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Edward Nodder


Edward Nodder

Senior Partner
+44 (0)20 7400 8000

Edward was until 2016 the long-serving head of Patent Litigation and has specialised in intellectual property, especially patent litigation, for over 35 years. He has been responsible for more than 100 patent cases, including landmark UK decisions such as 3M v. Rennicks (validity and infringement, stay of injunction and damages), 3M v. Plastus Kreativ (cross-border injunctions), 3M v. Nippon Carbide (stay pending EPO opposition), Unilin v. B&Q (entitlement to priority, amendment, res judicata and EPO) and Servier v. Apotex (enquiry as to damages under cross-undertaking).

Beyond the UK, Edward has taken a particular interest in the development of the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC). He has had the opportunity to do so through his activity on the Board and Advisory Board of the European Lawyers Association (EPLAW). EPLAW has been very closely involved with the preparation of the legislation and the rules of procedure of the UPC and Edward has given presentations on the rules to all the leading European Patent Judges at the Venice Conferences organised jointly by EPLAW and the EPO. His work with the European Patent judiciary has included participation in “Mock Trials” conducted before these Patents Judges and already using the law and rules of the UPC. This has been a unique experience making Edward ideally qualified to advise clients on UPC issues when they arise. He has further honed his UPC skills sitting as a “Judge” in the first real-time mock trials of UPC cases which Bristows has been conducting in the expectation that the UPC will commence operation soon despite the uncertainty of “Brexit”.

Edward is experienced in almost all technical fields, including electronics, but is particularly active in the life sciences sector, having acted for some of the largest pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices companies. He has developed successful strategies, combining patent and regulatory law, to assist his pharmaceutical clients facing the challenge of generics. In such matters, he has often coordinated cross-border litigation and advice within Europe and beyond. For over 12 years, he lead a very large team successfully obtaining preliminary injunctions and other relief for originator companies such as Novartis against generic suppliers in many countries around the globe.

Edward is currently on the Advisory Board of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW) and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents. He is a member of the Law Society’s Intellectual Property Law Committee. Edward was a UK Council Member of AIPPI from 2000 to 2015. 


  • MA Natural Sciences and Law, University of Cambridge
  • Qualified 1980
  • Partner 1986

Recommended for

  • IP: Patent Litigation and Life Sciences: Patent Litigation - Chambers and Partners (2017/2016/2015)
  • Patents, Patent Litigation and Life Science-IP - Who's Who Legal (2017/2016/2015)
  • Patents - Who’s Who Legal Thought Leader (2017)
  • Patent Litigation - IAM Patent 1000 (2017/2016/2015)
  • Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology -  Legal 500 (2015)
  • Intellectual Property (leading individual) - Legal 500 (2015)
  • IP / Litigation and Strategy and Management - LMG UK Life Science Stars (2015)
  • Patents, Patent litigation, Patent opinion, Patent Strategy and Counseling - Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2016)
  • Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Intellectual Property, Patent Litigation (Lawyer of the Year London) (2017/2015)
  • IP Law - Super Lawyers (2015)

"Heavily involved in the development of the UPC, Nodder dispenses 'advice of the highest quality' and brings over 30 years’ experience to the table. His recent highlights include representing radiation oncology manufacturer Varian in a highly complex multi-jurisdictional patent infringement matter relating to its radiotherapy and MRI machines." - IAM Patent 1000 2017

"Edward Nodder is recommended for his depth of experience handling patent litigation and his focus on multi-jurisdictional disputes. He is also an expert on the Unified Patent Court." - Chambers and Partners 2017

"Edward Nodder is widely admired and highlighted for the quality of his client care. He has experience advising electronics and life sciences companies on patent litigation and has significant experience of multi-jurisdictional proceedings.” - Chambers and Partners 2017

The Top 10 most highly regarded Patent lawyer in Europe - Who's Who Legal 2016

"Boasts invaluable experience." - Who's Who Legal 2016

"Joint head of patent litigation team Edward Nodder is regarded as 'a star of life sciences disputes'; his experience extends to more than 100 patent cases over 35 years of practice." - Who's Who Legal 2016

"Edward Nodder chairs the firm's patent litigation practice and advises key clients on multi-jurisdictional disputes. He is a leading expert on the forthcoming European Patent Court and its implications for biotech and pharmaceuticals businesses." - Chambers and Partners 2016

"Edward Nodder leads the firm's patent litigation practice and oversees high-value cases for key hi-tech and life sciences clients. He is also a leading authority on the European Unitary Patent and the forthcoming Unified Patent Court." - Chambers and Partners 2016

"Edward Nodder is hailed as 'the grand seigneur of European patent law': 'His team and international network make him the ideal person to go to for multi-jurisdictional litigation'. Patrons appreciate 'his long-standing relationship with judges and other legal professionals', and 'high-level strategic and internationally minded approach – he’s great at identifying issues that could arise in other jurisdictions'”. - IAM Patent 1000 2015

"Edward Nodder is the firm's head of patent litigation and he has developed 'extensive experience' in the area over the past 35 years. He has handled over 100 patent cases covering a range of areas including electronics and biotechnology and has also attracted praise for his work relating to the development of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court." - Who's Who Legal 100 2015 

"Edward Nodder 
heads the firm's patent litigation practice and has near-unrivalled experience in defending IP for clients, which include market-leading life sciences companies."  - Chambers and Partners 2015

"Edward Nodder is praised for the high quality of his work, most of which is in patent litigation. He leads matters involving a range of technologies, and is probably best known for life sciences cases. He is much sought after for his advice on the extent to which the European Unified Patent Court will affect IP litigation and strategy when it starts work in coming years." - Chambers and Partners 2015

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