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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Adrian Toutoungi

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Brexit and the legal implications for businesses

Adrian has extensive experience of all aspects of intellectual property, in particular complex patent litigation in a number of industry sectors.

He has recently advised on disputes involving pharmaceuticals, somatic cell therapy, semiconductor chip design, inkjet printing technology, digital compression algorithms, LCD flat-panel technology, telecoms and pharmaceuticals. He also frequently helps clients with disputes involving confidential information, database rights, trade marks, copyright and designs.

Away from the court room, he is regularly involved in the negotiation and drafting of technology licence agreements and other contracts relating to IP such as R&D collaborations, joint ventures, co-promotions and other commercial arrangements. He also advises on the EC and UK competition law aspects of these agreements, and issues relating to technical standardisation, essential IPR and patent pooling.

He has a wealth of experience in handling the IP aspects of many major corporate transactions, including for FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 corporations.

Adrian is a Solicitor-Advocate and has advised clients on disputes in the Patents County Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Justice/Court of First Instance. After obtaining a first-class degree in Physics from Oxford University, he qualified as a solicitor and gained an LL.M from the College of Europe in Bruges, where he specialised in EC competition law and intellectual property. Adrian also has a diploma in IP law from Bristol University. He is a member of TIPLO (The Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation), AIPPI (The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) and  EPLAW (the European Patent Lawyers Association) and publishes and speaks regularly on a variety of intellectual property issues.


The impact of Brexit will not be the same for all businesses. Our Brexit lawyers are working with a number of clients to help them with Brexit planning. We are helping them take steps to put themselves in the best possible position. For some clients, we have analysed the implications of Brexit on their business based on the different potential models of Brexit. We would be happy to discuss the potential implications of Brexit for your business too.

Contact Adrian for more information on how Brexit may affect your business.

View our Brexit hub for our full range of Brexit resources.


Visit our Brexit Legal Advice Hub for in-house lawyers



East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP draws on an experienced team of corporate, IT and IP lawyers to handle complex projects for both national businesses, including financial institutions, and high-growth companies based in the technology hub of Cambridge. Transactional technology lawyer and practice head Simon Crossley is the key contact. He is global head of life sciences and a recognised expert in regulatory matters and IT commercialisation projects. His recent highlights included acting for National Grid in the development of its nationwide smart meter business. Partner Liz Fitzsimons is recommended for matters involving privacy and information laws, on which she frequently advises private and public sector clients. Her recent work includes handling data protection, GDPR, e-privacy and freedom matters. IP specialist Adrian Toutoungi also plays a key role in the practice.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Adrian Toutoungi - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Within: Intellectual property

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  in Cambridge has ‘a team that is modest in size but works well with client and counsel, and is as good as any and better than most; it provides good, prompt and thorough advice‘. The firm’s ‘knowledge seems to be top-drawer, especially at the partner level', remarks one client. The firm has six IP partners in its national team, of which two are based in Cambridge. Partner and solicitor advocate Adrian Toutoungi is the key contact and his clients report ‘excellent service and knowledge of the law; he is very responsive'. He recently assisted the UK Intellectual Property Office with the enforcement of a judgment against a defendant in Sweden, following a high-profile victory at trial in proceedings for trade mark infringement and passing off. Co-head of the firm’s global intellectual property practice Simon Crossley, who is also head of healthcare and life sciences, is also recommended for IP work. He recently advised a financial institution on market data licensing arrangements. The firm counts Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Holland & Barrett International Limited, China National Nuclear Corporation and Cell Therapy Catapult among its clients.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's national intellectual property team includes individuals based across the firm's national offices. The group represented easyGroup in a dispute with W3 (owners of EasyRoommate). The practice is also instructed by Coca-Cola on IP aspects of numerous ongoing advertising and promotional campaigns, as well as by John Lewis Partnership to manage the companies worldwide trade mark portfolios. Cambridge-based Adrian Toutoungi is a key name to note for hard IP matters, with Neil Mohring and Andrew Terry (both in the London office) known for soft IP and brand management. Changes to the team include the arrival of Rupert Bent, who formerly headed up the IP group at Walker Morris LLP, and the departure of James Fry to Mills & Reeve LLP.

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