Colin Devinant's practice centers on national and international patent litigation. He has experience working on contentious and noncontentious matters in France and abroad (Germany, U.S., UK) for start-up and international groups involving patent rights across many technical fields (mechanics, chemistry, electronics, cosmetics, packaging, transports, consumer products, medical devices, agrochemical products, construction, biosimilars, and generics).
Colin's primary focus is on patent validity and infringement litigation as well as on compensation for employee inventions and patent ownership claims. He regularly drafts and negotiates confidentiality, license, research, and technology transfer agreements and also performs IP due diligence in support of M&A and private equity deals.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2018, Colin practiced patent litigation and IP due diligence in the Paris office of a U.S.-based international law firm and interned at a leading French patent litigation firm in Paris. His previous experience also includes serving as an intern in the IP legal department of a leading French research university, where he drafted and negotiated R&D agreements, as well as for a French patent and trademark prosecution firm.
Colin has authored several publications discussing patent litigation, notably regarding software patents, generics, and the Unified Patent Court.
Colin is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and the French Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AFPPI).
He is a lecturer at the Cape Sup intensive bar exam program in Lyon, where he is in charge of preparing trainee-lawyer candidates for the final English oral exam.
- École des Avocats de la Région Rhône-Alpes (CAPA 2016); Université de Montpellier (Diploma in Arbitration 2015; Runner-up, 2015 Lyon Lawyer's School Moot Court); Université Jean Moulin Lyon III (LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law 2012; Bachelor's in Private Law 2008); Sydney Law School (LL.M. in International Law cum laude 2011); Edouard Lambert Comparative Law Institute (Certificates of Specialized Studies in American Law and English Law 2010)
- Paris Bar and court admissions: all French civil and commercial jurisdictions and the Unified Patent Court (UPC)
- French and English