EIP hires patent partner from Browne Jacobson

EIP has bolstered its patent litigation group with the hire of a new partner. Kathleen Fox Murphy joins the firm from UK-based law firm Browne Jacobson. Murphy is a dual specialist in telecommunications and pharmaceuticals and has been involved in a number of high-profile cases.

21 June 2019 by Amy Sandys

Kathleen Fox Murphy, EIP, London, patent litigation practice Kathleen Fox Murphy is the fifth partner at EIP's London patent litigation practice.

The London office of mixed firm EIP now has five partners in its litigation team. It has 17 in its wider UK patent practice. Murphy (46) was previously based in the London office of full-service law firm Browne Jacobson. Here Murphy was a partner and head of the London patent litigation team. The firm has a broad UK presence, with its headquarters in Nottingham.

Murphy started her career at Taylor Wessing, spending in total 16 years there. She moved to Browne Jacobson from her position of senior counsel.

At Taylor Wessing and later Browne Jacobson, Murphy’s work largely concerned telecommunications company Ericsson. Alongside co-counsel from Freshfields, she represented Ericsson in the long-running Unwired Planet vs. Samsung, Google and Huawei case.

Murphy’s particular focus was on the confidentiality and patent aspects in the competition side of the SEP acquisition. In October 2018, EIP represented Unwired Planet in front of David Kitchin at the Court of Appeal.

Clients and connections

Although no longer involved in the main FRAND and SEP action, Kathleen Fox Murphy brings Ericsson to EIP with her as a new client. EIP acted for Unwired Planet in both the High Court and Court of Appeal hearings. The Supreme Court will hear the final stage in proceedings in October 2019.

Murphy has a long-standing connection with many at EIP. This includes working alongside patent attorney and partner Heather McCann, on a number of cases. Gary Moss and Matthew Jones, both partners at EIP, also worked with Murphy at Taylor Wessing.

Kathleen Fox Murphy also brings Sandoz, arm of global healthcare company Novartis, as a client to EIP. The current focus of the work for Sandoz concerns SPC regulation and patent infringement for UK product launches.