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Charles Tuffreau



Tuffreau Charles
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.

"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)

Rising Star
IP Star 2020-2021

"Counsel Charles Tuffreau provides key support." Legal 500 EMEA 2020 – France (HEALTHCARE & LIFE SCIENCES)

Life Sciences Firm of the Year (France) - LMG LIFE SCIENCES AWARDS EUROPE 2020

Winner in the category of  - Patent - France
Finance Monthly 2020

Rising Star - IP STARS –FRANCE 2018

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News: 30 JULY 2021

Allen & Overy advises Wren House on its acquisition of a majority stake in Almaviva Santé

Allen & Overy advised the global investment fund specialized in infrastructure financing Wren House in the context of its entry into exclusive negotiations with Antin Infrastructure Partners for the…

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Blog Post: 14 JULY 2020

CJEU – The Grand Chamber reverses the Neurim decision

In a landmark decision dated 9 July 2020 concerning the Santen case (C‑673/18), the Grand Chamber of the CJEU clearly reverses the Neurim decision (C‑130/11) and ruled that a MA cannot be considered…

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Blog Post: 22 JANUARY 2020

EU Advocate General suggests pay-for-delay settlement agreements may be an abuse of dominant position

In an opinion issued on 22 January 2020 in the case Generics (UK) Ltd e.a. vs. Competition and Markets Authority (C 307/18), Advocate General Kokott proposes that the Court of Justice of the European…

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Publications: 15 NOVEMBER 2019

First French anti-anti-suit injunction: don't tell me what I can't do!

Following on from the first German anti-anti-suit injunction issued a few weeks ago in the Nokia v. Continental case, the Paris First Instance court did just the same in IPCom v. Lenovo.

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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