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Patents and patent litigation


Effectively resolving disputes involving patented technology requires a specialist skill set. We work with clients to help them identify and protect what are often their key business assets; some of the UK’s best-known companies trust us to advise them to combat allegations of infringement of third party intellectual property rights.

Our team draws on its experience from the worlds of engineering, electronics, manufacturing, telecommunications and life sciences to deliver a service that is tailored to your industry and innovation - a significant proportion of our team have worked with, been on secondment to or worked in house at companies across these sectors.

Where the issue of infringement or validity of a patent becomes a live issue, we have extensive experience of litigating across many of the forums in the UK, whether this be in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court as well as experience with the UK and European Intellectual Property Offices.

What we do...

  • Specialists – experience of enforcement of patent rights, co-ordination of international patent litigation and dispute resolution, defending claims for patent infringement, dealing with challenges to the validity of patents, patent entitlement issues, declaratory relief, preliminary injunctions and opinion work (including freedom to operate reviews). A number of our patent litigators have scientific backgrounds, enabling us to understand our clients’ technologies. 
  • Practical experience – practical rather than theoretical experience, enabling us to tailor each piece of litigation to suit the commercial needs of each client. 
  • In-depth familiarity with the court system - we regularly conduct disputes in a variety of forums, ranging from the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court to the High Court and Court of Appeal. 
  • Trusted advisors - we work with high profile clients who trust us to help them identify and protect what are often their key business assets. 
  • International work – patents are territorial and we are well equipped to handle the international aspects. We can quickly and cost effectively instruct and co-ordinate foreign lawyers and IP attorneys through our close relationships with patent and trade mark attorneys, and through Pangea Net, a non-exclusive, international network of independent law firms.

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