Myles Jelf


Myles is joint head of the patent litigation Department. He specialises in intellectual property matters with an emphasis on litigation.

While his practice covers the full range of intellectual property rights it has focused in recent years upon high-tech patent litigation for multinational companies – his clients include Samsung, Google, Pratt & Whitney and ZTE. Myles is also part of Bristows’ competition department with experience of handling competition disputes before the UK courts and the European Commission. His work within this department has given him considerable experience in the interface between IPRs and anti-trust issues, particularly in the telecoms sector where he has acted in a number of leading UK cases including Samsung v Apple, IPCom v Nokia / HTC, Unwired Planet v Samsung and Conversant v ZTE. This experience has meant Myles is at the front of the developing legal area of FRAND dispute resolution.

Myles’ post-doctoral level engineering training particularly suits him to the more technically demanding cases within his patent practice. Recent cases within this practice have focused on the computing, telecoms and computer gaming sectors. Myles also, however, acts for a number of industrial clients notably in the aerospace and robotic technology sectors. Myles is a qualified Solicitor-Advocate with full rights of audience before all the UK’s civil courts. He is a member of AIPPI and a Board Director of EPLAW. His practice has an international nature, with the vast majority of cases in the last 10 years including the co-ordination of parallel cases in jurisdictions throughout the EU and the US. He has closely followed the development of the pan-European Unified Patent Court (UPC) throughout its gestation, attending and speaking at two of EPLAW’s Venice Patent Judges Congresses in the last five years.


  • BEng Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, London
  • PhD Carbon-fibre Composites, University of Cambridge
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Bristol
  • Solicitor Advocate
  • Qualified 1997
  • Partner 2005

What others say

"Myles Jelf is a well-known IP litigator with a strong client following in the gaming sector." Chambers and Partners 2019
"Myles Jelf is a patent litigator specialising in hi-tech and telecommunications disputes. A source says he has a "great command of the technology in any case he takes on."" Chambers and Partners 2019
Myles Jelf enjoys a strong reputation for his work as a patent litigator in complex electrical engineering and telecommunications-related disputes. Sources say: "He is a really experienced lawyer who is very commercial and works incredibly hard." Chambers and Partners 2018
Myles Jelf is an IP specialist advising a variety of digital and gaming clients on contentious matters. He frequently handles complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Chambers and Partners 2018
"Myles Jelf, who is ‘a leading light’ in the TMT sector." Legal 500 2017
"Myles Jelf has core strengths in telecoms technology litigation, he defended Google and Samsung in a high-profile dispute with Unwired Planet pertaining to alleged patent infringement." Legal 500 2017
"Myles Jelf is a computer games expert with substantive expertise in IP and competition law. He is well regarded for his experience in handling complex disputes." Chambers and Partners 2017
"A 'doyen of mobile phone patent cases,' Myles Jelf 'fights persistently for his clients in difficult cases.' He focuses on computer science, telecoms and engineering litigation." Chambers and Partners 2017
"Myles Jelf 'is a market leader and one of the true go-to guys for litigation in the telecoms space. He is bright, intelligent and very likeable.' He was the lead partner representing Samsung and Google against Unwired Planet in a case that broke new ground on the subject of fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) obligations. IAM Patent 1000 2017
"...litigation specialist Myles Jelf, who acts for Google and Samsung." Legal 500 2016
"Myles Jelf...praised for [his] ‘commercial awareness and technical ability’.” Legal 500 2016
"Bristows LLP’s media department is led by Myles Jelf, who advised Sony Group on IT security measures..." Legal 500 2016
"TMT specialist Jelf is a 'smooth operator who understands the high-tech world'. He is one of the best in his field." Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars 2016
“Myles Jelf is another 'standout practitioner' sought out by some of the world’s biggest multinationals; telecommunications is a forte.” IAM Patent 1000 2016
"Myles Jelf is highlighted by peers as a 'rising star' in the computer games industry. Recent work includes advising Google in relation to a high-profile data protection and privacy dispute." Chambers and Partners 2016
"Myles Jelf is renowned for his work on computer science, electronics and advanced engineering disputes, often involving questions of competition law as well as IP infringement. He is considered "commercially astute" and a 'tough litigator who knows the law very well'." Chambers and Partners 2016

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