Charlie French

Senior Associate

Charlie specialises in contentious intellectual property matters. She has a particular interest in patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, where her background in biochemistry gives her an excellent understanding of the technical issues that arise. She has also advised on the enforcement of plant variety rights, including customs seizures.

Charlie has extensive experience representing clients in complex litigation before the Patents Court (High Court) and Court of Appeal, as well as assisting parties in arbitral disputes. She also works closely with lawyers, patent attorneys and regulatory advisors in multiple jurisdictions to coordinate global patent litigation strategies and life-cycle management for pharmaceutical and biotechnology products.

Within the life sciences sector, Charlie has advised on disputes relating to small molecule pharmaceuticals, antibodies and antibody engineering technology, gene cloning and cell-based expression systems, drug delivery systems, formulations and dosage regimens.

Charlie has also assisted clients in the fields of shipping (a patent case relating to a cement-unloading system on a vessel, involving issues of patent exhaustion, application of the Schutz v Werit test of manufacture/repair, implied licence and estoppel), software development (a copyright infringement/breach of confidence/breach of contract dispute) and agriculture (enforcement of plant variety rights in relation to particular varieties of grape).


  • MA Natural Sciences (Biochemistry), University of Cambridge
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Oxford
  • Qualified 2012


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