Patents (Dispute Resolution)


Our patents team has a deep understanding of the existing and proposed European patent protection regimes, with extensive experience advising on contentious and non-contentious patent matters. We are well placed to advise on your patent protection, exploitation and enforcement strategy throughout Europe and beyond.

Our clients span a range of technology-rich sectors, including pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, chemicals, technology, telecoms and automotive. We advise them on the full suite of contentious and non-contentious patent-related matters, from new product launches and freedom to operate, to patent infringement and validity disputes and exploitation of patents through a range of commercial agreements.

When it comes to patent litigation, our lawyers are experienced in devising enforcement and patent challenge strategies and co-ordinating multi-national disputes. We have acted in some of the most high profile patent disputes, including before the appeal courts and Court of Justice of the European Union.  We routinely advise at the interface between patents and competition/regulatory law, for example, in relation to Supplementary Protection Certificates and FRAND disputes.

  • Advising on patent and Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) litigation including infringement, validity and entitlement disputes
  • Clearing the way before product launches, comprising: freedom to operate opinions, advice on declarations of non-infringement, revocation and risks in relation to interim injunctive relief and cross-undertakings in damages
  • Coordinating global patent disputes, including European Patent Office (EPO) proceedings
  • Advising on strategies relating to European patent litigation, in the light of the proposed Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court, including opt-out strategies for standard European patents
  • Advising at the interface between IP and Competition & Regulatory law, particularly in relation to FRAND licensing, enforcement by non-practising entities and regulation of SPCs
  • Advising on and negotiating a range of patent-related agreements including patent licences, R&D agreements, manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements, collaboration agreements, technology transfer, and clinical trial agreements
  • Due diligence support in corporate transactions involving patents and other intellectual property rights
  • Representing Dr Reddy's Laboratories in patent infringement and validity proceedings against Warner-Lambert relating to its second medical use patent for pregabalin 
  • Acting for Lupin Ltd in proceedings against Gilead Sciences Inc before the CJEU and the Court of Appeal over the validity of Gilead's Supplementary Protection Certificate for Truvada (Managing Intellectual Property's Patent Impact case of the year 2018)
  • Advising on a range of disputes in relation to standard essential patents, including disputes over infringement/essentiality and validity, and in relation to the negotiation of FRAND licensing terms
  • Advising on infringement and validity issues relating to patents across a range of technologies including electronics, telecoms, software and mechanics
  • Acting for Advanta Netherlands B.V. in various patent disputes including successfully revoking Cargill's patent for a high stearic, high oleic sunflower oil
  • Advising Dermal Laboratories and Sixtem Life Srl in defending patent infringement proceedings brought by Orasure Inc relating to Dermal's 'Bazuka Sub-Zero' cryogenic wart treatment
  • Advising Offshore Hydrocarbon Mapping PLC as defendants in a patent infringement claim by EMGS ASA in respect of electromagnetic oil exploration technology
  • Members of the team have also acted in a range of significant patent cases including:
    • HTC v Gemalto
    • ratiopharm v Alza
    • Ranbaxy v AstraZeneca
    • Leo Pharma v Sandoz
    • Ranbaxy v Warner-Lambert
    • Arrow Generics v Merck
    • Cairnstores v AstraZeneca
    • SmithKline Beecham v Generics UK


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