Nick is a partner specialising in intellectual property. He has first-rate experience, leading on major projects for the likes of Aston Martin, Marston’s, AstraZeneca and GKN, and litigation before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. This includes significant in-house experience through secondments at Mondelez International, Williams F1 and Lotus and delivering Browne Jacobson’s unique ‘instant in-house’ offering to clients such as GKN and Ocean Technologies. As a result, his IP expertise is recognised in the market - ranked as a Rising Star in several directories including Legal 500 and Managing Intellectual Property Magazine.
Nick has a diverse skillset in both transactional and contentious matters. He has supported businesses throughout his career on technical innovation, R&D, FTO and large-scale transactions such as grant-funded collaborations and international licence deals. At the same time, he delivers strategic brands and reputation management advice and has acted on high value trade mark and patent litigation in the UK courts.
Nick is actively engaged on the sustainability agenda and leads the firm’s cleantech sector activity. He has worked closely with the Midlands Engine on its Green Growth Conversation and developing the Midlands Engine Green Growth Action plan. He has a diploma in Intellectual Property Law from Oxford University, a Certificate in IP Transactions from UCL, and has written various press reports and feature articles for publications such as MIP, Lexis PSL, WIPR and the CITMA Review.
High-profile international deals to develop, demonstrate and license ground-breaking, patented electrolyser technology for pure hydrogen production.
Leading wide-ranging legal retainer for global learning and operational technologies company, Ocean, including advice on key business policies, end user license agreements, agreements with content providers, strategic collaborations and online brand enforcement.
Disputes concerning copyright, trade marks and defamation, and advising on a number of business-critical projects with key partners.
Managing and enforcing Mace Group’s global trade mark portfolio and advising on IP protection and commercialisation of new innovative building techniques.
"Nick provided invaluable assistance throughout the case. He is fun to work with, has a calm, considered approach but always fights hard on your behalf."
"I also want to thank Nick Smee and the Browne Jacobson team for the fantastic commercial and transparent advice they gave on this deal. The team went the extra mile in helping this deal over the line, operating within incredibly challenging timescales - amazingly competent and extremely easy to work with."
Browne Jacobson’s specialist cleantech lawyers have advised AIM market listed Clean Power Hydrogen Group Limited (CPH2) on its global licence agreement with GHFG Ltd.
In this session, we examined the legal framework around grant funded collaborations and discussed the key risks to be aware of, including IP ownership and compliance with grant terms.
Browne Jacobson has advised on today’s (16 February 2022 - 8.00am) admission of the entire issued ordinary share capital of green hydrogen technology and manufacturing group, Clean Power Hydrogen to trade on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange plc.
In July this year, four years to the month after its introduction into UK law in the Supreme Court’s seminal judgment in Actavis v Eli Lilly, the court handed down its latest decision applying the ‘doctrine of equivalents’.
Browne Jacobson’s national private equity (PE) lawyers have advised leading mid-market PE investment firm, Palatine Private Equity (Palatine) on the sale of CET Property Assurance, the insurtech claims management division of CET Group to HomeServe plc for £53m.
Browne Jacobson’s national IP team is celebrating after again securing Tier 1 rankings in the East and West Midlands region and maintaining its Tier 3 status in London in the latest edition of Legal 500.
Reaction: Intellectual Property Enterprise Court judgment finds patent infringement based solely on equivalents
COP 26 is the global United Nations climate change Summit, which will take place in Scotland in November. It comes at a time when climate change, and how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, is at the top of the political agenda.
Catch up on the in-house forum where we looked at the damages and commercial disputes and the route to net-zero – how the sustainability agenda and the need to innovate will impact who you contract with, and how.
Our expert panel, comprised of IP and corporate law specialists, will be discussing IP commercialisation strategies, their benefits and pitfalls, drawing on experience across the private, public and higher education sectors.
As private businesses, public bodies and universities alike strive to gain a competitive advantage, each increasingly look to each other to develop next generation products and services.