Catherine Muyl Joins Foley Hoag AARPI (Paris) as Partner

Expands Intellectual Property and Information Technology Practices to Paris office.

July 8, 2015

Foley Hoag AARPI has announced the arrival of partner Catherine Muyl, who is resident in the firm’s Paris office. Muyl will expand Foley Hoag’s intellectual property and information technologies (IP/IT) practice to its Paris office.

A member of the Paris Bar, Muyl has experience in intellectual property law that spans over 20 years. She focuses on litigation concerning patents, trademarks, copyrights, registered designs, software and related rights, and designs and models. Muyl represented clients in infringement and unfair competition cases, cancellation actions and actions for the transfer of ownership of patents. Her practice also includes trademark prosecution, domain name disputes and procedures before the French Trademark Office. Many of Muyl’s clients are U.S. companies and their French subsidiaries. Muyl previously worked at large U.S. law firms and joins Foley Hoag AARPI from European firm Taylor Wessing.

"The firm's goal of developing an IP/IT practice in Paris to complement its excellent IP practice in the United States attracted me to Foley Hoag," said Muyl. "The firm’s strength in arbitration was another appeal, because arbitration is becoming increasingly important in resolving intellectual property disputes. I look forward to being part of the Paris office and working closely with my colleagues in Paris and the United States."

Coinciding with Muyl's arrival, Alice Berendes has joined Foley Hoag as an associate in the Paris office. Muyl and Berendes have worked together for the past several years. Berendes has extensive experience in patent and trademark litigation. She advises foreign multinational companies in various sectors such as aerospace, pharmaceuticals and consumer electronics. Berendes is a member of the Paris Bar.

"We are extremely happy to welcome Catherine and Alice to our team," said partner Bruno Leurent. "IP/IT is a strong focus of our firm, and it is a natural expansion for us to offer services in this field in France as well."

With the additions of Muyl and Berendes, Foley Hoag’s Paris office now includes eight partners (four in arbitration, three in administrative and environmental law, and one in intellectual property), one special counsel and six associates.

Foley Hoag’s Intellectual Property practice has been expanding rapidly across all of its offices. In addition to the arrivals of Muyl and Berendes in Paris, former Administrative Patent Judge of the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Scott Kamholz rejoined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office in May as a partner and co-chair of the Post-Grant Review practice. Also in May, Foley Hoag opened its New York office with the hiring of intellectual property lawyers Peter Sullivan and Walter Egbert. In June, patent prosecutors Susan Abelleira and Alexander Akhiezer joined Foley Hoag’s Boston office as partners.

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