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

“Noted for particular strength in IP litigation and the licensing of telecoms SEPs.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Terrific at IP and advertising work.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“They’re efficient, responsive and provide good-quality strategic advice.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“A leading destination for advice with regard to digital health and medtech, and associated data privacy issues.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Excellent advice on UK and European regulatory frameworks and also commercial and corporate transactions for emerging innovators as well as giants of the life sciences industry.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Superb patent litigation and IP practice.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Another client describes the team as ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“‘They immediately understood the issues at hand and really pulled out all the stops for us,’ reports a client.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“They are intellectually sound, rigorous and bear in mind the commercial consequences for the clients – they take a good overall holistic approach.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Distinguished for its work on the commercialisation of IP at the vanguard of life sciences and technology.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Particularly sought after for biosimilars and telecommunications litigation.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Supreme expertise in contentious patent, trade mark, designs and copyright matters.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Deep bench of high-calibre litigators”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Bristows is a prominent player in intellectual property.”

The Times Best Law Firms 2021

“There’s a style to the firm which enables them to be hard-headed and charming at one and the same time.”

Legal 500 2021

“Their client service is of the highest quality and they are very easy to deal with.”

Legal 500 2021

“Truly impressive”

Legal 500 2021

“Unsurprisingly, Bristows has a blue-chip client base, especially in the pharmaceutical and biotech markets and is at the forefront of every legal development.”

Legal 500 2021

“It [Bristows] has a high number of eminent practitioner partners that are genuine experts in their fields. This is especially true in the patents space. However, below partner level, the lawyers are equally impressive.”

Legal 500 2021

“The thing that sets Bristows apart is the depth of talent.”

Legal 500 2021

“Top-quality litigators specialising in TMT and unparalleled knowledge of patent/competition crossover issues. A great team to work with.”

Legal 500 2021

“Focused on solving problems.”

Legal 500 2021

“The Bristows team is focused on getting to know your business and the objectives you are trying to achieve.”

Legal 500 2021

“They are excellent in managing our internal and external needs.”

Legal 500 2021

“They are cost effective and cost benefit conscious and manage the legal budget closely to your company needs.”

Legal 500 2021

“Bristows lawyers provide us with quick, high quality and to the point advice and come up with business solutions.”

Legal 500 2021

“The entire Bristows TMT team consists of highly skilled professionals, with a business acumen and intimacy, as well as understanding of the legal parameters of our company.”

Legal 500 2021

‘Efficient, effective, and a pleasure to work with.’

Legal 500 2021

“The quality of partners, associates and support staff are second to none.”

Legal 500 2021

Bristows is a “go-to firm for the most complex TMT and  intellectual property disputes.”

Legal 500 2021

Recent rankings and awards

Intellectual Property: Patents (contentious and non-contentious) - Tier 1
Legal 500 2021

Top Firm for Intellectual Property
The Times Best Law Firms 2021

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