Olivia Bernardeau-PaupePARIS, January 30, 2023 – Dechert LLP announced today that Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe has joined the firm as an intellectual property partner based in Paris. Continuing the firm’s global growth, the addition of Ms. Bernardeau-Paupe strengthens the firm’s intellectual property capabilities in France and internationally.

Ms. Bernardeau-Paupe has been advising international clients on intellectual property matters for more than 20 years, with a focus on copyright, trademark, industrial design, and unfair competition law. Her practice focuses on complex issues in national and multi-jurisdictional IP litigation. She negotiates intellectual property contracts both for standalone matters and in the context of global M&A and JV transactions. Her experience also allows her to assist clients in the strategic management of their intellectual property rights portfolios and their defense, including collaborating with customs authorities.

Ms. Bernardeau-Paupe advises international clients from a wide range of industries, such as consumer goods, luxury goods (fashion and cosmetics), electronics (hardware and software), audio-visual, publishing, e-commerce, automotive, and finance. She also actively represents clients in the life sciences sector, including the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Chair of Dechert’s Intellectual Property group, Jeff Plies, said: “Olivia is a skilled litigator who has substantial international experience of both advisory and litigation matters. She brings with her a wealth of expertise that will further expand the firm’s IP and life sciences capabilities globally. We are thrilled to welcome her to the firm.”

Mélanie Thill-Tayara, co-managing partner of Dechert’s Paris office and co-lead of the firm’s Life Sciences practice, said: “France has one of the world’s most active IP sectors, and there is a growing demand from clients for intellectual property expertise, so we are delighted to welcome a lawyer of Olivia’s calibre to the team.”

Ms. Bernardeau-Paupe commented: “I am excited to join Dechert’s IP group, leveraging the firm’s global platform to advise clients on their most complex IP matters. In addition to the excellent reputation of the firm’s global IP practice, which platform is a considerable asset for our clients, the synergies between the different departments are what brought me here.”

Dechert’s global IP practice is known for maximizing the commercial value of its clients’ intellectual property. Its lawyers have extensive experience assisting companies with monetizing and extracting value from their IP portfolios, including managing strategic worldwide licensing campaigns and representing clients in both defensive and enforcement litigation around the world.

Ms. Bernardeau-Paupe will join the Dechert team in its new Paris office at the historic and eco-friendly premises of Maison Bayard. The new office is located at 22 rue Bayard, Paris 8e, between avenue Montaigne and place François 1er, which is the first modular wood-frame building in the golden triangle.

With 70 lawyers, the Paris office is an essential part of Dechert’s global network, with capabilities in corporate/M&A, international arbitration, litigation, white collar crime and compliance, antitrust/competition, regulatory, intellectual property, finance real estate, tax, labor and employment and financial services matters.


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