Jean-Paul Lavalleye - Partner

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Jean-Paul (JP) Lavalleye is a partner at Williams Montgomery & John Ltd. and a member of the firm's patent litigation practice group.  Mr. Lavalleye is a bilingual (English and French) entrepreneurial patent attorney with more than thirty years of comprehensive international patent experience and a results-oriented approach to contested patent issues, including integrating substantial experience in financial market resources to resolve patent matters. 

He has advised and litigated on behalf a variety of United States and international companies in patent cases throughout the United States and abroad.  These include  Hüls Aktiengesellschaft v Atochem SA (polymer), The Regents of the University of California v Eli Lilly (insulin), Ajinomoto Co. Inc. v Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (threonine and lysine made by fermentation), TV/Com Int’l v. Canal Plus Technologies SA (encryption),  Sigma-Tau Industrie Farmaceutiche Riunite et al. v Lonza LTD (carnitine formulation), AK Steel Corp. v Sollac & Ugine (steel composition), Revlon v L’Oréal (lipstick formulation), TriStrata Technology, Inc v L’Oréal (anti-wrinkle composition), ArcelorMittal v Severstal et al (steel composition), Saint-Gobain Autover USA Inc. et al. v Xinyi Automobile Glass Co. (automobile glass), and Solvay SA v Honeywell Int’l Inc. (blowing agents).

Mr. Lavalleye regularly gives practical business-context lectures on U.S. intellectual property, including U.S. litigation developments and trends.

Mr. Lavalleye’s opinions and views are also sought beyond patents issues.  He has been interviewed on noted French journalist Chirstian Malard’s live French television show on the day following President Obama’s reelection, appearing on that show with Major General Paul D. Eaton to discuss the impact of President Obama’s reelection.

His pro bono work has included representing Luc Montagnier, after the French Virologist jointly received the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (“HIV”).  Prior to college, Mr. Lavalleye was a photographer and naturalist with the National Park Service in the Everglades.

Listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers (2015-2017). 

Education/Bar Admissions

Mr. Lavalleye received an A.B. in 1979 from Rutgers College, a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983. (His Ph.D. thesis was completed at Harvard University, 1982-83, and examined and approved inter alia by future Nobel Prize recipient in chemistry, K. Barry Sharpless.)

He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1988.

Mr. Lavalleye was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1988, registered as a Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 1989 (as an Agent 1984-1989), and admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 2014.  He has also been admitted to the following trial and appellate courts:

  • The Supreme Court of United States
  • The Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Delaware
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia