & France, in connection with the “Mikado” chocolate biscuit stick.

Schmidt Brunet Litzler

Schmidt Brunet Litzler’s IP team combines advisory and litigation expertise, providing support to clients in the fashion, media, and e-commerce sectors. Additionally, they are increasingly assisting startups in managing their trade mark portfolios, which includes drafting coexistence, license, and distribution agreements, along with registering new trade marks with both French and EU IP offices. Under the guidance of Delphine Brunet-Stoclet, an accomplished litigator, the firm regularly takes on cases involving trade mark defense before French courts and the ECJ, representing clients aiming to halt ongoing infringements. Notably, Marie André-Nivet leads the firm’s trade mark prosecution practice and oversees global IP portfolios while also heading the firm’s Marseille office.

Practice head(s):

Delphine Brunet-Stoclet; Marie André-Nivet

Other key lawyers:

Marion Bombard


‘What truly sets them apart is their proactive approach to problem-solving. They don’t wait for instructions; they take matters into their own hands. Depending on the industry or task at hand, they dive deep into research, leaving no stone unturned to provide comprehensive solutions. What’s even more commendable is their responsiveness.’

‘We have the privilege of working closely with Marie André-Nivet, and I must say that it’s been an exceptional experience. Marie possesses a unique blend of qualities that truly sets her apart. First and foremost, she is a superb advisor. With her wealth of knowledge and experience, she not only guides us through the intricacies of our projects but also foresees and advises us on all possible outcomes, ensuring we make informed decisions.’

‘Marie André-Nivet’s organisational skills are second to none; she keeps our endeavors on track and never lets us overlook essential steps in legally protecting our brand. Her commitment, knowledge, and unwavering attention to detail make working with her a truly invaluable partnership.’

Key clients


Vitry Frères


Amanresorts Limited -AMAN Group




Beauty Disrupted



Vasgos – Oddo Vins et Domaines




Amélie Pichard

Marquisat de Sainte Marie



Marie Poniatowski




Yaheer E-sense of Bue


BUTLER Industries


WEB Industries

Val d’Opies




Carmen Busquets

Work highlights

  • Assisting NASCO in the protection of trade marks in a lot of countries all over the world, despite several legal issues, including due to North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation, association whose acronym is NASCO and which is protected by article 6ter of Paris Convention.
  • Assisted SYNDICAT INTERPROFESSIONNEL DE DEFENSE DU FROMAGE MORBIER (SIDFM) with the defence of its trade mark.

Simmons & Simmons

As an integral part of the firm’s international IP group, Simmons & Simmons’ department in France harnesses its global network to comprehensively address a wide spectrum of IP issues, providing a distinctive blend of trade mark and design expertise. Under the leadership of soft IP specialist Sarah Bailey, the team boasts proficiency in both contentious and non-contentious matters, encompassing activities like handling invalidity and revocation proceedings, defending against trade mark degeneration, managing portfolios, and offering substantial litigation expertise. Frédérique Potin enhances the practice with his pharmaceutical background, enriching the team’s profound sector-specific knowledge, especially in areas such as pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Notably, Marina Cousté, a former co-head, retired in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Bailey

Other key lawyers:

Frédérique Potin; Marina Cousté


‘The Simmons Paris IP team is highly flexible, responsive and able to provide creative solutions. They have extensive experience, are client-oriented, quick to provide substantive solutions and can be relied upon in any situation.’

‘Sarah Bailey is the star with a strong record of expertise and an equally strong profile, but she is supported by an able and talented team.’

Key clients


Ticket for change

Work highlights

  • Advising MakeSense and Ticket for Change on a pro bono basis on their worldwide IP protection strategy as well as assisting Ticket for Change in the drafting of a standard form contract to be entered into with potential foreign individuals or entities with a view to duplicating abroad the concept that they have developed in France.


Taliens’ IP team focuses on high-value, business-critical matters, particularly in support of major international companies operating in France. The practice collaborate with their Munich and Madrid its to provide extensive assistance in significant litigation and prosecution cases, assisting brands in both pursuing and defending trade mark violation claims in court. Additionally, the team is well-versed in international portfolio management, trade mark registrations, and drafting commercial contracts. Co-headed by Jean-Frédéric Gaultier, Clara Steinitz, a soft IP specialist, and Grégoire Triet, an expert in trade mark disputes and commercial arrangements, the team specialises in cases, deals, and commercial agreements involving some of the world’s leading international brands across various sectors, including fashion, luxury goods, art, media, toys, and food.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Frédéric Gaultier; Clara Steinitz; Gregoire Triet

Other key lawyers:

Tougane Loumeau; Chloé Laboudie; Alix De Noray


‘We are working with Taliens on some IP matters and litigations. They have a straightforward approach and wide experience.’

‘Gregoire Triet is a skilled professional with a very practical approach. I appreciate working with him very much.’

Key clients

Red Bull

Burger King


Amazon Studios

Paramount (fka ViacomCBS)

Fondazione Prada

Comme Des Garçons

Dolce & Gabbana


Ann Taylor


Corum Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Red Bull on the defence of its trade mark portfolio and IP interests in France. This dynamic engagement necessitates daily communication on various projects.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing’s IP team excels in comprehensive trade mark management, and develop strategies not only for trade mark filing and protection, but also for addressing infringements, mitigating dilution risks, and managing reputational concerns in the digital era. Under the leadership of Marc Schuler, an expert in the tech and media sectors, the team possesses strong proficiency in IP transactions and litigation. It navigates cutting-edge digital transactions and adeptly handles trade mark infringement disputes in content communication and digital rights. The practice also features Ines Tribouillet, a member of both the Paris and New York Bars, renowned for her extensive experience in soft IP, focusing on the protection, exploitation, and defense of trade marks and other intangible assets.

Practice head(s):

Marc Schuler

Other key lawyers:

Ines Tribouillet


‘The IP team, led by Marc Schuler, is technically excellent and pragmatic in its approach.’

‘Marc Schuler and Ines Tribouillet work effectively on all IP issues, and are very pleasant and easy-going.’

Key clients


Banijay Group (Zodiak Media)

Tik Tok



American Airlines

Maison Lejaby





City Of Cannes

Product Of The Year






Autumn Paper (Alexander McQueen)

Work highlights

  • Assisting TikTok in anti-counterfeits actions in relation to the import and marketing of various infringing products reproducing TikTok trade mark.
  • Assisting Gallup in a major non-use action initiated by the GIA in the view of obtaining cancelation of its trade marks in France.
  • Representing Alexander McQueen brand in a litigation initiated by Margiela based on freeriding in relation to the use of an alleged infringement of its four stiches design.

UGGC Avocats

The IP department at UGGC Avocats, specialises in both registered and unregistered trade marks and distinctive signs, covering non-contentious and contentious areas. The practice excels in tasks ranging from trade mark registration and protection in France and the EU, conducting searches and analysis, due diligence in corporate transactions involving IP aspects, to anti-counterfeiting measures, managing infringement, cybersquatting cases, and addressing unfair competition matters. The team is co-led by litigators Anne-Marie Pecoraro and Corinne Khayat, in conjunction with licensing expert Elisabeth Logeais. Additionally, Rodolphe Boissau is a notable figure in the practice, renowned for his expertise in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Pecoraro; Elisabeth Logeais; Corinne Khayat

Other key lawyers:

Rodolphe Boissau


‘Outstanding expertise.’

‘UGGC thinks outside the box when solving trade mark problems.’

‘Very knowledgeable.’

‘Anne-Marie Pecoraro is an expert. The best, most advanced and passionate in the field.’

‘The team is responsive and supports us competently.’

‘Anne-Marie Pecoraro is super smart.’

Key clients


Paris 2024

Elsevier – Springer / SCI-HUB – Libgen

Frédéric LYPHOUDT – Archikonsol Project

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme

Thierry Mugler

Enalean SAS



ECI Agency Luxuvince

Gustavo Lins

Le Concert d’Astrée


Rafe Production

Work highlights

  • Counsel to Thierry MUGLER for the protection of his trade marks, brands and intellectual property rights.
  • Counsel to UNIFAB, the French Union of manufacturers as anti-counterfeiting intellectual property experts for its clients and manufacturers in their geographical area and the protection of their intellectual property in West Africa.
  • Counsel to ELYX, the first digital ambassador of the United Nations for the protection of their intellectual property and notably: fight against counterfeiting, establishment of any contract for future branded project, and negotiations with potential Producers or third Parties.


Aramis’ IP team brings a wealth of expertise to the table, particularly in handling intricate trade mark litigation cases, often involving cross-border dimensions. With established partnerships with prominent foreign law firms in key jurisdictions such as the US, Germany, China, and the UK, the team is well-positioned for global IP challenges. Leading the charge is Benjamin May, one of the firm’s founding partners, renowned for his mastery in contentious trade mark issues and contractual matters. The team consistently serves a distinguished client base, witnessing notable expansion in the cosmetics, biotech, and life science sectors, where they excel in navigating infringement and unfair competition proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin May

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Daudet


‘Aramis is a boutique IP litigation firm. They are knowledgeable, creative and responsive with great client care.’

‘A great team.’

‘Benjamin May is a smart and creative lawyer, with excellent communication and client care.’

Key clients

Allergan / Abbvie (litigation)

Molo Design

Lidl (Carré Blanc + Lindt + Domaine du Clos de Caille)



Maison des Fleurs



Allergan / Abbvie (TM enforcement and management)

Work highlights

  • Representing the Allergan companies (members of AbbVie) in a complex and worldwide trade mark case on their JUVÉDERM trade marks portfolio.
  • Representing the Canadian design company Molo Design Ltd. in a worldwide dispute related to the infringement of its internationally renowned industrial designs, against Chanel and its suppliers.
  • Representing Lidl France on several litigations with various IP-related issues. Significant dispute is the cross-border litigation versus Lindt & Sprüngli AG for trade marks infringement, including its 3D trade mark consisting in a gold chocolate rabbit, which were subject to renowned ECJ decisions.

August Debouzy

August Debouzy’s IP team, led by Mahasti Razavi and Grégoire Desrousseaux, offers a comprehensive range of legal services, encompassing litigation and strategic counsel for both French and international enterprises. The practice’s collective expertise extends across diverse industries, ranging from AI, media, and fashion to health, IT, banking, and telecom. Specialising in IT, digital, e-commerce, and media, Razavi provides adept advisory and litigation support, while Desrousseaux stands as a pivotal figure in IP litigation. The team adeptly navigates the intricacies of design protection, managing trade mark portfolios, and handling litigation, including counterfeit seizures and audits. The recent additions of trade mark experts Pierre Pérot and Inès Bouzayen further enhance the team’s capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Mahasti Razavi; Grégoire Desrousseaux

Other key lawyers:

Basile Ader; Amelie Tripet; Pierre Perot


‘The team is extremely competent and expert in its field of activity. Their attentiveness, availability and professionalism are appreciable.’

‘Listening, responsiveness and availability. Kindness towards the customer.’

‘Relevant and direct responses, and availability.’

Key clients



International Media Invest


B. Braun Medical


Beyond Aero



Philip Morris

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented Balmain in appeal proceedings against an Emirati entrepreneur concerning the rescission of a trade mark assignment agreement, in coordination with parallel litigations before various administrative and judicial proceedings in the Middle East.
  • Advised and represented the American group ESG in the context of an action based on a community design and unfair competition against a competitor copying its products (light signals), in coordination with parallel cancellation action pending before the EUIPO.
  • Advised International Media Invest (IMI) in connection with the contemplated purchase of minority stake in the French company EDITIS HOLDING, leader in publishing activities in France, regarding all IP related aspects (i.e., trade marks, patents and domain names portfolio, copyrights agreements, etc.).

Benoliel Avocats

Benoliel Avocats houses a formidable IP team known for its exceptional trade mark advisory services, catering to esteemed French clients and international corporations alike. Led by Sylvie Benoliel-Claux, the practice showcases its prowess in litigating before both French and European courts, backed by extensive experience across diverse sectors, including the automobile, audiovisual, food, jewelry, and pharmaceutical industries. The team also distinguishes itself by providing strategic counsel on trade mark portfolios, benefiting from the expertise of Anne-Sophie Leroi and Sonia Benali-Kaleva.

Practice head(s):

Sylvie Benoliel-Claux

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Sophie Leroi; Sonia Benali-Kaleva


‘Technically reliable and empathetic.’

‘The team is friendly and available, and discussions are always fluid and constructive.’

‘A small, very responsive and high-performance team offering local service.’

Cabinet Bouchara Avocats

Cabinet Bouchara Avocats is a go-to choice for prominent French and international clients, with a specialised emphasis on the fashion industry, delivering steadfast support in the protection of their trade mark rights. Vanessa Bouchara, fluent in both English and French, spearheads the team, enabling them to deftly manage contentious issues, encompassing infringement, parasitism, and unfair competition cases. Furthermore, the firm offers expert counsel on trade mark registrations and demonstrates excellence in formulating and negotiating IP contracts, with the valuable support of Adèle Maier and Louise Lacroix.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Bouchara

Other key lawyers:

Adèle Maier; Louise Lacroix


‘Very efficient team, always proactive and dynamic.’

‘Vanessa Bouchara is an excellent specialist in intellectual property. She advises us perfectly and knows our industry perfectly.’

‘Vanessa Bouchara is dynamic, invested, determined and never gives up.’

Key clients



































CMS Francis Lefebvre

The CMS Francis Lefebvre team is renowned for providing tailored IP advice, particularly in technology, media, and communications. Co-led by Anne-Laure Villedieu and Jean-Baptiste Thiénot, the team handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. Sabine Rigaud heads the trade mark and design division, specialising in IP rights for luxury, ready-to-wear, and cosmetics companies. Rigaud’s team excels in reorganising intangible asset portfolios in collaboration with their skilled tax department, supported by Anaïs Arnal for trade mark-related matters, negotiations, contracts, and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Laure Villedieu; Jean-Baptiste Thiénot; Sabine Rigaud

Other key lawyers:

Anaïs Arnal


‘Fast, precise and clear in its recommendations, the risks and consequences of our decisions.’

‘The CMS Francis Lefebvre team is human and professional at the same time. CMS does not hesitate to be innovative by adapting its services to the needs of each client.’

‘Sabine Rigaud particularly stands out. His ability to adapt easily to his foreign interlocutors facilitates communication. Their dynamism and professionalism make them an essential resource.’

Key clients

Advance Publications

Bolton Group

Four Seasons – Hotel George V B.V.


Semmaris (Marché de Rungis)

Work highlights

  • Assisting Advance Publications in pre-litigation and customs seizures in relation with the Vogue trade mark.
  • Assisting the Semmaris, France’s largest wholesale food market, with respect to trade mark filing strategy, litigation and agreement drafting.
  • Assisting the Four Seasons Hotel George V in its trade mark portfolio management and proceedings before the offices.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has cultivated robust expertise in intellectual property across diverse sectors, spanning luxury goods, automotive, energy, telecommunications, banking, and real estate. Under the leadership of Barbara Levy, the practice serves clients in the French market and international groups, excelling in handling all aspects of trade mark matters, from contract negotiations to courtroom litigation. The firm frequently takes charge of the IP facets in significant M&A transactions, offering crucial support to both private companies and governments through IP due diligence and the establishment of global licensing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Levy

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Epstein

Key clients
















EBL Lexington Avocats

Experiencing a robust expansion in its client base over the past year, EBL Lexington Avocats proudly showcases a thriving IP practice, marked by significant proficiency in trade mark law, particularly focused on safeguarding and fortifying distribution networks and implementing anti-counterfeiting measures. Under the joint leadership of Laurent Levy, an authority in trade mark law, and Michael Piquet-Fraysse, a specialist in both civil and criminal facets of intellectual property, the team operates across diverse advisory and litigation realms. Their expertise extends seamlessly to industries such as luxury goods, fashion, media, and the burgeoning sector of new technologies.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Levy; Michaël Piquet-Fraysse

Other key lawyers:

Christophe Glenat


‘Practical business approach. Combination of good knowledge and down to earth advice.’

‘Good knowledge and high quality advice, combined with pragmatic approach.’

‘The world of intellectual property is constantly changing, and you can count on the EBL Lexington Avocats firm to provide you with the best possible support during these transitions.’

Key clients







Barrière / Fouquet’s



Jimmy Fairly




Charles Heidsieck


J.M Weston

360 Learning

Gas Bijoux

Morganne Bello


Sartore & Compagnie

Bonneval Waters




Go on Media

Work highlights

  • Obtained the official recognition, for the first time in France, of the well-known status of “NESCAFE” trade mark owned by Nestlé, now enabling this trade mark to enjoy a wider scope of protection against not purely similar products/services.
  • Advised and represented PETRUS in an infringement action against two companies which were marketing wines under a PETRUS LAMBERTINI trade mark.
  • Took over the worldwide management of Barrière Groupe’s trade mark portfolio and is now in charge of strategically advising them on their worldwide IP protection strategy.


The specialised intellectual property team at Féral has extensive experience with both the transactional and litigation aspects of trademarks and design. The firm is uniquely positioned due to its provision of legal services in Europe, Canada and Japan, and the team has particular expertise handling cases with a multi-jurisdiction element for international clients. The group is led by IP expert and trademark attorney Richard Willemant who is knowledgeable in a broad range of sectors, including tourism, real estate and luxury, and who also has significant experience in matters relating to information technology.

Practice head(s):

Richard Willemant

Harlay Avocats

Harlay Avocats stands as a powerhouse in the realm of intellectual property. Its robust IP practice caters to a diverse clientele hailing from sectors such as internet, high-tech, pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies, media, luxury, and consumer goods. Under the leadership of international trade mark authorities Sabine Lipovetsky and Dominique Mallo, accompanied by the expertise of new technologies specialist Fabrice Perbost, the team consistently champions its clients’ rights. Whether navigating court actions or employing alternative dispute resolution methods, the team’s distinctive blend of IP and IT skills ensures comprehensive guidance for clients in safeguarding and defending their intellectual assets.

Practice head(s):

Sabine Lipovetsky; Fabrice Perbost; Dominique Mallo

Key clients



SETE – Société d’Exploitation de la tour Eiffel



Laboratoires Théa

Organisation mondiale du Prix Versailles

City of Dijon


Joffe & Associés

Joffe & Associés’ IP department covers all aspects related to the protection, enhancement, and safeguarding of intangible assets. Co-led by Véronique Dahan, a specialist in drafting and negotiating contracts concerning intellectual property and digital marketing, and Emilie de Vaucresson, a seasoned counsel and litigator, the team adeptly manages the entire spectrum of trade mark prosecution. This includes handling infringement disputes, seizures, and UDRP cases, as well as overseeing trade mark portfolios, contracts, and audits. Supported by a network of local agents, the team is also well-positioned to provide global guidance to clients.

Practice head(s):

Véronique Dahan; Emilie De Vaucresson

Klein Wenner

Formed through the union of KGA Avocats and Wenner, Klein Wenner’s IP practice, under the joint leadership of Laurent Badiane and Mathieu Bourgeois, focuses on trade marks with a keen understanding of merchandising, licensing, adaptation rights, remakes, and video games. The team adeptly handles both non-contentious and contentious matters, representing clients before civil and criminal courts, particularly in infringement proceedings. Supported by a global network of local firms, the team collaborates with foreign counterparts, showcasing cross-border expertise. Its diverse activities extend to areas such as data protection, technology, media, and sports.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Badiane; Matthieu Bourgeois


‘Availability, responsiveness and ease in presenting complicated issues. The team demonstrates pragmatism and the ability to adapt to the client’s needs.’

‘Matthieu Bourgeois is an excellent speaker and a fine strategist.’

‘Excellent knowledge of trade marks, in-depth work on files, excellent listening skills and taking our comments into account.’

Key clients

Compagnie Française de la Grande Chartreuse

Groupement des Industries Françaises aéronautiques et spatiales (GIFAS)




Artizans app of photo video background


Archery SAS




Work highlights

  • Advising and assisting the federation GIFAS in its strategy of protection of trade mark portfolio.
  • Advising and assisting the French Company: La Grande Chartreuse in a contractual dispute with a cooperative winery regarding compliance with the coexistence agreement between the companies (drafting of a formal notice and writ of summons).
  • Assisting and representing SPLIIIT in a legal action initiated by Netflix, Apple, Disney and Spotify alleging that its activity constitutes acts of infringement and unfair competition.


Osmose’s trade marks and designs practice offers expert support to mid-sized companies and international groups across a range of industries, spanning consumer products, food and beverage, insurance, entertainment, automotive, and advertising. Co-led by Alexandra Le Corroncq and Alexis Vichnievsky, the team provides comprehensive assistance, addressing day-to-day business concerns, handling contentious matters like counterfeiting and unfair competition before both French courts and IP offices, and strategically guiding clients through audits and negotiations for the purchase and sale of intangible assets.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Le Corroncq; Alexis Vichnievsky


‘The team is responsive and demonstrates great competence.’

‘Expertise, responsiveness, availability, pragmatism and flexibility.’

‘Alexis Vichnievsky is our long-term partner. His advice is always appropriate and in the best interest of the company. He is a very talented lawyer and makes what is difficult simple for those who are not lawyer.’

Key clients

Coca-Coca European Partners

Sony Interactive Entertainment France (Playstation)

Picard Surgelés


Takasago Europe Perfumery Laboratory

CSP Bleu libellule

Schmidt Groupe

Moët Hennessy


Cité de la musique –Philharmonie de Paris


CEF-Yesss Electrique


Grevin et compagnie

Bel Group

Havas Voyages

Agir pour l’environnement

Utel Fastlight

Anne & Valentin

Sogetrel / Eryma

Grand Frais / Prosol

DST Production

TV5 Monde


Bolton Group


Chocolaterie de Bourgogne

McCann Interpublic


Coca-Cola Services France


Work highlights

  • Assisted Sony Interactive Entertainment / PlayStation in trade marks and design litigation.
  • Assisted Picard Surgelés in trade marks litigation.
  • Advised Schmidt/Cuisinella in their trade mark strategy (in France and in other countries).


VARET PRÈS KILLY, a boutique law firm, is widely recognised for its comprehensive intellectual property expertise, particularly in the field of trade marks. Co-headed by Xavier Pres and Vincent Varet, the practice serves a diverse clientele that includes publishers, luxury goods companies, and cultural institutions. They offer valuable support in both transactional and contentious aspects of trade mark law, assisting clients in negotiating agreements, managing portfolios, and vigorously representing them in litigation, ensuring the safeguarding of their intellectual property rights.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Près; Vincent Varet


‘Available, efficient, serious and competent.’

‘The team is available, and communication is fluid.

Key clients

Ville de Vichy

Sports Events 365

On Air

Game Polo

Voyages Confidentiels

Rambo entertainment

Fédération nationale des collectivités concédantes et régies (FNCCR)

Philharmonie des enfants

Bignon Lebray

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Moreau

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Assisting Andersen with operations on titles and opposition / cancellation procedures before the IP offices on both national and EU level.

Deprez Guignot Associés

Practice head(s):

Vincent Fauchoux; Frédéric Dumont; Jean-Daniel Bouhenic

Other key lawyers:

Annabelle Dalex

Key clients











Work highlights

  • Advising CHANEL on strategic aspects of intellectual property law, both in advice and in litigation.
  • Offering a service for IP management with our service “HUBMARQUES”- which ensures all the procedures for the protection of trade marks and designs before all the IP offices throughout the world.

DS Avocats

Practice head(s):

Catherine Verneret

Other key lawyers:

Charles-Antoine Joly

Key clients









O’Tacos Group

Le Louvre Museum


Manufacture Joseph Duclos







Eversheds Sutherland (France) LLP

Practice head(s):

Gaetan Cordier

Other key lawyers:

Emmanuel Ronco


Practice head(s):

Laurence Dreyfuss Bechmann; Thibaud Lelong; Karine Etienne; Caroline Jouven; Juliette Robin Vernay

Other key lawyers:

Alice Berendes; Charlotte Ungerer; Damien Remy; Nadege Lemarchand; Alexandre Novak; Mathilde Ponchel; Antoine le Brun

Key clients

Dopff & Irion

NDS Enterprise

Puma SE


City of Strasbourg

Work highlights

  • Acted for Puma on several proceedings, both completed (Paris Court of First Instance) and in progress before different courts such as the Paris Court of First Instance, the Paris Court of Appeal and the French Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation). The proceedings relate to the infringement of designs and trade marks of the international sportswear company PUMA in the sector of shoes and garments.
  • Acted for city of Strasbourg as defendants in an action brought by a communication agency that created content for them but that alleges that the copyrights were not assigned and that our clients registered the trade mark without its consent and in violation of its copyright.


Practice head(s):

Sandra Strittmatter


‘A very dynamic, flexible and forward-thinking team.’

‘Sandra Strittmatter is an excellent lawyer. She is a true “business partner”, and knows how to take into account the commercial, marketing and communication aspects to deliver a suitable service.’

‘An expert team in IP. Sandra Strittmatter is a recognised lawyer, is very available and attentive to the customer’s needs.’

‘Sandra Strittmatter has a lot of experience in trade marks and, in particular, EU litigation matters before the General Court. She is efficient, very responsive and service-oriented.’

Key clients

Martell & Co

Champagne Perrier-Jouët

Airwair International Limited

Siemens SAS

Work highlights

  • Advising Martell & Co and Champagne Perrier-Jouët on a regular basis on contract and IP law in the context of marketing and communication related agreements.
  • Advising Airwair International Limited on the protection and enforcement of its IP rights in France.
  • Advising Siemens SAS on a regular basis in relation to IP law.

Grant Thornton Société d’Avocats

Practice head(s):

Natalia Moya Fernandez

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Gendron


‘Natalia Moya Fernandez is a competent professional and, with her team, she forms an excellent tandem. The quality of work and the good strategy are their strong points.’

‘They have a great team, who understand our clients’ needs and are always willing to collaborate.’

‘Natalia Moya Fernandez stands out for being available for queries and for understanding our clients’ needs.’

Key clients

Fondation Des Alliances Francaises

Milan Presse


Fremantlemedia France

Carmignac Gestion

Starbuzz Tobacco Inc

Un Reve Un Sourire


Herald Avocats

Practice head(s):

Nathalie Moulle-Berteaux; Jérémy Cardenas; Richard Milchior

Other key lawyers:

Clémence De Margerie


‘We are very satisfied with our collaboration with this firm. The lawyers are accessible, available, responsive and experts in their field.’

‘A young, responsive and available team.’

Key clients

Goyard St-Honoré

Publicis Groupe

Ahlers Ag (Cardin)


Villa Paolina (Jacques Genin)

Cosfibel Group (Laser)

Les Bains & Les Bains Guerbois

Société Nationale Sauvetage en Mer (SNSM)

Institut Jean Monnet

Leko Labs

Perles d’Histoire

Studio Bleu (Mazarine)



AB Copains

Jade Genin

Jeff Koons


Id Group (Jacadi, Oxybul, Okaïdi..)

20 Minutes France

Boom Technologies, Inc.

HEC Paris

Silvr Group

Ecole Normale Supérieure

Sciences Po (Paris)

Rossel / La Voix du Nord

Tata Consultancy Services (Tata Group)

BlackRock, Inc.

Champagne Lanson / LANSON-BCC group|[brand: “Lanson”]

Champagne Chanoine Frères depuis 1730 / LANSON-BCC group [brands: “Champagne Chanoine”; “Champagne Tsarine” etc.]

Maison Burtin / LANSON-BCC group|[brands: “Champagne Alfred de Rothschild”, “Champagne Gaston Burtin” “Champagne Colligny” etc.]

Région Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Work highlights

  • Representing Goyard St-Honoré in a trade mark counterfeiting and unfair competition case against Fauré Le Page which begun 10 years ago about a “belle endormie” brand which was illegally wake up and is still ongoing before two further courts (Court of cassation and Court of appeal).
  • Represented Sciences Po in trade mark infringement and unfair competition proceedings before the Paris court of first instance (tribunal judiciaries de Paris).
  • Representing #JamaisSansElles in a civil case brought by Hachette Filipacchi on the grounds of trade mark counterfeiting and damage to the reputation of the renowned mark Elle.

K&L Gates LLP

Practice head(s):

Claude-Étienne Armingaud


‘The K&L Gates Paris intellectual property team stands out for its excellence and synergy in the field of new technology and intellectual property law. They combines advanced skills and a collaborative approach to successfully meet legal challenges in trade marks, designs and copyright in the digital age.’

‘Claude-Étienne Armingaud embodies the avant-garde of intellectual property in the demanding context of new technologies. His expertise makes him a reference in trade marks, designs and copyrights. A visionary, Claude-Étienne combines the depth of his legal knowledge with an intuitive understanding of technological innovations, allowing him to deliver legal advice that is not only relevant but also provides strategic added value.’

‘The IP practice at K&L Gates is fully integrated, which makes global portfolio management a breeze.’

‘Claude-Étienne Armingaud has been at the forefront of new tech-related issues with trade marks, notably in relation with digital assets in the metaverse and NFTs. He allowed us to navigate the hype’s troubled water in serenity.’

Key clients

American Express Global Business Travel / Klee Data System


Crédit Mutuel-Arkéa

Enigma Software

Fiocchi Muzinioni

Guccio Gucci

POC Sweden AB

Priska Pasquer

Robin Layton


TripAdvisor/The Fork

TuSimple, Inc

World Organisation for Animal Health


Work highlights

  • Assisting Scrypto behind a crypto-currency and decentralised finance asset-oriented smart contract programmation language in the defense of its trade mark across the European Unions, its member states and the United Kingdom against another Fintech company trying to leverage on the fame of Scrypto’s prior trade mark.
  • Assisted Maytronics France in filling an UDPR complaint in front of the WIPO for the restitution of the internet domain name fraudulently registered by a third party in infringement of the copyright and trade mark rights owned by Maytronics, to sell similar products without their approval.
  • Assisting French start-up Weathermind which developed an innovative AI tool for insurance services, consisting in image recognition for various objects and state of damage within the context of insurance claims. Managing the global trade mark portfolio for this client, notably in the EU and UK.

KPMG Avocats, France

Practice head(s):

Julie Bellesort; Patrick Amouzou

Other key lawyers:

Aurore Laulhé

Key clients


Derichebourg SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Carrefour within the framework of the acquisition of the French businesses of retailers Cora and Match: review of the trade marks and domain names portfolio as regard to carve-out aspects; study of material trade marks litigations; analysis of material agreements linked to IP assets.
  • Advised Safran on the sale of its cargo (Safran Cabin Cargo) and catering (Safran Cabin Catering) activities to Hivest Capital Partners.


Practice head(s):

Camille Pecnard

Other key lawyers:

Valérie Génin; Pierre Emmanuel Meynard; Martin Simonnet


‘A large and very diligent team’

‘Very precise, relevant advice and analysis. Excellent responsiveness, quality of work and in line with expectations.’

Key clients

Grand Large Yachting

Chloé And Panthere (Richemont)

Maulin Ski

Apple Corps Limited



Spinmaster / Rubiks Brand

Mr Wan – In.Pro.Di



Work highlights

  • Advising and representing the French group Grand Large Yachting, in defense of its trade marks.
  • Representing and assisting the rights holder to most of The Beatles’ intellectual property rights in France, notably in an appeal following a rejected opposition on the grounds of the trade mark The Beatles, before the Paris Court of appeals.
  • Assisting and representing several “Maisons” of the Richemont group in the defence of their trade marks, including CHLOE, NOMADE and PANTHERE for luxury goods, before the offices and the French courts against third parties’ litigious trade mark application and acts of infringement.

Lext Avocats

Practice head(s):

Anne Bourdu; Gaëlle Leroy


‘A very dynamic, friendly team and attentive to needs. Professional and dedicated.’

‘All team members are high-level professionals.’

‘Anne Bourdu has an excellent understanding of the issues in their subtleties. Very good analysis and perception of the issues.’

Norton Rose Fulbright

Practice head(s):

Nadège Martin

Other key lawyers:

Clément Monnet


‘NRF’s IP team is highly responsive with a pragmatic approach.’

‘We appreciate Clément Monnet’s responsiveness, availability and willingness to always look for pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

Arval Service Lease SA

BNP Paribas SA

BGL BNP Paribas (Luxembourg)


Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO)

Crédit Agricole SA

Adler Modemärkte AG

IsarCare Holding GmbH


Nickel (Financières des paiements électroniques)

Work highlights

  • Managing the worldwide TM portfolio of BNP Paribas SA and advising and representing BNP Paribas SA for its all pre-contentious and contentious issues related to trade mark issues (FR and EU).
  • Advised and represented the client Adler Modemärkte AG, a German retailer, with the enforcement of its “Adler” trade mark against a French influencer who wanted to file and use a similar trade mark to launch a new brand of clothes.
  • Advised and represented the client Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO), the world’s leading provider of analytics software, solutions and services, in trade mark opposition proceedings notably against the French trade mark applications FICONOT and FICODEV.


Practice head(s):

Charles Bouffier; Eric Barbry

Other key lawyers:

Juliette Gravatte; Reza Bahramy

Key clients

I2PO / Deezer


Deepgray Vision

Work highlights

  • Assisted and represented Deepgray Vision, an IT provider of surface inspection software solutions for the metallurgy industry, in a software and trade mark infringement case against one of its main competitors, Clecim.

Reed Smith

Practice head(s):

Marianne Schaffner

Squire Patton Boggs

Practice head(s):

Catherine Muyl

Other key lawyers:

Stéphanie Faber


‘High technicality and responsiveness, as well as a great ability to adapt to customer needs.’

Stephenson Harwood

Practice head(s):

Boriana Guimberteau

Other key lawyers:

Magali Courroye


‘The Stephenson Harwood intellectual property team in France is a good team. It is knowledgeable, responsive and client-oriented.’ 

‘Boriana Guimberteau has longstanding experience and has profound legal knowledge. She is quick, accurate and to the point.’

‘Boriana Guimberteau is able to tailor services along the lines of the client’s needs. She is practical and business-oriented.’

Work highlights

  • Representing an American multinational e-commerce company in legal proceedings before the French Supreme Court and the Paris commercial court against Beauté Prestige International.
  • Advising a consumer health company in its strategy to protect its trade mark and design rights in France and to defend its rights against competitors in relation to well-known toothpaste products.
  • Advising a player in France and Europe in the field of telecom infrastructure services, as part of its takeover of most of the activities of a major cooperative group in France.