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Protecting innovation through patent rights is increasingly important to businesses, both in industry sectors where there is a long history of using patent rights for commercial gain, such as life sciences and mechanical engineering, and where the use of patent rights is comparatively new, like new media.

Our team boasts science and engineering backgrounds and invaluable practical experience of working in these fields. We have a wide range of technical expertise that we can offer, from mechanical engineering to biotechnology and from software to genetics. We understand the issues at the heart of an IP transaction or dispute, and are ever mindful of the commercial and technical environment in which your business operates.

We can provide a broad range of patent services to ensure the effective protection, enforcement and exploitation of your patents, and can provide strategic advice to help your business avoid infringement of third-party patents. We can help your business develop and implement international patent litigation strategies and manage patent portfolios.

We are creative patent litigators. Where necessary we do not shy from pushing at the boundaries of existing patent law with creative alternatives. Our team has been involved in a number of high-profile and ground-breaking patent cases in fields including life sciences, telecommunications, chemical and mechanical, before a range of judicial bodies and arbitral tribunals. We achieve good results for our clients. When disputes we are working on go to trial and judgment, we have a good success rate.

If you are considering investing in another business, entering into a joint venture, a technology transfer agreement or purchasing another business' patent assets, we can evaluate third patent portfolios as part of a due diligence exercise, advise on and draft contractual terms, and provide the support you need to navigate competition, tax, transfer pricing and regulatory issues.


Notable deals / highlights

  • Representing Eli Lilly in a long-running dispute against Human Genome Sciences. The first action represents the primary UK authority on the law of industrial applicability and was the first IP case heard by the Supreme Court. There is a second action concerning the interpretation of the Supplementary Protection Certificate Regulation, which has been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union for a preliminary ruling.

  • Acting for Telenet in its defence against patent infringement claims concerning the Electronic Programming Guide employed in its digital TV services.

  • Acting for Xtratherm in its defence of a patent infringement claim brought by Kingspan concerning phenolic foam insulation boards, due to be heard in the High Court in July 2014.

  • Acting for Fujirebio Europe in a patent entitlement claim concerning antibodies for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease.

  • By having the patent revoked we successfully defended our client, a multinational manufacturer of scientific instrumentation, in patent infringement proceedings brought in the English High Court by one of the world’s biggest multinationals. Combining, as it did, an understanding of electronics and bio-assays it played to our strengths across different technical disciplines. Furthermore, through our knowledge of the patent system in the US we were able to leverage out of the case concessions that were very helpful in parallel proceedings taking place in the US

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