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DLA Piper UK LLP

VICTORIA SQUARE HOUSE, VICTORIA SQUARE, BIRMINGHAM, B2 4DL, ENGLAND
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Work 02073 490 296
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Fax 0121 262 5794
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13022 BIRMINGHAM-1
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Richard Taylor

Tel:
Work 0114 283 3055
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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

IPT.

Position

Richard is a #1 rated global IP lawyer specialising in IP and technology-heavy deals and disputes, involving patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, know-how and confidential information. Richard is a renowned commentator, writer and (BBC) broadcaster on IP, and Visiting Lecturer in IP at the University of Sheffield. Richard is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA), the International Trade Mark Association (INTA) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES). Richard acts for many household name companies, universities and public authorities, including in the life science and technology sectors, food and beverage sector, public sector and for brand-rich companies

Career

Trained Hogan Lovells; qualified 1994; partner DLA Piper 2003. Publications of note: IP & IT columnist for the Law Society Gazette.

Languages

English, French, Spanish.

Member

Law Society; CIPA; ITMA; LES.
Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Education

Highgate School, London; Oxford University (MA 1989); London University (LLM 1998).

Leisure

Author and broadcaster (‘How to Read a Church’ and others).


London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

DLA Piper's clients include Macmillan, NBC Universal and Al Jazeera. Ruth Hoy  and Claire Sng  focus on defamation, privacy and breach of confidence matters. Duncan Calow  is 'highly experienced in advising on defamation and privacy matters in e-publishing and digital content'. Andrew Smith, Simon Levine and Richard Taylor advise on defamation disputes for entities ranging from individuals to major corporates.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

IP, transactions and competition are the three key focal points for DLA Piper.  Bonella Ramsay leads the team and has expertise in IP, regulatory and contractual matters. Key figures from the IP side include Richard Taylor,  Claire Bennett and Ruth Hoy. Hoy recently assisted Kite Pharma with the management of its global trade mark portfolio. Bennett represented Novo Nordisk in patent litigation against Regeneron, which involved transgenic mice being used to create human monoclonal antibodies. She has additional expertise in competition law and acted for Merck KGaA in its appeal to the CAT with respect to the CMA’s fines of £45m, where it was alleged that the client paid drugmakers to delay the production of cheaper alternatives. Also recommended are employment expert Adam Hartley and merger control specialist Alexandra Kamerling.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Taylor - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Intellectual property

DLA Piper UK LLP  runs the gamut of IP services, with a client roster that includes General Electric, Heineken and McCain. Richard Taylor heads the practice and recently advised The Premier League on copyright infringement issues stemming from streaming services and bars broadcasting its content without a license. Also recommended are contentious IP specialist Satnam Sahota  and Gareth Stokes , who advised Clinigen Group on the IP aspects of its public takeover of Quantum Pharma.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

The 'always helpful and knowledgeable' education practice at DLA Piper UK LLP is comprised of specialists based in both the Sheffield and Leeds offices, who 'understand the business and provide pragmatic solutions'. The Leeds-based Andrew Clarke heads the team alongside Richard Taylor, who splits his time between the Sheffield and Birmingham offices. The practice is adept at advising clients across further and higher education in addition to acting for the Department for Education and the London Grid for Learning. The team advised Aston University on reviewing and drafting standard terms for the licensing of its IP. The 'very experienced' Roger Gough has particular expertise advising higher education clients on corporate and commercial transactions.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Taylor - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Intellectual property

As ‚Äėa firm that sits very comfortably in the top tier‚Äô, DLA Piper UK LLP¬†has ‚Äėdeveloped and maintained a real strength in IP litigation‚Äô alongside its expertise in anti-counterfeiting, brand launches and IP licensing. Leigh Martin¬†and Richard Taylor¬†head the team from Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Martin recently rejoined the firm from Clarion¬†and is ‚Äėa superb litigator who works swiftly and tirelessly for his clients‚Äô, and Taylor is ‚Äėhighly knowledgeable and commercial in his approach‚Äô. Recent highlights for the practice include assisting Heineken with its trade mark portfolio, advising the University of Sheffield on its global trade mark portfolio and acting for Ardagh Group on trade mark issues including pre-filing and clearance advice, filings and prosecutions. GE Healthcare, Spin Master, British Airways, the Coal Authority and Tata Steel are also clients. Legal director Rebecca Piper¬†regularly handles contentious IP work, trade mark matters and transactional-related IP issues; and senior associate Jim McDonnell¬†has ‚Äėexcellent legal knowledge‚Äô. Chris Tulley retired.

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