UK: Lovells' IP Practice Expands Further, In Paris And Amsterdam
Last Updated: 5 June 2001
Article by Mr Edmund McMahon Turner

Lovells' European intellectual property practice is growing further with two significant laterals hires. Dominique Ménard is joining Lovells as a partner in the firm's Paris office on 4 June, while Jaap Spoor joined the firm as a consultant in the Amsterdam office on 1 June. It is the fourth lateral hire at partner level for the Paris office this year, and the second senior lateral hire for the Amsterdam office since the announcement of the merger (now completed) between Lovells and Ekelmans Den Hollander.

Dominique Ménard, formerly a partner with the Paris law firm Dubarry Le Douarin Veil and head of its IP practice, is one of the best known patent litigators in France and is also highly regarded in other areas of IP litigation. He is particularly well known for his work in the pharmaceutical industry, where he has handled a number of complex patent and know-how litigation cases.

He joins a practice, which has grown from one IP lawyer in 1997 to a present total of 15 lawyers (including three partners). Lovells' IP practice is now one of the largest in France, with particular strengths in trade mark law and domain name registration and management. Patent enforcement strategies for technology-based multi-nationals – one of Dominique's strengths - is expected to be one of its main future growth areas.

Jaap Spoor was formerly with Van Doorne. He is also well known as a distinguished academic, being Professor of Intellectual Property at Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam. He joins Lovells' IP practice in Amsterdam, which, as with the Paris IP practice, is both a stand-alone practice area and a key element in the full service provided to clients of the corporate team on M&A transactions.

Commenting for the IP practice, Robert Anderson said:

"Lovells' IP practice is one of the strengths of our full-service offering. Dominique's arrival ensures that we have a major patent presence in France as well as in the three other main European patent jurisdictions – Germany, the Netherlands and the UK – and can offer our clients a co-ordinated approach to patent litigation across the continent. We are delighted also to welcome Jaap, who is well known to specialists in the IP field as a Professor of Intellectual Property at Vrije Universiteit and as a distinguished practitioner."

Robert Follie, managing partner of Lovells Paris office, commented:

"Dominique is a first class IP litigator and well known in Paris as one of the most internationally focussed of his peer group. He fits exceptionally well with the IP practice here in Paris, which serves both a French-based clientele with international needs and international clients with interests in France. We are unusual in being able to offer a pan-European IP service, and this is where Dominique will come into his own."

Bert Oosting, joint managing partner of Lovells Amsterdam office, added:

"We are delighted to have the benefit of Jaap's immense technical knowledge, based on his work as an academic, and also his understanding of legal practice. This comes both from his own work as a practising lawyer and that on behalf of the profession in his many and varied roles on our key professional bodies. It is a rare combination."

Notes For Editors

  1. Dominique Ménard (52) qualified in 1974 and spent five years as an associate with Bâtonniers Mario Stasi and Jean-René Farthouat before starting his own practice. He joined Dubarry Le Douarin Veil in 1988, and has been head of their IP group ever since. Dominique is a past President of the French association of IP lawyers, APRAM, and is well known as a commentator in the press and at international conferences.
  2. Jaap Spoor (59) qualified as a lawyer in 1966. He has been with Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam since 1966 and became Professor of Intellectual Property in 1987. He has worked for several Dutch government departments, and was also with Van Doorne and its predecessor firms. He is President of the Association for Copyright Law and author of several leading IP publications.
  3. Lovells' IP practice now numbers 30 partners and about 90 other fee earners in Europe. These figures include 6 internal promotions to the partnership as of 1 May, and the lateral hire of a number of assistants, notably Francesca Rolla and Silvia Stabilé in Milan (notpreviously announced) and a team of three led by Olga Bezroukova in Moscow (announced in February).

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