Nina O'Sullivan, Legal Director, Professional Support Lawyer, Dispute Resolution

Nina O'Sullivan

Legal Director, Professional Support Lawyer

Personal Profile

Nina O'Sullivan is a Legal Director, Professional Support Lawyer in the Intellectual Property Group. 

She has almost 20 years' experience of intellectual property (IP) litigation and protection and related fields, and has a particular interest in the life sciences, TMT and retail & luxury sectors.  As the Group's Professional Support Lawyer, Nina provides the team and its clients with up to the minute information, guidance and training on developments in IP law and practice, and the implications for their business.

Having specialised in IP litigation at a City firm, Nina has also gained valuable experience in delivering training as a Senior Lecturer, and is currently an Independent Research Essay Adviser for LLM students at University College, London (UCL).

Nina has written extensively on IP issues in all of the main IP and industry press and worked with the Law Commission on its 2013 Report into the groundless threats regime, writing two Background Papers which formed part of the Report.

Career History

Legal Director, Professional Support Lawyer, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Professional Support Lawyer, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Counsel, King & Wood Mallesons (formerly SJ Berwin)
Professional Support Lawyer, King & Wood Mallesons
Senior Lecturer in Business Law, Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Law, London Metropolitan University
Associate & Assistant Solicitor, Charles Russell
Trainee solicitor, Charles Russell
Oxford University (Somerville College), BA (Hons) Law
Bristol University, LLM in Commercial Law, Diploma in Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Articles and Publications

  • Bio-Science Law Review (July 2016) Injunctions in pharmaceutical patent cases: the approach of the English courts and the likely impact of the UPC
  • Managing Intellectual Property Magazine (May 2016) UPC Scenario 4: Challenging a non-opted out European patent
  • Intellectual Property Magazine (March 2016) Groundless threats of IP infringement proceedings: Simplified regime ahead
  • Intellectual Property Magazine (December 2015)  The UPC and Unitary Patent: The final countdown
  • Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (August 2015) ASOS successfully relies on 'own name' defence in Court of Appeal
  • Intellectual Property Magazine (June 2015) EU trade mark reform on the horizon
  • Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (November 2014) Karen Millen v Dunnes Stores: ECJ clarifies individual character requirement for Community designs
  • Intellectual Property Magazine (May 2014) Sporting databases: winners and losers
  • Background Papers for Law Commission Report 2013: Patents Trade Marks & Design Litigation: Groundless Threats
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