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Patent litigation


Consistently ranked among the world’s top IP firms, since 1837 Bristows has taken the lead and established ground-breaking precedents in many of the patent cases that have shaped modern patent law.

Our clients range from start-ups to pharmaceutical and electronics multi-nationals. They seek our advice on protecting and extracting value from their most valuable assets – their inventions. We also help these clients to defend patent infringement claims and challenge the patents of competitors. 

Our patent litigation team is made up of lawyers whose specialist legal knowledge is backed by powerful technical and industry experience, enabling us to master and succeed in the most complex cases.  From turbochargers to telephone systems and from microprocessors to life-saving drugs, we understand how to exploit or avoid patent rights through litigation and alternative dispute resolution around the globe.

The majority of Bristows’ IP lawyers have scientific and technology backgrounds, including physics, chemistry, biotechnology, electronics, engineering and materials science. We actively recruit trainees who are First Class, and even PhD level, scientists from leading research institutions. Looking forward to the Unified Patent Court in Europe, we are building a team specifically suited to that exciting new forum with German and French language skills and civil law expertise. This means that whatever the technology on which a client has built its business, and wherever in Europe the case has to be brought Bristows will have someone with relevant background and experience.

We frequently advise on the interplay of patent rights with regulatory and competition issues.  Specifically in the Life Sciences sector, we are market leaders in the life cycle management of patented pharmaceutical products, often coordinating such patent litigation activities worldwide.

We are thus extremely well-equipped and connected to advise on the international aspects of patent disputes.  As well as representing clients before the specialist and higher courts in the UK and our ambition to be the leading firm in the UPC, we appear before the European Patent Office and regularly take responsibility for international cases, working with and supervising local lawyers in jurisdictions worldwide.  There are few major patent litigation firms around the world with whom we have not worked successfully.

Recent patent disputes we have advised on have involved:

  • Mobile phones and tablets

  • Aviation technology

  • Biotechnology and conventional pharmaceuticals

  • Computers and computer games

  • Oil field technology

  • Medical devices and equipment

  • GPS

  • Biometric IDs

  • Power generation

  • Automotive technology

  • Optics and contact lenses

  • Laminate flooring

  • Float glass

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