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Sandra Cabanne founded SCAN AVOCATS in October 2017, with her former partner Alexandre Nappey and their team. The firm is based in Paris and has branches in Lyon and Strasbourg. Three years after its creation, SCAN AVOCATS now counts nine lawyers and two paralegals.
Ms Cabanne began her legal career in 2002 as a criminal law attorney. In order to enrich her experience in the field of practical business, she joined the legal department of large public company SNCF (French national railways) as a general in-house attorney, before being promoted to head of the IP department of the SNCF Voyages division. In 2009 Ms Cabanne decided to move back to a law firm as a senior associate in intellectual property. She became partner in a IP/IT boutique in March 2013, before setting up SCAN AVOCATS.
Ms Cabanne has developed recognised expertise in litigation and the prosecution of traditional IP rights (eg, trademarks, designs, copyright and anti-counterfeiting), as well as new technologies, including domain names, software, data privacy and e-reputation. She is responsible for the management and prosecution of large trademark and domain names portfolios. Contracts (IP transfer, licensing and coexistence agreements), unfair competition law, distribution and comparative advertising are also key features of her practice.
Ms Cabanne counsels, assists and represents large and medium-sized domestic and foreign clients, as well as start-ups, in a broad range of industries – including transport, insurance and pensions, agri-food, medical equipment and jewellery – before the EUIPO, national trademark offices, civil and criminal courts.
Ms Cabanne also runs IP training sessions with training institutes and universities. She is a coach on the National Industrial Property Institute Master Class programme.
Ms Cabanne has been recognised by Décideurs and the Legal 500 since 2013 and in the WTR 1000 since 2016. In 2021 the WTR 1000 wrote that she made “the magic happen”. “Former criminal lawyer Cabanne protects trademarks and domain names in sectors from fast food to luxury goods, and also has useful advertising insight.” Further, in 2019: “Sandra Cabanne has these qualities (ie, a combination of technical knowledge, commercial sense and pragmatism) in abundance.”
Mrs Cabanne is ranked as a leading individual in the enforcement and litigation, as well as the strategy and prosecution categories.