Benoît Strowel

IAM Research

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Gold - Individuals: litigation and transactions

With over 100 dedicated specialists based in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Spain, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is one of the most eminent IP outfits in Europe. It provides a wide range of patent services, but it is best known for its sterling cross-border litigation capabilities. For example, Brussels-based Liesbeth Weynants, Steven Cattoor and Benoît Strowel are representing Ceva Santé Animale in a large-scale cross-border dispute against Bayer, which spans across 17 jurisdictions and is believed to be the largest veterinary product patent case yet. In the words of one interviewee: “Liesbeth is exceptional when it comes to patent and regulatory matters. Thanks to her remarkable knowledge, she provides expert legal analyses and advice that will achieve her clients’ end goals.” The market is also unanimous in its praise for Cattoor and Strowel, both of whom are lauded as “Belgium’s top life sciences litigators”. “Steven offers sound, practical advice and produces high-quality work to a tight timeline. He has very solid judgement and is a pleasure to work with.” “Benoît is a major name in Belgium and France. His strategic perspective is highly regarded and he has excellent first-hand knowledge of the law, which he uses very creatively.” “When it comes to coordinating sophisticated, multi-jurisdictional patent litigation, Benoît and Steven are meticulous.”

Silver - Individuals: litigation

“The partners at HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER are extremely experienced, know the court systems inside and out, and are intimately familiar with the interplay with pharmaceutical regulatory law. They are extremely bright and can grasp complex scientific issues quickly. In France they have a patent attorney on staff too, which really adds to the depth of service they offer and avoids the need for contracting another firm.” As the largest IP boutique on the continent, the outfit can deal with cases Europe-wide, but its French contingent – comprising 21 professionals, eight of whom are partners – is also equipped with all the local knowledge needed to tackle issues purely on home soil. The firm stands at the forefront of IP innovation on both the telecommunications and pharmaceutical sides – with FRAND cases and SPC issues regularly coming its way – but it also deals in other sectors too, with one recent case seeing it represent Volvo Trucks in relation to fuel-saving technologies. Acting on the piece are Sabine Agé and Marta Mendes – Agé is a patent litigator of 20 years’s experience who has gained a wealth of SEP knowledge and has been credited with being “very quick to understand cases”; Mendes enters the IAM Patent 1000 this year on account of her skill coordinating litigation and EPO proceedings across 15 countries. Reflecting her practice’s versatility, meanwhile, is Amandine Métier, who knows as much about FRAND and SEP matters as she does about SPCs and biosimilars. Similarly versatile are Caroline Levesque and Florence Jacquand – Levesque works across all IP rights in all fields and has specialisms in everything from plant breeders’ rights to computer security, while Jacquand’s interests span chemistry, mechanics and electronics, and she steps in on infringement cases as easily as she does contractual disputes. Working across both France and Belgium is managing partner Benoît Strowel, who is not only a member of both the Paris and Brussels Bars but is also qualified to practise in England and Wales. An expert in dealing with cross-border disputes in both the life sciences and high-technology fields, he also brings top knowledge in pharmaceutical regulatory law. His fellow maven is Denis Monégier du Sorbier, who deals with unfair competition and parasitic behaviour matters alongside his IP work. A tenacious litigator, he is well known across the whole of Europe.

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