Hoyng Monegier is a European IP firm established by former Howrey partners William Hoyng and Denis Monégier du Sorbier in 2011. It has offices in the capitals of the Netherlands, Belgium, Madrid and France. The Paris branch is led by revered litigator Monégier du Sorbier, who peers consider "one of the best lawyers in France". Despite its young age, the firm is among the elite of the country's patent practices, thanks to the work and expertise of Monégier du Sorbier. And, while not yet on a par with its reputation in patents, in trade marks too it has grown in prominence. In patents, it's instructed by Philips and Freyssinet, and in trade marks it acts for L'Oréal among others.
The firm joins the trade mark contentious rankings after recommendations from peers and clients and some recent successes in this area. "It is certainly involved in some major cases," says one peer. Another highlights partner Sophie Micallef.
One example of the firm's trade mark work was Micallef and Monégier du Sorbier's defence of L'Oréal against a trade mark infringement suit brought by Make Up Forever (part of the LVMH Group) which claimed the use of a trade mark by one of L'Oréal's subsidiaries was in breach of a coexistence agreement.
On the patent side, the firm has also secured some positive decisions for clients. Monégier du Sorbier helped Saint-Gobain win its pan-European patent infringement suit against Knauf in early 2012. The decision was contrary to two earlier decisions in Germany and Belgium that found there had been no infringement.
Clients are universally positive about their experience with the firm, particularly of working with Monégier du Sorbier. "He's very accessible, he gives a lot of time to his clients and he gets very good results," explains one. His technical understanding is another reason he is so valued. "He is a lawyer, but he is like an engineer. He really understands the how and why of technical matters," says another client.