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Dr Myles Jelf

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Bristows LLP

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Patent litigation, IP, Competition and Antitrust


Myles strong technical background (Engineering PhD from Cambridge University) means he is ideally suited to technically demanding litigation projects, whether they involve patents, confidentiality or other IP rights.

He is Joint Head of Bristows’ Patent Litigation department, and representative patent cases include ZTE v Conversant, Unwired Planet v Samsung / Google, Samsung v Apple, IPCom v Vodafone (standard essential telecoms patents),  Pratt & Whitney v Rolls-Royce (gas turbine engine technology) and Varian v Eleckta (medical devices). Other technically complex disputes have included Goodrich Actuation Systems v Valente (breach of confidence), and Vidal-Hall v Google (ad personalisation technology and data privacy rights). 

Myles is also a member of Bristows’ antitrust/competition group working on the Streetmap v Google and Infederation v Google search engine cases.

Myles has been closely involved with the development of the forthcoming Unified Patent Court, and is a Board Director of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW) which hosts the annual EPO/European patent judges forum in Venice. He is also a qualified solicitor-advocate and teaches on the Oxford University Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law.


Qualified in 1997. Partner at Bristows since 2005, Head of Group since 2016.




EPLAW Board Member. AIPPI, IP Federation.


B.Eng Imperial College London;
PhD (Carbon composite engineering) University of Cambridge;
PGDL & PGDLP Nottingham Trent University;
PGD IP Law University of Bristol


Guitar, Mountain Biking, Classic Cars.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Bristows LLP has 'a well-rounded and pragmatic team with excellent skills' and 'superb commercial acumen'. Leveraging the team's broad experience across the IT and telecoms sectors, recent work highlights include acting for ZTE and Philips in separate standard essential patents litigation with consideration of FRAND licence terms. The group is jointly led by Toby Crick, who is 'a very valuable asset in any IT contract negotiation'; head of commercial IT Mark Watts, and 'star IP solicitor' Myles Jelf. Other names to note include Anna Cook for IT disputes, head of the robotics and AI group Chris Holder, Adrian Sim, who specialises in IT implementation projects and has a 'pragmatic and can-do attitude', and 'hugely experienced' patent litigator Richard Pinckney.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Myles Jelf - 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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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Bristows LLP's tech sector group handles contentious and non-contentious matters for household-name brands, advertising agency networks, large media companies and industry associations. Advertising, marketing, gaming, music, social media, interactive content, publishing, TV and film are key areas of focus and it offers a range of IP, commercial, competition, corporate, M&A, copyright, data protection, privacy, trade mark and regulatory expertise. Paul Jordan is active across advertising, marketing, publishing and TV work; he advises on influencer and promotion agreements, global IP protection, multi-platform advertising clearance and global brand restructuring, as well as compliance, the preparation and defence of ASA complaints, Trading Standards and CMA investigations. Jordan advises Spotify on advertising matters. Myles Jelf is noted for his contentious expertise, particularly in the gaming sector. The team also has expertise in the publishing sector where it is increasingly acting for life sciences companies on issues related to online publishing.

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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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