This market-leading barrister set is the largest at the IP bar. Its 13 QCs and 17 juniors specialise in the core areas of patent law including telecommunications and pharmaceuticals, as well as SPC regulation and emerging areas such as medical devices. 8 New Square barristers are regularly seen at all levels of UK courts, including acting as advocates at the Supreme Court in cases which have the potential to shape Europe-wide patent law. An example is the parallel and high-profile Unwired Planet against Huawei, and Huawei and ZTE against Conver...Full Analysis
The expertise at 3 New Square spans a wide array of technical fields, with barristers covering high-profile cases in mobile telecommunications, biotechnology and electronics. But it is perhaps in pharmaceuticals where 3 New Square shines, including work in SPC regulation. Notable recent cases involving this mixture of regulation and litigation include Novartis against Dr Reddy’s, which saw 3 New Square barristers working for both claimant and defendant. At the Supreme Court, recommended barristers Andrew Waugh, Tom Mitcheson and Katherine Moggr...Full Analysis
Technical know-how and knowledge in fields connected to intellectual property distinguish 11 South Square from its competitors. The seven silks and eleven juniors of the chambers are highly regarded in all aspects of IP, but particularly recommended for telecommunications and electronics. Recent high-profile cases include the ongoing litigation between TQ Delta and defendant Zyxel, notable for being the first standard essential patent case in the UK after the Unwired Planet against Huawei decision. Here, a team led by highly recommended QCs Iai...Full Analysis
Blackstone Chambers’ barristers have a flexible approach to crossover patent cases. Although a broader commercial set rather than a specialised IP set, its QCs and juniors excel beyond simply the intersection between telecommunications, FRAND and antitrust law. Its barristers can also turn their hands to pharmaceutical and telecommunication cases, appearing in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal over the past year. Indeed, the high-profile case between Warner-Lambert and Actavis and Mylan, saw all three clients represented by Blackstone barri...Full Analysis
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 o...Full Analysis
Hogarth Chambers is among the newer sets at the London IP bar. It specialises in both intellectual property and chancery law, with two QCs specialising in patent disputes. Hogarth has a qualified patent attorney in one of its junior barristers, and also recently admitted a former Hogan Lovells associate as a junior. The commercial focus of Hogarth means that it specialises in IP more broadly, including design and trademarks. However, after a quiet year in patents the set is seeing more visibility in the High Court, especially regarding technica...Full Analysis
Another chambers which hosts patent capacities alongside a commercial law arm, One Essex Court is heavily involved in the FRAND discussions shaping European patent jurisprudence. With appearances in the past year over all UK court levels, One Essex Court has a foot in the door when it comes to the interface between FRAND and competition. However, it also has capacities in patent infringement, with a junior recently advocating for claimant Excel-Eucan in a case concerning machine gun bandoliers.Full Analysis
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