Over 2021, the barristers of market-leading chambers 8 New Square continue to demonstrate their advocacy skills in some of the UK patent courts’ most notable cases, including leading FRAND and life sciences cases in Europe. Indeed, with the increasing numbers of FRAND and telecommunications cases at the UK courts, the set’s barristers are well-positioned to be instructed due to their experience in previous agenda-setting cases such as Unwired Planet vs. Huawei. Often, however, 8 New Square’s barristers appear alongside competition law-specialis...Full Analysis
It is unusual to read any UK High Court judgment without seeing a named barrister from this set, and 3 New Square’s highly visible members frequently appear on the claimant side. Its large selection of QCs and juniors are especially active in complex pharmaceutical and life sciences proceedings, with its barristers' impressive credentials apparent in the UK Court of Appeal’s 2021 judgment list. Of the seven cases so far heard by the court, six involve barristers from the set. Five Three New Square barristers are involved in two potentially majo...Full Analysis
This set’s experienced barristers have traditionally been most visible in complex telecommunications proceedings, with a Court of Appeal case involving IPCom and Vodafone this year showcasing the set’s talents as both appellant and defendant. Here, recommended young QC Brian Nicholson (“thorough and excellent”) and junior Adam Gamsa appeared for IPCom, while Michael Silverleaf advocated for the co-litigant. Over 2021, however, it is cases at the High Court which have provided multiple opportunities for 11 South Square’s QCs, and especially its ...Full Analysis
The IP speciality of this leading commercial set, which this year celebrates its centenary, continues to shine through in FRAND and telecommunications disputes – especially on the competition law side.Full Analysis
For its small size, Blackstone’s IP and competition law barristers have appeared consistently during 2021 in multiple patent cases concerning telecommunications patents at the UK High Court. Although the set is predominantly commercial, the presence of its barristers in notable disputes such as on the side of Apple in the global battle against Optis over SEPs reflects a growing reputation in the patent field.Full Analysis
Despite being a predominantly chancery-driven set with a notable soft IP offering, Hogarth Chambers’ barristers are increasingly visible in patent cases at the UK High Court. Two of its silks specialise in patents with a preference for mechanical and technical work, but the set is clearly calling on its wide-ranging expertise to tackle cases such as Semtech against Laguna Space. Here, junior barrister Guy Tritton worked on issues of jurisdiction which, since Unwired Planet vs. Huawei, is an aspect continuing to grow as an important facet of UK ...Full Analysis
The well-positioned chambers of One Essex Court have a clear FRAND speciality, with visibility in some of the leading jurisdictional-led patent cases of the past few years. A highlight for the chambers is their involvement in the Supreme Court litigation between Huawei and ZTE against Conversant, which concluded in 2020. However, the One Essex Court barristers are perhaps best regarded for their approach to soft IP matters. It still has limited visibility in other patent cases, such as life sciences or pharmaceutical litigation, although two ba...Full Analysis
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