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Alexandra Pygall

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Stephenson Harwood

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Commercial litigation.


An intellectual property expert with significant experience of advising on both transactions and disputes. Alexandra believes in providing straightforward and practical advice in context. With degrees in both law and chemistry, many of her clients are in the life sciences sector but she also works with luxury brand clients and clients in other sectors.

Alexandra advises on the complete spectrum of intellectual property issues. Her clients range from life sciences companies, such as BTG plc and Vernalis plc, to luxury brand companies such as Moët Hennessy and Richemont.

Alexandra's transaction experience includes advising clients on licensing, partnering, collaboration and R&D agreements as well as on the IP aspects of mergers, acquisitions, investments (including the taking of security over IP) and commercial contracts such as manufacturing and distribution arrangements.

Her dispute experience includes advising clients in relation to claims regarding IP ownership, infringement and validity and in relation to licensing and other contractual matters. She also advises in relation to anti-counterfeiting strategies and enforcement policies. She has experience of both civil and criminal IP litigation.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The 'bright, commercially-minded, and creative' intellectual property practice at Stephenson Harwood¬†'combines practice and experience from different jurisdictions', and is considered 'a leading firm in multi-jurisdictional IP litigation'. The team acted for GlaxoSmithKline in a trade mark dispute¬†against Sandoz, in relation to the use of colour purple on asthma inhalers. The 'formidable litigator'¬†and 'experienced negotiator and strategist'¬†Eifion Morris¬†lalongside the 'calm and imperturbable solution-seeker'Rob Jacob, which includes proceedings across several jurisdictions.¬†Morris and Jacob¬†jointly head the practice alongside the 'highly knowledgeable'¬†Alexandra Pygall, who is singled out for her¬†'excellent¬†litigation strategy'. In another highlight, the team is representing Blue Power in a¬†‚ā¨1bn damages claim for breach of contract and breach of confidence including a misuse of trade secrets against¬†Eni. It is also¬†acting for¬†Eureka Shipping in a patent infringement dispute relating to technology for the loading, transport and unloading of cement products.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

The 'excellent', 'very pragmatic' and 'professional' Stephenson Harwood focuses on intellectual property and corporate matters in this space. Corporate partner Andrew Edge jointly heads heads the team and recently advised Novacyt on its dual listing on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris. Another key name on the corporate side is Anthony Clare, who assisted Acacia Pharma with its listing on Euronext Brussels. Team co-head Alexandra Pygall specialises in IP and is 'highly knowledgeable in this field'. For contentious matters, her litigation strategy is 'excellent' and she is also 'highly effective' in mediation. Rob Jacob is another key member of the IP team, with notable strengths in trade mark work. Also recommended is senior associate Eibhlin Vardy, who is experienced in patent litigation.

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