The market-leading 8 New Square, which continues to act in a wide variety of high-profile patent cases, remains the UK IP bar's best-regarded and largest IP barrister set. Throughout the year it has been highly visible in all UK courts, including the Supreme Court, in a variety of cases.Full Analysis
Offering a mixed practice with a span of technological, mobile communication and pharmaceutical patent expertise, 3 New Square continues to impress in high-stakes patent litigation. Over 2020, its many recommended barristers – both silks and juniors – have taken the lead in numerous cases in front of the UK patent courts, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Although the set was not involved in the year's high-profile proceedings between Unwired Planet and Conversant, and Huawei and ZTE, experienced and recommended barrister Guy...Full Analysis
The barristers of 11 South Square have a huge breadth of experience, including in pharmaceutical regulatory work and highly-technical telecommunications trials. In June, alongside a QC, junior barrister Adam Gamsa represented Mylan in litigation against Neurim and Flynn at the Court of Appeal – he has "excellent technical and tactical skills“, (competitor). Other juniors were also visible appearing for Edwards Lifesciences against Meril at the Court of Appeal.Full Analysis
First and foremost a leading commercial set, Brick Court Chambers has certainly spent the past 12 months showcasing its credentials in IP advocacy, particularly on the side of telecommunications, including FRAND disputes, and high-tech litigation. Although it has a clear focus on competition and antitrust law and their application to patent disputes, the chamber’s barristers have been highly visible in the UK’s leading disputes on SEPs and FRAND. Indeed, the set’s barristers have acted for both the NPEs and the mobile phone manufacturers in the...Full Analysis
Although a broader commercial set rather than a specialist-IP chambers, Blackstone has, throughout 2020, demonstrated its expertise in high-stakes patent cases, on both the pharmaceutical and tech side. Of particular note is the set's work at the Supreme Court in the leading SEP and FRAND case of the year. Here, the highly-visible James Segan, who was made a Queen's Counsel this year, acted alongside counsel from 8 New Square for respondent Huawei against both Unwired Planet, and for Huawei against Conversant. The latter case saw him joined by ...Full Analysis
Hogarth Chambers is predominantly a chancery set with a strong soft IP and patent offering. Of its team, two silks specialise in patent matters and are often seen in patent cases around technical aspects of law, such as mechanical or automotive patents. An example is Michael Hicks work for Geofabrics against Fiberweb, and the set's representation of Shenzhen Carku against Noco over patents for car battery jump start devices. The firm has a clear specialty in such cases. However, it is not yet visible in any major FRAND or telecommunications dis...Full Analysis
The well-positioned chambers One Essex Court once again retains a presence in important European FRAND disputes, especially in competition law. The chambers' barristers are particularly noted for their flexible approach to cases; many of its QCs and junior practising patent and/or competition law also have extensive expertise in soft IP. On the other hand, this year the chambers was not present in patent litigation before the UK courts in other areas of technology.Full Analysis
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