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Intellectual Property - Brand, Drawing, Design - 2017 Ranking of the Top Law Firms (France)

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Leading
  • 1
  • Géraldine Arbant, Marc Schuler, Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan, Yves Bizollon
  • Michel-Paul Escande, Ghyslaine Rajot, Diane de Valbray, Pierre Vivant, Benjamin Fabre
  • Emmanuel Larere, Arnaud Michel, Grégoire Triet, Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier
  • Julien Horn, Francine Le Péchon-Joubert, Serge Lederman, Charles-Edouard Renault, Louis de Gaulle, Georgie Courtois, Rhadamès Killy
Excellent
  • Arnaud Casalonga, Karina Dimidjan-Lecomte, Caroline Casalonga, Marianne Gabriel
  • 2
  • Charles-Antoine Joly, Christophe Degrave, Jean-Marie Algoud, Gilbert Piat
  • Clothilde Delbecq, Bertrand Potot, Catherine Verneret, Arnaud Tessalonikos
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RELIABLE AND PRAGMATIC ADVISORS
Firm

Laude Esquier Champey

Leaders

Sophie Havard Duclos,Olivier Laude andVictor Champey

Team

Sophie Havard Duclos

Since

2008

Track record : Sophie Havard Duclos’ team is recognized for its expertise covering all areas of IP in the luxury goods, energy and agrifood sectors. The firm pleaded before the Court of Justice of the European Union in a complex matter at the intersection of appellation of origin and trademark rights.
Differentiation : Having worked at firms as diverse as Escande and Freshfields, Sophie Havard Duclos has developed a keen ability to carry out in-depth analysis and offer clients practical solutions tailored to their strategic and financial interests. The team is also able to give specialized consultancies on personal data issues.
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EXPERIENCE IN THE SERVICE OF EXCELLENCE
Firm

Escande Avocat

Leader

Michel-Paul Escande

Team

Michel Paul Escande

Since

1971

Track record : With an outstanding IP expertise, the firm is a reference point in trademark and design law. Their client portfolio includes a well-known automobile manufacturer and a world-famous wine appellation. With a growing practice in the niche sector of criminal counterfeiting claims, the team also has strong expertise in reputation parasitism, notably in the luxury, fine arts and cosmetics industries.
Differentiation : Michel-Paul Escande, whose strategic advice goes beyond legal matters, keeps a loyal and long-lasting relationship with clients. The expertise of Ghyslaine Rajot, former director of the trademark division at France’s National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), allows the firm to autonomously handle both national and international trademark portfolios. The firm also has a solid practice in arbitration and mediation
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ALWAYS IN PROJECT MODE WHEN DEALING WITH CASES
Firm

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés

Leader

Louis de Gaulle

Team

Louis de Gaulle

Since

2001

Track record : The firm embraces all types of IP and IT matters, both as counsel and as litigators. The teams have distinguished themselves in several high-profile cases for a very large clientele of startups and big companies, among them software-license owners for whom they have carried out extensive anti-piracy campaigns.
Differentiation : The seamless flexibility and flat organization of the firm allow teams to best satisfy client needs. The lawyers have developed particular expertise in connected devices, including issues related to personal information, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. They are contributing to a legal handbook dedicated to these matters and have started to branch out into predictive justice.
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DIVERSE EXPERTISE, TAILORED ADVICE
Firm

@Mark

Leader

Charles-Antoine Joly

Team

Charles-Antoine Joly

Since

2000

Track record : @mark assists, advises and represents companies of all sizes and in various sectors: fashion, cosmetics, food processing, IT, etc. Besides providing consultation, @mark added a litigation department in 2006 to offer a comprehensive expertise in IP. Cases related to the defense and valuation of trademark portfolios constitute one of the firm’s strengths.
Differentiation : Made up of 15 competent professionals, the firm’s three founding partners have over 25 years’ experience and its partner in charge of the litigation department over 15 years experience. The firm tailors its advice according to the size and stakes of each case for more efficiency and time savings, in France and worldwide, thanks to an extensive international network of partners.
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TENACITY IN THE INTERESTS OF IP OWNERS
Firm

Candé Blanchard Ducamp

Leaders

Patrice de Candé, Claire Ducamp and Julien Blanchard

Team

Patrice de Candé

Since

2012

Track record : Appearing before civil and criminal courts, in France and elsewhere in Europe, the firm works exclusively on IP litigation. Taking up the anti-counterfeiting fight of certain clients, their lawyers have succeeded in obtaining significant amounts in damages and interests, deterring the counterfeiters. The biggest names in the luxury goods sector regularly call upon their services.
Differentiation : Reactivity and proximity are the pillars of the firm’s customer relationship. Internal training, the publication of reference articles and books as well as the teaching activities of partners guarantee the constant renewal of the team’s expertise. The follow-up of customs procedures, notably the destruction of contraband, is another area of expertise of the firm.
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EXPERTS IN IT CONTRACTS
Firm

Bismuth Société d'avocats

Leader

Yves Bismuth and Mathieu Martin

Team

Yves Bismuth

Since

1971

Track record : With over 40 years of solid experience, the firm specializes in the negotiation and drafting of internet-related contracts. They notably participated in the audit of an acquisition of a company which had developed an online platform, as well as a technology transfer in the defense industry. The firm is also developing its management of trademark portfolios in Africa and Asia.
Differentiation : Bismuth has top-notch expertise in IP, IT and telecommunication matters. The competence complementarity and the specialization of the lawyers guarantee excellent results at every level, national, European and global. The firm’s international reach is secured thanks to their close partnerships all around the world: in the US, Africa, Europe and Asia.
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MAJOR PRACTICE SOLELY FOCUSED ON INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY
Firm

Gilbey Legal

Leaders

Richard Gilbey, Joanne Quirin and Jehan-Philippe Jacquey

Team

Richard Gilbey

Since

1992

Track record : With a strong reputation in the pharmaceutical sector, the firm represents various European and world industry leaders. Other sector focuses include tobacco, alcohol, telecoms, agribusiness, cosmetics, clothing and luxury. In its client portfolio we also find a major social media company and a global online apartment rental company.
Differentiation : With three partners and one of counsel, the boutique law firm draws on the considerable experience of former IP attorney (CPI), Richard Gilbey. With their expert negotiation skills the firm looks to meet clients’ expectations without the need for litigation. It mostly focuses on counterfeiting matters and protecting IP rights in appellation of origin.
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EXPERTS IN THE WINE SECTOR
Firm

Marchais & Associés

Leader

Guillaume Marchais and Emmanuelle Limouzy

Team

Guillaume Marchais

Since

2001

Track record : With their hybrid structure the firm succeeds in representing their clients in prosecution and litigation matters regarding trademarks and designs. Their client portfolio includes both big companies as well as SMEs. The firm provides protection of clients’ interests, especially regarding intangible assets, through powerful IT tools and international network of professionals.
Differentiation : Wine law specialist Guillaume Marchais ensures the protection of clients’ IP rights, notably trademarks and appellations of origin. His involvement has helped the firm to become one of the few experts in the field. With a medium-sized team, composed of former IP attorneys (CPIs), the firm aims to accompany the client in their strategic decision making process.
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A COMPLETE VISION OF THE IP SPECTRUM
Firm

Valérie Perrichon Avocats

Leader

Valérie Perrichon

Team

Valérie Perrichon

Since

2014

Track record : The firm advises important international and French groups such as Nestlé, Parrot and HOM, accompanying them at every stage of the protection and defense of their IP rights. The team has strong expertise in trademark and design, and has solid experience in diverse industries ranging from agribusiness to fashion and new technologies.
Differentiation : The team’s dual qualification of IP consulting and prosecution allows them to intervene from the beginning of a project to detect any possible flaws. They exceed notably at integrating an innovative project into the life of a company from the start by anticipating any possible infringement. The firm has been collaborating with an international network of IP attorneys and lawyers for over 15 years.
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