Allen & Overy LLP

Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Exceptional IP practice providing expertise in various sectors including life sciences and TMT. Particularly well regarded for its ability in patent disputes, the team also offers knowledge of litigious trade mark and copyright issues. Also strong in non-contentious IP matters. Advises both local and international clients. Offers expertise in the video games sector, assisting leading clients such as Nintendo and Epic Games.

Strengths Clients view as a strength of the team its ability to think strategically about a case, adding: "The lawyers are good at seeing the big picture. They understand our business needs and react accordingly."

Additional interviewees say the firm is "business-oriented and the lawyers work hard on our files to reach a satisfactory outcome."

Work highlights Assisted Merck Sharp & Dohme with a patent litigation regarding the use of a cancer treatment drug.

Notable practitioners

David Por advises clients from the technology and healthcare sectors on contentious IP matters. He defended Samsung Electronics in a number of patent litigation cases initiated by Technicolor. One client praises his co-ordination and co-operation with his team, while another states: "He is dedicated, a hard worker, and gives comprehensive analysis."

Laëtitia Bénard is a market leader in IP and primarily acts on patent litigation cases for pharmaceutical companies. She is highly respected by clients and peers, who highlight her client dedication and industry knowledge. She assisted Pfizer with a patent litigation case concerning the validity of a second medical use patent.