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’ 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

“Superb patent litigation and IP practice.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Bristows advice is always creative and action is taken promptly.”

WTR 1000 2021

“Bristows combines significant technical expertise and knowledge of local and overseas experts with a client-friendly approach.”

WTR 1000 2021

“Bristows remains very visible in litigation concerning SPCs.”

Juve UK 2021

“[The SEPs and FRAND team] has a raft of experience.”

Juve UK 2021

“Team [is] well set up for future cases regarding SEPs and FRAND.”

Juve UK 2021

“UK market leaders.”

Juve UK 2021

“[Bristows’] UK team often coordinates parallel proceedings across the continent. This has proven to be so effective that it has allowed the firm to win instructions away from the London courts.”

Juve UK 2021

Bristows has “one of London’s largest patent litigation practices.”

Juve UK 2021

Bristows has “a great team doing an excellent job.”

Juve UK 2021

Bristows “reputation as a market leader remains as strong as ever.”

Juve UK 2021

“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

Recent rankings and awards

Gold
WTR 1000 2021

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 2021

IP: Patent Litigation - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2021

IP: Law Firms with Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2021

Intellectual Property - Band 1
Chambers and Partners Global 2021

IP: Patent Litigation - Band 1
Chambers and Partners Global 2021

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

Gold - Litigation
IAM Patent 1000 2019