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Chambers of Iain Purvis QC
11 South Square
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Barrister specialising in intellectual property law. Recent cases include:

Unwired Planet International Ltd v Huawei Technologies Co Ltd & Ors [2016] EWHC 576 (Pat) (patent action concerning mobile telephones)

Accord Healthcare Ltd v Astellas Pharma GmbH [2015] EWHC 3676 (Ch) (Articles 6, 8 and 10 of Directive 2001/83/EC on medicinal products for human use)

Generics (UK) Limited t/a Mylan v Warner-Lambert Company LLC [2015] EWHC 2548 (Pat) (patent revocation, validity and infringement concerning pharmaceuticals)

Starbucks (HK) Limited & Anr v British Sky Broadcasting Group plc & Ors [2015] UKSC 31 (appeal to Supreme Court, trade mark, passing off)

Fresh Trading Ltd v Deepend Fresh Recovery Ltd [2015] EWHC 52 (Ch) (copyright of ‘Innocent’ logo);

Teva v AstraZeneca AB [2014] EWHC 2873 (Pat) (patent revocation for asthma treatment);

TDY v Pramet [2014] EWHC 565 (patent infringement metal cutting tool);

Apple v Samsung [2013] ECDR 1 (registered design right concerning tablet computers);

Specsavers International Healthcare Ltd v Asda Stores Ltd [2011] FSR 1 (trade mark infringement concerning advertising campaign);

Fosroc International Ltd v WR Grace & Co [2010] EWHC 1702 (Pat) (patent revocation and validity action concerning cement and concrete composition);

Honda v Neesam [2009] EWHC 1213 (Pat) (damages inquiry regarding parallel importation);

Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd v Premium Aircraft [2009] EWCA Civ 1062 (patent appeal concerning Virgin’s upper-class suite seating);

Mölnlycke Health Care v Wake Forest University [2009] EWHC 2204 (Pat) (Patent action concerning wound care device);

Aerotel v Wavecrest Group Enterprises [2009] EWCA Civ 408 (telecommunications patent appeal);

Trafalgar Financial Futures v Hamdi [2009] Supreme Court of Gibraltar (breach of confidence action concerning trade secrets in trading techniques);

KJM Superbikes Ltd v Hinton [2008] EWCA Civ 1280 (application to bring contempt proceedings for false statement of truth); Patel v Allos Therapeutics Inc [2008] ETMR 75 (cybersquatting dispute)

Yeda v Rhone-Poulenc Rorer [2008] RPC 1 (appeal to House of Lords on law of patent entitlement).


Called 2001.


IP Bar Association; Chancery Bar Association; South Eastern Circuit.


Clare College, Cambridge (MA LAW and Natural Sciences); Brasenose College, Oxford (BCL (distinction)).

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Kathryn Pickard

11 South Square

With impressive clarity of vision and decisiveness, she is among the best.

11 South Square is ‘a top IP set‘ with capabilities across the full-range of rights. The group has expertise advising on standard essential patents and FRAND litigation, with Brian Nicholson QC instructed in Conversant v Huawei and ZTE, and Mark Vanhegan QC representing Philips in litigation against HTC, Acer, and Asus. In high-profile Supreme Court cases, Benet Brandreth QC represented Cartier International in Supreme Court in litigation against five internet service providers relating to website-blocking injunctions, while Kathryn Pickard was instructed by Mylan and Actavis against Warner Lambert in a leading case for the application of the concepts of sufficiency and infringement to a patent relating to a specified medical use of a known pharmaceutical compound; Michael Silverleaf QC was instructed by the NHS in this case. Also of note, Brian Nicholson QC, who has particular expertise in the technology sector, took silk in 2019.