Intellectual Property - London (Firms)
Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 16 other lawyers
What the team is known for A high-quality IP boutique, probably best known for its handling of patent litigation in the life sciences and electronics fields. Also a leader in soft IP and designs disputes.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Throughout we had sound, practical advice and guidance from them."
"The firm as a whole has a lot of support available - all the junior associates seem very switched-on and up to speed."
Work highlights Acted for Virgin Media and TiVo in a series of patent disputes with Rovi concerning patents for electronic programme guides and digital television and video functions.
Represented Genentech in a patent infringement case against Hospira UK regarding patents for the client's breast cancer treatment Herceptin.
William Cook is an all-round patent lawyer, instructed for litigation and commercial mandates. He is best known for his work in the TMT sector, and also advises on related competition law issues.
Mike Gilbert is seen by sources as a leading patent litigator with particular regard to life sciences and is also frequently called on to handle transactions in the sector. Sources say he is a "pleasure to work with."
Gregor Grant is a seasoned patent litigator with over 30 years of experience handling IP disputes. He is strong on all manner of cases, although he is best known for life sciences matters.
Significant clients Budějovický Budvar, Daiichi Sankyo, Genentech, MedImmune, SanDisk.