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 12 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 possible 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

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

MIP IP Stars, 2020

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

MIP IP Stars, 2020

The firm “always looks to provide solutions and alternate ways to achieve the right outcomes.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“the firm’s “collaborative approach,” its “strong foundational knowledge of outsourcing” and the fact that it is “willing to embrace and incorporate new concepts” are key assets during international projects”.

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

The team has “great insight into the tech sector and deep knowledge of the industry.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“Bristows always stand out in terms of clarity and prompt turnaround.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

A source is impressed by the firm’s ability to “cover the UK and EU” and at the same time “feed in to broader advice.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“They are experienced in co-ordinating or handling matters across Europe, through their good network of law firms.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“Clients particularly turn to the firm for its ability to lead cross-border technology projects across the EU”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“As an independent, London-based practice, Bristows has built a strong name within multi-jurisdictional IP and data protection matters”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“Most of what they have been doing is international litigation co-ordination. They have a really well-structured team at every level of the organisation.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“They have good knowledge and experience in IP disputes in the UK. In addition, they are experienced in co-ordinating or handling these matters over Europe, through their good network of law firms.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“excellent co-ordination with US lawyers”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“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 Global 2020

“Bristows is one of the most potent and respected IP outfits in the United Kingdom, with a whopping 12 partners dedicated purely to patent litigation.”

IAM Patent 1000 2020

“They show good judgement, are excellent in execution and are congenial company too.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“Superb patent litigation and IP practice”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“They are superb – business-focused, practical and to the point.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“a solid and well-regarded IP firm which provides great service and good value for money.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“They are excellent for patent work – they ensure that we are aligned on strategy, they are personable and they are good at explaining technicalities.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“distinguished for its work on the commercialisation of IP at the vanguard of life sciences and technology. Additionally recommended for its trade mark prosecution service.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“Deep bench of high-calibre litigators with supreme expertise in contentious patent, trade mark, designs and copyright matters. Particularly sought after for biosimilars and telecommunications litigation.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“[Bristows] has a great network with a number of excellent law firms across Europe, which allows Bristows to provide the best legal advice with respect to pan-European IP strategy.”

Legal 500 2020

“Unlike some of the boutique IP firms, Bristows benefits from being a full-service firm, drawing on experience, when required, from non-IP departments including the commercial and competition groups.”

Legal 500 2020

“All of the partners are at the top of their fields, and are assisted by first-rate associates.”

Legal 500 2020

“Bristows has a market leading life sciences practice and is very knowledgeable in this area.”

Legal 500 2020

“excels not only in UK IP litigation but also in pan-European IP matters”

Legal 500 2020

“the best all-round IP team in the UK”

Legal 500 2020

“a first-class service at a real-world cost”

Legal 500 2020

Bristows is one of the most experienced TMT firms in the UK, having been involved in almost every major telecoms case in recent years; it brings experience coupled with ability, enthusiasm and a service-oriented approach to every case, offering a first-rate service at real-world costings.

Legal 500 2020

Recent rankings and awards

Intellectual Property - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2020

IP: Patent Litigation - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2020

Intellectual Property - Band 1
Chambers and Partners Global 2020

IP: Patent Litigation - Band 1
Chambers and Partners Global 2020

Intellectual Property - Tier 1
Legal 500 2020

UK Cross-Border Telecoms Patent
Team of the Year, MIP Awards 2020

UK Trademark Contentious
Firm of the Year, MIP Awards 2020

Patent Contentious - Tier 1
MIP, IP Stars 2020

Patent Litigation
Leaders League UK 2020

IAM Patent 1000 2019
Gold - Litigation

Patent Litigation - Leading firm
UK Best Law Firms, Leaders League 2018