The patent practice of this national full-service firm is an undisputed market leader in France when it comes to patent disputes before the civil courts. The team impresses clients and competitors alike with its many dual-qualified lawyers and often conducts high-stakes EPO proceedings for its clients. An example is its representation of Italian mechanical engineering company Sibo in a seizure and proceedings on the interface with trade secrets, as well as at the EPO.Full Analysis
This European IP firm is one of France’s market leaders and boasts the largest number of partners renowned in patent litigation. Sabine Agé’s team stands out in the market with a sustainable blend of experienced and up-and-coming litigators, backed up by the technical expertise of two patent attorneys. The team’s integration strategy following the mergers of recent years has thus been a complete success in building up the team. Véron has only been part of the firm for just over two years. However, outsiders comment that the firm does not displa...Full Analysis
The IP team at this international full-service firm is a challenger to the market leaders and best known for representing originators in major pharma disputes. For the French proceedings in pan-European cases, international heavyweights from the life sciences sector such as Bayer and MSD rely on the team led by Laëtitia Bénard, which often works with Allen & Overy’s team in the UK and Germany. For regular client MSD, the firm succeeded in keeping generics of cholesterol-lowering drug Inegy from entering the French market until the SPC expir...Full Analysis
This international technology-focused law firm is a challenger to the market leaders in France and handles patent infringement proceedings for a global client base. Bird & Bird stands out from most competitors for its high proportion of pan-European patent disputes. The Paris team has an advantage in that IP team represent Bird & Bird in all European countries.Full Analysis
The large IP team of this French full-service firm is a challenger to market leaders. Thierry Mollet-Viéville and Thomas Cuche have had excellent names for representing notable companies in high-profile patent disputes for many years. The other three partners, on the other hand, are not yet on the market’s radar.Full Analysis
The patent team of this national full-service firm is one of the challengers to the French market leaders in patent litigation. The large IP team is especially visible in life sciences litigation. With suits for Celltrion or Sanofi-Aventis, Gide plays a central role in pan-European patent cases – even without a formal international IP network. The team has much experience when it comes to SPC proceedings.Full Analysis
The French team of this internationally well-positioned patent litigation practice is a challenger to the market leaders. Over the past year, the young team led by up-and-coming partner Stanislas Roux-Vaillard has won the market’s acclaim. Its success for Eli Lilly, a regular client across the whole firm, in two damages cases against generics manufacturers was among the most widely observed pharma decisions of the past year.Full Analysis
The well-positioned French team of this US firm is best known for its deep roots among clients from the life sciences and pharma sector. The firm litigated for Santen in a precedent issue involving SPCs at the CJEU. Although the proceedings did not end in the client’s favour, the case underlines the vast SPC experience of Thomas Bouvet’s team.Full Analysis
This well-positioned French boutique around French lawyer and UK-qualified solicitor Denis Schertenleib is bearing on the French market leaders in its pharma and telecommunication cases. Schertenleib stands out from its competitors in that it has recently expanded its client relationships in a dynamic way. In doing so, the firm has enhanced its presence in numerous high-profile cases against the French market leaders. The Paris boutique enjoys an excellent reputation for its litigation for generics companies. Regular clients include Mylan and S...Full Analysis
This well-positioned IP boutique has made a name for itself through high-profile litigation work for notable telecommunications companies. Its good reputation stems from high-profile work for renowned regular clients like LG, Ericsson and ETSI. Name partner Cyrille Amar frequently litigates for these companies in SEP proceedings, for instance advising ETSI as co-defendant in the battle between Philips and TCL. The standardisation body is currently entrusting him with a similar dispute between Philips and Xiaomi. Such cases give the IP boutique ...Full Analysis
This national IP boutique is well-positioned in patent litigation, with an international client base. Renowned companies from a range of technical fields, such as Merck Millipore from the life sciences sector or Wiko from telecommunications, have banked on the team around Catherine Mateu and Stéphane Guerlain for years. It is not unusual to see the IP boutique in cross-border proceedings. It litigated for Estar Medical against Regeneron – proceedings were also conducted in the UK and USA at the same time.Full Analysis
This well-positioned patent team is making a charge on the French market with major SEP suits. Julien Fréneaux is omnipresent in SEP proceedings with his litigation for NPEs Intellectual Ventures and IPCom. The suit for Intellectual Ventures is still among the largest ongoing SEP and FRAND cases in France. The firm is also representing IPCom on legally important SEP issues in France.Full Analysis
With its mix of litigators and patent attorneys, this IP boutique has carved out a sound position in the French market. The two name partners, lawyer Arnaud Casalonga and patent attorney Axel Casalonga, were among the first in France to put the mixed approach consistently into practice. Close cooperation between the two professional groups is thus more deeply rooted in Casalonga’s philosophy than in almost any other firm. Both litigators and patent attorneys enjoy strong reputations independently from one another. Casalonga generally positions ...
This small IP boutique pursues a partner-centric approach with a strong position in the market, mainly in patent litigation. Most recently, however, it has built up a practice in ongoing advice, for instance on licensing agreements and inventors’ rights, especially in the biotechnology sector. The list of often long-standing clients includes companies from the auto, aviation and life sciences sectors, which the firm frequently advises in patent disputes. Among these are SMEs, as well as corporations like Thales. The firm litigated for the latte...Full Analysis
The well-positioned IP team of this full-service firm is characterised by a broad set-up and frequently conducts patent litigation for companies from such varied industries as medical engineering, construction and automotive. The firm litigated for Maec, a subsidiary of Cahors Group, as co-defendant in the dispute between Quadlogic and Enedis over smart meter technology.Full Analysis
This well-positioned IP boutique led by litigator Emmanuel de Marcellus conducts patent infringement proceedings in a wide array of technical fields. Both SMEs and the French branches of international companies and start-ups frequently call on the small outfit. The sheer number of proceedings and the firm’s broad sector expertise thus lend it a strong market visibility. But its small size is also limiting. The firm has not appeared in the recent high-profile pharma and telecoms battles. In addition to litigation, life sciences clients frequentl...Full Analysis
Lavoix is one of the large mixed teams in France, making it well-positioned for all-round work in patent disputes before the French courts and EPO. Litigators and patent attorneys often advise international core clients on a broad spectrum of technologies. With this mixed approach, the firm has taken the same path as Casalonga, but has yet to achieve the same profound synergies between the two professional groups.
This well-positioned French IP boutique has numerous dual-qualified lawyers in its team. The once-traditional firm modernised in good time. It is now seeing dynamic growth and is challenging the market with a mixed approach. Loyer & Abello litigates, for example, in several major telecoms und pharma cases, including work for SFR in the extensive SEP suit by Intellectual Ventures. If the firm raises its visibility in such high-calibre cases, it will have a good chance of widening its market presence.Full Analysis
The Paris IP team of this international full-service firm enjoys a sound market position where it brings its pronounced sector focus into play. In the auto sector, Emmanuel Gougé’s team represented a South African manufacturer of steel wheels, Global Wheel, in a patent dispute against Hutchinson concerning inflation technology. The firm’s contacts in the energy sector are similarly well-established.Full Analysis
The well-positioned IP team at this large international firm is chiefly respected in the market for its litigation for companies in the life sciences sector. Alongside such notable pharma manufacturers as Merck, a variety of medical product manufacturers feature on the list of long-time clients. The firm also advises companies from a wide array of other sectors. Worth noting recently was the litigation for UK manufacturer J.C. Bamford in a battle against French competitor Manitou. Work for a global mobile communications provider in an arbitrati...Full Analysis
This well-positioned, small IP boutique primarily advises and litigates for clients from the life sciences, mechanics and electronics sectors in patent disputes. Recent months have seen the firm sharpen its profile in pharma litigation. The defence work for Hoffmann-La Roche in the French part of the pan-European patent dispute against Celltrion over a biosimilar showed the IP boutique’s good position in complex pharma proceedings, despite its relatively small size. Like similarly positioned competitor Cousin & Associés, Szleper Henry nurtures ...Full Analysis
This well-positioned IP boutique is best known for its litigation in the telecoms sector and in mechanics patents. Its reputation is largely based on close ties to regular client ZTE, for whom co-founder and partner Jean-Frédéric Gaultier is often active in telecoms litigation. He works closely with the German office for this, which from the very beginning has lent the team cross-border visibility. It is currently litigating for the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer in France and Germany in some of the highest stakes SEP proceedings in Europe a...Full Analysis
The selection of law firms in the above table reflects the research of the editorial staff at JUVE and is based on interviews with clients, lawyers and academics. It remains a subjective view and implies no disparagement of any firm not mentioned here but which is nevertheless active in this field. The firms are alphabetically listed within the groups.
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