Simon Christiaën

Partner at DWF (France) - Patent and IP Litigation & Dispute Resolution




  • May 02, 2015


  • Paris, France

    Active Country

  • Paris


  • English, French


  • Practice Areas

  • Specialization


Simon Christiaën, doctor of law and Partner at DWF (France), is a specialist in intellectual property and an expert in patent litigation and arbitration (infringement, revocation, validity, ownership, unexecuted contract...).

His excellent technical know-how allows him to assist both SME/SMIs and international corporate groups, and to advise in the context of complex technological content procedures as in well as in unfair competition litigation.

Simon Christiaën has developed an acclaimed domestic and international litigation practice as counsel across various industry sectors including mechanical engineering, electronics, building, information technology (IT), mechatronics, automotive, aerospace, industrial design, industrial chemistry, energy, biotechnologies (pharmaceuticals and parapharmaceuticals), medical devices, cosmetics, and food products. His expertise includes the organisation of upstream protection, analysis, due diligence, freedom-to-operate (FTO), strategic use and valuation of property rights.

Areas of expertise :
- Patent litigation and arbitration/mediation
- Intellectual property litigation and arbitration
- Private international intellectual property law
- Customs law regarding specifically IP

Work history

Partner - Patent & IP department
DWF (France)
2018 – Present (2 years) Paris

Partner - IP/IT Department
Lazareff Le Bars
2013 – 2018 (5 years) Paris

Partner - IP Department
Taylor Wessing (France)
2008 – 2013 (5 years) Paris

Director (senior manager) - IP/IT Department - Patents & Designs Cell
PwC (Landwell & Partners)
1999 – 2008 (9 years) Paris

Associate - IP Departement
Lamy Véron Ribeyre & Associés
1997 – 1999 (2 years)

Lamoureux IP law firm
1993 – 1997 (5 years)

Education and qualifications

Grenoble II Law School - France
PhD, International intellectual property law
1985 – 2005

CUERPI - UPMF - France
Postgraduate, majored in industrial property, private law, mention "industrial property"
1989 – 1991

Grenoble II Law School - France
Master's degree, Private law, options "industrial property law" and "private international law"
1985 – 1989


• Publication of two technical studies in the French specialized journal Industrial Property (LexisNexis) entitled “Is there a "no right period" for patent infringement?” (No. 3, March 2017) and “Arbitrability of litigation relating to the validity of patents in Switzerland” (n ° 6, June 2017).

• Publication of technical articles in the Medef IDF magazine (no. 51, October 2013): “The arbitrability of patent litigation”, in Les Echos (8 January 2014) “Mein kampf in the public domain: will we witness the trivialization of horror?”, in Lettre Juridique, Fiscale et Sociale (LJFS) “Infringement seizure: a French Exception”, “The Notion of ‘Insurmountable Difficulties’ Concerning Patent License”, “The Impact of Patent: between Myth and Reality”, “‘IP’ Clauses in Work Contracts”, “Patentability of E-business Procedures”, “Patents due to the Internet Assault”, In the MIDAA magazine (No. 4, May 2014), “The Benefit of arbitration as a means of resolving patent disputes”, in Option finance: “Jurisdictional Competence in the Matter of Actions for Infringement Regarding New Legal and Statutory Rules”, “Provisional Actions”, “Patent Protection in the EU, between Unity and Diversity”, “Limits of Choice of the First Filing Country in International Order” (parts I, II and III) and “Employee’s Inventions in International Order” and in the ‘Pharmaceutical Law Insight’ issue of April 2010 (vol. 6, n°4): “French intellectual property in the pharmaceutical field”.

• Interviews published in Legal 500, Décideurs juridiques, Option Droit & Affaires and Le Parisien.

• Speech “Protection Strategies by way of Patent Law”, ESDES Lyon, July 5th, 2007.

• Organizer of two sessions for the conference-debate on “Reassuring, Defense and Development of Intellectual Property” in co-operation with Landwell & Partners on 15 June and 19 October 2004.

• Speech on “The Marriage of Law and Technology” concerning the particular use of a text mining software regarding patent and design, for INVENTION MACHINE FRANCE (European User Group Meeting, 5th Conference – Sardinia, Baia Chia, 15 and 16 October 2001) and of its North American parent company.

• Author of the legal section on ‘France’ (Chapter 10) of the collective work Mastering the IP Life Cycle-Towards a Tax-efficient Management of Intellectual Property Pights”, coll. PwC, published in 2005 and updated in 2008.

• Co-editor, under the direction of M Pierre-Louis Véron, of the collective works “Law and Practice Being Carried Out” (the section on infringement seizure, coll. Dalloz Action, publ. Dalloz, November 1998) and “Infringement Seizure” (coll. Dalloz Référence, Droit de l’entreprise, publ. Dalloz, September 1999).

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