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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Alasdair Poore

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Head of technology team: intellectual property and technology law including patent, trade mark, designs filing and prosecution; advice and negotiations on licensing and exploitation, including defence of a patent infringement claim seeking to prevent supplies to major games in 2012, multinational patent litigation relating to advertising systems in the media industry and a commercial dispute concerning royalty distributions in respect of monoclonal antibodies. Specialist expertise in computers, electronics and communications technology. Also public sector technology issues, including leading role in public procurement of IT systems and high technology products, eg for leading UK universities, a major industry regulatory body, and acting for the NHS in the acquisition of drugs for use in emergency supply breakdown, for the purchase of pandemic fly vaccines, and in IT projects in place of systems procured through Connecting for Health, including TETRA/O2 radio systems for ambulances, Oracle software and services from CAP-Gemini, Fujitsu, IBM and others.


Trained Fountain Court, Middle Temple 1977-79; patent and licensing attorney Shell International Petroleum 1979-86; senior solicitor Lovell White Durrant 1986-90; solicitor/partner Clyde & Co 1990-94; solicitor Mills & Reeve 1995-96; partner 1996. Director, WCMC-2000 (charity) and Vice-President and President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (2009-2011).


Fellow, Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys; Licensing Executives Society; International Trade Mark Association.


Clifton College, Bristol; Clare College, Cambridge University (1976 Natural Sciences and Law Foundation Scholarship); College of Law (1977 Bar Finals); Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (1983 Finals).


Cycling, mountaineering, real tennis, squash, singing.

East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Biotechnology

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†provides ‚Äėan excellent level of service and response times are very fast‚Äė. One client remarks that the practice provides ‚Äėfirst-class, pragmatic and timely advice'. The firm handles¬†corporate and commercial transactions, patents and IP, privacy, regulation and compliance, HR, product liability, litigation, tax and real estate matters for biotechnology companies. It is highly regarded for research collaborations and licensing agreements across a range of therapeutic areas. New arrival James Fry, who joined from¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†in late 2017, leads the multi-disciplinary life sciences practice and is praised for his ‚Äėexcellent sector knowledge'. He acted for speciality pharmaceuticals business Diurnal Group in setting up¬†its supply chain for the production of two drug candidates.¬†Finance specialist Zickie Lim, who handled a syndicated financing for¬†PredictImmune Limited, and capital markets expert Stephen Hamilton¬†are also recommended.¬†IP partner¬†Alasdair Poore, corporate partner¬†Anthony McGurk, disputes specialist¬†Graeme Menzies¬†and head of technology¬†Kevin Calder¬†also play central roles in the firm's work for biotechnology clients.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Alasdair Poore - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Intellectual property

At Mills & Reeve LLP 'the overall level of service is fantastic with rapid response times and well-communicated dates for deliverables; the firm goes above and beyond to ensure the appropriate advice is given'. The practice is known for 'providing practical advice and making complex issues understandable'. The firm acts for start-ups and spin-outs, small to mid-cap biotechnology and technology companies, and high-value brand businesses. Among its healthcare sector clients are Atlantic Healthcare, Virgin Care and Royal Marsden Hospital. Practice head Alasdair Poore is a leading light in the market. He manages the international trade mark portfolio of Queen Mary University of London, which includes filing and prosecution work. New arrival James Fry, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP to lead the life sciences group, has extensive experience in IP, particularly in the areas of technology and brand transfer, product development, R&D agreements and IP strategy. Also recommended are principal associates Richard Plaistowe and Nicola Hanglin, who handle IP protection and enforcement.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Mills & Reeve LLP 's infrastructure team impresses clients with its 'response times, business acumen and industry knowledge' and recently welcomed Adrian Luto and Justin Hennessey to its London branch through the firm's merger with Maxwell Winward. The firm holds a strong expertise in the student accommodation field but Andrew Ray and Alasdair Poore recently also acted for the MoD in the designing of an open communications system and the rolling out of procurements to deliver it as part of Project Morpheus from the Cambridge office. Also based in Cambridge is practice head Raith Pickup who 'is exceptional in this field' and assisted clients a number of universities on separate DBFO projects for student accommodation with the support of principal associate Jens Henniker Heaton . Clients in the healthcare sector also engaged Julie Marshall , David Stead and Bridget Archibald .

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Mills & Reeve LLP's team is led by James Fry, who joined in 2017 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP . Fry's 'pharmaceutical and biotech sector expertise is first class' and he 'consistently provides sound, pragmatic advice'. He recently advised The Diurnal Group on its primary and secondary agreements for the supply chain it will be using for the production of two drug candidates. Another recent arrival is IP specialist Mark Pearce, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Other key members of the team include employment expert Melanie James; IP expert Alasdair Poore; and Zickie Lim, who is an expert in corporate finance. Lim advised PredictImmune on its syndicated financing from Cambridge Enterprise and the University of Cambridge.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Mills & Reeve LLP has a particular focus on the automotive, engineering, education and healthcare sectors with clients that include MERIT Vanguard, SilverRail Technologies and Patients Know Best. Kevin Calder co-heads the practice and has strong expertise in dealing with public sector bodies on technology-related matters. He advised The British Library on the procurement of its new system that handles its digital archive. Fellow practice head Peter Wainman is an expert in IT and data protection issues. Jayne Hussey advised Elster Metering on its IT arrangements and on changes to data protection law. She also assisted De Montfort University with a complex SAP software agreement. Alasdair Poore also works heavily in the public sector on procurement matters.

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