Marianne Schaffner

Marianne Schaffner is our exclusively recommended IP Law expert in France on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Marianne directly using the contact details listed above.

Marianne Schaffner is a partner in our Paris office. She heads the Intellectual Property team in Paris and the Patent practice in Europe.

Marianne is a well-known intellectual property litigation lawyer. She is recognized for coordinating and managing complex national and transnational patent, trade secrets and trademark disputes in the healthcare, chemistry, technology and telecommunications sectors.

She assists clients in negotiating intellectual property agreements, in defining employees’ inventions compensation policies and in evaluating their IP portfolios to strengthen their position in mergers and acquisitions, LBOs, financing transactions and initial public offerings.

Having studied and worked in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, she has extensive knowledge of both the European and American judicial systems.

Marianne Schaffner is repeatedly ranked by Chambers Global and Chambers Europe and is regularly ranked in Legal 500 EMEA, Décideurs, Stratégie Finance Droit among the Top Leaders.

Finally, Marianne is a lecturer in the Master 2 of Intellectual Property Law of University Paris-Est and also teaches at the Ecole de Formation du Barreau de Paris (Paris Bar School).


  • Université Paris II – Panthéon – Assas, Paris, 1995, D.E.S.S., Intellectual Property Law
  • Université Paris II – Panthéon – Assas, Paris, 1994, DEA, Community Law
  • Université Paris II – Panthéon – Assas, Paris, 1993, Master, Corporate and German Law (Programme with Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich)

Professional Admissions & Qualifications

  • Paris

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Member of the Association of Intellectual Property Lawyers (AAPI)
  • Member of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW)
  • Member of the Association of Practitioners of European Patents (APEB)
  • Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member of the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)
  • Chairwoman of the Regulated Sectors Committee of APRAM.
  • Member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES)


  • Dutch
  • French
  • English
  • German

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