About Me

I'm a Paris-based partner leading our Intellectual Property Group in France, with over 30 years' experience in IP. I also led the establishment of the Bird & Bird office in Lyon.

Thanks to the experience I have acquired over decades working in the sector, I have gained a deep and broad understanding of IP in various areas, on both French and international levels. I have had the chance to handle some of the most significant and complex IP litigations, with a strong focus on patents, in an extensive range of sectors such as pharmaceuticals, food, telecomms, energy, defence and automotive.

From this understanding, I have drawn some simple rules on what the perfect IP litigator's skillset should be: a great sense of the strategy, based on a simple and practical view of the case; a wise and innovative understanding of the legal issue; and perseverance. I have often experienced how a fair balance of perseverance, and a strong understanding of both the legal and factual background, can make a difference in terms of creating a winning strategy. However, the decisive factor in all cases is the collaborative relationships that are set with the client.

Besides my practicing as a lawyer, I am a Professor at CEIPI in Strasbourg, a lecturer at Centre Paul Roubier and teach regularly at Montpellier Law University.

In addition, I am a member of the board of AAPI (French IP litigators association) and other many professional organisations including APEB, EPLAW, APRAM, GRAPI and AIPPI, where I am Honorary President of its French Group.

Before joining Bird & Bird, I was an IP partner in a French law firm.
Education

Studied

  • Université Lyon III, Master's Degree/DEA/DESS/Law

Admissions

  • Paris Bar in 1981
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Yves Bizollon is active in patent litigation and advises clients from a range of sectors, including telecoms. One interviewee says: 'I am always impressed by his knowledge of the topics and how he can present them and make them understandable,' adding: 'He is a real support'.

Chambers Europe 2018

Yves Bizollon stands out for his 'proactive and pragmatic approach'.

Legal 500 Europe 2018

Yves Bizollon is "an excellent lawyer" according to sources, who admire his skilful handling of complex cross-border patent cases across a range of industry sectors.

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