Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy’s extensive geographical footprint – it has offices in more than 30 countries – makes the firm a go-to for businesses with sweeping worldwide portfolios or embroiled in cross-border litigation. The “extremely successful” IP team also shines on transactional matters, thanks to close collaboration with colleagues in the M&A practice. The “really excellent” Laëtitia Bénard
co-heads the firm’s global life sciences group and has enviable experience in pharmaceuticals.
Working in concert with the firm’s commercial divisions, Baker McKenzie’s estimable IP squad is ideally placed to counsel companies on high-rolling licensing agreements and other IP-rich deals. Astute portfolio management is another calling card; its wealth of global resources ensures it can meet and exceed the needs of even the biggest multinationals. Virginie Ulmann previously worked at the European Commission, so is intimately familiar with its inner workings.
With offices in the continental hubs of Paris, Dusseldorf, Barcelona and Milan, Bardehle Pagenberg has a striking track record when it comes to securing EU trademarks. Rebecca Delorey’s arrival in 2015 is widely agreed to have enhanced its standing on the market. “She is very strong – professional and commercial. Plus she has in-house experience, which really helps her understand the workings of a business. You can call her up and ask her anything. She is a lovely person.” Teammate Julien Fréneaux “knows the procedural law perfectly well – he is an outstanding lawyer. I would absolutely recommend him to others.”
Bird & Bird AARPI
With four dedicated partners, nine associates and two paralegals in its French trademark practice, Bird & Bird has the firepower to provide truly holistic counsel on everything from clearance to portfolio exploitation and enforcement. It has recently been helping Zodiak to protect the title of its historic television drama Versailles
worldwide, and representing ASSOS of Switzerland in a high-profile infringement matter against fashion website ASOS. Having worked in the field for 15 years, new recruit Géraldine Arbant
is a big signing for the firm: “She is an extremely experienced lawyer and a very nice person to work with.” Life sciences, food and beverages and automotive are her provinces.
Cabinet Armengaud & Guerlain
Independent home-grown boutique Cabinet Armengaud & Guerlain has carved a real niche on the market since opening its doors in 1993.
Its diverse client roster features everything from dynamic start-ups to household-name brands, and it is a common sight at both the national and EU courts.
“Outstanding trademark litigator and brilliant strategist” Stéphane Guerlain
can “solve complex cases both in and out of court”. He is a regular speaker at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies. Catherine Mateu
is another renowned practitioner in the team, thanks to her cost-effective solutions and flair for the fine print of licences.
Geographical indications are a specialist subject for Cabinet Escande, which plies its trade at the cutting edge of intellectual property for a colourful blend of domestic companies, foreign players and individuals. Luxury goods, agribusiness and automotive are particularly happy hunting grounds. Founding partner Michel-Paul Escande
is a veteran of the French IP scene who regularly shares his wisdom on topics such as parasitism and protected designations of origin at the lectern, and is an accomplished mediator to boot.
Candé Blanchard-Ducamp’s IP team knows what it takes to prevail in France’s regional, commercial and criminal courts, and is becoming an increasingly potent presence before the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Cancellation and opposition proceedings at INPI are dispatched with equal panache. Enforcement sage Julien Blanchard
“really impresses with his handling of tricky cases”. The perspicacious Patrice De Candé
is someone who clients and peers “wholly trust. He has a very strong reputation – particularly on the design side – and is fantastic before a judge”.
“Casalonga Avocats is really famous in the trademark world.” Established in 2005, the formidable enforcement outfit works in close concert with its elder sibling, agency Casalonga & Associés, to provide clients with a streamlined, A-to-Z service. Recent highlights include acting for Hasbro in a crucial matter before the Paris Court of Appeal and BNP Paribas in litigation with Mybee over use of the sign MYB’S for bank cards. Caroline Casalonga
and Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte
are “excellent lawyers who fully understand both the EU and US legal systems and provide strong, practical advice”. Casalonga has over 20 years’ experience in the field and an advanced understanding of the electronics, automotive and consumer products sectors. Dimidjian-Lecomte recently won a claim on behalf of US bank Wells Fargo to cancel the domain name ‘wellsfargo.fr’, which had been reserved without authorisation by NetTalk. Hudson’s Bay Company and CBS Broadcasting are other A-list clients. Arnaud Casalonga
complements his deep trademark know-how with keen insight into competition law and a matchless understanding of the perfume and haute couture industries.
Clairmont Avocats AARPI
An authority on all things Internet, Clairmont Avocats makes light work of briefs involving everything from domain name filing and revocation to AdWords, withdrawal of infringing content and privacy policies. Web agency Vuxe and Groupe Le Duff are just two of the players which queue up for its online expertise. Other key clients include jeweller Didier Guerin, which it is assisting with the development of its worldwide trademark portfolio; and national rail company SCNF, for which it has handled significant opposition proceedings before INPI and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Involved in the latter, Sandra Cabanne-Desgranges
operates flawlessly on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide and brings valuable design and unfair competition law knowledge to the table. Similarly versatile colleague Alexandre Nappey
offers “precious advice and is a great defender of clients’ interests. He manages procedures with timeliness and true professionalism”.
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés
Commercial outfit De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés has positioned itself as a persuasive one-stop shop option: clients which engage it for its incisive IP counsel find that contract negotiation, tax optimisation and competition and advertising law issues are also effortlessly dispatched. Rainmaker Julien Horn
is a master of pan-European matters who also lectures on IP litigation at the University of Paris. He has recently been assisting Château de Versailles on the administration, licensing and defence of its worldwide trademark portfolio, and long-term client Colgate on a lucrative asset sale agreement with the Bolton Group. Entertainment maven Frank Valentin
is “one of France’s pre-eminent individuals; he is a charming all-round IP expert known to have a strong following among top US corporates”. Courtroom champ Louis de Gaulle
is au courant
with new technologies and impresses on intellectual property’s electronic frontier.
Dentons’ exacting standards and extensive global network have captured the attentions of a slew of heavyweight clients, from international conglomerates to private equity firms and significant public bodies. As examples of the calibre of instructions it attracts, it has lately been representing Lactalis at the EU General Court; Novartis on a 3D trademark dispute with a generic rival; and iconic flip-flop manufacturer Havaianas in several actions before the French courts involving its figurative marks. Non-traditional marks wizard David Masson
is a “fabulous litigator who provides shrewd legal analysis”. His “fantastic” teammate Isabelle Leroux
is “famous in the field” too. Splitting her time between Dubai and France, she is sought out by businesses with Middle Eastern concerns. Gérard Delile
is an “excellent professional who knows how to handle big clients” – particularly in the luxury goods, furniture design and toys and games sectors.
Duclos, Thorne, Mollet-Vieville & Associés
Founded in 1966, Duclos, Thorne, Mollet-Vieville & Associes is “extremely popular with clients” thanks to its A-to-Z offering and industry insight; it shines on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide and has a nuanced understanding of the issues at play in the entertainment and luxury goods industries. “Really outstanding individual” Pascal Lefort
ascends to the top tier of the enforcement and litigation table this year. “He is a tremendous trial lawyer – a real expert.” The redoubtable Thierry Mollet-Viéville
files trademarks with finesse and then defends them with vigour in the courtroom. He has complementary expertise in unfair competition and design matters. Eléonore Gaspar
is another “brilliant IP litigator” who comes enthusiastically recommend; she has unique know-how in the audiovisual field. A previous stint as an examiner at INPI has given Thomas Cuche
an insider view of its workings, which translates into watertight strategies.
Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI
“Gide Loyrette Nouel has a longstanding IP practice. It has been involved in a lot of famous cases; it is sharp in presentations; and it is very well versed in anti-counterfeiting.” Founded in the capital in 1920, it is now home to 600 lawyers operating out of 14 offices worldwide. Emmanuel Larere
is “fantastic –a hard worker who is extremely creative and intelligent”. With over two decades’ experience, he is a safe pair of hands for the most pressing matters. The commercially minded Arnaud Michel
has served as president of the Licensing Executives Society International; he never loses sight of clients’ long-term business objectives. Grégoire Triet
provides 360-degree counsel to healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences clients. Raphaelle Dequire-Portier
is a “reliable and experienced litigator” who brings useful unfair competition and copyright expertise to the table.
Cutting-edge player Gilbey Legal has a star-studded client roster filled with prestigious names; of late it has won a slew of mandates in the flourishing social media and app sectors. Having forged closer ties with the customs authorities, it has also been developing its anti-counterfeiting capabilities, to superb effect. Overall, its service is evenly blended between high-stakes litigation and strategic non-contentious counsel. Richard Gilbey is prized for his “straight-up, to-the-point” advice and the efficiency with which he can KO tricky matters. His experiences in-house as head of trademarks for two leading pharmaceutical companies have given him a real appreciation of clients’ wants and needs.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Unparalleled awareness of the issues surrounding cloud computing and outsourcing separates Herbert Smith Freehills from the pack; unsurprisingly, leading internet, media and telecommunications companies feature prominently among its clientele. Heading the IP and technology, media and telecommunications practice in Paris, Alexandra Néri
has a keen interest in the burgeoning social media sphere and significant insight into cyber-criminality. Her practice spreads across the contentious/non-contentious divide.
The streamlined international IP offering of Hogan Lovells consistently dispenses joined-up, big-picture counsel. Patrons particularly appreciate its centralised worldwide trademark online service, Mercuriam, which affords 24/7 access to documents and produces customised reports. “Excellent and really experienced practitioner” Marie-Aimée de Dampierre
is “extremely successful. Plus she’s a very nice person – and that’s essential in business”. She has been assisting the Estée Lauder Companies with the launch of new products in France. Colleague David Taylor
is “one of the top domain name attorneys in the world and always has a solid team behind him”. The brains behind Hogan Lovells’ sophisticated online brand protection service, Anchovy, he has recently been helping Facebook to recover domain names.
HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER
The merger between Hoyng Monegier and ROKH-IP in October has united 100 dedicated IP specialists across Europe. The boutique’s “very strong reputation” is reflected in its sparkling client roster. Name partner Denis Monégier du Sorbier
is “one of the best professionals in France. Pragmatism and commercial awareness are hallmarks of his practice. There are people who are good in trademark law and people who are good in patent law, but he is the only person in France who is brilliant across the board – in trademarks, patents, designs and copyright law”. He recently flexed his muscles for Bic in a case concerning the 3D EU trademark on its Cristal pen, successfully confirming its validity. “Effective, efficient, agile and personable”, Marie Georges-Picot
“understands clients’ constraints and objectives, so can always recommend the best way to solve an issue. Negotiating is a real strength”. Sophie Micallef
is an “established and reliable IP litigator” whose close ties with customs authorities and officials pay dividends in border seizures.
Jones Day’s French trademark team works seamlessly with the firm’s 37 IP professionals across the continent, making it an attractive option for cross-border litigation and pan-continental anti-counterfeiting campaigns. Its caseload has lately included a significant geographical indication matter for the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac
. Ace litigator Emmanuel Baud
is a “really hard worker who doesn’t like to lose”; domain names and trade secrets are key focuses. Edouard Fortunet
shines in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors, and has secured favourable results in innumerable opposition and cancellation proceedings before INPI.
Marchais & Associés
Making waves on the French IP scene, compact, hands-on Marchais & Associés breaks into the WTR 1000
for the first time this year. Its practitioners deploy their encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and deep commercial acumen to maximise the impact of crown-jewel brands; EUIPO proceedings are a forte. Of the versatile Guillaume Marchais
, one enthusiastic interviewee enthuses: “He is our go-to practitioner because he always provides informed, prompt, practical and transparent counsel on trademark matters – and on copyright and design matters too.” Emmanuelle Limouzy
continues to impress on geographical indication briefs and publishes widely on the subject.
Simmons & Simmons LLP
The one-stop shop service at Simmons & Simmons marries a comprehensive brand management service – encompassing clearance, filing and monetisation – with a hard-hitting enforcement practice. Its members have striking aggregate experience before INPI, the EUIPO, the General Court and the ECJ, and know just which tactics to adopt in each forum. Embodying the firm’s breadth, Sarah Bailey
is a data protection and advertising ace, who is as comfortable in the courtroom as she is devising long-term trademark strategies.