Hogan Lovells

Intellectual Property Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Full-service offering able to marshal resources in every conceivable area of IP law and scientific discipline. Capable of co-ordinating the most complex international disputes, licensing strategies and IP-rich corporate transactions. A leading destination for heavyweight telecommunications and life sciences patent litigation. Advises household-name brands on all aspects of trade mark law. Offers a substantial copyright and database right practice.

Strengths A client says: "Of firms I have worked with, Hogan Lovells has impressed me the most. They're all extremely capable and they do a fantastic job."

Another says: "They are very helpful, always on top of things and have good vision with regard to trends in life sciences and patents in the UK and the EU."

"They have big brains in our area, which is very technical," says a client, adding: "They grasp technical points quickly and our business has always been impressed by them."

Work highlights Won a landmark Supreme Court decision for Eli Lilly in relation to generic attacks on its oncology product Alimta. The ruling showed that UK courts could consider and decide on infringement of foreign patents, applying foreign law.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Brook frequently litigates complex cross-border patent disputes for large corporates in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries. A source says: "He is a real fighter and can turn what looks to be a difficult case into a winning one."

Paul Brown has extensive experience with cases concerning standard-essential patents in telecoms and electronics. A source says: "He is very knowledgeable on the technical side, he thinks deeply about the issues and is great at motivating people."

Stephen Bennett is a patent litigator comfortable leading cases concerning hi-tech, life sciences and chemicals, and has appeared before the highest level courts in the UK and the EU, recently winning a Supreme Court victory for Eli Lilly. A source says: "He is very astute, sensible and good at getting the client to understand what the best tactics are."