The Firm

Chambers & Partners Europe 2012 :
"This media boutique is well recognized on the French market. It has specialized publishing expertise, and is also highlighted by peers for its activity in entertainment media"."

The Firm is a standard of reference in the fields of Intellectual Property and Press law, and was a winner at the 2009 and 2011 Law Awards and highlighted as "excellent" by Decideurs 2012 in the fields of Music, Press and Publishing.

Founded in 1991, jblm avocats is a law firm dedicated to media, design and the Art world.

Its founders, Josée-Anne Bénazéraf and Laurent Merlet, are reputed for their wealth of experience in Media law and Intellectual Property law.

Josée-Anne Bénazéraf is particularly active in questions of copyright, Internet law, trademarks and unfair competition, while Laurent Merlet concentrates his practice on press law, film and art.

They worked together alongside Georges Kiejman, taking over the running of his firm and, for more than twenty years now, bringing their skills to a varied clientele made up of designers, businesses and institutions involved in the creative industries.

The Firm concentrates mainly on civil litigation, but is also active in criminal cases, particularly where the press, counterfeiting and product piracy are involved.

It also performs an important advisory role, particularly in pre-litigation situations where the experience of the Firm is regularly called upon to draw up a strategy prior or with a view to future litigation.

The team has a solid professional experience and extensive skills across the range of sectors in the creative industries. Being in touch with the developments in technology that affect the way in which information is distributed is vital: that is why the Firm is closely involved with the committees that have been set up to monitor these developments – whether these be regulatory, statutory or case-law based - and their impact on intellectual property issues.