• District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Virginia


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Bar Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of University Technology Managers
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • New York Academy of Sciences


  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PHD
  • Rutgers College, AB
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Jean-Paul Lavalleye


Washington, DC v. +1.202.420.2670 f. +1.202.420.2201

Jean-Paul (“JP”) Lavalleye is actively involved in all aspects of patent law, with particular emphasis on patent counseling (portfolio development and FTOs), disputes (litigation, post-grant, litigation avoidance, and/or resolution), and due diligence. He is internationally known for advising a number of the world’s largest European companies facing major challenges in various patent matters.

Mr. Lavalleye is a bilingual (English and French) entrepreneurial patent attorney with comprehensive experience and a results-oriented approach to patent issues. Working with executives, attorneys, product developers, researchers, and marketing and sales personnel from around the world in diverse technologies, he counsels his clients on the tactical and strategic use of their IP assets, and avoiding those of others, to best effect in the United States and, by extension, abroad.

Widely regarded within the legal community for his IP knowledge and pragmatic approach, he often works collaboratively with other U.S. as well as non-U.S. law firms. His knowledge of and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues facilitates collaboration with managers and technical personnel of foreign companies in dealing with U.S. patent issues.

Mr. Lavalleye has also assisted various universities and professors in transforming their research from ideas to start-up companies.

He regularly gives practical business-context lectures on U.S. intellectual property litigation, avoiding litigation or mitigating its impact on a company, the use of alternative strategies to achieve corporate objectives, and legal developments and trends.

Mr. Lavalleye received the Goodwin Medal as a teaching assistant at MIT, an award bestowed on the outstanding graduate student whose teaching can be described as “conspicuously effective.” His doctoral thesis was under Professor George M. Whitesides (now at Harvard).

Prior to college, he was a photographer and naturalist with the National Park Service in the Everglades over a two-year period.


He is a member of the American Association of the Advancement for Science, American Chemical Society, Association of University Technology Managers, International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property, and New York Academy of Sciences.

His pro bono work has included representation of Luc Montagnier, a French virologist and joint recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (“HIV”).

Mr. Lavalleye’s opinions and views are also sought beyond his patent skills. He has been interviewed on noted French journalist Christian Malard’s live French television show on the day following President Obama’s reelection, appearing on that show with Major General Paul D. Eaton (famous for his critique of President George W. Bush for not heeding the advice of his military commanders in the second Iraq War) to discuss the impact of President Obama’s reelection. His interests include backcountry fishing and other outdoors activities.


  • 2015–2017, listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers

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