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Stephen Bennett is a patent litigator recognised for his ability to steer the right course in the toughest cases. Being trusted with the trickiest pharmaceutical cases for innovator clients means he has been able to push the boundaries around preliminary injunctions to stop infringing generic launch, changing the answer to the question: how far can a generic go before the court can stop it. His experience of pushing the most difficult cases includes those where they said it couldn't be done - zero term SPCs and paediatric extensions. They were wrong. In the tech sector, Stephen is known for litigating in some of the biggest patent disputes that Europe has seen. Those cases raise additional complications on issues such as FRAND, scope of injunctions, managing supplier information, co-ordinating litigation across multiple jurisdictions. Having litigated these issues several times over for different clients gives Stephen a particularly seasoned view that helps to anticipate the ways the case can develop and to deal with it.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

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Stephen Bennet - Hogan Lovells International LLP

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Hogan Lovells International LLP's very high quality intellectual property group attracts praise for its knowledge across the full-range of rights,and benefits from particular expertise across life sciences, telecoms, consumer, and automotive sectors. Highlighted as 'excellent with cross-border litigation', the 'very down to earth' Daniel Brook led a team, alongside 'master tactician' Stephen Bennett, which successfully represented Eli Lilly before the Supreme Court. In this high-profile matter, the court reversed two earlier judgements in finding Actavis’s generic version of Alimta in direct infringement of the client's patents in the UK, Italy, France and Spain. In the technology sector, practice head Paul Brown is leading a team instructed by HTC in two multi-patent cases against IPCom and Philips, both spanning multiple jurisdictions. The IPCom proceedings involves consideration of FRAND licence teams before the Patents Court, while the Philips dispute concerns the client's alleged infringement of standard essential patents. Illustrating the firm's competencies in trade mark issues, Sahira Khwaja is acting for Merck Sharp and Dohme in a dispute relating to the use of the name Merck. Another key name to note is Charlie Winkworth who is instructed by new clients Gamesys, Waldo, Deloitte and Asahi Europe in trade mark and brand management matters. Stella Wong was promoted to counsel.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Hogan Lovells International LLP has 'a truly global life sciences practice' with 'an impressive roster of household-name producer clients who know that they are guaranteed a Rolls-Royce service'. Matthew Felwick jointly heads  the life sciences team and is 'a particularly effective communicator', who 'has acted in many of the major life science product liability claims in the UK in recent years and is particularly popular with clients'. Fellow practice head Stephen Bennett is an expert in IP and recently acted for Eli Lilly in Supreme Court litigation against Actavis, whose generic version of the client's oncology product, Alimta, infringed upon the brand name drug. John Meltzer also focuses on contentious matters, but in the field of product liability, where he recently defended Zimmer Biomet against liability claims regarding its assessment of product conformity of breast implants with medical device safety standards. Also recommended is John Meltzer, who is 'one of the most widely respected lawyers in this field with unrivalled experience of major litigation'.

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