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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Michael (Mike) Knapper

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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Intellectual Property; Technology and Innovation


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Norton Rose Fulbright's blue-chip client base includes GlaxoSmithKline, Carlsberg and HSBC. Raj Karia leads the team, which assists clients with negotiating manufacturing and supply agreements, collaboration arrangements and services agreements. It also advises on matters such as contract process management (including contracts involving complex procurement and tendering processes), brand exploitation (through franchising and sponsorship) and smart contracts. In 2017, Christopher (Chris) Grieves advised Harlequin Football Club (Harlequins) on an agreement to become a strategic partner and minority shareholder in Rugby International Marketing (RIM), the commercial subsidiary of USA Rugby, as well as in digital video platform The Rugby Channel. Another notable individual is Oliver Stacey, who was the lead adviser to Vodafone in a high-profile partnership with CityFibre to deliver a full-fibre internet service to one million homes by 2021. Also recommended are James Russell, Michael (Mike) Knapper, Marcus Evans and senior associate Zayed Al Jamil.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

The 'very responsive' data protection, privacy and cybersecurity team at Norton Rose Fulbright has been singled out for 'always providing good advice'. The group has been acting for clients on GDPR compliance projects, including for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation which it has been advising specifically on export of personal data to the client's headquarters in Japan, and other non- EU jurisdictions. The practice is also instructed by AIG to handle domestic and multi-jurisdictional data breach issues in connection with the clients cyber insurance product. This has included advising a global financial institution following a ransomware attack and a retailer on the legal implications of a data theft by a former employee. Marcus Evans heads the practice, which includes disputes lawyer Jonathan Ball, head of IP Michael (Mike) Knapper and Ffion Flockhart, who utilises her insurance background to advise large corporates and financial institutions.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Norton Rose Fulbright's intellectual property department comprises teams focusing on brand management; litigation; and transactional licensing. The group is instructed by Oxford Nanopore Technologies in patent litigation brought by Pacific Biosciences of California relating to disruptive technology in the DNA sequencing market. Jonathan Ball has technology expertise and is leading a team continuing to defend Ingram Micro in claims for alleged infringement of mobile patents brought by IPCom, including in FRAND considerations. Michael (Mike) Knapper heads up the global practice and specialises in commercial and transactional elements. Another key name to note in the London office is Huw Evans.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Norton Rose Fulbright handles a range of transactions, including complex cross-border M&A, joint ventures, network sharing and outsourcing. It also advises on IP, global regulation, disputes, licence bids, privatisations, brand management, financing and investment for clients across the broadcasting, film, print, publishing, live entertainment, online media, music, sports and advertising sectors. Highlights included Harlequin Football Club on its agreement to become a minority shareholder and strategic partner in USA Rugby’s commercial subsidiary Rugby International Marketing (RIM) and in the governing body’s digital video platform, The Rugby Channel (TRC). The team is also acting for Trinity Mirror on the proposed acquisition of Northern & Shell’s publishing assets for £126.7m; and advised Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company on the sale by Thomson Reuters Corporation of a majority stake in its financial and risk business. The team also manages the global trade mark portfolio of Aardman Animations. Key figures include Ian Lopez, who handles corporate mandates in the media sector; Christopher Pearson, who is experienced in corporate finance transactions; Jonathan Ball, who co-heads the IP disputes practice; and Oliver Stacey, who handles corporate and commercial mandates. IP lawyer Huw Evans and of counsel Clare Jackman are also noted. Michael (Mike) Knapper heads the communications, media and entertainment team, in addition to heading the IP practice in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Within: PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Norton Rose Fulbright is instructed by high-profile brands such as Barclays and BNP Paribas. Of counsel Clare Jackman leads the team and is an expert in filing and prosecution matters. Also recommended is Jonathan Ball,  who has been managing the trade mark portfolio for McClaren. Huw Evans  and Michael (Mike) Knapper are also recommended.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Norton Rose Fulbright's multi-disciplined practice has a client roster which includes big names such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and Bayer. IP expert Huw Evans leads the team and recently defended Oxford Nanopore Technologies against patent infringement claims brought by Pacific Biosciencs of California regarding DNA sequencing technology. Michael (Mike) Knapper also works on IP matters, predominantly non-contentious, while Jonathan Ball focuses mainly on IP and technology disputes. Also recommended are corporate finance specialist Milana Chamberlain, product liability expert Caroline May and corporate lawyers Ian Lopez and Gareth Kendall.

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