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Bronze - Individuals: litigation
Thanks to a recent merger with Véron & Associés, the patent litigation offering at HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is stronger than ever, with 22 dedicated practitioners – seven of whom are partners – duking it out in some of the highest-stakes battles on the European market. “The whole team is highly knowledgeable of French patent law and applies this knowledge effectively and creatively. Complex technical issues are no problem and the group is very persuasive in court hearings.” One recent highlight was its staunch defence of Lenovo against IP licensor IPComm, coordinated by Sabine Agé and Amandine Métier. SEP disputes in the electronics and communications field are the specialty of Agé, who “instils trust in clients by providing solid advice every time. She is a stellar patent litigator – perhaps the best in France”. Métier also relishes the cut and thrust of cross-border SEP and FRAND licensing disputes, as well as SPC-related actions in the pharmaceutical field. Another reliable ally to pharmaceutical companies is Benoît Strowel, a “daring and innovative litigator who often finds completely new ways of handling traditional issues before the French courts”. He has a cosmopolitan outlook as a member of both the Paris and Brussels bars and a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. In addition to his life sciences work, he has recently been acting for materials technology company Umicore alongside fellow litigator Florence Jacquand. Jacquand has a broad compass, handling not only patent litigation, but also disputes in tangential areas such as unfair competition, trade secrets and employee invention law. Bridging the gap between the life sciences and mechanics sides is Caroline Levesque, who is as comfortable dealing with plant breeders rights issues as she is handling computer science cases, and is also a deft handler of customs measures both at home and abroad. The practice of name partner Denis Monégier du Sorbier is equally diverse; he draws on a wealth of procedural know-how to carry the day in infringement, invalidity and preliminary injunction proceedings at both a national and pan-European scale.