Allen & Overy LLP‘s ‘absolutely first-class’ London IP patents practice maintains notable international capabilities, advising some of the largest global companies in the technology and telecoms sectors. Patent litigator Mark Ridgway leads the litigation arm of the practice, which regularly represents life sciences, future technology, and consumer product companies before the courts, while David Stone heads up the global IP team. The transactional side of the practice is headed up by Jim Ford, who specialises in coupling commercial and strategic IP advice with M&A, corporate and finance transactions, and joint ventures. Clients in the pharmaceuticals, technology, and telecoms industries instruct patent litigation expert Neville Cordell, who ‘brings a wealth of cross-technology patent experience to any case’. Mark Heaney is the go-to in the team for telecoms, IT, and software-related litigation, while Marjan Noor is the name to note for large-scale life sciences patent litigation SPCs and regulatory issues. Nigel Parker also specialises in commercial IP matters, advising household name clients on the technology, IP, and data aspects of corporate transactions and licensing agreements. Rafi Allos was recently made partner, while senior associates Tom Edwards and James Fox continue to excel, with Edwards regularly acting before the UK Courts and Fox specialising in FRAND and SEP litigation in the technology and telecoms sectors. Senior associate Zoe Grant is also a key member of the patent litigation practice, and associate Erin Currie specialises in life sciences patent litigation.
Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) in London
Allen & Overy LLP
Mark Ridgway; Jim Ford; David Stone
Other key lawyers:
Neville Cordell; Mark Heaney; Mark Ridgway; James Fox; Marjan Noor; Rafi Allos; Nigel Parker; Zoe Grant; Erin Curry; Elizabeth Taylor; Tom Edwards
‘A fantastic IP team supported by an exceptionally able international law firm of the highest calibre. If the legal case requires the very best, and especially if it requires international collaboration and co-ordination – A&O is the firm you need.’
‘Mark Heaney continues to impress across the board with very strong technical skills combined with substantial experience in international patent litigation: sensible, pragmatic and a pleasure with whom to work.’
‘Neville Cordell brings a wealth of cross-technology patent experience to any case. His cross-discipline practice enables him to approach patent cases with a genuinely strong understanding of how the judges will see the case.’
‘James Fox is a pleasure to work with, and a real star of the future.’
‘The life sciences team are absolutely first class. Marjan Noor, Mark Ridgway and new parter Rafi Allos are some of the best in the business. Clients love them because they are on top of their game on the law, how to run a claim and really nice people to work with.’
‘Erin Currie is an experienced associate with a technical background and some research experience. She is very knowledgeable about the case and really knows the publications and scientific details. Excellent associate to work with and a rising star.’
‘Elizabeth Taylor is a junior associate but with great experience beyond her years of qualification. She is able to handle herself well in expert calls. Definitely one to look out for in the future.’
Eli Lilly and Company
Merck Sharp & Dohme
- Advising Huawei regarding a number of IP issues and disputes, including a large case in connection with a claim by IP Bridge for infringement of nine UK patents.
- Acting for MGI Tech, a subsidiary of global genomics leader BGI, in a worldwide patent dispute concerning DNA sequencing technology.
- Advising Exscientia on a range of IP collaborations, with a key focus the protection of Exscientia’s platform technology.
Bird & Bird LLP’s patent litigation team ‘brings cutting edge, innovative, and highly successful strategies’ to its offering, covering the full spectrum of technology issues across the biotechnology, life sciences, healthcare, engineering, chemical manufacturing, and related industries. The team maintains an excellent track record of acting in SEP and FRAND disputes, with Jane Mutimear and Richard Vary the key individuals in this space. The team is co-led by mechanical technology dispute expert Katharine Stephens and Robert Williams, whose recent instructions include multi-jurisdictional patent infringement and revocation claims in the UK, Germany and the US. Morag Macdonald is also a patent litigator of note, and Eleanor Root was recently engaged by a pharmaceuticals company in proceedings relating to an important cancer drug. Tom Snaith and Sally Shorthose are transactional IP experts, advising on several complex patent licensing matters, as well as providing M&A due diligence for several high-profile clients. Also of note is Christopher de Mauny, who was recently promoted to partner and regularly advises on matters in the life science, hi-tech, and sustainable technology industries.
Katharine Stephen; Robert Williams
Other key lawyers:
Morag Macdonald; Eleanor Root; Sally Shorthose; Tom Snaith; Neil Jenkins; Jane Mutimear; Richard Vary; Christopher de Mauny; Jae Park; Toby Bond;
‘Speaking of IP in general and Patents in specific, Bird and Bird is the name that comes to mind for an innovative collaboration to answer complex problems.’
‘It brings cutting edge, innovative and highly successful strategies to the table. We have had the pleasure of working with Bird and Bird on globally-watched SEP and FRAND matters engendering landmarks and global precedents.’
‘The firm brings with it an unparalleled passion for tech which promises confidence and excellent results in litigation. Collaborating with Bird and Bird is always a wonderful experience.’
‘Team Bird and Bird comes with a vast cross-border knowledge and specialisation in the sector. It is one of the leaders in patent prosecution and litigation. Hence, working with the firm is always a pleasure.’
‘Team has great experience with patent litigation. Depth of talent among partners, and ability to coordinate closely with other Bird & Bird offices throughout Europe to handle multi-jurisdictional disputes very effectively.’
‘Neil Jenkins is highly experienced with all aspects of contentious matters. Very engaged in managing the case and responsive.’
‘Henry Elliott has a strong technical background.’
Fisher & Paykel
Honeywell International Inc
- Acting for InterDigital in multiple patent litigation actions against (i) Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd.; and (ii) Lenovo over five patents covering the 3G and 4G standard.
- Acting for Nokia in patent infringement actions in the UK, India and Germany on three SEP patents, alleging infringement of its patents relating to 3G, 4G/LTE and 5G against Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., Ltd.
- Acting for companies in the Dexcom Group in relation to multiple patent infringement and revocation claims brought by Abbott Laboratories in the UK High Court.
Maintaining one of the broadest patent benches, Bristows LLP is praised as ‘one of the top UK-based patent litigation firms‘ with a full-service capacity. Consistently at the forefront of the market, dealing with precedent setting cases or managing multi-jurisdictional matters, the team advises high-profile global clients in the technology and life sciences sectors on commercial, regulatory, competition, and contentious matters. Andrew Bowler and Myles Jelf co-lead the patent litigation team, which has recently seen a number of high-profile cases, including contested issues related to FRAND licensing in the telecoms sector, and patent portfolio defence and enforcement mandates relating to the blockbuster drug Gilenya. Also key within the team are life sciences patent litigator Brian Cordery, Richard Pinckney, who is a key contact for technology sector clients, Gemma Barrett, Robert Burrows, and Rachel Mumby. On the transactional side, Matthew Warren leads the practice, which also includes Claire Smith.
Andrew Bowler; Myles Jelf; Matthew Warren
Other key lawyers:
Dominic Adair; Brian Cordery; Liz Cohen; Robert Burrows; Gemma Barrett; James Boon; Richard Pinckney; Naomi Hazenberg; Richard Dickinson; Claire Smith; Greg Bacon; Rachel Mumby; Matthew Raynor
‘Bristows remains one of the top UK-based patent litigation firms. Hugely experienced partners and associates, based in a full-service firm, provide a personal first class service in a friendly and cost-effective manner.
‘A law firm that sees its team members as a family and could teach bigger international firms a great deal about how law should be practised.’
‘Myles Jelf goes from strength to strength as one of the most experienced patent litigators in the UK – with first class legal skills and an amazing ability to embrace all aspects of technology, he knows how to get the very best out of his team – and delivers fantastic results from it.’
‘Richard Pinckney has carved a real niche in the consumer products/electro-mechanical patent litigation field. Highly sought-after, he delivers on his advice.’
‘Naomi Hazenberg is fantastic and an undoubted partner and leading light of the future.’
‘They are competent, efficient and very supportive.’
‘Competency and attention to the client.’
Johnson & Johnson
University of Oxford
McDonalds International Property Company
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd
Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy
The Financial Times
- Advising three top universities on a patent licensing arrangement related to the setting-up of a unique joint venture.
- Representing IPCom in its case against Vodafone both at first instance and at the Court of Appeal.
- Assisting Teva with three main litigation cases.
The ‘deep experience’ in Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s patent practice lies in its practitioners across all levels of seniority. The team is trusted by high-profile global names in the life sciences, technology, telecoms, and consumer sectors and manages global and regional IP portfolios, handling contentious and non-contentious work. Paul Brown is the practice head, and specialises in the electronics and medical devices industries, shining in contentious multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. Former Herbert Smith Freehills LLP practice head Joel Smith is highly regarded for his work across multiple sectors and is a specialist on UK plant variety protection and regulation. ‘No-nonsense litigator’ Stephen Bennett has an excellent track record in FRAND disputes in the life sciences sector, and Daniel Brook is praised for being ‘technically brilliant’ particularly in acting for innovator pharmaceuticals clients. The ‘commercially savvy’ Katie McConnell has multi-jurisdictional patent dispute expertise across the telecoms and life sciences sectors, and counsels Stella Wong and Emma Fulton also excel in biotechnology and medical device litigation. Counsels Imogen Ireland, Ian Moss, and James Gray are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Emma Fulton; Imogen Ireland; Ian Moss; James Gray; Stephen Bennett; Daniel Brook; Katie McConnell; Stella Wong; Joel Smith
‘Hogan Lovells put together small bespoke teams to work on each case. Each member knows their role (and the case) inside out.’
‘Stephen Bennet is one of the most prominent and eminent solicitor in IP (life sciences and tech/telecoms). Unflappable. Excellent judgment. No-nonsense litigator.’
‘Dan Brook – technically brilliant, always on top of the details.’
‘Katie McConnell – specialist in telecoms but moved into pharma/life sciences like a duck to water. Commercially and legally savvy – excellent in navigating multi jurisdictional litigation with diverging interests and priorities between jurisdictions. Safe and charming pair of hands.’
‘The team has depth in pharmaceutical chemistry and is well capable of communicating with experts at a high level. They combine this with a good knowledge of the law. They are a friendly team and are extremely hardworking.’
‘In comparison to other firms that may only have one or two strong attorneys on the case, the strength of Hogan Lovells is in the deep experience of the entire team. Hogan Lovells manages to do this while keeping costs reasonable.’
‘Paul Brown is hugely experienced in telecoms litigation, especially those relating to FRAND patents and issues. He also has a great nose for the best point in a case.’
‘They have some fantastic associates, including Emma Fulton, Imogen Ireland, Ian Moss, and James Gray. Together they make up the most cohesive, efficient and effective IP litigation team in London.’
Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp. Ltd
British American Tobacco
- Advising Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp. Ltd & others (OPPO), on the UK aspects of a global dispute about the terms of a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) license between Nokia and OPPO.
- Advised Novartis on its pioneering collaboration with Exactmer, CPI, and AstraZeneca to develop an innovative and scalable new medicines manufacturing process for oligonucleotides, including Novartis’ cholesterol-lowering therapy, Inclisiran.
- Representing Astellas Pharmaceutical in litigation relating to its Betmiga product in the UK as part of its global litigation to maintain patent protection.
Led by ‘colossus on the international IP scene’ Nicola Dagg, who oversees a ‘Rolls-Royce service’, the Kirkland & Ellis International LLP patent practice continues to grow in size and expertise. Excelling in transatlantic mandates in the life sciences sector, the team has established itself as a trusted adviser to some of the world’s largest pharmaceuticals, telecoms, technology and tobacco companies. London group head Emma Flett is the key contact in the team for transactional IP matters, covering a wide range of industries. Jin Ooi is notable for his patent litigation practice, particularly in the biotechnology sector, alongside Katie Coltart. Peter Pereira was recently promoted to partner, focusing on high-tech patent litigation, while Daniel Lim is particularly strong in medical device and telecom disputes, and Steven Baldwin has a strong track record in SEP and FRAND litigation. At the associate level, Gabriella Bornstein is also recommended and has extensive trial experience.
Nicola Dagg; Emma Flett
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Lim; Katie Coltart; Jin Ooi; Steven Baldwin; Peter Pereira; Gabriella Bornstein; Nadia Spiccia
‘An excellent team delivering a first-rate service. All aspects of a case are thoroughly considered arriving at a fully thought out strategy. Team members are intelligent, commercial and tenacious.’
‘Nicola Dagg is an excellent team leader who brings wisdom and commercial insight. Jin Ooi is highly intelligent and conscientious, great to work with. Stephen Baldwin is intelligent and reassuring – clients know they are in excellent hands. Peter Pereira is great to work with. Daniel Lim is clever, engaged and commercial.’
‘Incredibly hardworking, diligent and reliable team.’
‘High quality legal analysis, thorough understanding of procedure and excellent work ethic. Gabriella Bornstein is reliable, charming and exceptionally sharp. Steven Baldwin is an asset to any legal team, with an eye for details.’
‘Kirkland’s London office has a broad and capable IP team which has grown in recent years. They handle all types of IP, with a particular focus on the big patent cases from both the pharma and telecoms fields. The team is driven by Nicola Dagg who injects a spirit of proaction and innovation. A key strength is the sheer work ethic of the team: those at Kirkland are expected to commit heavily to the job.’
‘Peter Pereira is a relatively new partner but with great promise. Peter carries with him judgment beyond his years. He has an astute perception of the judge’s likely view which informs his decisions in litigation.’
‘The Kirkland team has broad strength both at lower, middle and upper levels of seniority of very experienced and capable lawyers in global patent litigation. Particular strength comes from the strategic planning and analysis of multi-jurisdictional patent litigation matters, spearheaded by the senior partners and well-supported by experienced and intelligent associates.’
‘Intelligent, personable, flexible, responsive, and always professional. Nicola Dagg and Daniel Lim are standout partners. Nadia Spiccia is a standout associate. Strongly recommended.’
British American Tobacco
Meril Life Sciences
Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment Inc. (ASSIA)
BBC Studies & Britbox
Advanced Bionics / Sonova
Bain Capital Private Equity
Patient Square Capital
TPG Rise Fund
- Acting for AutoStore in a cross-Atlantic multi-patent infringement dispute commenced against Ocado Group in the UK and the US.
- Representing Lenovo in a major worldwide SEP/FRAND licensing dispute between InterDigital and Lenovo/Motorola Mobility with parallel proceedings in the UK, US and China.
- Advising and representing Warner-Lambert, Pfizer, and Viatris against the NHS in relation to a follow-on damages inquiry, one of the first to be heard before the Patents Court.
Powell Gilbert LLP is praised as one of the ‘friendliest and most relaxed top level firms in London’ with ‘fantastic litigation skills’ and experience at the forefront of high-level UK and multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. Excellent in the life sciences sector, the team advises on a number of strategically and technically complex patent disputes, with Simon Ayrton, Zoë Butler and Tom Oliver continuing to lead on a global dispute in the field of automated warehouse technology on behalf of FTSE 100 company Ocado Group. Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals patent litigation expert Penny Gilbert leads the practice, with recent instructions including representing Biogen in relation to its biosimilar portfolio. Telecoms, electronics, and IT mandates are the purview of Ari Laakkonen, whose extensive technical knowledge focuses on electronics patent litigation and licensing disputes. Solicitor advocate Tim Powell is also highly experienced, regularly representing clients in all levels of English courts and the European Patent Offices and European Court of Justice, and Bethan Hopewell is active in international mandates. Joel Coles and Tess Waldron were recently promoted to the partnership; both have strong pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare practices. Siddharth Kusumakar, Peter Damerell and Tim Whitfield are also recommended, recently acting in high-profile matters related to therapeutic antibodies, non-smoking tobacco and digital distributed antenna systems respectively.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Ayrton; Zoë Butler; Tom Oliver; Siddharth Kusumakar; Bethan Hopewell; Alex Wilson; Peter Damerell; Tim Whitfield; Ari Laakkonen; Tim Powell; Joel Coles; Tess Waldron
‘Penny Gilbert has a wonderful strategic overview and calm hand. She gives considered opinions in any discussion after listening to what everyone has to say.’
‘In depth knowledge and experience throughout the team, which is efficiently staffed and not over resourced. Very technology savvy team with a broad experience across sectors.’
‘Ari Laakkonen is very dedicated to the details of the case, extremely hard working.’
‘Powell Gilbert showed an attention to detail in the preparation and presentation of our case for trial that is rarely matched by other firms. They also showed a good understanding of the concerns of the client over how the litigation should be approached. They were a pleasure to work with as they treated us as part of a team rather than feeling we were just another client.’
‘Zoë Butler was extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic. Unlike in some larger firms, Zoë was involved in all discussions on the proceedings throughout. She identified the crucial issues at an early stage of the litigation and made excellent choices of counsel to represent different aspects of the case.’
‘Tess Waldron has extensive technical knowledge with an eye for detail and is very good at ensuring that all details of the case were thoroughly investigated.’
‘The friendliest and most relaxed top level firm in London. Fantastic litigation skills including in-depth understanding of the commercial, legal and technological aspects. Excellence in life sciences patent litigation, with key leaders and very promising new talent.’
‘All of the many members of the firm I have worked with are superb. Smart, strategically savvy, dedicated to their client, and a pleasure to work with. They see courses of action to achieve client objectives that others do not and they are willing to devote whatever time is necessary whenever to achieve client objectives.’
Ocado Group plc
Philip Morris International
Actavis UK Limited
Biogen Idec Inc
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd
Oxford University Innovation
Access Advance LLC (previously HEVC Advance LLC)
Promptu Systems Corporation
Shenzhen Carku Technology Co,. Ltd
AIM Sport Vision
- Representing Ocado in patent infringement, validity and entitlement proceedings against rival robotic warehousing operator AutoStore concerning the fast-growing business of automated warehouse storage systems.
- Representing PMI in its global patent dispute with BAT relating to heated tobacco/e-cigarettes.
- Representing Biogen in litigation over its biosimilar of AbbVie’s blockbuster drug Humira.
The patent practice at Baker McKenzie continues to grow its expertise, with the team recently acting in a number of high-profile, technically complex cases in the cosmetics and pharmaceuticals products sectors related to chemical processes, the automotive sector in relation to safety technologies, and the telecoms sector in relation to mobile devices. ‘Outstanding litigator’ Hiroshi Sheraton leads the practice, and focuses on the life sciences, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sectors. Also of note in the team is ‘highly competent’ senior associate Tanvi Shah, who continues to build her patent expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Tanvi Shah; George Khouri; Gemma Jones-Parry;
‘They have worldwide reach and expertise which is invaluable to international clients.’
‘I have recently worked with Hiroshi Sheraton and Tanvi Shah. Hiroshi is an outstanding litigator and client relationship manager with considerable patent expertise. Tanvi is highly competent. They are communicative and easy to work with and contribute greatly to the running of the case and the decision-making required to ensure effective representation.’
‘The IP litigation team at Baker & McKenzie is a top drawer team. Their strength lies in their diversity of talent, specialism and background.’
‘I have really enjoyed working with Hiroshi Sheraton. He is a very creative lawyer, and tactically astute. ‘
‘Tanvi Shah is an excellent senior associate. She is tactical, intelligent and measured, and remains one step ahead of the action at all times.’
- Represented L’Oréal in its high-profile patent dispute with Olaplex in connection with a UK patent that was alleged to cover L’Oréal’s Smartbond product.
- Representing JCB in a claim for infringement of five patents relating to hydraulic safety technology applied to vehicles, against French competitor Manitou, while also co-ordinating ongoing parallel proceedings in Italy and France.
- Advising Johnson Matthey in relation to patent litigation between its suppliers Solvay and Neo/Molycorp in respect of cerium oxide used in vehicle catalytic converters, including issues relating to the disclosure of Johnson Matthey’s confidential information in conjunction with the proceedings.
CMS‘ patents practice is notable for its litigation offering, particularly in the international generic pharmaceuticals space. Following the departure of Gareth Morgan to Pinsent Masons LLP, the team is jointly led by medical device and pharmaceuticals industry expert Sarah Hanson and Mark Shillito, who recently joined the group from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Shillito brings his wealth of experience in the multi-jurisdictional patents space, assisting household name clients in the life sciences, technology and media industries. Also notable within the team is ‘insightful, strategic thinker’ Caitlin Heard, who is active in the telecoms and construction sectors. The team also saw the addition of Toby Sears from Allen & Overy LLP, who adds a broad contentious and non-contentious practice, particularly in the telecoms, electronics and software spaces.
Mark Shillito; Sarah Hanson
Other key lawyers:
Caitlin Heard; Toby Sears; Andrew Smith; Sam Fisher
‘I have been impressed at the range of legal options the team were able to offer. They have strength and experience in every court and tribunal throughout each of the UK nations.’
‘Caitlin Heard is a breath of fresh air. Her careful and analytical approach is complemented by her decisive advice. She conveys the strengths and the weaknesses of the case with crystal clarity, so you always know where you stand.’
‘The CMS team employed consists of Caitlin Heard (Partner), Sam Fisher (Associate) and Andrew Smith (Senior Associate and Patent Attorney). Through the general direction of Caitlin, the team is dynamic and works well together. The team has been quick to grasp the overall problem and details at hand. The team has also been quick to respond with appropriate and insightful legal advice and actions, both in a strategic and tactical sense.’
‘The team offers a wide and varied experience in handling IP-related disputes and matters and, not the least, the team has been very pleasant and easy to work with. This is a “to-the-point” and “no nonsense” team.’
‘Caitlin Heard is an insightful, strategic thinker and litigator focused on executing and bringing together all individual elements (including tactical and logistical elements) of the overall strategy. Caitlin’s excellent coordination skills also serves well to engage outside counsel and resources when appropriate or needed.’
‘Top solicitors, great fun to work with, good understanding of the law as a tool with which to obtain client results.’
‘Caitlin Heard is a stand-out partner who gives practical and business focused advice across a range of different technologies. She is a great strategist and negotiator.’
The patent practice at Gowling WLG, led by Kate Swaine, is considered ‘a leading IP practice’ by clients, with ‘many bright minds and creative thinkers’. Areas of strength for the team stem from the patent litigation practice, covering the life sciences, manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors, as well as SEP and FRAND strategy and litigation. Clients from the telecoms, hi-tech, and food and beverage industries also trust the team to manage their patent portfolios in a non-contentious capacity. Alexandra Brodie is notable for her SEP/FRAND litigation expertise for telecoms and technology clients, while Paul Inman is a key name in the team for high-profile pharmaceuticals patent infringement and revocation expertise. Luke Kempton and Patrick Duxbury are go-to members of the team for IP transactional work. Also of note is the medical technology team, which fields the ‘excellent’ Jon Ball and ‘superb’ Huw Evans. Life sciences specialist Jenny Davies was recently promoted to partner, while patent litigator and fluent Japanese speaker Seiko Hakada joined the team from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Other key lawyers:
Alexandra Brodie; Paul Inman; Gordon Harris; Patrick Duxbury; Luke Kempton; Huw Evans; Jon Ball; Inga Pietsch; Seiko Hidaka; Jenny Davies
‘Jenny Davies has a demonstrated track-record of achieving excellent results for her clients in big-ticket litigation and has a very promising future at the firm.’
‘This is a leading IP practice with some exceptional practitioners.’
‘Huw Evans is one of the UK’s best known and experienced IP litigators. He is a superb lawyer and heads up the patent litigation team at Gowlings WLG (UK). I have worked with Huw on a range of cases, most recently a patent entitlement dispute in the High Court, where he and his colleagues provided excellent commercial and strategic advice. He is able to offer innovative commercial solutions without always having to resort to litigation.’
‘Seiko Hidaka’s knowledge of patent law is magnificent. She is a fluent Japanese speaker and this has obvious benefits when dealing with Japan-based clients.’
‘Jonathan Ball is another excellent lawyer, who is recognised as being an expert on trade secrets.’
‘I have no hesitation in recommending Huw Evans and the Gowling IP team.’
‘A strong team. Many bright minds and creative thinkers.’
‘Huw Evans, Seiko Hidaka and Paul Inman plus others are great fun to work alongside. Sassy, fizzing and thoughtful.’
Aston Martin Lagonda
Fluid Power Design
Ezee Group International
Eisai Co Ltd.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
‘Incredibly client focused’ with an ‘excellent depth of scientific knowledge’, the patent practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP regularly advises on pan-European patent litigation, with particular strength in the telecoms and technology sectors. The team is also notable for its expertise in advising originator and innovator companies in the medical technology and pharmaceuticals industries. The team is now led by Sebastian Moore, who splits his time between London and Milan and specialises in pan-European pharmaceuticals litigation, including a number of high-profile cases before the CJEU. Andrew Moir is a key member of the team for complex hi-tech patent disputes, while Sophie Rich continues to be a trusted adviser to some of the globe’s largest pharmaceuticals, operating on a consultant basis within the team. Research and development issues and commercial transactions are the purview of Jonathan Turnbull, who is well praised by clients. Andrew Wells was recently made partner and is a patent litigator focused on pharmaceuticals and diagnostic patent litigation. Senior associates Emily Bottle, Alex Freelove and Peter Dalton are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Moir; Sophie Rich; Jonathan Turnbull; Andrew Wells; Emily Bottle; Alex Freelove; Peter Dalton
‘The team is incredibly client focused and have an excellent depth of scientific knowledge, particularly in pharma and life sciences sector patent work.’
‘Sophie Rich and Sebastian Moore stand out for their intelligence, technical understanding in the life sciences sector and experience of conducting high-value cross-border patent litigation.’
‘Jonathan Turnbull is a younger partner who stands out for his extremely thorough and hardworking approach, thoughtfulness and attention to detail.’
‘Andrew Moir is an experienced patent expert. Peter Dalton is a solid Senior Associate.’
‘The team has an ability to deal with complex scientific material arising in litigation.’
‘Peter Dalton has an ability to really understand very complex scientific technical detail and to express it clearly and cleanly.’
Foundation Medicine Inc
British American Tobacco
- Advised Foundation Medicine, Inc. in preparing for, and then initiating and defending, European proceedings in relation to a large number of a key competitor’s IP rights.
- Represented Gilead in UK proceedings relating to Gilead’s HIV integrase inhibitor, bictegravir, which forms part of Gilead’s blockbuster anti-HIV regimen BIKTARVY.
- Advised Sky UK Limited in successfully defending patent infringement litigation relating to an advertising data collection system.
IP specialist firm Marks & Clerk enjoys a strong reputation in the biotechnology, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals sectors. Mike Gilbert leads the life sciences practice in the firm and advises on a number of high-value, highly complex patent disputes, particularly revocations. Dafydd Bevan specialises in hi-tech patent litigation and is a key contact within the team for disputes related to software, network communications, and graphical user interfaces, including FRAND and SEP licensing issues; he also maintains a strong mechanical engineering patent practice. Trevor Crosse is a biotechnology and pharmaceuticals patent litigation specialist, representing a number of major biopharmaceuticals clients in complex patent disputes. Graham Burnett-Hall is praised for his technical and ‘out-of-the-box’ approach to mandates, and Michael Moore advises on the more commercial aspects of the practice, particularly on licensing deals, collaboration agreements and M&A due diligence.
Mike Gilbert; Michael Moore; Dafydd Bevan
Other key lawyers:
Charlie Balme; Trevor Crosse; Graham Burnett-Hall
‘Marks & Clerk have successfully represented us in a patent litigation in England. Working with the team was a pleasant experience.’
‘Graham Burnett-Hall is good at understanding involved technical concepts. In technical discussion, he quickly grasps the core problems. He is patient in explaining the intricacies of British law and how they affect the litigation. He is good at thinking out-of-the-box in applying recent case law to the litigation.’
The Broad Institute
- Acted for Pfizer in a multi-patent High Court action against Regeneron and Teva relating to anti=NFG antibodies for use in the treatment of osteoarthritis.
- Acted for dSPACE in its successful defence of High Court patent infringement proceedings relating to electronic testing systems.
- Acted for Manitou in a complex, five patent action against JCB relating to control systems for heavy machinery.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP ‘has a strong scientific understanding’ and ‘adopts a pragmatic approach’ for its clients, and is particularly well-known for its patent revocation litigation practice. Clare Tunstall leads the group and is considered an expert in multi-jurisdictional patent actions. Charlotte Weekes is also of note within the team, particularly for pan-European, business-critical patent actions, having appeared at all levels of the UK courts and the CJEU in a number of high-profile cases. Gina Bicknell joined the team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, bolstering the team's US capabilities and adding to the team’s transactional life sciences offering, which also includes Christopher Sharp. In addition, pharmaceuticals and medical device exclusivity rights specialist Gareth Morgan joined the team from CMS alongside a number of associates. Also of note are Allistair Booth, David Lancaster, Mark Marfé and Nicole Jadeja, all of which are highly praised by clients.
Other key lawyers:
Charlotte Weekes; Christopher Sharp; Allistair Booth; Nicole Jadeja; Catherine Drew; David Lancaster; Gina Bicknell; Gareth Morgan; Mark Marfé
‘They are a very good team, well managed and working very well together. They are always keen to provide top level service. They are also innovative and happy to work with other firms if appropriate.’
‘Nicole Jadeja is an exceptional lawyer with excellent client management skills. She is a pleasure to work with – nothing is too much trouble.’
‘David Lancaster is a great lawyer who uses his scientific knowledge to excellent effect.’
‘Mark Marfé is super helpful, always accessible and great insight on the legal side of AI.’
‘Allistair Booth is an outstanding life sciences/licensing practitioner with a wealth of experience in negotiating high-value licensing deals. He is hands-on and highly user-friendly. I would recommend him unreservedly.’
‘The team at Pinsent Masons has a strong scientific understanding within our technology area and adopts a pragmatic approach to providing a work product. The team always investigate with us, how and in what form we wish to receive a work product, and they are mindful of costs, checking in with us as they proceed. I would describe the team at Pinsent Masons as very collaborative in their approach to client work.’
‘The individuals that I work with at Pinsent Masons are reliable, competent and turn over work in a time frame that fits my needs. The work product is very good and their advice is always thoroughly researched. They understand what I need as a client in industry and are able to provide valuable input. Particularly, Nicole Jadeja is a stand-out partner – she is personable, professional and provides an excellent service.’
‘Stand out partners: Gareth Morgan has great experience and expertise in this area. He has a frank and personable manner with clients, which is refreshing.’
C4X Discovery Plc
Juul Labs Limited
Project Etopia Group Limited
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited
University of Huddersfield
Zentiva Group a.s.
- Advised Flynn Pharma in the high-profile patent proceedings between it and Neurim against Viatris (formerly Mylan) and Teva.
- Advised Teva in relation to revocation proceedings in respect of Novartis’ blockbuster product Gilenya (fingolimod).
- Advised Teva in relation to proceedings in respect of Novartis’ blockbuster iron chelator medicine Exjade (deferasirox), a case which will consider doctrine of equivalence in the context of formulation claims.
Simmons & Simmons
‘Commercially aware’ with ‘in-depth knowledge’ of the IP sector, Simmons & Simmons' patents practice offers litigation, prosecution, and transactional advice to clients with a strong presence across the EMEA region. Key sectors for the team include the life sciences, fintech, and technology sectors, of which the team has advised on a number of big-ticket patent litigation matters for recognised brands and companies. The transactional side of the practice is adept at licensing and collaboration mandates, which practice head Michael Gavey excels in, particularly for high-profile clients. Michael Burdon is considered an expert in patent litigation in the healthcare, life sciences, and TMT sectors, and Scott Parker is also of note on the litigation side of the practice. For transactional patent matters, Angus McLean is the key contact at the firm and is well known in the fintech space.
Other key lawyers:
Angus McLean; Michael Burdon; Scott Parker; Andrew Hutchinson; Priya Nagpal; Lydia Torne; Christina Thompson
‘The Simmons & Simmons team is outstanding, both as a team and the individuals forming the team. They are competent, available and have great knowledge of our firm and industry. We always consider them as our first choice when we are in need of legal support.’
‘Lydia Torne is an absolutely outstanding lawyer. She acts as our trusted adviser, and we entrust her with many important cases with executive management attention. She is extremely knowledgeable both within the law and our industry. She is always available to support us and her deliverables and advice are always of very high quality. She is without a doubt my top pick when I need legal support.’
‘Michael Gavey is an excellent lawyer and has provided great support to us. Michael has a very good understanding of our industry and the law.’
‘The Simmons and Simmons team have in-depth knowledge of the intellectual property space. They are also aware of how IP matters may also impinge on other practices and are able to bring on board relevant experts from tax, corporate finance and others where needed. They are commercially aware and able to suggest pragmatic solutions to close deals. On contentious work they have great strength in their associates.’
‘Michael Gavey is knowledgeable and pragmatic. He makes a real effort to understand our business and listen to our needs.’
GSK, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Johnson & Johnson, Alnylam, Roche and Regeneron
Boston Scientific Corporation
- Acting for UCB in relation to the launch of its important anti-IL-17 psoriasis product bimekizumab (for the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory diseases) for UK and Dutch revocation actions and an Italian declaratory action (as well as supporting an EPO opposition) in relation to a Genentech patent which was subsequently transferred to Novartis.
- Advised eight leading international pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies on a long term multi-million pound collaboration agreement with Our Future Health, pursuant to which each company would become a founding industry member of the Our Future Health programme.
- Representing Xiaomi in global SEP/FRAND litigation brought by Philips.
‘Professionalism’, ‘pragmatism’, and ‘flexibility’ are all characteristics of Taylor Wessing LLP‘s patent practice, which is well known for its patent revocation expertise, particularly acting for generic pharmaceuticals companies. The team is led by Nigel Stoate, whose practice focuses on medical device, pharmaceuticals, telecoms, chemicals, and engineering industry patent litigation. James Marshall is a hi-tech expert in the team, and Simon Cohen heads up the international patents practice at the firm, which is trusted by global life sciences companies. On the transactional side, expertise spans patent and IP strategies, licensing issues, R&D collaborations and other commercial agreements; Adrian Toutongi, Colin McCall and Alison Dennis are noted in this space, while Tasmina Goraya is a go-to name for regulatory matters.
Other key lawyers:
James Marshall; Simon Cohen; Adrian Toutongi; Colin McCall; Alison Dennis; Tasmina Goraya
‘We have been working with James Marshall’s team at Taylor Wessing for several years. We think their professionalism and experience makes us feel comfortable to work with them. Not only they often think like lawyers, but also they take care of client’s needs.’
‘We are working with James Marshall. He is good at patent cases, especially dealing with many typical cases in SEP field.’
‘The Partners we have worked with have a pragmatic approach to commercial transactions, with good communication skills. They ensure that clients know where to push the counterparty to make sure that there is no ambiguity in key areas, but where to give when there is something which is just nice to have. Partner is very accessible and flexible when working on transactions, especially at key times when working across multiple time zones.’
Oppo and OnePlus
Shenzhen Senior Technology Materials Ltd
Current Health Limited
Centessa Pharmaceuticals companies, and Cambridge Enterprise
Carpmaels & Ransford LLP’s patent offering provides ‘an excellent joined up service for patent litigation’. Strong across patent prosecutions and litigation, the team has recently been involved in a number of cutting edge mandates related to SCPs for blockbuster drug production. Cross-border strategies for defence are also an area of strength for the team, which is led co-led by David Wilson and Jake Marshall. Wilson heads up the dispute resolution arm of the practice, in which Jennifer Antcliff and Ian Kirby shine. Marshall is the name for transactional and advisory matters, including licensing and manufacturing deals.
David Wilson; Jake Marshall
Other key lawyers:
Ian Kirby; Jennifer Antcliff; Camilla Balleny; Simon Llewellyn; Sarah Johnson; Simon Keevey-Kothari; Chloe Taylor
‘Jennifer Antcliff is one of the best patent litigators in London, ably supported by David Wilson and Camilla Balleny. Ian Kirby is a star.’
‘Sarah Johnson is diligent, bright and highly personable – she provides an excellent contribution to any team.’
‘C&R is unusual in having integrated teams of solicitors and patent attorneys, which enables them to provide a highly technically qualified team with a view of patent prosecution as well as litigation.’
‘Ian Kirby, David Wilson and Jennifer Antcliff are all excellent and astute litigators, supported by a number of able associates.’
‘Carpmaels provides a sense of intimacy and knowledge of our company’s patent portfolio and our corporate objectives. They bring the right level of effort and competency to every issue, whether prosecution, opposition, or litigation, and provide strategic guidance on the portfolio and various actions that make clear what path to take and more often than not results in the desired outcome.’
‘Every member of the Carpmaels team I have worked with is intelligent, engaged, and knowledgeable in the specific topics of importance to the project. They always make themselves available, almost regardless of the time of day, and each team member provides me with a sense of responsibility and diligence in providing appropriate guidance and answers to questions asked, or to pull in Carpmaels team members (or outside resources) to make sure I get the information I need.’
‘Ian Kirby is a strong leader and case manager who was always available and involved in the case on a day-to-day basis.’
Bristol Myers Squibb
AMO Development, LLC
BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
The LYCRA Company
Amgen Europe GmbH
Radius Health Inc
CSL Behring AG
- Representing Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, AMO Development, LLC, in a multi patent revocation and infringement action commenced by Alcon in relation to AMO’s technology for laser eye surgery machinery.
- Representing Bristol Myers Squibb’s patent estate covering its blockbuster product Revlimid.
As a contentious specialist firm and standout for its FRAND litigation capabilities, EIP‘s patent litigation practice supports clients across a wide range of industries, with significant success in electronics and mobile telecoms industry cases at all levels up to the Supreme Court. Gary Moss spearheads the practice and is well versed in large-scale UK and cross-border disputes. The team is made up of Andrew Sharples, who is also dual qualified as a patent attorney and solicitor; and the ‘hardworking and conscientious’ Robert Lundie Smith, who also maintains an excellent contentious track record. Matthew Jones is adept in advising on matters related to generics and blockbuster drugs, and Kathleen Fox Murphy has extensive expertise advising on patent litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Robert Lundie Smith; Matthew Jones; Andrew Sharples; Kathleen Fox Murphy
‘EIP is unstuffy and its staff are very personable. One rare aspect of EIP is that it is a firm both of solicitors and patent attorneys, the latter being highly relevant to (and important in) their work in patent litigation – the patent attorneys are usually heavily involved in the technical aspects of the litigation, providing essential input.’
‘I highly recommend Robert Lundie Smith. He is very hardworking, conscientious, and has a real understanding of the technical, legal and strategic aspects of the cases he is working on.’
‘Gary Moss is clearly an excellent patent litigator, and has done an impressive job of building EIP.’
Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1
Solas OLED Ltd.
- Representing Optis and Unwired Planet before the High Court and Court of Appeal in their long-running and ongoing dispute with Apple regarding the licensing of their patent portfolio.
- Representing IP Bridge in another multi-trial, multi-patent FRAND related dispute in the field of mobile telecommunications and infrastructure.
- Representing Solas OLED before the High Court as part of its multi-jurisdictional patent dispute with Samsung involving OLED display technology.
Capable across both contentious and non-contentious patent matters, the team at Linklaters LLP acts for some of the world’s largest pharmaceuticals and biotechnology companies. Key areas of expertise for the team include the healthcare, telecoms, technology, consumer, and industrial industries. The team is led by Ian Karet, who has over 30 years of experience in the field and is notable for his healthcare sector patent litigation expertise, acting for global innovators. Yohan Liyanage has a broad practice, coordinating global patent disputes while also advising on the IP aspects of M&A, joint ventures, IPOs, and patent licensing transactions. Managing associate Stephanie Farrington is also of note, advising on cross-border patent litigation and negotiating and drafting licensing agreements. Paul Joseph joins the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Other key lawyers:
Nemone Franks; Yohan Liyanage; Stephanie Farrington
‘I recommend Ian Karet.’
‘Nemone Franks is an absolute superstar.’
- Advising GSK on a high-profile and high-value patent dispute in relation to an HIV drug, bictegravir
- Advising Sanofi and Regeneron on a high-profile multi-jurisdictional patent dispute in relation to a monoclonal antibody treatment for cardiovascular disease.
- Advising on the £3.5bn IPO of Oxford Nanopore Technologies on the London Stock Exchange.
Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s IP practice is praised for its ability to ‘ provide multi-faceted advice, strategy and litigation across the entire spectrum of IP’. Clients, particularly from the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, chemicals, telecoms and automotive industries, trust the team to provide patent counselling, enforcement advice and knowledge of validity challenges and transactions, both domestic and cross-border in nature. David Rose is the head of the IP disputes and patents groups, specialising in rights protection and enforcement programs, including SEPs and FRAND licensing. The team is also home to Helen Conlan, whose practice focuses on the TMT sector; she advises on a number of patent disputes pertaining to mechanical and digital medical devices. Jeremy Hertzog is a key contact for pharmaceuticals, technology and automotive clients, and Campbell Forsyth joined the team in 2022 from Dentons, bringing with him 20 years of experience in technically complex cross-border patent disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Martyn Hann; Helen Conlan; Jeremy Hertzog; Peter Nunn; Campbell Forsyth
‘The patents team is second to none. David Rose knows everything there is to know about patent litigation, but wears it with a quiet and unassumingly confident demeanour that instils complete trust in his clients and in the team he builds around him. It is a pleasure to work with David Rose, and a troublesome experience to be his opponent.’
‘I know both David Rose and Helen Conlan well and have worked with them on a number of cases. David is very competent. Helen is an excellent litigator and client relationship manager. She is easy to work with and knows precisely what she is doing and when and how to support effectively.’
‘A small, agile, but cost-effective legal team supported by a full-service firm and able to provide multi-faceted advice, strategy and litigation across the entire spectrum of IP.’
‘David Rose is a hugely experienced partner with deep and broad experience in the highest courts over the full spectrum of intellectual property.’
‘Mishcon de Reya has recently recruited Campbell Forsyth to bolster their patent experience. Campbell is an experienced practitioner with a careful and intelligent approach to patent litigation. He is particularly adept at reading what the client wants, even if they don’t know it themselves yet, and identifying the best ways to deliver it.’
‘The Intellectual Property team at Mishcon de Reya are a delight to work with. Their approach to our matters has been extremely helpful and has helped us as a business. They have worked with us to develop strategies, and have been extremely adept at explaining their reasoning. Beyond strategy, they have delivered excellent work on a consistent business and have worked to a fast timeframe and an efficient billing structure.’
‘Peter Nunn is very personable and easy to get along with, which is an important quality when dealing with the Mishcon team on a regular basis. However, Peter’s greatest strength is his incredibly strong knowledge of patent law and his transparency with us, the client. He helps us to save lots of time by steering us in the right direction. I would strongly recommend Peter’s services.’
Dr Reddy’s Laboratories
Top Optimized Technologies S.L
- Representing DRL in a significant damages inquiry against Warner-Lambert in relation to its second medical use patent relating to pregabalin.
- Representing Zentiva in defending a significant pharmaceutical case brought by Novartis concerning its patent application relating to its product Gilenya (including an application for an interim injunction).
- Acting for Top Optimized Technologies in various jurisdictions for infringement of its portfolio of patents for methods of power control in mobile telephones and mobile network infrastructure.
Arty Rajendra leads the patent practice at Osborne Clarke LLP, which acts in a number of high-value patent litigation matters at the forefront of the market. Particularly strong in the technology, telecoms, and life sciences sectors, the team routinely advises on SEP and FRAND litigation matters, with Rajendra recently acting in the high-profile Unwired Planet v Huawei FRAND determination. Also of note within the team is Will James who is praised by clients as ‘a leader in the space and a pleasure to work with’. Tim Harris is also a highly regarded patent litigator and an expert in representing hi-tech companies. Tamara Quinn is the key contact for non-contentious IP work.
Other key lawyers:
Will James; Tim Harris; Tamara Quinn
‘Tim Harris is very good at strategy and trustworthy, he works on the best of interest of client.’
‘They are hands-on and creative. Good team.’
‘Will James was good in drafting and negotiations.’
‘The OC team has deep knowledge of UK patent law and civil procedure. They are able to navigate complex issues of infringement, validity, and FRAND, as well as intricate confidentiality and disclosure requirements in certain cases.’
‘Arty Rajendra is the strategic lead attorney, with good case management expertise.’
‘Great advice delivered in a way which is timely, practical and reflects the client’s needs and circumstances.’
‘Will James is a first class IP lawyer; a leader in the space and a pleasure to work with; also a phenomenal client partner helping to identify other quality advisers at Osborne Clarke.’
‘Will James has been running patent cases especially in the Pharma/biotech sector for 15 years. He manages international cases really well and the clients love him.’
- Acted for Optis in its multi-trial case against Apple concerning Standard Essential Patents and FRAND licensing.
- Advising Amgen on its litigation strategy in respect of the new clinical field of cholesterol-lowering (anti-PCSK9) antibodies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Acted on infringement and validity proceedings against Sanofi and Regeneron in respect of their competing antibody product, Praluent.
- Acting for Anstar in relation to its ongoing dispute against IGM.
Particularly impressive in non-contentious patent matters across the life sciences, consumer, retail and energy sectors, Stephenson Harwood is trusted by multinational companies to handle complex and high-value commercial licensing agreements and transactions. The ‘outstanding and always committed’ team is led by Alexandra Pygall, who is highly praised by clients for her strategic and in-depth approach. Naomi Leach is also a name of note, particularly for IP licensing issues, collaboration agreements, and patent portfolio management work. The team also has a contentious practice, of which Rob Jacob is a key name to highlight.
Other key lawyers:
Naomi Leach; Rob Jacob; Dan Holland; Eifion Morris; Jodie Lilir; Josh Cunnington; Seth Crawley
‘The team at SH really stands out. Names to be mentioned are Rob Jacob, Alexandra Pygall and Eifion Morris. The team is highly responsive, knowledgable and have the ability to see all aspects of the case. In short, a team that we may rely on.’
‘The team is broad and consists of experts that are throughout outstanding and always committed to go the extra mile. They form tailor-made groups for every client and are able to provide high-level advice or detailed preparation of an extensive litigation. Thus they are clearly our go-to firm in UK.’
‘Rob Jacob, Alexandra Pygall as partners are excellent. Their experience and in-depth knowledge of the law, the right strategy and the industries are unrivalled. But also the second generation, Jodie Lilir and Josh Cunnington are absolutely remarkable.’
‘Seth Crawley has provided great assistance in advising clients on complex issues with a close eye for detail.’
‘Each person is absolutely excellent. Great client service. Realistic and innovative in their thinking. Diverse team brings many angles, in a good way.’
‘Alexandra Pygall is a pleasure to work with. There are many experienced attorneys in the Life Sciences field, but very few of those that I have met and worked with are on par with her.’
‘The team is used to working across a wide range of technical disciplines in cases with cross-border implications. The expertise on hand make them a go-to firm for me. They are also the kind of people where you can pick up the phone and have conversations on strategy and they work hard to understand the client’s business.’
‘Rob Jacob is exceptionally bright and a strong tactician. He is knowledgeable, sensible and commercial.’
Shield Therapeutics Plc
Perfetti van Melle
GroundTruth Global Ltd
C4X Discovery plc
Johnson & Johnson Innovation
- Advised Oxford Biomedica on critical clinical and commercial supply agreements relating to the manufacture by Oxford Biomedica of third party products using Oxford Biomedica’s proprietary technology.
- Represented Vexo International, a company specialising in the design, manufacture, and sale of filtration apparatus for use in commercial heating and cooling systems, in the High Court (Patents Court) in patent infringement proceedings against Building Services Products Limited.
- Advising Monobase Wind NV on its system for the generation of power from wind, which is suitable for installation in ultra deep waters offshore, on the terms under which it will cooperate with Daewoo, an investor while in the testing phase of the project.
Wiggin LLP ‘provides excellent, comprehensive, practical, detailed advice’ across a wide range of industry sectors, including the electronics, engineering, medical devices, financial services, software, and technology industries; clients instruct the team on patent litigation and transactional matters. The team is led by ‘leading light’ Sara Ashby, and is also home to Michael Browne, whose broad experience in patent litigation is praised by clients, and Calum Smyth, who is a key contact for financial services companies. The practice is well known for its experience in the technology and media sectors, and regularly coordinates and supports international mandates. Consultant Flora Greenwood is another key member of the team.
Other key lawyers:
Calum Smyth; Michael Browne; Flora Greenwood
‘The team benefits from its huge strength in depth in media law, offering a different insight to other firms without this group.’
‘Sara Ashby is one of the most experienced IP litigators in London. She cares deeply for her clients and combines detailed analysis of the case with sound commercial advice.’
‘This is a leading IP practice with some exceptional practitioners.’
‘Calum Smyth is an excellent patent litigator. He has extensive commercial knowledge. He shows technical flair (he has an engineering background) and is able to embrace new and complex technical areas, where he is recognised as being an expert.’
‘Sara Ashby is a leading light. She has a superb record as a patent litigator. Sara has a razor-sharp legal brain, but is still very commercial and client focused. These qualities, together with her determination in litigation to get the best results for her clients, mean that she has a great success record. Sara is able to turn her hand to a range of different subject-matter areas.’
‘Mike Browne – very good at analysing complex technical & legal matters, getting to the core issues upon which the case is likely to turn. Particularly good in cases where there are multiple causes of action. Wide experience in patent matters. Brings his broader range of litigation experience to the fore in patent cases.
‘Wiggins provides excellent, comprehensive, practical, detailed advice that is suited for our large and diverse multinational corporation. The value we receive from Wiggins, when comparing pricing to the deliverables offered, is unparalleled in the region.’
Permavent Limited & Greenhill Industrial Holdings Limited
BPW Bergische Achsen KG
Tanks and Pipeworks Limited
- Acted for Permavent Limited and Greenhill Industrial Holdings Limited in a long-running High Court patent entitlement dispute.
- Acting for 3M in ongoing patent validity proceedings against Saint Gobain in the Patents Court.
- Acted for Hozelock in a patent infringement and validity matter, invalidating a patent which had been previously litigated to the Court of Appeal and had a Certificate of Contested Validity.
WilmerHale‘s patent practice team fields ‘an amazing and dedicated pool of talent who are able to provide the very best service in all aspects of complex technical patent litigation’. Collaborating closely with the firm's US counterparts, the London team comprises Trevor Cook, Matthew Shade, Anthony Trenton and Justin Watts, who are all adept at advising on high-profile, high-value FRAND and SEP litigation. Key sectors of expertise for the team include the pharmaceuticals, mobile phone technology, biotechnology product, semiconductor, and aviation engineering industries.
Other key lawyers:
Trevor Cook; Matthew Shade; Anthony Trenton; Justin Watts; Christina Guazzi; Annsley Ward
‘Justin Watts is a stalwart of the IP circle with a stellar reputation.’
‘Matthew Shade is a relatively junior partner but with an excellent and growing reputation. Matthew is particularly well regarded for technically heavy IP life sciences work and coordinating multi-jurisdictional litigation.’
‘Christina Guazzi – an exceptional talent. A partner in waiting.’
‘WilmerHale’s UK Patent team is first-rate – an amazing and dedicated pool of talent who are able to provide the very best service in all aspects of complex technical patent litigation – especially in the telecoms/FRAND arena.’
‘Anthony Trenton is a fantastic team leader, keeping on top of the most complex multi-faceted international patent litigation, whilst enabling the members of his team to deploy their individual skills to deliver a first-rate yet cost-effective work product.’
‘Anthony Trenton, Justin Watts and Annsley Ward stand out for their role in complex patent litigation. Trevor Cook is also a valuable contribution to the team, given his lifetime experience in the field.’
Arnold & Porter’s patents group is led by Beatriz San Martin, who focuses her practice on the life sciences sector and innovative technologies. Commercial IP expert Ewan Townsend is notable in the team, having recently been part of a global cohort advising AstraZeneca on the manufacture and purchase agreements for its Covid-19 vaccine. The team has continued to grow in this field, also advising both Sanofi and Pfizer on a number of vaccine-related matters.
Beatriz San Martin
Other key lawyers:
Ewan Townsend; Monty Taylor
‘Beatriz San Martin is an excellent litigator and very good at managing a team. She is very approachable and good an understanding client’s key commercial interests. She has excellent experience and has an excellent grasp of legal and commercial issues.’
‘Not only were the team very thorough and professional, they were superb communicators. Always friendly and helpful, the team replies in a timely fashion with highly specific and relevant content. They went above and beyond in their advice giving and document preparation.’
‘The team were personable, extremely thorough and always responsive. They took a genuine interest in the organisation and work at hand, going above and beyond what was expected. They also didn’t hold back with their views and advice, creating a valuable environment of trust. They also did a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of document preparation and wording, which was unexpected and a great relief.’
‘The team at Arnold & Porter have a particularly strong practice in cutting-edge technologies alongside their well-known expertise in the life sciences sector. They are particularly effective in managing and resolving disputes with a breadth of capabilities across all areas of IP.’
‘I seek out Beatriz San Martin to work on my matters because I know that she has superb IP expertise and is a thoughtful and trusted advisor. She not only knows what she is talking about but she has the client’s best interests at the forefront of her mind, finding creative solutions that are not over-engineered. There is no over engineering, no bluff, just measured opinions and realistic, creative solutions. She is well known and respected in the IP community as someone who will collaborate and provide support for the benefit of the wider community.’
‘The team are all responsive and thoughtful in how they deal with matters, both large and small. They are a pleasure to work with. The team works well within the wider firm, bringing in related expertise when needed.’
‘Beatriz San Martin has knowledge and understanding in depth across a very wide range of IP related fields. She is able to handle almost any matter raised with ease. I’m always confident when referring matters to her. She is considered in her approach, and is always responsive to the specific client needs.’
‘With regard to the non-contentious workflow, Ewan Townsend is certainly one of the best practitioners working in London. He is dedicated, commercially aware, technically excellent and consistently good to work with.’
‘Frankly, Ewan Townsend is the best commercial IP lawyer working in London currently.’
Ceylon Graphite Corp
Big Change Charitable Trust
GSK Consumer Health
- Advising Pfizer regarding an agreement for coordinating the supplies and donations of the Pfizer/BioNTech BNT162b2 mRNA-based vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 and the protease inhibitor Paxlovid.
- Advising on the acquisition by Cognizant of New Signature.
- Advised Norgine on its exclusive licence agreement with Beijing Podconley Pharmaceutical Technology & Development for Norgine’s product PLENVU.
Dentons‘ patents practice offers its clients comprehensive litigation, advisory, transactional, and prosecution assistance, with a strong bench of litigators who are trusted by companies in the technology, retail, media, finance and public sectors. Justin Hill leads the team, which is praised for its ‘excellent service’ and ‘pragmatic approach’. Recent highlights for the team include advising high-profile clients on their UK and European patent portfolios, as well as acting for generic pharmaceutical companies in patent infringement and validity proceedings.
‘Justin Hill and his team consistently provide an excellent service. They are extremely strategic, but also pragmatic in managing our IP portfolio.’
- Supporting Dexcom on UK, German and US patent litigation against Abbott diabetes care.
- Advising Arqit on its technology patenting and commercialisation strategy.
- Advising Raytheon Technologies on its large and complex European patent portfolio comprising hundreds of different patent matters and involving a wide range of cutting edge technologies.
Fieldfisher‘s UK patent practice’s core team includes litigation expert and practice head David Knight, director Tommy McKenna and senior associate Christopher Leung. The group has a strong technical background in electronic engineering, chemistry and patent litigation, and is able to support clients across a broad spectrum of technologies and industries. Recent highlights include acting for Peloton in a patent infringement claim commenced by a competitor company.
Other key lawyers:
Tommy McKenna; Christopher Leung
Peloton Interactive Inc
Master Data Center Inc
- Acting for Peloton Interactive Inc in a patent infringement claim commenced by Icon Fitness.
- Acting for international toy company MGA Entertainment in defence of a claim of unjustified threats of patent infringement and anti-competitive conduct in relation to one of MGA’s hit toy products.
- Advised James Park Associates on a multi-million pound claim regarding its uniquely designed business class airline seats and layout.
Reed Smith LLP
As advisers to a number of global household name and listed clients, the Reed Smith LLP patents practice advises on both contentious and non-contentious issues relating to major patent disputes and multi-jurisdictional patent strategies. Practice head Jonathan Radcliffe is praised by clients as ‘charming, intelligent and a real team player’, while Philip Thomas is ‘extremely capable and approachable’.
Other key lawyers:
‘Great team with real depth of experience. Excellent at getting results for the client.’
‘Jonathan Radcliffe – charming, intelligent and a real team player. Analyses problems in depth and devises commercial and successful strategies.’
‘Philip Thomas is extremely capable and approachable. He always gives commercially sound advice that we value highly. Jonathan Radcliffe is also a first-rate lawyer. We value his insights and enjoy working with him.’
Geoff Hussey leads the patents practice at AA Thornton, which is noted by clients as ‘a great team with true experts’. Fielding patent experts in the life sciences and cosmetic sectors, the team advises on IP strategy, due diligence in IP transactions and M&A, and licensing issues, and has particular expertise in relation to the Nagoya Protocol. Daniel Byrne is another key name to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘A great team of true experts. A pleasure to work with. Strongly aligned with our culture.’
Lisa Draxlmaier GmbH
Aptiv Technologies Limited
Landmark Graphics Corporation
Clifford Chance LLP‘s IP practice group continues to be a trusted adviser to Pfizer, acting on its global patent licensing and collaboration agreement with BioNTech for the development of the Covid-19 vaccine. The team, which is co-led by Stephen Reese and Vanessa Marsland, has also advised on the development of an mRNA vaccine to target shingles. Sector strengths span the healthcare, life sciences, consumer goods, and retail industries.
Stephen Reese; Vanessa Marsland
‘Stephen Reese’s depth of knowledge in the field of digital health sets him apart from most competitors.’
‘Stephen Reese is a seasoned practitioner who brings a wealth of experience to the table and is the man to see for advice on complicated matters of healthcare law, including the new and amorphous world of digital health.’
Her Majesty’s Government
Cyprus Government and the Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus Named Halloumi
Philip Morris Products, S.A
Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Co., Ltd.
Manchester City Football Club
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Invictus Games Foundation
Labour Friends of Israel
The Absolut Company
Admiral Group plc
Vectura Group plc
- Advised Pfizer on and led negotiations concerning its global collaboration and licensing arrangements in collaboration with BioNTech for the development of its Covid-19 vaccine.
- Advising the UK Government on arrangements concerning the IP aspects and licensing of Oxford University’s Covid-19 vaccine to AstraZeneca.
- Advising Pfizer on and leading negotiations on a second global collaboration with BioNTech for the development of a mRNA vaccine to target shingles.
Clyde & Co
Clyde & Co‘s patent offering occupies a niche in representing generic pharmaceuticals companies in patent litigation and strategy. Alongside this well-known generics practice, the firm also has a strong veterinary IP practice. The team is led by Ralph Cox, who is known for his biotech and pharmaceuticals patent ligation expertise, while Chris Williams is a key name for clients across a range of sectors including the marine, natural resources, and energy industries.
Other key lawyers:
Chris Williams; Hari Sharma; Rebecca Wyke
‘Very good value.’
‘Ralph Cox – very knowledgeable about law and practice of patent litigation. Very good with clients.’
‘Ralph Cox’s knowledge and understanding of the law is the best we have received in the last 10 years. We would not consider using any other person to protect our invention.’
Oxford Nanoimaging Limited
Presspart Manufacturing Limited
Renaissance Technologies, Inc.
- Advising KFIP on the validity and infringement of its patent and obtaining a supporting Patent Office opinion.
- Advising Presspart Manufacturing on an evidence request from a US court with conduct of patent infringement proceedings concerning inhalers.
- Representing Renaissance in its appeal against the Patent Office’s refusal of its patent application for a system for placing distributed orders at stock exchanges.
The patents practice at DLA Piper advises a number of high-profile clients, particularly in the fields of 5G technology and the internet of things, regarding licensing issues and litigation. The team includes practice head Ruth Hoy, patent disputes expert Deborah Bould, and Rebecca Lawrence who was previously at Powell Gilbert LLP and joined following a break from private practice, bolstering the team’s contentious capabilities.
Other key lawyers:
Deborah Bould; Rebecca Lawrence
‘A great firm with offices throughout the UK.’
‘Deborah Bould continues to innovate in international patent litigation – taking on battles that others would avoid.’
‘DLA’s IP and Patent team are amazingly dynamic, forward-thinking and effective.’
‘Deborah Bould is a dynamic, hard-working and insightful leader of litigation teams, particularly in electronics and litigation involving multiple patents. She is very experienced running complex multi-jurisdictional patent litigation.’
‘Rebecca Lawrence is a very experienced and exceptional patent litigator. She is always on top of the procedural strategy required for the case and advancing the client’s strategic goals.’
Keystone Law‘s IP patents practice advises start-ups and multinational businesses on both disputes and commercial IP matters. Rebecca Halford-Harrison is well known for her expertise in the food and beverage, life sciences, cosmetics, and energy industries, particularly in regulated markets. Simon Chalkley‘s practice focuses on IP strategy and commercial transactions, regularly advising on licensing, distribution, franchising and technology transfer agreements. Lucy Harrold has particular expertise in the protection, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights.
Other key lawyers:
Rebecca Halford-Harrison; Claire Blewett; Lucy Harold; Simon Chalkley; Fiona Nicolson; Muzaffar Shah; Alexander Carter-Silk
‘Direct access to senior, high-quality resources. Legal advice with a strong commercial bent – will take a sensible, commercial point of view.’
‘Rebecca Halford-Harrison really knows her stuff and brings in the right high-quality experts.’
World Programming Limited
F W Thorpe Plc
- Advised the shareholders of World Programming Limited on the sale of their share capital to Nasdaq-listed Altair Engineering Inc.
- Defended a major and world-leading German construction manufacturing company in an infringement claims relating to two separate patents.
- Advised HP1 Technology on strategy relating to multiple patent-related collaborations.
Lewis Silkin‘s patent practice is headed up by litigation expert Tom Gaunt, who has extensive expertise in the mechanical, electrical, and software patent spaces, and also handles EPO oppositions and infringement matters. Antony Craggs also has a focus on patent litigation, handing large cross-border disputes. Hong Kong-based David Swain is a close collaborator with the UK offering.
Other key lawyers:
David Swain; Antony Craggs
‘A quality firm in the IP field.’
‘Antony Craggs has a great grip on the legal detail and is determined to get the best result for the client.’
Organics Group plc
Britvic Soft Drinks Limited
Janssen Pharmaceutica NV
Concrete Floor Products
- Advised Britvic on its defence after Soluble Technologies issued proceedings alleging that its patent was infringed by Britvic’s Squash’d range.
- Advised NRG on its defence after Exertis issued proceedings alleging that its rights were infringed by NRG’s MOUNTSTOM range.
- Advised Vida XL on its defence after Core Products issued proceedings alleging that its rights were infringed by one of VidaXL’s ranges.
Venner Shipley LLP is well known for its patent attorney team and continues to grow its patent litigation practice, which is led by dual-qualified solicitor and barrister James Tumbridge and includes Robert Peake. Recent significant instructions include assisting Imperial College regarding its patent for a self-amplifying RNA vaccine as part of its Covid-19 vaccine strategy.
Other key lawyers:
Paul Harris; Robert Peake
Kazia Therapeutics Limited
Fit Out UK
Howorh Air Technologies
Imperial College London
- Represented FiberLean, defending its own patents and attacking the patents of FiberLean’s competitors.
- Advised Genentech, Inc. and its exclusive licensee Kazia Therapeutics Ltd. concerning infringement of a patent in several European jurisdictions and the interference with the rights of the exclusive licensee.
- Advising Fit Out UK on the patenting of its unique shelving design used in major supermarkets like Sainsbury’s.
James Love heads up Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s Yorkshire-based patent litigation practice, which has a broad service offering covering the full life-cycle of IP rights. Tim Barber and Patrick Cantrill are also of note within the team, which has extensive experience dealing with complex protection, exploitation and enforcement issues.
Other key lawyers:
Tim Barber; Patrick Cantrill
‘Personal contact/communication is excellent.’
‘James Love – Always available for discussion. I particularly appreciate the many strategic overviews of litigation progress and options. Couched in business terms, not legal language.’
‘Tim Barber – On top of the detail and always prompt replies. Accurate information provision and process management has made our litigation as stress-free as possible. It does help that we have won.’
University of the West of England
- Acted for Geofabrics in a complex High Court patent trial in which Geofabrics’ patent was held to be valid and infringed by a competing product by Fiberweb.
- Advised The University of the West of England on two collaboration agreements in connection with maximising income from the university’s intellectual property.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP‘s patent practice excels in transactional matters, particularly international licensing agreements, M&A due diligence, and patent portfolio strategies. Mary Bagnall leads the practice and associate Caroline Young provides assistance in commercial IP matters. Also of note within the team is associate Peter Byrd, who excels in the retail, TMT and sport sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Caroline Young; Peter Byrd
National Pharmacy Association Limited
Pritchard Spray Technology
- Advising Rentschler, an independent contract manufacturer for the development and production of biopharmaceuticals, on its entry into the UK and collaboration with an Innovate UK established technology centre.
- Supporting Meggitt’s acquisition of a product development company specialising in the use of additive manufacturing (metal 3-D printing) within the aerospace industry.
- Advising Emergex for a number of years on commercial contracts and IP matters.
Norton Rose Fulbright‘s UK patent practice is led by commercial IP expert Mike Knapper. The team also engages in contentious work, with recent highlights including advising Shell on a patent infringement claim in relation to Pay at Pump technology. Notable at a non-partner level are Farah Mukaddam who was recently promoted to counsel, and senior associate Alex Redbourne. Paul Joseph has left the firm for Linklaters.
Other key lawyers:
Jane Caskey; Zayed Al Jamil; Alex Redbourne
Japan Tobacco Inc.
- Advising Kerry Foods on the sale of its meats and ready meals business to Pilgrims Foods, including advising on significant IP separation issues, including brand licences and licences of Kerry’s proprietary meat alternative technology.
- Advising Shell on a patent infringement claim brought by Ensygnia IP Limited in the Patents Court, UK High Court in relation to the alleged infringement of Ensygnia’s patent by a number of Shell entities in relation to Pay at Pump technology.
- Advised Sandvik on patent and trade mark due diligence in the context of its acquisition of DSI Underground.
Stevens & Bolton LLP
Stevens & Bolton LLP maintains a strong patent licensing practice, acting for both licensors and licensees across a number of sectors, including the life sciences, technology, and consumer and luxury goods industries. Tom Lingard leads the practice and Charlotte Tillett brings additional life sciences expertise as the sector group’s head; both are singled out as ‘a pleasure to work with’. Senior associate Tom Collins continues to build his patent dispute practice and is also a key member of the team.
Other key lawyers:
Charlotte Tillett; Tom Collins
‘S&B answer queries quickly and efficiently. They ensure that they are able to answer urgent queries. They inspire confidence in their advice.’
‘Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett are a pleasure to work with. Tom ensures he is available for urgent client matters, which is much appreciated. Tom provides commercially relevant advice to ensure clients are fully informed of their options and potential outcomes. His advice is technically correct and practical, allowing clients to make fully informed decisions.’
Nextlife Wearables Ltd
Guardian Tools Ltd
Dental Sky Wholesaler Ltd
NexGen Tree Shelters Ltd
- Supporting a global biotechnology company in relation to IP licensing, including negotiating complex cross-border patent and know-how licence agreements with major pharmaceutical companies.
- Advising a global biotechnology company on a payment and trade secrets dispute concerning a patent and know-how licence agreement.
- Advising a global pharmaceutical company in relation to a complex series of patent licence agreements and marketing authorisation relating to the sale of a widely available over-the-counter pharmaceutical product in Iran.