Julien Fréneaux

Ranked in France
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Though better known across the border in Germany, Bardehle Pagenberg has a strong and growing presence on the Paris market. Active on both the contentious and non-contentious sides, it has carved a special niche acting for non-practising entities. The telecommunications industry is a focus, and dual-qualified patent attorney and attorney at law Dominique Dupuis-Latour knows it inside-out. Whether filing and prosecuting patents, acting in infringement proceedings, or negotiating licensing deals, he is a reliable choice. Also homing in on the communications sector is Julien Fréneaux, who is well accustomed to handling cross-border cases, coordinating proceedings in multiple jurisdictions and tying up global agreements. Cases with an SEP element are his speciality.

Julien Fréneaux's Profile

Julien Fréneaux represents clients before the French courts in all IP matters, including patents, trademarks, designs, copyright and unfair competition. His practice focuses on patent infringement and validity litigation, including appeal proceedings, before the French courts competent to hear intellectual property matters. Julien Fréneaux frequently handles cases that involve coordinating with teams of lawyers from other jurisdictions, as well as parallel litigation proceedings in different countries in a complex international litigation framework. He has handled many multinational patent conflicts concerning technologies such as medical devices and sports equipment, as well as technologies in the field of mechanical engineering. He also handles a number of fashion design infringement cases.

Julien Fréneaux also deals with licensing matters, technology transfer agreements and IP-related contracts. He has led and supervised teams of auditors conducting IP due diligence during large M&A transactions.

Julien Fréneaux graduated from the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg, earning a professional degree in patent law, and from the University of Paris, earning a postgraduate degree in intellectual property law. He was admitted to the Paris Bar as a specialist in intellectual property and is a member of several IP professional associations including AIPPI, LES, and EPLAW. He is also the co-author of the French chapter of the book "Interpretation of patents in Europe: applications of Article 69 EPC".

Firm Profile

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG has pooled the strengths of patent attorneys and attorneys at law for over 40 years, clearly setting itself apart from its competitors.

Our diverse client base appreciates the intense and smooth cooperation between our attorneys at law handling infringement cases before the German civil courts and our patent attorneys representing clients in proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO), the German Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Patent Court.

We are a full-service IP firm that is regularly chosen by global companies which value our international reach and diverse team. Various German blue-chip companies and small and medium-sized businesses and market leaders in niche technologies also entrust BARDEHLE PAGENBERG with their IP business.

Scope of our advice

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Designs
  • Unfair competition law
  • Copyright
  • Domain names
  • Antitrust law
  • Licensing and technology transfer

Industry sector strengths

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG leads the way in the automotive industry, telecommunications, software and electronics. In addition to general engineering, the firm also focuses on medical devices, sports equipment and the pharmaceutical sector. Over the past few years, its telecommunication and automotive business has registered the highest growth rates as the firm handled various high-profile litigation proceedings simultaneously.

International presence and alliances

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG stands out as a law firm with strong cross-national ties between its offices in Munich, Duesseldorf, Hamburg, Paris and Barcelona. Its reliable international network includes longstanding relationships with numerous high-end IP law firms in the United States and fast-growing Asian markets. This gives BARDEHLE PAGENBERG a global reach with excellent capabilities in cross-border IP disputes.

In 2015 BARDEHLE PAGENBERG demonstrated its role as a pioneer once more, forming a partnership with the Singaporean law firm YUSARN AUDREY in the fields of IP law and technology transfer. Between them, the two boutiques provide clients with skilful support in the fields of technology licensing, business cooperation, joint venture and merger and acquisition projects.

Corporate social responsibility

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG offers an in-house seminar programme called IP Academy where lectures are given by renowned experts. The sessions include practical exercises and valuable guidance for day-to-day work in IP law. The lectures are open to the public and particularly recommended for IP practitioners. The firm also provides vocational education for patent law clerks and paralegals.

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG is known for its diverse team and inclusive policy across all offices. By offering part-time and home-office options to its employees, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG ensures that work-life balance is not merely a buzzword, but a basis for flexibility, creativity and dedication in a supportive working environment.

Team experience and size

With over 40 years of experience in the IP world, a considerable international clientele and over 160 specialists, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG is able to conduct simultaneously numerous major infringement, opposition and nullity proceedings. Presently, our German patent litigation team (more than 40 litigators and patent attorneys) is handling over 250 German patent infringement actions, over 200 German nullity actions and over 200 EPO oppositions in parallel. Similar numbers apply to the past five years.

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG boasts an impressive roster of highly skilled attorneys, many of whom play an active role in international professional associations and committees, serve in government expert groups, advisory boards and boards of bar associations and publish books and expert articles on a broad range of topical IP issues.

Wordwide regard

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG and its lawyers regularly rank at the top of the most renowned IP publications.


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