Arnaud Michel is a partner within Gide’s Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Media & Technology practice group. He headed the firm’s Brussels office from 1986 to 1993, and specialises in trademark and patent law, as well as in European law.
Arnaud is a member of several professional associations: the AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property); the AAPI (French Association for Intellectual Property practitioners); the APRAM (main French association for trademarks and models, where he was a former board member and Chairman in 2000 and 2002); the LES France (Licensing Executive Society France), where he was board member and Chairman from 2002 to 2004; and the LESI (Licensing Executive Society International), where he is Chairman of several working committees, e.g. "European", "Mediation", "Trademark", "Copyright", "Membership" and now "Nominations". Arnaud served as member of the LESI board, Vice-President (2011-2012), President Elect (2013) and President from May 2014 to April 2015). He is now Immediate Past-President of LESI.
Arnaud Michel consistently ranks as a leading expert in Intellectual Property by international legal directories Chambers (since 2002), Legal 500, Who's Who Legal, WTR 1000 and Best Lawyers.
« With a versatile team that offers both soft and hard IP skills, Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. focuses primarily on contentious work. Arnaud Michel, Emmanuel Larere and Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier all offer extensive experience in trade mark and patent disputes; while Grégoire Triet and Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry concentrate on patent work. In addition to the strong litigation practice, the team also assists with trade mark prosecution services, including the filing of trade mark applications and representation in the corresponding proceedings before relevant intellectual property offices both in France and abroad. Moreover, as part of a full-service operation, the practice is able to leverage the firm's comprehensive legal offering when expertise in other practice areas is required. In addition, Gide 255, the firm's dedicated digital transformation offering, assists clients with the challenges and opportunities brought about by the on-going digitalisation of businesses. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
« Arnaud Michel is recognised as a prominent figure in copyright and trade mark matters, representing clients in litigations and also advising on trade mark portfolio protection. He also assists with commercialisation mandates. »
Chambers Europe & Global 2021
« Arnaud Michel is an experienced practitioner acting for primarily international clients on trade mark and patent matters. Clients praise 'the clarity in his advice and his creative approach to complex IP issues.' »
Chambers Europe 2019
« Arnaud Michel advises clients on patent or trade mark infringements and unfair competition cases, and has particular experience in the healthcare space. He is described as an 'excellent lawyer' by one interviewee, for his 'knowledge, experience and speed of response.' »
Chambers Europe 2018
« Arnaud Michel has long-standing experience in IP. He mainly advises clients from the telecommunications, media and technology sectors. He is also recognised for his academic activities. He recently acted on a matter related to patent infringement, defending Merck KGaA against MSD. »
Chambers Global 2017
« Experienced practitioner Arnaud Michel is highly regarded for his French and European patent law expertise. »
Who's Who Legal 2017
« Gide Loyrette Nouel ‘knows how to best defend its clients’ interests’. The ‘high-level’ team is involved in domestic and multi-jurisdictional patent proceedings in electronics, mechanical products and pharmaceuticals. The full-service team includes the ‘excellent litigators’ Grégoire Triet, Arnaud Michel, Emmanuel Larere and Raphaëlle Dequiré-Portier. Jean-Hyacinthe de Mitry was promoted to partner.
Legal 500 EMEA 2017
« Arnaud Michel is known in the market for his long-standing experience in trade marks and his growing experience in patent disputes. »
Chambers Europe 2016
« Arnaud Michel wins commendations for his enforcement prowess; he is currently president of the Licensing Executives Society International – a prestigious position that reflects his standing in the community. »
WTR 1000 2016
« Excellent strategic thinker’ Arnaud Michel »
Legal 500 EMEA 2015
« Arnaud Michel has a leading practice in patent disputes. Interviewees state: 'He has a broad skill base and is also very personable - it is enjoyable to work with him and it helps to have someone to keep things calm. »
Chambers Europe 2015
« Arnaud Michel is fellow pillar of the IP community; his years leading Gide’s Brussels office have given him an intimate familiarity with the intricacies of European procedure. »
'WTR 1000 2015