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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Robert Burrows

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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

Bristows is “an important international adviser for many companies involved at the intersection of health and technology.”

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

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