Firm expands international IP practice with two new partners in Paris

03 Jan 2018

IP team led by Marina Cousté moves from Reed Smith

Simmons & Simmons has announced further growth in its international IP practice. IP partners, Marina Cousté and François Jonquères joined the Simmons & Simmons' Paris office on 18 December 2017.

Marina Cousté

Marina Cousté was previously the head of Reed Smith's IP Group in Paris and Europe. As a highly recommended lawyer, Marina handles strategic patent and trade mark matters for leading organisations within the life sciences sector and for leading actors in patent wars of the telecommunications and electronic sectors.

François Jonquères

François Jonquères, PhD, is a patent specialist covering a range of sectors including technology, biotechnology and chemistry.

As a team, both Marina and François together with Romain Viret, Of Counsel, have a significantly diverse and busy portfolio and have developed significant expertise in consumer goods, electronics and telecommunications, as well as life sciences and pharmaceutical products, chemicals and biotechnology. They are best known for their work in patents (in particular they have been involved in one of the first FRAND matters in France in the telecom wars); trade mark and design, copyright and domain names and other IP-related signs.

Directories describe Marina as an “aggressive and exceptionally talented patent litigator” with “superb skills in patent litigation”. Legal 500 describes Marina and François as “excellent and very knowledgeable professionals who are sensitive to the manner in which to present a case”.

Simmons & Simmons' existing soft IP practice which has been described by WTR 1000 as a full service powerhouse, and a prime pick for multinationals, is led by Soft IP partner Sarah Bailey assisted by senior associate Frédérique Potin. Sarah has been referred to as "super-smart" by directories and as being as "comfortable in the courtroom as she is devising long-term trade mark strategies". The two teams together will create a leading team in the French market for patents, trade marks, design, copyright and licensing.

Simmons & Simmons has been at the forefront of IP law and practice for more than 35 years, with over 70 lawyers in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The team advises clients, predominantly in the life sciences and TMT sectors, on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious issues from multi-jurisdictional patent litigation to trade marks, copyright, privacy and IP transactions.

In May 2017 Simmons & Simmons hired Michael Burdon, IP partner and ex-head of Olswang's European patent litigation team, together with Of Counsel, Priya Nagpal.

Commenting on the moves, head of IP, Rowan Freeland says: "We have had a well-regarded Brands and Trade Marks Team in Paris, led by Sarah Bailey, for many years. I am delighted that they are now being joined by two such highly-rated patent litigators as Marina and François. Their arrival reinforces our position as a strong and solid practice acting for many of the world's major companies. We are all looking forward to working with the new team."

France country head, Jacques-Antoine Robert said: "Marina is one of the best patent litigators in France and François a star in his field, together they enhance the strength and depth of Simmons & Simmons international IP practice and I believe this is a very exciting time for the firm."

International head of dispute resolution, Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff also commented: "This is the third lateral hire for the international IP team in the last year and reflects the continued growth of our practice and sector strategy."

Simmons & Simmons has made 28 lateral partner hires in the last 12 months and 13 partner promotions.

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