Thomas Bouvet


Jones Day
2, rue Saint- Florentin
75001 Paris

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Thomas Bouvet has more than 20 years of experience in patent, trade secret, and plant variety rights litigation and is listed regularly among the best patent lawyers in France. His track record in enforcing and defending patents, for start-up or international groups, is significant.

Thomas has worked as lead trial counsel on high-profile matters in almost all fields of technology, including life sciences (drugs, biotechnologies, diagnostics, medical devices), chemistry, and electronics, as well as transportation, construction material, mechanics, consumer products, and leisure goods, most of them with a cross-border dimension. He advises on specific issues raised by supplementary protection certificates and standard essential patents. Thomas works closely with clients to establish policies regarding the protection of trade secrets or compensation for employee inventions and is regularly involved in the drafting of research, transfer of technology, and license agreements.

Thomas is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Rhône-Alpes Group for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRAPI, former president), the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW), and the French association of industrial property litigators (AAPI). He is an administrator of Centre Paul Roubier, a research and training organization in industrial property law.

Thomas is the author of a doctoral thesis on The Legal Protection of Vegetal Innovation and coauthor of Saisie-contrefaçon (Dalloz, 3nd edition 2013) and Droit et pratique des voies d’exécution (Dalloz Action, 2004-2005). He is also author of the French chapters of Global Patent Litigation: How and Where to Win (Bloomberg BNA, 2014) and of Patent Protection for Second Medical Uses (Wolters Kluwer, Second Edition, 2020).

Honours & Distinctions

Listed regularly among the best IP-patent lawyers in France in Chambers GlobalChambers EuropeWho’s Who LegalThe Legal 500 EMEA, and IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals

Listed as a leading individual in Legal 500: “Jones Day impresses clients with its ‘promptness, short turnaround times and clear communication,’ which one client finds personified in practice co-head Thomas Bouvet”

Jones Day, one of few global firms with a full-service Intellectual Property Practice, offers more than 220 professionals who leverage courtroom skills, strategic business acumen, and technology prowess to win cases, build IP portfolios, close major technology transactions, and craft innovative solutions for your IP issues.

  • We relentlessly pursue our clients’ business interests in litigation by teaming our most experienced trial lawyers with our scientifically trained patent lawyers and our leading appellate advocates.
  • Partnering with clients, we provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to achieve business objectives.
  • We have achieved for our clients, trial wins at the ITC with multibillion-dollar stakes (Reynolds, SK Innovation); several billion-dollar jury verdicts, including the top verdict in a patent case (Juno, Idenix); significant arbitration wins (REGENXBIO); and key successes at the Federal Circuit (Google, J&J, Merck, Takeda, PI Advanced Materials, and U.S. Bank) and the Supreme Court (SAS).
  • Clients turn to our One Firm Worldwide approach to litigate complex, multijurisdictional patent disputes and handle their strategic IP transactions across Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States.
  • Applying litigation-tested methods, we develop high-value patent portfolios for some of the world’s largest life sciences and technology companies.

Jones Day has a history of more than 125 years and a culture of client service and professionalism based on explicit shared values. These values include providing pro bono legal services, building diversity in our profession, and supporting outreach efforts around the world.

Jones Day has a long history of, and commitment to, pro bono work, public service, and community involvement in all of our locations around the world. Because of that commitment, pro bono and public service matters undertaken by Jones Day are provided the same level of attention and professional dedication that we provide to matters undertaken on behalf of paying clients.

At Jones Day you’ll see lawyers from diverse backgrounds leading client engagements, practice groups, and offices around the world. We are committed to recruiting, retaining and advancing highly qualified diverse lawyers and have set priorities in entry level recruitment, lateral recruitment, development and retention of minority and female lawyers, and diversity mentoring, training and awareness.

Thomas Bouvet enters the ranking this year. His practice encompasses patent infringement proceedings and regulatory advice. A client describes him as “a very impressive and a very clear-thinking lawyer.
Chambers & Partners