Partner - Allen & Overy LLP
Laëtitia has a wealth of expertise in all intellectual property areas including patents, trademarks, copyright and unfair competition issues, both contentious and non-contentious.
As a patent litigator, Laëtitia has acted in numerous high-profile international patent disputes, notably for pharmaceutical and high-tech companies, and is recognised for her innovative approach and for breaking new ground.
On the Life Sciences front, she has unique experience on the French market being able to advise on pharmaceutical regulatory issues and their interplay with intellectual property law: she has been involved in a number of complex, market-leading, high-value patent litigation, which raises issues of concern for the whole pharmaceutical industry.
In the hi-tech sector, Laëtitia has deep experience having acted in most of the French high-profile cases, in particular with respect to SEPs (standard essential patents) relating to key market technology (3G, MP3, DVB-T) and telecom patent disputes.
She has received numerous awards recognising her achievements in this field (e.g. she was recently ranked as IP Star in Patent and Trademark categories and Top 250 woman in IP by Managing IP 2016 – 2017, as well as Best Lawyers in France by Intellectual Property Law 2017, and Expert by Who’s Who Legal Patent and Who’s Who Legal France 2016).
“Laëtitia Bénard is described by clients as « very impressive » and « very knowledgeable about the pharmaceutical industry as a whole. »– CHAMBERS & PARTNERS PHARMA/LIFE SCIENCES FRANCE – 2018