Bird & Bird

Life Sciences (International Firms) Department

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What the team is known for Recognised for strength in contentious and non-contentious IP issues in the life sciences space, including patent litigation, technology transfers and licensing. Also advises on areas such as clinical trials and distribution agreements and is increasingly active in corporate and transactional matters. Adept at handling arbitrations involving complex technical issues. Acts for an impressive client roster of medical device and pharmaceutical companies, as well as start-ups, universities and research bodies. Noted for its capability on multi-jurisdictional matters.

Strengths A client reports: "They are a very good team with skilled partners and associates who are fully dedicated."

Work highlight Acted for Dow Chemical and Johnson Matthey in a trade secrets arbitration against Luxi Chemical in relation to the misuse of its confidential information by the latter.

Assisted Mercury Innovations with regaining control of its international IP portfolio and in setting up an IP strategy.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Alison Wong is a recognised life sciences practitioner with a focus on IP-related matters. She works on patent, copyright and trade mark issues for numerous pharmaceutical companies.