GILBEY LEGAL was founded in December 1992.

It comprises avocats of the Paris Bar who are specialists in intellectual property. Since its creation, GILBEY LEGAL has offered the full range of services in all IP fields other than patents.

We assist clients in defining and implementing trademark, design, trade dress and slogan creation, and with clearance and filing strategies. We also conduct and analyse availability searches and seek to assist in assessing and mitigating the risks.

We handle trademark filing and prosecution worldwide, with a reliable and well-tested network of associates. We also manage portfolios and renewals, as well as all intervening recordals.

We offer trademark watch services and represent clients in oppositions before the French and Community registries, as well as through local associates before other registries.

We advise and assist clients in the enforcement and defence of their rights, with direct representation before the French and European courts, and through our network of associates elsewhere. We also assist clients in setting up customs surveillance and anti-counterfeiting enforcement.

We provide assistance at all stages in the fields of designs, authors’ rights and copyright, domain names and unfair competition, as well as assistance and advice relating to regulatory issues such as trademark and trade dress advertising restrictions and pharmaceutical agency naming issues.

The firm, managed by co-founder Richard Gilbey, includes four other experienced lawyers who are all avocats at the Paris Bar: Jehan-Philippe Jacquey, Joanne Quirin, Richard Metzger and Arnaud Lellinger. The firm also has a team of experienced paralegals, headed by Cécile Chabane.

Mr Gilbey is a member of the Paris Bar and is regularly ranked among the top practitioners in his field in France. He is bilingual and studied law at the Queen’s College, Oxford and at Strasbourg University. He is an honorary member of the advisory council of the Centre for Intellectual Property Law and Technology (Ohio, United States), and is a lecturer at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies in Strasbourg. He is regularly invited to speak in France and abroad, including in India and Japan.

Mr Jacquey is an avocat at the Paris Bar, with postgraduate degrees from Strasbourg University and Burgundy University. He gained experience in-house before joining the profession. His activities focus on litigation in the trademark, copyright, design and unfair competition fields.

Ms Quirin holds postgraduate degrees from Strasbourg University. Her activities focus on non-contentious matters in the trademark, design, copyright and domain name fields.

Mr Metzger has practised in the IP field for over 28 years and joined the firm in 2008 from Cabinet Lavoix. He holds postgraduate degrees from Strasbourg University and is highly experienced in all contentious and non-contentious matters, including anti-counterfeiting customs enforcement.

Ms Chabane has over 22 years’ experience in the filing, management and renewal of trademarks and designs throughout the world. She joined the firm in 2003. Her experience and the quality of her client relationships are invaluable assets to the firm.

Mr Lellinger was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2014. He holds degrees in history and geography and postgraduate degrees in law from the Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas. Mr Lellinger assists in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

The firm prides itself on having won, over the years, the lasting confidence of major corporations across all sectors and a wide network of associates, in France and worldwide. The firm has consistently been ranked highly by peers and corporations throughout the world.

The firm strives to offer – in addition to its extensive knowledge and experience in its fields – responsiveness and a pragmatic approach, in both French and English, at a realistic cost. It also aims to achieve and maintain long-term relationships with its clients.

Contact details

43 Boulevard Haussmann
Paris 75009

T: +33 1 56 02 62 00
F: +33 1 56 02 62 10

Professional contacts

Richard Gilbey, Partner

Jehan-Philippe Jacquey, Partner

Joanne Quirin, Partner

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