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  1. Patents

    We advise clients on all aspects of their patent strategy, including obtaining, licensing and enforcing their own patent rights, as well as identifying, assessing and seeking to alleviate the impact of patents owned by third parties. 

    Advising on patents often involves understanding complex technology relating to the subject matter of the inventions, as well as difficult legal issues.  Several of our team have technical backgrounds, having obtained scientific degrees prior to studying law (including in life sciences and physics), which gives them an invaluable advantage in being able to grasp the technical issues quickly.

    We also advise on the full range of patent disputes, including infringement, validity, ownership and licensing disputes.  Patents are national rights and patent disputes often involve parallel litigation in a number of jurisdictions.  Our team has experience of working with, and coordinating, legal teams in a number of jurisdictions, including across Europe, North America and Japan.

     

  2. Our experience

    • Representing UK aircraft seating company Acro in a patent infringement dispute against Recaro Aircraft Seating GmbH. The case concerned the alleged infringement of a family of patents for a passenger aircraft seat and involved infringement and invalidity proceedings in Germany, as well as parallel claims in the UK and US.
    • Advising a major pharmaceutical company in relation to the disclosure of certain documents relevant to the ongoing proceedings between the Secretary of State for Health and Servier Laboratories Ltd. The litigation concerns a “pay for delay” agreement in relation to a drug for the treatment of heart failure, known as Perindopril.
    • Advising a global manufacturer and supplier of industrial gases in respect of a claim for entitlement to 5 patents relating to a new and innovative food safety process.
    • Representing a major Australian wine maker in its claim for judicial review of the UKIPO’s decision to implement the revocation of a patent by the European Patent Office.
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