With a team including specialists with invaluable practical experience of working in science and engineering, Fieldfisher offers clients a truly bespoke service backed by genuine know-how. From mechanical engineering to biotechnology, 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 businesses operate.
Why choose our Patents lawyers?We provide a broad range of patent services to ensure the effective protection, enforcement and exploitation of patents, and give strategic advice to help businesses avoid infringement of third-party patents. Our experts help clients develop and implement international patent litigation strategies and manage their patent portfolios.
When necessary we don't shy away from pushing the boundaries of existing patent law – we are creative patent litigators. Our specialists have handled a number of high-profile and ground-breaking patent cases across various industry sectors and before a range of judicial bodies and arbitral tribunals.
Whether a business is considering investing in another business, entering into a joint venture, a technology transfer agreement or purchasing another business' patent assets, we can evaluate third party patent portfolios as part of a due diligence exercise, advise on and draft contractual terms, and provide the support needed to navigate competition, tax, transfer pricing and regulatory issues.
Unified Patent Court
After years of waiting, the Unified Patent Court (UPC), a system to streamline patent litigation within the EU, is coming - latest predications are that it will commence in the summer or autumn of 2022.
The Rules of Procedure of the new court are an amalgam of the historic rules and practices from Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Although it will be a new court for everyone, the Fieldfisher patent team, with decades of experience in these jurisdictions, is particularly well placed to support clients in understanding how the new rules might operate in practice, how to make the best tactical use of the court, the pros and cons of the UPC versus or in addition to national patent proceedings, and the impact of the UPC on their businesses.
Although it still is a few months until the UPC opens its doors (initially in Düsseldorf & Paris where Fieldfisher has offices), businesses already should be considering the questions the UPC throws up, for example: whether to opt-in or opt-out existing European patents; whether to defer prospective patent litigation until after the UPC commences; or whether to accelerate an EU wide product launch ahead of UPC start up. The Fieldfisher patent team can advise on navigating such issues.
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