Matthieu Dhenne Cabinet Dhenne avocat
Matthieu Dhenne Cabinet Dhenne avocat

Matthieu Dhenne

Partner - UPC Representative

Matthieu DHENNE est Avocat au Barreau de Paris depuis 2014. Il a fondé Dhenne Avocats en 2018. Matthieu se concentre sur la propriété intellectuelle, le droit des brevets et les secrets des affaires.

Thus, he advises and represents his clients, primarily for issues related to patent law. For example, in the fields of computer science, FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory) licensing, chemistry, life sciences, electronic devices, medical devices, and mechanical inventions, as well as employee inventions.


Matthieu est Docteur en droit des brevets (Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas), il est titulaire d’un Master II Droit de la propriété industrielle (CEIPI, Strasbourg), d’un LL.M. International Legal Practice de l’Université de Bond (Queensland, Australie). Durant son parcours universitaire Matthieu a été chercheur invité à l’Université de Columbia (New-York), boursier au Max-Planck Institute dédié au droit de la concurrence et au droit de la propriété intellectuelle à Munich (Bourses de la société Max-Planck et de la GRUR).


Matthieu's expertise has been recognized by several international rankings. He was ranked tier 1 – Rising Star in 2018 and 2019 for patent litigation by Legal 500, and by Leader’s League as Excellent in patent litigation, particularly in the Excellent category for patent litigation in the life sciences sector. He has also earned recognition from his peers, notably being appointed as Rapporteur of the French Group of AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) in 2017 to study issues related to computer-implemented inventions.

His expertise explains why he is regularly consulted by public authorities (such as for the law on the protection of trade secrets), by French media (e.g., here, here, and here), and why he served as a senior research affiliate at the Max-Planck Institute for Competition and Intellectual Property in Munich in 2019 and at the Institute of Intellectual Property in Tokyo in 2020. He was also appointed as an expert observer within the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) at the OECD in 2020.


Matthieu est chargé de cours à l’Université Paris Panthéon-Assas où il enseigne par ailleurs le contentieux de la propriété intellectuelle ainsi que le droit de la propriété intellectuelle appliquée au secteur du numérique au sein de Master 2 parcours Droit de la propriété industrielle.

Il a également enseigné le droit de la propriété intellectuelle à l’École Centrale Supelec, à l’Université de la Sorbonne, à l’Université de Paris XII, à l’Université de Lille et à l’Université de Montpellier.


Matthieu is the author or co-author of several works in patent law, including a Treatise on Patent Law published by LexisNexis in 2024. He has also contributed to works specifically addressing patent law in the fields of computer science and biotechnology published between 2016 and 2019: "Technique et droit des brevets," "Computer-Implemented Inventions: Issues, Practices, and Perspectives," and "The Law of Reverse Engineering." These publications reflect his deep expertise and contributions to the field of patent law.

He is also the author of over a hundred articles primarily related to patent law, the majority of which have been published in peer-reviewed journals (such as Dalloz, LexisNexis, Lamy). Additionally, he has authored LexisNexis encyclopedia entries on FRAND licenses and technical aspects. Furthermore, he serves as the French contributor to the Kluwer Patent Blog International, where he regularly publishes articles.


Matthieu is also a regular speaker at conferences in France and around the world:

  • Chairing the session "Les rencontres du droit des brevets" at the Cour de cassation (French Supreme Court) on April 26, 2024.
  • "The Compulsory Licensing of Patents," University of Grenoble Alpes (Annual Symposium of the Center for University Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property [CUERPI]), on November 17, 2023.
  • "FRAND Litigation: Recent Developments," French National Assembly, May 30, 2023.
  • “Recent development regarding SPC’s in France- the « avelumab » case”, Pharma Day, Munich, October 7, 2022.
  • "Artificial Intelligence and Patent Law," Cour de cassation (Cycle 2021-2022: Artificial Intelligence: What Legal Intelligence?), December 16, 2021.
  • "Compulsory Licensing: The 'Golden Mean' for Industrial Sovereignty in the Pharmaceutical Field?" UNION-IP Winter Round Table (online), February 26, 2021.
  • "Artificial Intelligence and Patent Law," Les Séminaires Brevets de Boufflers (online conference), November 23, 2020.
  • "Artificial Intelligence and Patent Law: Can AI Invent?" LES Conference, Espace Hamelin, Paris, June 30, 2020.
  • "Computer-Implemented Inventions," INPI (INPI-OEB Conference), December 5, 2018.
  • "Litigation of Computer-Implemented Inventions in Europe," VPP, Munich, December 3, 2018.
  • "Assessment of the Statute of Limitations for Actions Nullifying Industrial Property Rights from a Competition Law Perspective," National Assembly, March 15, 2018.
  • "Assessment of the Patentability of Computer-Implemented Inventions by French Courts," Cour de Cassation (French Supreme Court), November 24, 2017.


Matthieu is the President of the Institut Stanislas de Boufflers. Additionally, he is an active member of various professional associations, including AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property), LES (Vice-chair of the Innovation Committee responsible for the Innovation Award 2022), APEB (Association of European Patent Practitioners), AFPPI (French Association for Industrial Property Protection), AAPI (Association of Industrial Property Attorneys), BIO (Biotechnology Innovation Organization), AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association), and the Association des Dîners du Palais.


Matthieu is fluent in French, English and German.