Allen & Overy LLP

Intellectual Property Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Extremely powerful patent litigation arm and deep resources for IP-heavy corporate deals. Recommended for licensing transactions in high technology and life sciences, and for trade mark, copyright and designs litigation. Has an in-house trade mark and designs prosecution and oppositions offering.

Strengths A client says: "I am extremely happy with A&O in the UK, and can recommend all the partners in London - as a team they are perfect."

A source reports: "They did a fantastic job in a difficult and complex case."

A client says: "A&O co-ordinated all cross-border aspects seamlessly."

Work highlights Acted for Gillette in patent infringement proceedings against competitors Wilkinson Sword and others regarding the company's triple blade replacement cartridge system.

Notable practitioners

David Stone is highly prized for his extensive knowledge and application of UK and European design right and trade mark law. A client praises him for being "the gold standard in substantive knowledge and client care."He also maintains a standout infringement action practice.

Jim Ford has a wide and varied practice counselling clients on the intellectual property aspects of large-scale commercial and corporate transactions. He frequently assists clients with licensing issues, collaboration agreements and de-branding.

Marc Döring is widely recognised for his handling of complex patent litigation matters, including revocation actions and oppositions. Market commentators say: "He is able to keep on top of it all and guide tactical decisions in a case."

Marjan Noor is "delightful and has incredible balance," says a source, adding: "She is extremely good at managing relationships with clients."She is roundly considered one of the finest patent litigators working in biotech and pharmaceuticals today.

Mark Heaney is a notable litigator reputed for his experience handling FRAND and standard-essential patent cases as well as advising on potential infringement actions. He has strong and extensive relationships with clients in the technology sector among others.

Mark Ridgway represents clients in a range of complex litigation covering FRAND and standard-essential patents, infringement actions and trade secret cases. He acts for many market-leading technology and life sciences companies.

Neville Cordell is well known for his excellent record in disputes covering the whole range of IP rights. He has robust client relationships in many sectors including technology and pharmaceuticals. A client says he did "an outstanding job" on a recent case.