Consistently ranked in the top tier in all major directories, the patent litigation practice combines technical expertise covering all the major scientific and engineering disciplines, with an unrivalled depth and breadth of litigation experience.

Whilst operating mainly in the Patents Court in London, our team is also very experienced in the coordination of international disputes (including arbitration), often also working with colleagues in complementary practices within Bristows in areas such as regulatory and competition law.

Comprising 11 partners, over 30 other UK qualified lawyers, and a further 20 fee-earners, the patent litigation team is probably the largest dedicated patent litigation group in the UK. We also work regularly with other groups within Bristows, notably the life sciences regulatory group and the competition group across a range of issues from life sciences to telecoms, for example in relation to Standard Essential Patent disputes.

Most partners and associates have at least a first degree in science or engineering, with several (including five of the partners) having PhD level qualifications. This enables us to understand even the most complex technology and communicate it effectively through expert witness evidence to the Court. Whilst life sciences and telecoms cases dominate our workload, the team has an abundance of experience in numerous other technical areas such as automotive, aerospace, optics and oil & gas. Put simply, we relish the opportunity to dig deeply into complex technology of any sort to assist our clients achieve their commercial goals.

Whilst practising mainly in the London Patents Court, the team also has substantial experience of acting in smaller cases in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, and the Patent Office where we also offer advocacy services. We deal with all types of patent disputes, including as well as infringement and validity cases, matters such as entitlement (ownership), SPCs, employee compensation, exhaustion of rights, and threats of patent infringement. The team also deals, often in conjunction with colleagues in the commercial & technology disputes group, with licensing disputes which may involve arbitration or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

With an eye on the future, the team has ensured that it is fully prepared for the Unified Patent Court, including providing client training and seminars as well as information through our dedicated UPC site.

Key contacts

Andrew Bowler

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Myles Jelf

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Experience

Samsung: acting on various matters including in the leading Unwired Planet standard essential patent litigation

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What others say

“We appreciate the technical knowledge and skills the Bristows partners have when it comes to the patent.”

Chambers and Partners Europe 2022

“The market is in unanimous agreement that Bristows should remain in position in the IAM Patent 1000 gold tier in 2022.”

IAM Patent 1000 2022

“Brilliant IP lawyers that understand the intricacies of patent disputes and transactions particularly in the TMT and life sciences sectors.”

MIP IP Stars 2022

“Bristows is a unique top-tier law firm for IP work in the UK.”

MIP IP Stars 2022

“They are extremely level-headed in their development of strategies and have the ability to take the pressure of litigation.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“We appreciate the technical knowledge and skills the Bristows partners have when it comes to the patent.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“It was the expertise on hand at Bristows that made them a go-to firm for me. I like that they are the kind of people I can pick up the phone to and have conversations on strategy. They work hard to understand the client’s business.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“A perfect combination of legal and technical expertise.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“A leading specialism is in crossover intellectual property and competition cases. They have great strength and depth in that regard.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“Bristows is probably the best TMT/IP firm in the UK – especially in the IT and telecoms area – having been involved throughout the entire development of FRAND-based litigation in the UK over the last 15 years.”

Legal 500 2022

“Its exceptionally capable, almost exclusively dual-qualified (science/engineering and law) lawyers at both the partner and associate level are second to none in terms of capability and experience – leading to small but exceptionally well focused and engaged teams who deliver a top-rate service.”

Legal 500 2022

“Bristows remains top tier and for good reason.”

Legal 500 2022

“They are all accomplished litigators with a particular strength in life sciences cases.”

Legal 500 2022

“The individuals live and breathe their subject matter, know the industry inside out and are supported by their excellent regulatory and competition colleagues, which helps them stand out in global pharma litigation.”

Legal 500 2022

“Probably the best UK-focused IP and TMT firm around.”

Legal 500 2022

“The outstanding quality of both partners and associates is second to none.”

Legal 500 2022

“Bristows fields one of the most extensive patent litigation benches in Europe.”

Legal 500 2022

“Partners are very hands-on, always available and a pleasure to work with.”

Legal 500 2022

“The quality that Bristows provides is exceptionally high.”

Legal 500 2022

“They have a perfect understanding of the client’s needs and a diverse team of experts to fulfil these.”

Legal 500 2022

“Apart from their outstanding professional skills, all team members are very approachable and always open for a quick discussion.”

Legal 500 2022

“Exceptionally high quality life sciences practice.”

Legal 500 2022

“The close integration with the patent litigation and the general litigation team give the team a competitive advantage when it comes to litigate competition cases (especially if in innovative, IP intensive markets).”

Legal 500 2022

Bristows “consistently hammers out the right results in fraught disputes in virtually every industry, which often involve parallel proceedings across Europe and the United States.”

IAM Patent 1000 2021

“Bristows’ compact competition team has established itself as one of the market leaders in the pharmaceutical sector and for cases involving a crossover between antitrust and intellectual property.”

Global Competition Review 2021

“Strong UK-based practice offering expertise in pan-European IP matters, with a solid reputation in cross-border matters of both a transactional and contentious nature.”

Chambers and Partners Europe 2021

“Strong UK-based practice offering expertise in pan-European IP matters.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Advises leading life science clients on patent litigation, with notable strength in revocation and enforcement proceedings.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

Bristows has “a strong name within multi-jurisdictional IP and data protection matters.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Bristows has great knowledge and skill in coordinating pan-European patent litigation, especially in the area of pharmaceuticals.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

Recent rankings and awards

Patent Litigation - Top Tier

Intellectual Property - Band 1

Patent Contentious - Tier 1

Patent Transactions - Top Tier (Highly commended)

IP: Patent Litigation - Band 1

Technology Sector (International & Cross-border) - Band 1

Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sector (International & Cross-border) - Band 2

IP: Patent Litigation - Band 1

Intellectual Property - Band 1

IP: Law Firms with Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys - Band 1

Intellectual Property: Patents (contentious and non-contentious) - Tier 1

Life Sciences - Band 4

Intellectual Property: Trade Marks, Copyright and Design - Tier 1

Europe's Leading Patent Law Firm

Gold

Top Firm for Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property - Tier 1

UK Cross-Border Telecoms Patent

UK Trademark Contentious

Patent Litigation