Bristows LLP

Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for

Deep bench of high-calibre litigators with supreme expertise in contentious patent, trade mark, designs and copyright matters. Particularly sought after for biosimilars and telecommunications litigation. Frequently instructed for standard-essential patent-related disputes. Also distinguished for its work on the commercialisation of IP at the vanguard of life sciences and technology. Additionally recommended for its trade mark prosecution service.


A source comments: "They are intellectually sound, rigorous and bear in mind the commercial consequences for the clients - they take a good overall holistic approach."

"They immediately understood the issues at hand and really pulled out all the stops for us," reports a client.

Another client describes the team as "very knowledgeable and experienced."

Work highlights

Represented Heineken in a revocation claim and defence of infringement claim about patents held by Anheuser-Busch InBev relating to beer dispensing systems.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Bowler is an accomplished patent litigator used to working across a wide range of technical disciplines in cases with cross-border implications. He has experience handling standard-essential patents on behalf of telecoms and electronics multinationals.
"He is very knowledgeable in patent law and patent litigation. He is fast and practical in his advice and responses and thinks of the client as a strategic partner."

Brian Cordery is regularly called upon to act for leading pharmaceutical companies in a range of patent litigation. He also advises on IP-driven transactions in the life sciences sector.
"A very technically able lawyer." "He does a fantastic job for his clients."

Dominic Adair is a patent litigator and seasoned veteran of cross-border disputes. His primary focus is in life sciences, drawing on his impressive scientific background.
"He is very pleasant to work with, always approachable, smart and pays attention to the detail. His work is always spot-on and exceptional."

James Boon frequently represents companies in the technology sector in high-stakes and often industry-critical litigation. He has particular expertise with regard to standard-essential patents.
"James stands out for being amazing technically, conscientious in his work, and his grasp of detail is impressive."

Jeremy Blum is recognised for his work on often precedent-setting trade mark and design cases for clients. He has notable experience handling litigation concerning shape and colour trade marks.
"He is a good litigator and has a pragmatic approach to things." "He is very experienced, knows his stuff and is very easy to work with."

Liz Cohen has an impressive reputation in the life sciences sector for her masterful handling of patent disputes. She is highly sought after to marshal international litigation campaigns.,"She is an amazing expert in litigation."

Myles Jelf is a highly experienced patent litigator who focuses on hi-tech and telecommunications patent disputes. He has recently worked on a number of matters concerning standard-essential patents.
"He is very good at technical patent cases."

Paul Walsh is one of the most admired trade mark litigators of his generation, and has fought many of the most closely watched brand infringement cases of recent decades. He acts as legal adviser to a corporate membership association, the British Brands Group, and is also a noted authority in the law of designs.,"He has an incredible wealth of experience, is a masterful tactician, and is extremely pleasant to work with." "An excellent litigator."

Richard Dickinson has a wide and varied transactional practice assisting large corporate clients with licence agreements and disputes. His client base includes market leaders in life sciences, media and retail.,"He is absolutely superb, an amazing client-orientated lawyer who works extremely hard." 

Rob Burrows is a respected patent litigator with an impressive record leading cases for leading biotechnology and pharmaceuticals companies. He is a noted expert in the field of plant varieties.

Simon Clark is recommended for all facets of brand management, including portfolio development and litigation. He is also expert in the law of copyright and designs.
"He gives first-class advice on IP matters and is clear, straightforward and extremely helpful." "Simon provides insightful and well thought-out advice."

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Our lawyers have extensive experience in protecting patents, brands, designs, copyrights, databases, domain names and related rights

We work closely with clients across a range of industry sectors, including technology, life sciences, consumer products, fashion, finance, hotels and leisure, media and pharmaceuticals.

Our team advises on everything from trade mark infringement and passing off claims through to software copyright, design protection and enforcement and online infringements. We also deal with the increasingly complex areas of database management and digital rights management. We have built up an impressive team of international specialists and regularly take the lead role in cases across multiple jurisdictions.

We also have a long established portfolio management practice, fully integrated with the firm’s leading IP litigation practice, in order to provide a “one-stop shop” on all aspects of brand development, protection, exploitation and enforcement.

The renowned Patent Litigation practice combines technical expertise covering all the major scientific and engineering disciplines, with an unrivalled depth and breadth of litigation experience. It is probably the largest dedicated group in the UK, and works along our Competition and Regulatory teams across a range of issues from life sciences to telecoms, for example in Standard Essential Patent disputes; and with our IP Transactions team, one of the largest focusing solely on standalone deals involving IP rights.


Cordery, Brian (Head of Department)

Adair, Dominic

Adair, Dominic

Bacon, Gregory

Barrett, Gemma

Blum, Jeremy

Cohen, Liz

Coughlin, Adam

Dickinson, Richard

Esuola, Alice

Gibson, Katy

Giles, Ralph

Gruselle, Ian

Harmer, Alex

Harris, Max

Harwood, Laura

Jacobs, Louisa

Jelf, Myles

Jordan, Paul

Lambrix, Ellen

Muursepp, Erik

Powell, Rob

Rose, Helen

Ryder, Emily

Smith, Claire

Walsh, Paul

Warren, Matthew






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Intellectual Property Department

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Department location

100 Victoria Embankment


Greater London



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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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Press Release

Bristows’ life sciences regulatory practice continues to grow

Authors: Alex Denoon, Julian Hitchcok, Michaela Herron, Xisca Borrás

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London (Firms)

Intellectual Property

Jeremy Blum
Band 4
Richard Dickinson
Band 4
Simon Clark
Band 3

Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation

Andrew Bowler
Band 4
Brian Cordery
Band 1