Bird & Bird Appoints Head of IP in Paris


Heavyweight Lawyer Strengthens International IP Capability

International law firm, Bird & Bird, has appointed Intellectual Property law expert Isabelle Leroux, as head of its IP group in Paris. Isabelle joins from French law firm, Dubarry Le Douarin Veil (DLV) where she has been head of the IP group.

Isabelle will be joining Bird & Bird with over 15 years experience handling a wide range of intellectual property litigation, transactional and advisory matters including patents, trade marks, copyright, design rights and confidential information. She began her career as an Industrial Property Attorney covering issues such as trade marks, designs and copyrights as a partner in one of the major advisory firms in France with responsibility for their Trade Marks and Designs departments and their foreign department. Isabelle requalified as both a lawyer and litigator (avocat a la Cour) over six years ago and joined Paris law firm Dubarry Le Douarin Veil in 1997 as a partner and has been head of the IP group since the beginning of 2001.

Commenting on Isabelle's appointment, managing partner of Bird & Bird's Paris office, Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol said:

"Intellectual property is one of the key sectors in which Bird & Bird is active and around which the firm has consolidated a formidable international reputation. As such we have been very keen to appoint a partner to head the IP department here in France to better serve our international clients. Isabelle brings with her a wealth of experience and we are very pleased that she will be joining us".

Isabelle Leroux adds:

"I am delighted to join Bird & Bird because of its dynamic response to the needs of its clients. The field of intellectual property is in a constant state of flux and becoming more and more complex. Bird & Bird has demonstrated a high level of know-how in this area and has a culture in which strategy, international presence and pro-activity are deep rooted values."

Morag Macdonald, head of Bird & Bird's international Intellectual Property Group, said:

"We are delighted to have Isabelle on board. Her outstanding credentials and experience will not only enable us to offer a high quality IP capability in Paris but will also complement our strong international IP practice which now comprises 49 lawyers in five countries in Europe and Asia. This represents a significant step in the development of our international IP practice facilitating multi-jurisdictional services which are increasingly demanded by our IP clients".

Bird & Bird's Paris office was established in January 2000 by Paris Managing Partner, Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol and a team of 10 lawyers. The Paris office now has over 40 lawyers and offers a full service with a sector-focus on IT, communications, e-commerce and IP and has received top rankings in leading qualitative surveys.