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François Pochart

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Practice Areas

François Pochart assists French and foreign clients on patent-related issues – in an advisory role, with opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office and with litigation before the French courts.

François Pochart advises in particular on regulatory issues and issues in connection with supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) and plant protection products. François Pochart is very active in the EPO litigation (oppositions and appeals), and represents his clients in oral proceedings in Munich or the Hague more than once a month.

Extensive experience in matters related to pharma/life sciences (regulatory, supplementary protection certificates) and also active in the oil, construction, chemicals and consumer goods sectors.


François Pochart joined August Debouzy in 2011, after having worked as a patent attorney for more than 15 years. Together with Grégoire Desrousseaux he heads a team of patent attorneys who are also engineers, and of lawyers.

Professional Memberships

Former secretary of the CNCPI (French professional association of patent attorneys), former Group President of Union IP and member of AIPPI.


"Search of evidence in France: the new legal tools offered by the French law on trade secrets", with Thierry Lautier, Kuwer Patent Blog, 8 October 2019