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Brian Cordery

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Bristows LLP

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Patent Litigation


Brian is the joint Head of Patent Litigation at Bristows. His practice is divided between patents and other intellectual property rights. Brian's patents practice has involved cases for sectors ranging from electronics to consumer goods although his focus is on the life sciences sector.

On the brands side, Brian has acted in many disputes relating to trade marks, copyright and registered designs and has a particular interest in interim relief practice and procedure.

Brian is presently engaged in several life cycle management projects for one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. This work involves patents for medicines for cancer and osteoporosis.   He is active for other clients in relation to patents for treatments for autoimmune and respiratory disorders.  

Brian teaches patent litigation on the Oxford IP Diploma and, since 2001, has written an annual summary of all cases decided in the English Patents Court. 


Trained at Bristows; qualified in 1996; partner since 2004


Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group; associate member of CIPA


Royal Grammar School, Newcastle; Pembroke College, Oxford (MA Law); College of Law, Guildford


Mountaineering, golf, wine.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

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Brian Cordery - Bristows LLP

Within: Intellectual property

With specialisms in the the technology and life sciences sectors, the intellectual property team at Bristows LLP provides 'a first-class service at a real-world cost' and clients praise it as 'the best all-round IP team in the UK'. The group has broad expertise and 'excels not only in UK IP litigation but also in pan-European IP matters'. Brian Cordery and the 'hugely experienced' Myles Jelf, who 'successfully brings first-class strategy and oversight to cases, whilst inspiring and harnessing the abilities of the firm's fantastic associates', jointly head the patent litigation team, while Matthew Warren, Simon Clark and Ian Gruselle lead the commercial IP team, brands practice and trade mark portfolio group respectively. Other names to note include Andrew Bowler and Robert Burrows, who handle a range of contentious IP matters; telecoms and high-tech patent litigator James Boon; Liz Cohen, Dominic Adair and Gemma Barrett who focus on life sciences patent litigation; Richard Pinckney, who acts in IP disputes in the TMT, engineering and electronics sectors; and brands expert Jeremy Blum.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

With 'enormous strength in the pharma and biotech space'  Bristows LLP attracts acclaim from clients as a go-to practice. Laura Anderson and 'outstanding' Liz Cohen are the joint heads of the life sciences group and Brian Cordery who 'knows his stuff' jointly heads patent litigation with Myles Jelf. The team offers an all-round service to clients covering the core areas of transactional, regulatory and IP expertise. Its skills also extend to areas where tech intersects with life sciences or healthcare and the handling of, for example, medical data. 'Excellent regulatory expert' Alex Denoon heads the regulatory group and with a PhD in molecular biology, litigator Dr Robert Burrows  is 'one of the most knowledgeable solicitors in the pharma/biotech space'. The 'talented' Gemma Barrett is a litigator within life sciences and 'creative thinker' Greg Bacon  and senior associate Rachel Mumby are also recommended.

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