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August Debouzy

Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for

Exceptional team advising on all aspects of IP cases. Notable expertise in patent issues before the French courts and the European Patent Office, in addition to experience in assisting with trade secret cases. Acts on infringement and nullity proceedings as well as patent prosecution. Instructed by an array of international names from the pharmaceutical, energy and construction industries.

Strengths

One interviewee lauds the lawyers for offering "a very high level of expertise in patents and contracts," before adding that the practitioners are "always ready to find solutions on files or on other topics related to the client's internal workload."

Sources also say that the team is "very pleasant, easy to work with and provides great legal advice."

Work highlights

Represented Epsilon Composite as defendant in opposition proceedings before the EPO brought by Vestas and Nordex and pertaining to Epsilon's patent in the wind power industry.

Notable practitioners

François Pochart garners extensive praise from sources for his expertise in patents, with one client extolling: "He is exceptional, understands issues very quickly, knows how to advise us effectively and convince our internal decision-makers." Pochart represents clients in infringement proceedings and also advises on trade secret cases. Interviewees also value his "very sharp technical and legal analysis for all cases."

Clients applaud Grégoire Desrousseaux for his commercial approach and also describe him as "sharp and straight to the point." He has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement and nullity proceedings. One interviewee describes Desrousseaux as "very intelligent, responsive, diligent and inventive."

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Overview

Headed by 2 well-recognized IP specialists, Grégoire Desrousseaux and François Pochart, August Debouzy’s IP team provides a complete range of legal services, including litigation, both at the national and European levels, and strategic advice aimed at valuing, protecting and transferring IP rights (licensing and freedom-to-operate opinions, patent prosecution before the EPO, IT contracts, transfers of know-how and technology and optimizing trademark portfolios). The IP team frequently leads the way to shaping first-of-a-kind solutions to complex intellectual property issues and disputes, and help their clients in finding creative solutions to reach out of court settlements that often allow them to avoid lengthy and costly litigation proceedings.

August Debouzy is one of the only firms in the French market that can provide in one and only team, such a high level of technical understanding and the capabilities to act in litigation. Over 50% of the IP team’s work includes patent litigation before courts in France (infringement, nullity actions, compensation for employees’ invention and appeals against the decisions of the French Patent Office) or before the EPO (opposition).

The IP lawyers regularly team up with the firm’s tax, corporate, employment and competition law teams (the latter notably on FRAND issues in the telecom area). For example, the firm’s copyright expertise is strengthened by a solid knowledge of taxation schemes, and of employees’ creations and inventions.

Industries

Aerospace & Defense

Automobile

Chemicals

Construction & materials

Energy

Food & Drink producers

Health care

Industrial engineering

Media

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Retail

Software

Sports

Technology, Hardware & Electronics

Telecommunications

Transportation

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Intellectual Property

August Debouzy

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Location

7 rue de Téhéran

Paris

Paris

France

75008

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France

Intellectual Property: Patents


François Pochart
Band 2
Grégoire Desrousseaux
Band 1