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Herbert Smith Freehills

Life Sciences

2 ranked lawyersBand 2UK-wideUK 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Excellent patent litigation offering for biotech and pharmaceutical companies, best known for defending against generic challenges. Very strong on the interaction of IP law with competition and EU law. Also advises on IP licensing and freedom-to-operate exercises. Demonstrates expertise in UK and EU pharmaceutical regulations.

Strengths

One interviewee says: "They have a deep bench, especially the younger team members, who are strong on the law and the technology."

Another source reports: "The team were excellent and proactive."

Work highlights

Represented Gilead in UK proceedings and continued to advise on and coordinate Gilead's response to parallel proceedings brought by ViiV in a number of other EPC jurisdictions. The proceedings relate to Gilead's HIV integrase inhibitor, bictegravir.

Notable practitioners

Sebastian Moore advises world-leading biotech and pharma companies on cross-border patent litigation campaigns.  He oversees disputes before the courts and the EPO.
"Sebastian Moore is outstanding - client-orientated, and has a sense of urgency. If you need something on a Friday afternoon, you will get it."

Sophie Rich is renowned above all for her work as a patent litigator for many of the world's leading innovators in life sciences, and is also recommended for freedom-to-operate and rights strategy. Her impressive practice also includes handling multi-jurisdictional disputes.

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UK-wide

Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation


Sebastian Moore
Band 2
Sophie Rich
Band 1