Jean-Francois Merdignac

Jean-François Merdrignac

Managing Associate, Paris

"I advise and assist international clients in highly strategic national and pan-European patent, trademark and design litigations, and provide responsive, technically sound and commercially focused advice on all intellectual property aspects of M&A transactions and complex restructuring."

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Published works

Overview

Jean-François advises international clients on their intellectual property rights enforcement strategies and is notably used to manage cross-border patent and trademark litigations. He has a particular expertise in the pharmaceutical field and has a significant experience and knowledge of the electronic sector.

Jean-François also assists clients with negotiating and drafting contracts related to intellectual property rights. He notably advises banks, private equity funds and companies in all intellectual property issues raised by M&A transactions and complex restructuring operations.

Prior to joining Linklaters in Paris, Jean-François worked within a European intellectual property boutique in Paris. He also completed internships in French and European law firms, and in a major company in the cosmetic industry.

Work highlights
  • Advising a mechanical and engineering group in the course of a bidding process for purchasing the defence activity of a major automotive group.
  • Advising a private equity fund in a bidding process for purchasing the generic branch of a major innovative laboratory.
  • Advising a public investment fund with respect to a transitional trademark license agreement to be entered into by a major hotel company and the subsidiary handling the assigned business.

Professional experience

Jean-François is an active member of the Pro Bono and Community Investment team. He is an associate Member of the AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) and of the ACE (Lawyer Legal Counsel, intellectual property and sports law).

Education and qualifications

Jean-François holds a master’s degree in international business law from the University of Law and Political Sciences of Rennes I. He is also graduated from the University of Exeter (LL.M International Business Law).

Published works

P. Debré, J-F. Merdrignac, “Applying statutes of limitations to patent revocations in France”, November 9, 2017, EPLAW Patent Blog