France: Patents 2018

In this section, we recognise 30 leading patent lawyers who are widely regarded as experts at handling complex patent disputes across a range of industry sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Laëtitia Bénard Allen & Overy LLP, Paris
2. Sabine Agé Véron & Associés, Paris
3. Grégoire Triet Gide Loyrette Nouel AARPI, Paris

Leading law firm GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL is renowned for its patents practice. This year, five top-tier practitioners have been highlighted for their excellent work in the space.
The “excellent” Grégoire Triet stands out in the international marketplace thanks to his superb work litigating in complex cross-border patent proceedings for key clients in the pharmaceutical sector.
Emmanuel Larere is “a key figure” in the region, who is rated highly by his peers thanks to his excellent work representing major biotechnology, industrial and technology companies.
Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier is “a leading name” in the market who impresses sources with her vast experience handling domestic and pan-European patent litigation.

Boutique patent litigation firm VÉRON & ASSOCIÉS also holds a strong market position, and is home to three highly regarded patent litigators.
Sabine Agé ranks among the very elite of practitioners in our research, with commentators describing her as “a phenomenal patent litigator”. Having specialised in intellectual property for more than 24 years, she is internationally regarded as an expert in the field.
Pierre Véron is “an eminent practitioner” who boasts a strong reputation in the market. In addition to his leading patent litigation practice he is highly recommended for his experience acting as counsel and arbitrator in an array of arbitration proceedings.
Amandine Métier is described as “excellent” by respondents, who praise her sharp intellect and deep understanding of standard essential patents and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

Intellectual property boutique HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER boasts a strong presence in the patents market and sees two individuals recognised.
Denis Monégier du Sorbier is “the go-to guy” in the patents space according to peers, who note that he “really stands out” for his expertise. He regularly counsels French and international companies active in a range of industry sectors on sophisticated cross-border patent disputes.
The “excellent” Benoît Strowel is a patent law specialist who boasts considerable experience assisting major bio-pharmaceutical companies on a wide range of IP and regulatory issues.

BIRD & BIRD has a well-respected IP practice, and achieves two listings in this year’s research.
Yves Bizollon is “an excellent lawyer” according to sources, who admire his skilful handling of complex cross-border patent cases across a range of industry sectors.
Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan is “a leader in the field” according to one interviewee, and is renowned for her “very strong” IP practice. In addition to being an outstanding patent litigator, she is also noted for her work negotiating complex IP-related contracts.

Laëtitia Bénard at ALLEN & OVERY boasts “a fantastic pharma patents practice” and is commended by sources for “doing an excellent job handling complex cases in the life sciences space”.

Dariusz Szleper at SZLEPER HENRY AVOCATS is “really good” according to respondents. He has more than 30 years’ experience handling IP disputes and is well respected for his patent litigation practice.

The “excellent” Thomas Bouvet at JONES DAY “knows the business inside out”, according to sources. He possesses more than 20 years’ patent litigation experience and is regularly called upon to take the lead on high-profile disputes.

Stanislas Roux-Vaillard at HOGAN LOVELLS has “built up a strong practice” and is warmly endorsed by commentators for his excellent work handling multi-jurisdictional disputes for major companies across the life sciences, telecommunications and chemistry sectors.

Grégoire Desrousseaux of AUGUST & DEBOUZY wins high praise as “an excellent patent litigator” who is consistently “strong across the board”, according to interviewees.

Julien Fréneaux at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG is “outstanding”, according to impressed sources, who highlight his impressive work acting in patent infringement and validity proceedings. He also boasts extensive experience handling technology transfer agreements and licensing matters.

Denis Schertenleib at CABINET SCHERTENLEIB is a distinguished patent litigator who “stands out in the life sciences field” according to one commentator. He also boasts an impressive practice in the mechanics and telecoms fields.

Thierry Mollet-Vieville at DUCLOS THORNE MOLLET-VIÉVILLE & ASSOCIÉS is “a prominent figure in the market” and is widely regarded as one of the best-known IP specialists in France. He is admired by peers who describe him as “extremely professional and knowledgeable”.

The “exceptional” Emmanuel Gougé at PINSENT MASONS is a long-standing figure in the market who has focused his leading practice on patent litigation for more than 20 years. He is particularly well regarded for his excellent work in the IT and telecoms sectors.

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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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