There are just six IP-specialist barristers at Brick Court Chambers. However, the size does not mirror its strength and its barristers are frequently visible at the UK courts, especially for hi-tech and FRAND cases. On the patent side, recommended QC Nicholas Saunders recently acted for TQ Delta in the case against Zyxel, litigating alongside 8 New Square to achieve an injunction. However, the key focus at Brick Court, differentiating it from other IP-driven chambers, is a clear expertise in antitrust law. It is here that the chambers is most often recommended, and as such appears at the highest level in vital disputes. For example, its QCs acted for Unwired Planet, Huawei and Conversant in front of the Supreme Court during the landmark cases between Unwired Planet and Huawei and ZTE. NPE Conversant has also turned to Brick Court for competition advocacy in the dispute over jurisdiction against Huawei and ZTE. Brick Court’s IP barristers are involved in advisory work in areas such as FRAND licensing.
Nicholas Saunders (“good for FRAND, hi-tech and competition law”)
4 QCs, 2 juniors
Supreme Court: Unwired Planet (claimant; Sarah Ford) against Huawei (defendant; Mark Howard); Huawei and ZTE (claimant; Mark Howard against Conversant (defendant; Colin West) over FRAND and jurisdiction. Court of Appeal: Huawei and ZTE against Conversant (defendant; Colin West) over FRAND and jurisdiction. High Court London; Philips against HTC, Acer and Asus (defendant; Daniel Piccinin for Asus) over SEPs (all public knowledge).