Benoît Strowel


Benoît is the Managing Partner of HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER.
Benoît has an MSc degree but is an all-round patent litigator, both in France and Belgium. He is a member of the Paris and Brussels bars and a qualified solicitor with the senior courts of England and Wales. After so many years of court presence in various jurisdictions, most of Benoît’s work is in highly complex and often cross-border matters. Benoit is skilled in navigating the various jurisdictional systems in Europe and has extensive experience coordinating multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. He also has considerable expertise in the regulatory issues facing major bio-pharmaceutical companies.

Clients include Abbvie, Biogen, Syngenta, Pfizer, GSK, Lundbeck, UCB, AstraZeneca, DSM, Zeltiq Aesthetics (now Allergan), Ceva, Merial (now Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health), Mundipharma, Genethon and Sanofi but also Conversant Wireless, Heckler & Koch and Open TV.

    • Conversant Wireless v. LGE. Assisting Conversant Wireless Licensing in the first FRAND French case before the Paris Court of appeal.
    • Ceva Santé Animale v. Bayer. Representation of Ceva Animale in France and worldwide coordination of patents cases against Bayer re Forceris.
    • DSM v. Novozymes. Representing DSM with respect to the infringement of their patent on lactase technology for dairy products.
    • Heckler & Koch v FN Herstal. Infringement by FN Herstal of Heckler & Koch’s patent on parts of automatic rifles for the police and special forces.
    • Syngenta v. Life Scientific. Re. process patents re manufacturing of azoxystrobin.
    • AstraZeneca. In various litigations against Generics re. Faslodex, Crestor and Inexium.
    • Sanofi v. Eli Lilly. Re biosimilar of Lantus in France plus European coordination.
    • Zeltiq Aesthetics (Allergan). Coordination of patent litigations regarding Cryolipolysis devices across Europe.
    • Lundbeck v. Tiefenbacher and Ratiopharm. Defending Lundbeck in nullity proceedings against their escitalopram patent.
    • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
    • The Sedona Conference
    • Federal Circuit Bar Association
    • Benoît is frequently invited to speak at conferences and seminars on patent and pharma related topics.
    • “Particularly good in court, a very good advocate.” Chambers & Partners 2021
    • “Well regarded by clients, who value his “good analysis and strategic vision” of matters.” Chambers Global 2020
    • “Very tough practitioner in pharmaceutical patent litigation.” Chambers Europe 2020
    • “Strowel thinks creatively and strategically, and is not easily fazed – if something does not work out as expected, he dives right back in and does his utmost to get patrons a successful outcome.” IAM Patent 1000 2020
    • “Has a commercial manner, knows the law, is easy to work with and responsive.” Chambers Europe 2019
    • “Strowel has a gift for steering multi-jurisdictional cases to a successful close, adding value with his in-depth regulatory knowledge.” IAM Patent 1000 2019
    • “Very experienced in developing effective strategies and will not hesitate to go out on a limb and try non-traditional arguments and procedures to win”.
      IAM Patent 1000 2019
    • “Easy to work with, pleasant, very knowledgeable and able to explain things clearly.” Chambers Europe 2018
    • “Tough litigator” Chambers Europe 2018
    • “Strategic thinker” Legal 500 2018
    • Clients appreciate his ability to “explain to businesspeople what the next steps are and how to proceed on a strategic level”. Chambers Europe 2017
    • “Accomplished” IAM Patent 1000 2017
    • “Very creative attitude towards litigation” IP Stars 2016
    • “Excellent strategic thinker” IAM Patent 1000 2016
    • Benoît Strowel advises on patent litigation in the life sciences sector. He has a biochemistry qualification and counts many leading innovative pharmaceutical companies as clients.” Chambers Europe 2016
    • Lawyer Life Sciences Patent Litigation Who’s Who Legal Award: 2016

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33 rue Vivienne
75002 Paris

Avenue des Nerviens 9-31
Nerviërslaan, 4th Floor
B-1040 Brussels

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75002 Paris

Avenue des Nerviens 9-31
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The facts


French, English, Dutch


King’s College, London (MSc, 2001)

University College of London (LLM, 1999)

Université Libre de Bruxelles/ Institut Solvay (International Trade, 1988)

Université Catholique de Louvain (International Politics and Economics, 1986 and Business Administration, 1985)

University of Leuven (Law, 1984)