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Charles Tuffreau



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Charles Tuffreau



Charles is a Counsel in the Litigation and Intellectual Property department of Allen & Overy Paris.

Charles’ practise focuses on Intellectual Property related matter, and he has a particular expertise in patent litigation thanks to his dual qualifications as a lawyer and a qualified representative before the European Patent Office.

His practice covers notably the fields of life sciences, telecommunications, mechanics and energy. He brings to his department a cutting-edge expertise on validity and infringement issues, and more generally masters the strategic and procedural aspects of intellectual property litigation (in particular cross-border litigations, preliminary injunction proceedings, infringement seizures, etc.).

Charles began his career in a patent attorney law firm, where he practiced for more than five years. In particular, he was in charge of drafting patent applications and handling examination and opposition proceedings before the French and European Patent Offices. He has advised numerous research organizations in the development of their patent portfolios, subsidiaries of large multinational companies as well as small and medium-sized companies. He has also conducted several opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office. 

Charles holds a Master’s degree in mechanical and electronic engineering from ICAM (Institut Catholique d’Arts & Métiers). He also holds a Master’s degree in business law from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University. He regularly gives conferences on patent law and the Unified Patent Court. He is a member of AIPPI, LES and APEB.

Rising star
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 (Intellectual Property: Patents)

"Charles Tuffreau provides able support. Superb written advocacy, charming and unfailingly helpful."
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - France (Intellectual Property: Patents)

"Ones to watch in litigation"
Juve Patent 2022 - France (IP / Patent)

Rising star 2021
Managing IP - France (Intellectual Property)

"Counsel Charles Tuffreau specialises in the life sciences, engineering, energy and telecom sectors."
Legal 500 EMEA 2021 - France (Intellectual Property: Patents)

Rising Star 
Legal 500 EMEA 2021 - France (Intellectual Property: Patents)

"Counsel Charles Tuffreau provides key support." 
Legal 500 EMEA 2020 - France (Healthcare & Life Sciences)

Winner in the category of Patent
Finance Monthly 2020 - France

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Admitted to the Paris Bar, 2016

Qualified representative with the European Patent Office, 2010

Registered on the list of French qualified practitioners in IP - Patents, 2010


Paris Bar School, 2014-2015

Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Master of Law, Paris, 2013

Intellectual Property International Study Centre (CEIPI), 2008

Institut Catholique d'Arts & Métiers (ICAM), Engineer’s degree, 2006