Plasseraud IP group co-opts three partners and welcomes a new partner to Plasseraud Avocats
Plasseraud IP group co-opts three partners to its patents and legal departments and welcomes a new partner to Plasseraud Avocats
Plasseraud IP, first intellectual property group, announces the appointment of three associates as partners: Nathalie Wajs, French and European Patent Attorney in the chemistry/life sciences department, based in Paris, Guillaume Durville, European Patent Attorney in the mechanics-electronics-IT department, based in Madrid, and Philippe Picard, French and European Trademark and Design Attorney and a professional representative before the EUIPO, also based in Paris, will become partners as of January 1, 2023.
Plasseraud Avocats also strengthens its position with the arrival of Sandrine Bouvier-Ravon as a partner.
Thus, Plasseraud IP pursues its development in France and internationally at a time when intellectual property is experiencing a major turning point at the European level, with the upcoming launch of the Unified Patent Court (UPC).
These nominations also demonstrate the group's commitment to promote its talents. Since 2020, Plasseraud IP has promoted 10 associates to the rank of partner with a constant strategy: to value skills and experts with varied backgrounds.
Two new partners within Plasseraud IP patents department
Nathalie Wajs is a French and European Patent Attorney.
She joined the group in 2008 and advises Plasseraud IP's clients on the development and management of their chemical patent portfolio. In this capacity, she is involved in cases related to cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, polymers, petrochemistry and catalysis for individuals, companies, and research institutes.
Nathalie has developed a recognized expertise in litigation and opposition proceedings before the EPO and has been supervising patent engineers within Plasseraud IP group for several years.
She started her career at L'Oréal group where she was in charge of a cosmetics portfolio.
Guillaume Durville is Head of the Madrid office of Plasseraud IP.
European Patent Attorney, he joined the group in 2019 and opened Plasseraud IP's office in Madrid. He advises Plasseraud IP's clients, in particular major players in IT and consumer goods sectors, on the development and management of their patent portfolios.
Guillaume has a strong international experience acquired mainly in industry, in particular during a several-year stay in California as Director of the patent department of HP Labs, then as Vice President in charge of Hewlett Packard Enterprise's entire patent portfolio following an active participation in a large-scale spin-off process between Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. Guillaume also has experience as a patent attorney in a Spanish firm, patent examiner at the EPO, patent engineer for the Procter & Gamble group in Brussels, researcher at Trinity College Dublin and, also, as an engineer in a Dublin-based start-up.
One new partner within Plasseraud IP legal department
Philippe Picard is a French Trademark and Design Attorney and a professional representative before the EUIPO, he joined Plasseraud IP in 2018. He works with clients in the sports, transportation, and agri-food sectors on the protection strategy of their intangible assets, the management and defense of their trademarks, designs and domain names portfolio. He also assists several Japanese companies in the acquisition and defense of their rights in France and in the European Union. He was a member of the examination board for the professional qualification of French patent attorneys, specialized in trademarks and designs. He also actively participates in the life of the IP profession, at a national level as a member of the Trademark and Geographical Indications Committee and as co-chairman of the Relations with IP offices Committee of the Compagnie Nationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (CNCPI) and at an international level, within the ECTA, of which he is a member of the Law Committee.
One new partner at Plasseraud Avocats
Sandrine Bouvier-Ravon is a lawyer specialized in intellectual property law.
With more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property litigation, Sandrine has acquired a solid international expertise in all areas related to patent law and, more particularly, with clients in the high-tech sector.
Sandrine has also developed a practice in copyright law with authors, publishers and designers, as well as in trademarks, designs and unfair competition.
A member of the Paris Bar since 1990, Sandrine is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of European Patent Practitioners (APEB) and teaches patent litigation at the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) in Strasbourg.
She comments: "I am delighted to join Plasseraud IP group, one of the major players in the field of intellectual property whose reputation extends beyond the borders. In the light of the current international IP market, where the main players are merging, it is obvious that today clients need to be accompanied by large groups with multidisciplinary teams. Therefore, the alliance between the expertise of patent attorneys and lawyers is a major asset and this complementarity is already a reality within Plasseraud IP. I am honored to join a strong team that shares values of excellence and commitment to its clients.”
Cyra Nargolwalla, Managing Partner, comments: "The appointment of these three associates as partners and the arrival of Sandrine, a leading patent litigator, are in line with the growth strategy of Plasseraud IP group at a time when the intellectual property landscape is undergoing a major change in Europe. Their extensive knowledge of the industry and their specific technical expertise allow us to continue to assist our clients in efficiently protecting their innovations."
About Plasseraud IP
Plasseraud IP is the 1st intellectual property group in France and a key player in Europe, with nearly 400 professionals, including 175 patent and trademark & design attorneys, lawyers, and engineers. To protect and enhance the value of intellectual property assets and to assist its clients on all issues related to patents and trademarks, the Group also includes experts in contract law, digital and personal data law, consultants active in the fight against counterfeiting and lawyers. The Group has offices in 9 French cities (Paris, Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Angoulême, Grenoble, Rennes, Strasbourg) as well as 5 international locations (Shanghai, Prague, Madrid, Alicante and Munich), and has Japanese, Chinese and Korean teams in France.