Intellectual Property - London (Firms)
Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 44 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for A pre-eminent firm for intellectual property, with a bench strength that few can match. Exceptionally strong across both hard and soft IP concerns, and a go-to team for a wide range of multinational companies.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Their commercial awareness is terrific. They know who to speak with and they suggest ways forward that make sense."
Technical ability: "The quality of their work is always Rolls-Royce standard."
Market standing: "Their reputation speaks for itself."
What's new? Trade mark expert Allan Poulter joined the firm from Field Fisher Waterhouse in September 2012.
Work highlights Advised EE, the joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile that created the UK's largest telecoms provider, on its rebrand from Everything Everywhere.
Acted for Nokia on patent litigation cases concerning mobile phone technology against, inter alia, RIM, HTC and ViewSonic.
The "brilliant" Trevor Cook is widely regarded as one of the leading patent litigators in the country. He is hugely experienced, having been a partner for over 30 years. As one senior source puts it, "I would want him on my side."
Peter Brownlow is a noted by sources as a "fantastic trade mark lawyer," although his practice extends to the full spectrum of soft IP matters, including copyright and design rights. He was the lead lawyer in the EE rebrand.
Morag Macdonald is praised for her "in-depth knowledge and practical approach" in patent matters, which, coupled with her extensive experience, makes her one of the firm's leading lights. She successfully acted for ConvaTec on the defence of one of its key patents.
Katharine Stephens is a "fantastic" practitioner, covering both patent disputes and soft IP matters. She is described as "really sharp and on top of technically difficult cases." She is the lead partner for Philip Morris International on plain tobacco packaging proposals.
Jane Mutimear has a multifaceted practice yet has been most busy in patent matters of late, including acting as lead lawyer for Nokia in its mobile telephony patent cases.
Neil Jenkins is an experienced litigator with particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional patent cases.
Mark Hilton focuses his practice on patent litigation, especially in the medical and pharmaceutical arenas. Sources note his commercial awareness and aptitude at writing.
Robert Williams is a skilled patent litigator with a practice covering a range of industries, including life sciences, electronics and mechanical engineering.
Significant clients Microsoft, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Barclays, Air Canada.