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    9 February 2012

    The award for best thesis on patent litigation, Prix de thèse Véron & Associés, Contentieux des brevets d’invention, 2nd edition, was presented on 9 February 2012 in Paris

    The jury comprised of professors Jacques Azéma, Georges Bonet and Jacques Raynard, awarded two prizes in a tied result to:

    • Emmanuel Py, for his thesis on revocation of patent (L’annulation du brevet d’invention), soon to be published by LexisNexis Litec;
    • Caroline Rodà, for her thesis on the civil consequences of the infringement of industrial property rights (Les conséquences civiles de la contrefaçon des droits de propriété industrielle(droits français, belge, luxembourgeois, allemand, anglais), published by LexisNexis Litec, CEIPI Collection, n° 58, 2012.

    The prize amounting to 5,000 € was presented by French Judge Alice Pezard of the Cour de cassation, commercial chamber, Paris.

    The publication “Propriété industrielle” joined the Award for best thesis in offering a one-year subscription to each author, which was presented by Carole Duguer, chief editor of the publication.

    The research establishment Institut de recherche en propriété intellectuelle Henri Desbois (IRPI) also offered a one-year subscription of their publication “Propriétés intellectuelles” to each author; the subscription was presented by Michèle Bouyssi-Ruch, Director of IRPI.

    Previously awarded in 2008, the award for best thesis, Prix de thèse Véron & Associés, Contentieux des brevets d’invention, was instituted by this law firm specialised in patent litigation.

    Pierre Véron, managing partner, expressed the following at the prize-giving ceremony: “Our intention in instituting this award was to encourage legal research in the field of patent litigation but also to promote French legal thinking. The high quality theses awarded this year treated important subjects in the area of patent litigation, namely invalidity (because some patents are declared invalid by the courts and the consequence is sometimes hard to appreciate) and infringement sanctions (a matter of concern for companies facing infringement of their patent rights).”