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Santarelli – already one of France’s best-known prosecution outfits in its own right – recently merged with top-notch IP boutiques IPSide and Brevalex, creating a dominant force on the market. Known for its ability to mould strategies to the needs of its clients, the group works for some of the biggest names in fields including telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and household appliances. One key piece lately has been a nullity action on behalf of Bayer, which was dealt with by Thierry Caen. A keen litigator of pharmacy, chemistry and biotechnology patents, he also knows his stuff when it comes to prosecuting SPCs. Working on the engineering, mechanics and electronics side, meanwhile, are François Lepelletier-Beaufond, Luc Santarelli, Hélène Stankoff and Samuel Deschamps – Lepelletier-Beaufond has been with the ensemble since 1985, before which he was a consultant within a government energy management agency, while Santarelli himself is a top choice for EPO oppositions and knows the telecommunications industry inside out. Stankoff is a similarly fierce EPO advocate and is also strong when it comes to conducting IP audits – she has called the firm her home since 1998. “Samuel Deschamps keeps his eye on the big picture and knows how to work with clients for the long term.” “He maintains good relationships with his team and with his clients, building trust and rapport.”Covering the computer science side is Ghislain de Trémiolles, who holds a doctorate in computer engineering and can be relied upon for prosecution, oppositions and SEP litigation.

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