Robert Burrows


Robert specialises in patent litigation. He has a PhD in molecular genetics and is particularly active for clients within the life sciences sector.

Many of the patent and SPC cases Robert has managed in recent years have required the coordination of parallel proceedings in the UK, EPO and other jurisdictions within Europe and elsewhere in the world. He therefore has in-depth knowledge of European litigation and, alongside appearing for clients in the High Court and Court of Appeal, has attended preliminary injunction and main action proceedings in multiple countries within Europe and overseen inspections of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes in India and Japan. Alongside the assessment of validity and infringement issues, his recent cases have included a damages enquiry, a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union and the availability of Arrow declaratory relief.

Robert regularly advises clients on the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court and, in more recent times, on the impact of Brexit.

He also advises on other IP rights and is one of a small number of lawyers who have acted in matters concerning plant variety rights. In addition to his litigation experience, Robert assists clients with freedom to operate opinions and due diligence on the intellectual property aspects of commercial transactions.

Robert is one of the founding editors of Bristows’ Biotech Review publication.


  • BSc Biological Sciences, University of Leicester
  • PhD Molecular Genetics, University of Leicester
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Bristol
  • Qualified 2002
  • Partner 2011

What others say

"He [Robert Burrows] is extremely strong on the technical aspects of patent disputes." Chambers and Partners 2021
"He [Robert Burrows] is a noted expert in the field of plant varieties." Chambers and Partners 2021
"A respected patent litigator with an impressive record leading cases for leading biotechnology and pharmaceuticals companies." Chambers and Partners 2021
"Robert Burrows is an authority on the niche specialism of plant varieties." Legal 500 2021
Robert is "a skilled international coordinator with deep knowledge of European litigation." IAM Patent 1000 2020
Robert has "a prophetic perspective on issues pertaining to the UPC" IAM Patent 1000 2020
Robert has a “calm, thoughtful, knowledgeable and thorough approach" Who's Who Legal Patents 2020
"Robert Burrows earns considerable approval thanks to his vast experience“ Who's Who Legal Patents 2020
"He [Robert Burrows] is very good at co-ordinating and arranging pan-European, multi-client litigation." Chambers and Partners 2020
Robert is a "fantastic and very thoughtful lawyer who gets involved and understands everything." Chambers and Partners 2020
Robert Burrow is "a noted expert in the field of plant varieties." Chambers and Partners 2020
"Rob Burrows is a respected patent litigator with an impressive record leading cases for leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies." Chambers and Partners 2020
"Rob Burrows is one of the most knowledgeable solicitors in the pharma/biotech space. He explains difficult concepts so well to clients and is easy to work with." Legal 500 2020
"Robert Burrows is 'one of the most knowledgeable solicitors in the pharma/biotech space'." Legal 500 2020
"The combination of being an able scientist and an effective litigator is rare even in IP, and he is one of the few who bring these skills together effectively" Chambers and Partners 2019
"Robert Burrows really impresses thanks to "superb organisational and communication abilities". One impressed source also notes: "His intelligence and good humour helped the team to cope with any problem with ease." Who's Who Legal 2018
"‘exceptionally able litigator’ Robert Burrows, who is ‘highly intelligent’ and ‘well- placed to handle complex and difficult litigation in the life science sector’." Legal 500 2017
"With a practice centring on the life sciences, Robert Burrows has 'tremendous focus and impressive memory, and is on the spot when it comes to international litigation coordination'." IAM Patent 1000 2017

Recommended For

Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation
Chambers and Partners 2021

Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation
Chambers & Partners 2021

Life Sciences and Healthcare (next generation partner)
Legal 500 2021

Intellectual Property: Patents (contentious and non-contentious)
Legal 500 2021

Intellectual Property
Legal 500 2020

Who's Who Legal Global Elite Thought Leader 2020

Life Sciences: Patent Litigation
Who’s Who Legal 2020

Life Sciences
Leaders League UK 2020

Patent Litigation
IAM Patent 1000 2020

Who's Who Legal Thought Leader 2018

Expert Guides – Life Sciences: mentioned in their IP section

Patent Litigator
MIP, IP Stars 2017

Intellectual Property
Legal 500 2017

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