Catherine Hillaert-Prevost

Global Head of Intellectual Property and Anti-counterfeiting at SPI Group

Catherine Hillaert-Prevost joined SPI Group as global head of intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting in 2010. She currently manages the global portfolios of major iconic brands in SPI Group premium spirits and wines, with a presence in more than 160 countries. She also leads and manages the global IP department and complex IP matters for SPI Group.

Ms Hillaert-Prevost was formerly an official examiner in the trademark division at the National Institute of Industrial Property in France. She was also IP counsel at the IP law firms Idéamarques and Lavoix, as well as in-house IP counsel at Rhône-Poulenc SA, an internationally renowned firm in the pharmaceutical, agro-chemical and chemical industry. Subsequenlty, during her time as group head of trademarks with Rhodia SA, she built the IP department and a dedicated IP team, selecting and implementing IP tools, managing budgets, as well as focusing on the IP protection and defence of the Rhodia Group of companies worldwide. Ms Hillaert-Prevost has been recognised for the quality and efficiency of her cooperation within the Rhône-Poulenc and Rhodia Groups, the soundness of her IP judgments and the relevance of her IP recommendations.

Ms Hillaert-Prevost moved to Switzerland and joined Nestlé in 2002 as senior IP counsel for the worldwide coffee and beverages portfolio. She has had international exposure and worldwide responsibility advising the strategic business unit and dealing with global protection, prosecution and defence, including litigation in relation to trademarks, designs, copyrights, domain names, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. She also initiated and deployed the IP assets protection and strategy in the context of the development and launch of new brands and beverage machine systems. At Nestlé, she was recognised as a professional capable of great initiative, with positive attitude and a strong business understanding, ensuring that her legal advice was based on true insight – a very strong lawyer, with an exceptional work ethic.

Ms Hillaert-Prevost has a DESS in IP law and contracts from Robert Schuman University, and a master’s in commercial, business and tax law. Ms Hillaert-Prevost is co-lead of the Greater Geneva Intellectual Property Network Group. She has been recognised by WTR 300 in the World’s 300 Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals; and by MIP as a Corporate IP Star. She speaks French and English.

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  • INTA
  • Greater Geneva Intellectual Property Network


  • Food/beverage

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