Richard Pinckney


Richard specialises in IP disputes with a focus on patent litigation and the technology sector.

His practice covers all aspects of IP disputes including enforcement and licensing strategies, FRAND issues and SEPs, freedom to operate, breach of confidence and trade secrets, as well as patent validity and infringement. A significant part of his practice involves the coordination of litigation before the UK Courts with parallel proceedings in other jurisdictions, particularly the USA and in Europe, as well as before international patent offices. As a solicitor advocate, Richard is qualified to appear before all courts in England and Wales.

Richard has a background in engineering and his technical patent litigation experience includes the telecommunications, computer hardware and software, engineering, human computer interaction and LED lighting sectors.

Richard has integrated his technical practice with a significant FRAND practice. He advises on issues arising in disputes relating to international technology standards and patent pools including contract, competition law, enforcement and licensing. Richard has acted in the leading FRAND cases in the UK for Philips, IPCom and Samsung.

Richard is a member of AIPPI (Association for Protection of Intellectual Property), EPLAW (European Patent Lawyers Association) and LES (Licensing Executive Society) and is a regular speaker at international conferences on UK patent litigation and FRAND.


  • MEng Engineering Science, University of Oxford
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Oxford
  • Qualified 2008
  • Solicitor Advocate
  • Partner 2016
  • Admitted in Republic of Ireland
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What others say

"Richard is attractive in his style of client relationship management." Chambers and Partners 2024
“Myles Jelf, Richard Pinkney and James Boon are all fiercely bright and really know their stuff in respect of telecoms and high category technical litigation. They foster teams that work hard and deliver the highest and most exacting standards. Always a pleasure to work with.” Legal 500 2024
“Stand-out partners are Myles Jelf and Richard Pinckney.” Legal 500 2024
“Pinckney…has represented some of the world’s biggest and most valuable companies in high-tech patent litigation, often related to FRAND issues.” IAM Patent 1000 2023
“Richard Pinckney has an impressive profile in the technology sector, acting on patent cases including SEP disputes and FRAND matters.” Chambers and Partners 2023
“Richard Pinckney has carved a real niche in the consumer products/electro-mechanical patent litigation field. Highly sought-after, he delivers on his advice.” Legal 500 2023
“Richard has an excellent eye for detail but keeps in mind the wider picture as well.” Chambers and Partners 2022
“Richard Pinckney has a wealth of legal and technical experience; bringing pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to the most complex of litigation problems he repeatedly delivers top-rate results for household-name international corporations.” Legal 500 2022
“One recent highlight has been its high-profile work in relation to the former’s SEP, and leading the charge there are Richard Pinckney and Myles Jelf” IAM Patent 1000 2022
Richard Pinckney “is always available when needed, and well understands commercial topics.” IAM Patent 1000 2022
Richard Pinckney is “well versed in FRAND disputes.” IAM Patent 1000 2022
"A clear rising star in the patent field.” Juve UK 2022
"Richard Pinckney is a clever and conscientious litigator." Legal 500 2021
"With a real focus on technically complex cases, he [Richard Pinckney] brings strategic direction to a case in a capable and reassuring manner." Legal 500 2021
"Richard Pinckney is exceptionally able and readily turns his hand to all variety of intellectual property litigation." Legal 500 2021
“He is sharp, focused and has a real feel for how best to direct a case, achieving excellent results in difficult and demanding time constraints.” IAM Patent 1000 2021
“Extremely satisfied with his [Richard Pinckney] work” Juve UK 2021
"Richard Pinckney and Liz Cohen are particularly visible and frequently recommended younger partners” Juve UK 2020
"Richard Pinckney offers a strong and confident service with brilliant strategic direction, especially in the electro-mechanical sphere." Legal 500 2020
"Richard Pinckney demonstrates the abilities of a seasoned partner; he gets to grip with the complexities of a case in short order and is particularly skilled in getting the very best out of his team" Legal 500 2020
" 'hugely experienced' patent litigator Richard Pinckney" Legal 500 2020
Richard "has a 'pragmatic and can-do attitude' " Legal 500 2020
"Richard Pinckney has an already impressive reputation for his handling of electronic engineering patent disputes”. Chambers and Partners 2019
Richard Pinckney " is easy to work with, is extremely bright, and has an outstanding grasp of technical issues and their interplay." Chambers and Partners 2019

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