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Dr Piers Acland QC

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11 South Square (Chambers of Iain Purvis QC)


Experience in all types of contentious intellectual property work. He has a strong patent practice covering a wide variety of technology areas but with particular emphasis on chemical and pharmaceutical patents. Piers has been involved in numerous cases before all of the appropriate courts and tribunals as well as the European Patent Office. Recent cases include:

Mylan v Richter Gedeon Vegyeszeti Gyar [2016] EWCA Civ 410 – Court of Appeal, patent revocation, emergency contraception;

Generics (UK) Limited t/a Mylan v Warner-Lambert Company LLC [2015] EWHC 2548 (Pat)

International Stem Cell Corp v Comptroller General C-364/13 [2014] – CJEU, patentability of methods of producing stem cells;

Smith & Nephew Plc v Convatec Technologies Inc [2015] EWCA Civ 607

Idenix Pharma v Gilead Sciences Inc [2014] EWHC 3916 (Pat) – Patents Court, patent infringement and validity, Hepatitis C treatment;

Scopema v Scot Seat [2014] EWCA Civ 187 – Court of Appeal, Construction and infringement in relation to a patent for seat brackets;

Seitz v KHS [2014] EWHC 14 – Patents Court, patent revocation and declaration of non-infringement, valves used in rotary stretch blow moulding machines;

Mylan v GSK [2013] EWHC 148 – Patents Court, patent revocation, anti-malarial;

Convatec v Smith & Nephew [2012] EWHC 1638 – Court of Appeal, wound dressings;

BMW v Round & Metal [2012] EWHC 2099 – Patents Court, Community designs for alloy wheels;

Mylan v Yeda [2013] EWCA Civ 925 – Court of Appeal, patents for copolymer-1, validity and infringement;

Teva v AstraZeneca [2013] EWCA Civ 454 – Court of Appeal, patent for schizophrenia treatments, revocation;

Bayer v Norbrook – EPO, pharmaceutical patents, revocation;

Pro-Tec Covers Ltd v Specialised Covers Ltd [2011] EWPCC 023 – Patents County Court, unregistered design right, infringement;

Blinx v Blinkbox [2010] – trade mark infringement, interim injunction.


Called 1993; silk 2010.


University College London (1984-87 BSc Biochemistry First Class Hons); Imperial Cancer Research Fund (1987-91 PhD Molecular Virology); College of Law (1991-92 Common Professional Examination); Inns of Court School of Law (1992-93 Bar vocational course). Mansfield scholar (Lincoln’s Inn 1991-92); Denning Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn 1992-93).

London Bar

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property – Leading silks

Piers Acland QC - 11 South SquareAlways meticulously prepared, he has the trust of the judges and good judgement on which points to run and which to fight.

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