Brian Cordery


Brian has more than 20 years’ experience of litigating patents for successful pharmaceutical products – predominantly for originators. He has also handled patent cases for other sectors including electronics and consumer goods.

Brian is presently engaged in several projects relating to the global defence of the intellectual property for some of the world’s best–selling pharmaceutical products. This involves the co–ordination of legal teams across the world to ensure that the optimal strategy is pursued at both global and local levels. He is also involved in several intellectual property cases in the English Courts across a broad range of industry sectors. Brian’s practice includes resolving disputes relating to biological medicines as well as small molecule drugs in disease areas including oncology, respiratory, and immunology.

Brian is the co–author of an annual review of UK patent cases which is published annually in the CIPA Journal. He also teaches patent law on the Oxford University Diploma on Intellectual Property Law and Practice. He is the co-editor of the Kluwer Patent Blog.

In 2018 and 2019, Brian was chosen by Who’s Who Legal as the Life Sciences Patent Litigation lawyer of the year and the Patents lawyer of the year.


  • MA Law, University of Oxford
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Bristol
  • Qualified 1996
  • Partner 2004


Patent Review of the Year

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What others say

"Providing exceptional leadership", Brian Cordery attracts "resounding praise" IAM Patent 1000 2020
Brian Cordery has "stellar coordination of multi-jurisdictional cases" IAM Patent 1000 2020
“One of the guiding lights of English patent litigation practice” IAM Patent 1000 2020
"His diligence and creativity are unmatched" Who's Who Legal Patents 2020
“He [Brian Cordery] has a great strategic mind" Who's Who Legal Patents 2020
“Brian Cordery is considered by many as the top pharma litigator in Europe" Who's Who Legal Patents 2020
Brian Cordery's “deep knowledge, goes right into the case matter” Juve UK 2020
Brian "has a huge imagination in that he can see innovative approaches to difficult situations." Chambers and Partners 2020
"Brian Cordery marshals winning arguments on behalf of the world's leading pharmaceutical and life sciences corporations in business-critical and highly complex patent disputes". Chambers and Partners 2020
"He [Brian Cordery] is exceptionally impressive and nice to work with." Chambers and Partners 2020
"Brian Cordery is incredibly responsive and diligent, knows his stuff and thinks the case through carefully." Legal 500 2020
"A 'leading light' at the firm, Brian Cordery is joint head of patent litigation and has significant experience resolving life sciences-related IP disputes." Chambers and Partners 2019
Brian Cordery "is experienced in co-ordinating legal teams across multiple jurisdictions and has been involved in patent litigation and licence negotiation regarding some of the world’s best-selling pharmaceutical products." Chambers and Partners 2019
Brian Cordery is "dedicated, down-to-earth and very clever." Chambers and Partners 2019
"Brian Cordery is relied upon by leading innovators in pharmaceuticals for the enforcement of their patents. Sources consider him to be "a capable and knowledgeable litigator."" Chambers and Partners 2019
Brian Cordery is 'brilliant, calm and optimistic' Legal 500 2019/2018
Brian Cordery is "such a smart guy – not only in terms of his technical knowledge and judgement but also in terms of the way he builds relationships with clients and lawyers. He’s a really safe pair of hands.” IAM Patent 2018
Brian Cordery is "a renowned figure in the market," who is internationally regarded as "a standout name". With more than 20 years' experience he is one of the best known litigators in Europe, and is renowned for his excellent work litigating patents for successful pharmaceutical products. Who's Who Legal 2018
Brian Cordery is a "standout" figure for his handling of high-profile life sciences patent disputes, including the co-ordination of multi-jurisdictional proceedings. Sources say he is "very knowledgeable about all things patent litigation." Chambers and Partners 2018
Brian Cordery leads multi-jurisdictional patent litigation campaigns and also advises on IP-led commercial transactions. Sources say: "He always ensures he is providing a first-class service to his clients." Chambers and Partners 2018
"Brian Cordery is ‘energetic’ and ‘hugely respected among clients, competitors, barristers and the judges’." Legal 500 2017
"Brian is extremely diligent and very collaborative," says one rival, while another says he is "absolutely excellent in life sciences patent litigation". MIP, IP Stars 2017
"Cordery is a fixture in the upper echelons of the patent litigation arena: 'His work is consistently top-notch and he is always extremely approachable'.” IAM Patent 1000 2017
"Brian Cordery is a leading life sciences patent litigator and advises on the co-ordination of global patent protection strategy. Sources say: "He is excellent - he really knows his stuff and is good with clients." Chambers and Partners 2017
"Commentators have 'great respect' and "tremendous admiration" for Brian Cordery, a 'hard-working and accomplished litigator.' He is also recommended for patent portfolio management and strategy." Chambers and Partners 2017
"...‘bright and conscientious’ patent litigator Brian Cordery." Legal 500 2016
"...‘hugely knowledgeable’ Brian Cordery." Legal 500 2016
One of the top 10 most highly regarded patent lawyers in Europe – “Brian Cordery leads the way in our research for his outstanding work.” Who's Who Legal Patents 2016
"Clients particularly praise his resourcefulness and sharp focus." Who's Who Legal 2016
“Brian Cordery is definitely one of the guiding lights of English patent litigation and his clients love him”. He is extremely intelligent, very hardworking and really knows an awful lot!” IAM Patent 1000 2016
"Co-head of the firm’s patent litigation team Brian Cordery is frequently referred to as 'one of the top patent litigators in the country'. Sources are effusive about him: 'He is extremely good with clients, a joy to work with and a very, very good lawyer'.” Who's Who Legal 2016
"Brian Cordery is a highly respected patent specialist who is often called upon for international litigation efforts. Clients say: "He is dynamic in his approach and takes the lead in a really positive way. He always has commercial considerations of clients uppermost in his mind." Chambers and Partners 2016
"Brian Cordery acts in a wide range of IP disputes, although recently he has distinguished himself in pharmaceutical patent litigation. One source says: "What I treasure about Brian is his extremely client-oriented approach, and that he is very responsive, energetic and creative." Chambers and Partners 2016

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