Matthew Warren > Bristows LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bristows LLP

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Commercial IP


Matthew is the head of Bristows’ Commercial IP group and advises on transactions involving the development, exploitation and transfer of intellectual property rights.

His scientific background is of particular assistance when negotiating and advising on transactions involving new technologies. He has advised on a number of successful global licensing programmes for the exploitation of new technologies and has also advised in relation to international patent pooling arrangements.

He works across many sectors but has particular experience in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medtech, electronics, software, telecoms, petrochemical, cleantech and other industrial sectors. Matthew’s experience in negotiating commercial contracts for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medtech clients includes technology licensing agreements, R&D collaboration agreements, drug development and licensing agreements, clinical trial agreements and option agreements for licences. He also advises pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients on the commercial and intellectual property law aspects of manufacturing, distribution, co-promotion and marketing agreements.

The negotiation of agreements to resolve disputes involving intellectual property rights forms a significant part of Matthew’s practice. This has included global settlements to end litigation across multiple jurisdictions involving complex intellectual property, licensing and financial arrangements.

He advises on the intellectual property aspects of setting up joint ventures and other collaborations including in relation to the ownership and licensing of intellectual property and improvements. Matthew has particular experience advising on intellectual property issues relating to technical standards including FRAND terms for licensing standard essential patents.

Matthew was involved in setting up the IP Transactions Course at the UCL Faculty of Laws, University College London and lectures on the course.


Qualified 1991
Partner at Bristows LLP since 1998


Imperial College, London University (Bsc Physics);
Bristol University (Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare

Bristows LLP houses a ‘truly exceptional‘ practice which assists clients with the full gamut of commercial, regulatory and IP-related issues. Liz Cohen co-leads the team with Richard Dickinson; Cohen has longstanding expertise in multi-jurisdictional litigation concerning patent revocations, and arbitrations, and Dickinson has in-depth knowledge of biochemistry, often assisting pharmaceutical companies with licensing and manufacturing agreements. Using her in-house experience in the medical device industry, Claire Smith has deep knowledge of licensing and commercial partnership agreements. Brian Cordery ‘goes above and beyond‘ when acting in contentious IP issues, including patent revocation and defence work, while Robert Burrows utilises his knowledge of molecular biology to advise clients on patent validity challenges. Matthew Warren is noted for his commercial expertise, often handling settlements and license agreements, and Marek Petecki regularly assists biopharma corporates and venture capital investors with transactional matters. Alex Denoon has ‘excellent regulatory knowledge‘, often advising disruptive technology clients on human tissue and genomics issues.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)

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Matthew WarrenBristows LLP

Praised by clients as an ‘extremely experienced and very well-established’ team, Bristows LLP’s one-stop shop is notable for its capabilities in handling technology, life science and consumer products. The team is involved in cutting-edge work in SEP/FRAND cases, alongside pharmaceuticals, including important biologics and antibodies cases. On the transactional side, the team routinely handles IP deals including settlements, high value research collaboration and licensing deals, and IP aspects of corporate and JV transactions. Andrew Bowler and Myles Jelf jointly lead the patent litigation practice, the former is well-versed in coordinating global litigation and the latter is noted for his expertise in telecommunication and high tech matters. Matthew Warren leads the transactional side of the practice, his most notable work includes a landmark research collaboration and licence agreement between Oxford University Innovation and AstraZeneca. Claire Smith is another name to note on the transactional side. Liz Cohen’s strengths lie in the realm of life sciences, while James Boon is sought after by clients in the telecoms and high-tech sectors. Other patent litigation specialists include Gemma BarrettRichard Pinckney, Robert Burrows, Dominic Adair and Brian Cordery.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design

Praised as a ‘tremendous’ practice, Bristows LLP’s broad IP offering is noted for its expertise in the technology, life science and consumer products sectors. Matthew WarrenPaul Jordan and Ian Gruselle lead the practice, with the former possessing considerable expertise in advising clients on publishing transactions in relation to the academic and educational sector. ‘Rock star’ Jordan undertakes significant brand portfolio work and trade mark registry disputes. Other names to note include ‘creative’ Jeremy Blum, who specialises in contentious IP and advises on a full spectrum of trade mark, copyright and design matters. ‘Efficient’ Simon Clark is vastly experienced in the litigation sphere, focusing on digital and online issues, such as copyright and database rights. Further bolstering the practice is Richard Dickinson, who is well-versed in handling commercial transactions and advisory work, and Nellie Jackson, who has a wealth of experience in brand protection and exploitation, international trade mark portfolio management, and IP disputes.

London > Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts

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Matthew Warren  – Bristows LLP

Known for its life sciences, pharma and engineering expertise, the team at Bristows LLP is praised by clients for its depth of commercial knowledge and ‘impeccable service‘. Wielding specialist proficiency in regulatory issues such as intellectual property rights, competition and tax law, and data protection, the group are able to handle the full range of commercial issues – regularly cross border – for an expanding range of sectors, including sport, media and entertainment, food and beverage, and luxury fashion. Leveraging his medical background to advise on mandates such as SynaptixBio’s licence agreement with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Francis Crick Institute’s partnership Adendra Therapeutics, the highly-experienced Matthew Warren heads the team and has a wide portfolio of multi-jurisdictional commercial matters. Claire Smith is a go-to for supply and distribution agreements and also possesses strong a strong knowledge of the life science and pharmaceutical industries along with Richard Dickinson, who has a biochemistry background. Paul Jordan is recommended for marketing and brand protection mandates, while Ellen Lambrix, who was promoted to partner this year, has a broad practice that encompasses trade mark licensing, clinical trial agreements, and manufacturing arrangements.