The UPC brings the biggest change to the European patent system for 40 years. As a world leader in patent litigation, we’ve been active in the development of the UPC system and are set to continue our integral role. So let us guide you.

If your business has patent interests to look after, you now face significant and complex choices.

As an entirely new court system, the UPC favours those ready to hit the ground running. During the past 10 years Bristows has been the leading commentator on the evolution of the UPC, helping develop the rules of procedure. We are ready to guide you in this new landscape, navigating the timetables, rules, procedures and any jurisdictional challenges – potentially in parallel with national litigation.

We have the largest team of patent litigators in Europe, with 11 partners and more than 30 associates, including European-qualified lawyers. We bring experience in co-ordinating global patent strategies for some of the world’s most successful businesses, and most of our team have a technical background in key sectors.

We are fully independent and untied to any local division, so we can take an objective approach focused on your best interests. Knowing what it takes to win in the international context, we can safeguard your litigation interests both within and outside the UPC.

Bristows is setting the standard for UPC participation. We’re ready with a comprehensive infrastructure and innovative knowledge management tools. We stand apart for our expertise, insight and resources. We look forward to working with you.

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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

“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

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

Chambers and Partners 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

“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

“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