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.

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Brian Cordery

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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

“The Bristows solicitors know the pros and cons of each major European jurisdiction and they played their hand masterfully in this case, devising the optimal strategy for the client which eventually led to a string of victories. They are playing in the Champions League – and playing for the prizes.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Bristows is renowned for its members’ work assisting innovative companies from a range of industries with their intellectual property needs. In this year’s research, 11 industry-leading experts have been recognised for their patent law expertise, including three Thought Leaders.”

Who's Who Legal 2018

“Bristows is renowned for its members’ work assisting innovative companies from a range of industries with their intellectual property needs. In this year’s research, 11 industry-leading experts have been recognised for their patent law expertise, including three Thought Leaders.”

Who's Who Legal 2018

“Bristows is renowned for its members’ work assisting innovative companies from a range of industries with their intellectual property needs. In this year’s research, 11 industry-leading experts have been recognised for their patent law expertise, including three Thought Leaders.”

Who's Who Legal 2018

“Bristows operates an absolutely top-drawer IP litigation practice – especially as regards pharmaceutical and life sciences patents. There’s no question that it deserves its excellent reputation.”

IAM Patent 1000 2018

“Bristows operates an absolutely top-drawer IP litigation practice – especially as regards pharmaceutical and life sciences patents. There’s no question that it deserves its excellent reputation.”

IAM Patent 1000 2018

“Bristows LLP has been described as ‘undoubtedly one of the leading IP firms’ and attracts praise for its ‘strong legal and technical expertise’.”

Legal 500 2019/2018

“Deep bench of high-calibre litigators with supreme expertise in contentious patent, trade mark, designs and copyright matters.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“‘go to’ firm for cost-effective patent litigation in all areas of technology”

Legal 500 2019/2018

Recent rankings and awards

Intellectual Property - Top tier
Legal 500 2020

IP: Patent Litigation - Band 1
Chambers and Partners 2019

IAM Patent 1000 2019
Gold - Litigation

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

Patent Contentious - Tier 1
Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars 2018