France: Trademarks 2018

Thirty-four outstanding lawyers and trademark attorneys have been selected for inclusion in this chapter. Those featured are internationally renowned for their expertise and experience representing and advising companies across a broad range of industry sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Richard Gilbey Gilbey Legal, Paris
2. Rebecca Delorey Bardehle Pagenberg, Paris
3. Emmanuel de Marcellus de Marcellus & Disser, Paris
4. Catherine Mateu Armengaud Guerlain, Paris
5. Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte Casalonga Avocats, Paris


Premier international law firm GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL tops this year’s research, thanks to its well-established IP practice. This year, three leading lawyers are selected for inclusion.
Grégoire Triet is a superb lawyer with a broad intellectual property practice. He is highly respected among peers, one of whom notes that “his professionalism is particularly impressive”.
Emmanuel Larere has more than 20 years’ experience handling contentious and non-contentious trademark matters and is widely recognised to be a leader in the field. He is well versed in trademark litigation, and has defended some of the world’s best-known brands in infringement proceedings.
Arnaud Michel draws praise from market commentators thanks to his long-standing IP practice. He particularly stands out for his excellent work for prominent clients in the TMT sector.

Two impressive individuals from HOGAN LOVELLS are recognised for their strong international trademarks practices.
The “excellent” Marie-Aimée de Dampierre stands out in the international marketplace and has a stellar reputation in the IP space. She boasts 25 years’ experience handling both international and domestic trademark matters.
David Taylor is a top name in the French market recommended for his specialist expertise in brand protection. One impressed source comments: “He is one of the foremost experts on EU domain name matters.”

Multinational law firm DENTONS also impresses, seeing two top-tier practitioners highlighted.
With more than 40 years’ experience Gérard Delile is a highly respected figure in the market. He is well known for his strength as a trademark litigator and regularly acts for clients from a range of sectors including media, technology and luxury brands.
Isabelle Leroux is one of France’s most recognised trademark practitioners and boasts extensive experience coordinating complex multijurisdictional litigation for French and international clients.

Richard Gilbey at GILBEY LEGAL is internationally regarded as a leading name in the region thanks to more than 25 years’ working in the sector. He is a strong litigator and wins praise for his vast knowledge of trademark law.

Rebecca Delorey at BARDEHLE PAGENBERG is “one of the absolute best IP lawyers in France” according to sources, who describe her as “very commercial and a brilliant communicator”.

Emmanuel de Marcellus of DE MARCELLUS & DISSER is “a brilliant lawyer” according to commentators, who rate him highly thanks to his vast experience advising domestic and international clients on all aspects of trademarks law.

The “outstanding” Catherine Mateu at ARMENGAUD GUERLAIN has more than 15 years of intellectual property law experience and is lauded for her “impressive trademarks practice”.

Karina Dimidjian-Lecomte at CASALONGA AVOCATS is “an excellent IP lawyer” according to sources, who consider her “a pleasure to work with”. She is highly valued for “consistently providing high-quality advice” thanks to her “impeccable understanding of French trademark practice and procedure”.

The “excellent” Vanessa Bouchara of CABINET BOUCHARA AVOCATS is “highly recommended” by sources across the board thanks to her expertise in the full spectrum of trademark issues.

Sylvie Benoliel-Claux at IP boutique BENOLIEL AVOCATS “really stands out in the market” according to one impressed respondent, thanks to her pragmatic approach when handling complex mandates.

The “excellent” Patrice de Candé at CABINET DE CANDÉ ET BLANCHARD garners praise for his top-tier work in the intellectual property arena. He boasts considerable experience handling complex cross-border trademark disputes.

Dual qualified lawyer and trademark attorney Evelyne Roux at REGIMBEAU is “a highly knowledgeable practitioner” who handles a wide range of trademark issues including oppositions, negotiating and drafting settlement protocols and preparing and monitoring applications.

Sarah Bailey at SIMMONS & SIMMONS frequently advises major brands on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues and is “a brilliant trademark lawyer”, according to one interviewee.

Pierre Cousin at COUSIN & ASSOCIÉS is a well-recognised name among sources who consider him a specialist when it comes to handling complex intellectual property disputes for high-profile clients.

Alexandra Neri at HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS is internationally recognised as a leading light in the field thanks to her strong track record advising domestic and international companies on infringement cases involving trademarks, domain names, copyright and design rights.

Trademark Attorneys

Nathalie Dreyfus at DREYFUS & ASSOCIÉS is a leading French and European trademark attorney who one impressed commentator describes as “a real expert”.

Caroline Casalonga at CASALONGA AVOCATS has worked in the intellectual property space for more than 20 years. She regularly advises both French and international companies from a wide range of industry sectors.

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