Gaelle Bourout

Gaëlle Bourout

Counsel, Paris

"I have over 15 years' experience in patent law, having previously worked as an examiner at the European Patent Office (EPO), and then as French and European Patent Attorney in leading intellectual property and law firms."


Education and qualifications


Gaëlle is a counsel in our Intellectual Property, Technology, Medias and Telecommunications practice in Paris. A Physics and Chemistry ingénieur with a master’s degree in molecular biology, she is specialised in patent litigation and advice. Gaëlle is mainly involved in the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences sector.

She is a member of several associations including the AIPPI for which she is co-head of the French Patent Committee and Member of the Standing Committee on Patents. Gaëlle is also a member of APEB and epi.

She was seconded to a US pharmaceutical company in the UK in 2006-2007 and to a US law firm in Washington DC in 2009.

Work highlights

Previous experience includes*:

  • assisting a US research institution in defending a portfolio of 10 biotech patents in EPO oppositions against multiple opponents, as part of a pan European, multi-firm team of patent attorneys and solicitors, including liaising with US firms in connection with related proceedings
  • assisting an EU institution against patent infringement claims in France, including obtaining revocation of two patents on document authentication
  • assisting the French subsidiary of a US company against patent infringement claims based on four medical device patents
  • assisting a German company in patent infringement proceedings regarding veterinary genetic typing
  • assisting a generics company in French revocation proceedings of a pre-EPC2000 second medical use patent directed to a dosage regimen, as part of a pan European litigation
*Prior to joining Linklaters

Education and qualifications

Gaëlle holds a Master's in IP Law (Master de Droit Privé, M2, Propriété Industrielle) from Paris II Assas (2011).

She qualified as a European Patent Attorney, EQE, in 2007 and as a French Patent Attorney, Conseil en Propriété Industrielle, in 2006. Gaëlle obtained a degree in Patent Law, from CEIPI, Université de Strasbourg (2003).

Gaëlle also holds a DEA (Master’s Degree) in Molecular Biology of the Cell, from Paris XI Orsay and an “ingénieur” degree, focused on Physics and Chemistry from ESPCI Paris (2000).