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Sandra Cabanne

Sandra Cabanne
Founding partner
sandra.cabanne@scan.law
+33 (0)1 47 64 69 85

Experience

Sandra started her career as a criminal lawyer working for Léon Lef Forster, before becoming a member of the SNCF’s legal team, working both as a lawyer and manager of SNCF-Voyages’ intellectual property department. She then joined a French law firm as a senior manager in intellectual property law, before joining Clairmont Avocats, where she was appointed partner in March 2013.

On 1st October 2017, Sandra Cabanne launched a new law firm with business partner Alexandre Nappey and their team.

And so SCAN AVOCATS came into existence, with its main office in Paris and two branch offices in Bordeaux, Lyon and Strasbourg.

Qualifications

  • 2008: Degree in ‘Trademarks, Designs and Models’, Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies [‘CEIPI’], Strasbourg University.
  • 2003: Admitted to the Paris Bar.
  • 1999: Criminology Institute, Panthéon Assas (Paris II) University.
  • 1998: Master’s degree [‘DEA’] in Criminal law and criminal politics in Europe, Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I) University.
  • 1997: Postgraduate diploma [‘Maitrise’] in Private Law Panthéon Assas (Paris II) University, Postgraduate diploma in Private Law with a specialisation in legal careers, Panthéon Assas (Paris II) University.

Skills

Sandra provides clients with legal advice and representation on:

  • Intellectual Property (including trademarks, designs and models, authors’ rights, copyright, anti-counterfeiting and audits of intellectual property law rights);
  • Information Technology (including domain names, the internet, and e-commerce, personal data and e-reputation);
  • Contracts (including transfers, licences, trademark co-existence agreements, letters of consent, confidentiality agreements, transactions, letters of undertaking, co-ownership agreements, franchise agreements, distribution contracts, consortium agreements and domain name charters);
  • Audits of intellectual property;
  • Unfair competition;
  • Advertising law;
  • Protection of employees’ inventions and creations.

Sandra acts for all French and foreign companies of all sizes, from small businesses to global corporations. Their businesses are highly varied and includes transport, insurance, retirement pensions, fast-food, luxury goods and jewellery.

Sandra represents clients before the civil, criminal and administrative courts in France (including the INPI), in Europe (EUIPO) and worldwide (WIPO). And also before national and international arbitration jurisdictions (the French AFNIC and the WIPO).

Sandra provides intellectual property law training for organisations approved for continuing professional development. She also teaches on the law of inventions and creations of employees at University level and acts as a tutor for the French INPI’s Master Class programme.

Languages

French and English.

Associations

APRAM, INTA, APAA and MARQUES.

Ranking

  • WTR 2020: « Co-founders Sandra Cabanne and Alexandre Nappey run a tight ship. Cabanne can be called on to advise on all manner of IP disputes and contractual issues, as well as unfair competition and advertising law mandates ».
    • Leading individual : enforcement and litigation
    • Leading individual : prosecution and strategy
  • Sandra Cabanne has been successfully chosen as a winner of the 2020 International Advisory Experts Award : Intellectual Property in France
  • WTR 2019 : « Sandra Cabanne has these qualities (i.e. a combination of technical knowledge, commercial sense and pragmatism) in abundance ».
    • Leading individual : enforcement and litigation
    • Leading individual : prosecution and strategy
  • Sandra Cabanne has been successfully chosen as a winner of the 2019 International Advisory Experts Award : Intellectual Property in France
  • WTR 2018: “Sandra Cabanne at SCAN Avocats has the magic touch for portfolio building as well as extensive courtroom experience”.
    • Leading individual : enforcement and litigation
    • Leading individual : prosecution and strategy
  • WTR 2017 : “Sandra Cabanne operates flawlessly on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide and brings valuable design and unfair competition law knowledge to the table.”
    • Leading individuals : prosecution and strategy
  • WTR 1000 2016 :  “ Sandra makes her WTR1000 debut this year : “her advice is accurate and efficient and she’s very responsive – she’s someone for emergencies”
    • Leading individuals : prosecution and strategy
  • LEGAL 500 2016 : « Sandra Cabanne s’illustre par ‘sa forte implication auprès des clients’, ‘sa parfaite connaissance de la procédure pénale, sa ténacité et sa force de proposition qui font avancer les choses’. »
  • LEGAL 500 2015 : « La ‘très disponible et compétente en droit des marques’ Sandra Cabanne qui possède également une forte expertise en droit pénal »
  • LEGAL 500 2014 : « la ‘sympathique et dynamique’ Sandra Cabanne qui est ‘extrêmement informée et percutante’ »
  • LEGAL 500 2013 : « la ‘dynamique et passionnée‘ Sandra Cabanne témoigne ‘d’une grande perspicacité dans la compréhension des besoins du client ‘ ».