We act for a number of clients operating in the plant or agricultural industry on a wide range of matters.

Our work includes advising owners of plant variety rights on the validity, enforcement and exploitation of novel plant variety rights, including the use of customs enforcement proceedings, negotiation of licensing arrangements or evaluating the competition landscape, Bristows has a deep understanding of the legal issues affecting companies operating in this space. We also have a deep understanding of the science involved as many of our lawyers have science degrees including biology and biochemistry.

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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 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 regulatory team] are committed to not only giving high quality advice but also supporting education and upskilling within the client team to support continuous learning and improvement.”

Legal 500 2022

Recent rankings and awards

Life Sciences – Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2019

Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2019

Life Sciences: Transactional - Band 2
Chambers and Partners UK 2019

Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology - Top tier
Legal 500 2019

Life Sciences - Band 3
Chambers and Partners Europe 2019