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France: Trademarks 2017

In this chapter we recognise 31 of the country’s premier trademarks specialists. The featured lawyers have a proven track record of advising and representing companies from a wide range of industry sectors on trademark portfolio management, infringement proceedings, anti-counterfeiting and domain names.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Richard Gilbey Gilbey Legal, Paris
2. Caroline Casalonga Casalonga Avocats, Paris
3. Alexandra Neri Herbert Smith Freehills, Paris

IP boutique GILBEY LEGAL impresses in this chapter with three individuals selected for inclusion. The firm’s trademarks team forms a core practice and counts a number of major consumer goods, pharmaceutical and social media companies among its enviable list of clients.
Founder Richard Gilbey emerges as one of the foremost trademarks specialists in France and is praised for his “wealth of experience”. He is a seasoned trademarks specialist with over 25 years of experience advising and representing clients in contentious matters.
Of counsel Richard Metzger is a distinguished practitioner known for his longstanding trademarks practice that sees him advise clients in both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Jehan-Philippe Jacquey is an accomplished litigator with a strong track record in contentious trademark issues.

Paris-based international firm GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL boasts an impressive team known for its proficiency in a broad range of IP matters. The firm’s trademarks specialists recently represented Wrangler in a significant trademark infringement case. Three lawyers are selected.
Arnaud Michel is an internationally renowned practitioner with extensive experience advising clients on trademarks issues. He is particularly proficient when advising on European procedure.
Emmanuel Larere is a well-established IP specialist known for his extensive experience defending leading brands in the luxury goods and clothing sectors.
Renowned IP litigator Grégoire Triet is also recognised for his experience in cross-border trademark disputes.

Full-service IP law firm CASALONGA AVOCATS is a leading player at both French and European level, representing clients before the French Trademark Office and EUIPO. The firm garners two entries in this edition.
Founding partner Caroline Casalonga is a market-leading practitioner with a strong reputation and international profile. She regularly advises both domestic and international clients on strategies to protect and defend their IP rights, as well as representing them before the French courts.
The “superb” Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte has a well-developed trademarks practice that sees her advise clients on trademark portfolio management, as well as representing companies in prosecution, appeal and opposition procedures.

Domestic IP specialist boutique COUSIN & ASSOCIÉS boasts a strong offering in the local market and is well placed to handle contentious and non-contentious trademark issues.
Founder Pierre Cousin is an experienced IP litigator with a wealth of experience representing clients before the French courts.
Sandrine Bouvier-Ravon is a seasoned IP expert with over 20 years’ experience advising clients on contentious and non-contentious IP matters.

TMARK CONSEILS sees two practitioners selected for inclusion. The firm offers clients a comprehensive trademark service, advising on strategy, disputes and transactional issues.
The “excellent” Valérie Dorey regularly assists clients with both contentious and non-contentious issues in a domestic and cross-border context.
François Deschamps is an internationally recognised name in the trademarks space.

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS’ Alexandra Neri emerges as one of the top trademarks specialists in our research this year. She heads the firm’s IP and TMT practice in Paris and is particularly well known for her experience advising major clients in the IT and technology space.

DREYFUS & ASSOCIÉS’ Nathalie Dreyfus is a recognised trademarks expert with considerable experience advising clients on cross-border matters. As a registered French and European trademark attorney, she is ideally placed to offer clients a comprehensive service.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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