Mills & Reeve LLP

Intellectual Property Department

East Anglia
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What the team is known for Counts world-leading universities, research hospitals, institutions and spin-offs among its clients. Also advises global brand names and companies large and small on the full range of commercial IP matters. Noted for its innovative litigation and dispute resolution services, which cover trade marks, patents and designs. Offers an internal trade mark prosecution service. Has represented clients in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and the Patents Court.

Strengths A source says the team is "client-focused, very good technically and prepared to be flexible in the way they deliver their legal services."

Another comments that the firm comprises "high-quality lawyers who are resourceful and prompt."

Work highlights Acted for an early-stage oncology therapeutics company Calypso Biotech on a strategic cell-line licensing agreement with a global technology rights owner to facilitate the development of the client's product pipeline.

Notable practitioners


Alasdair Poore
is noted for his expertise in commercial and contentious trade mark and design matters. He is also recommended for all manner of complex patent licence negotiations.


James Fry
is recognised for his work in life sciences and is well versed in advising early-stage companies and research institutions on all manner of collaboration and IP licence agreements.

"He knows the really fine detail and weathers the storm with calm consideration." "James is very pragmatic, provides the appropriate amount of counselling and always delivers on time.""He is excellent - very tuned in to the way that we work."


Nicola Hanglin
is dual-qualified as a solicitor and trade mark attorney. She assists the firm's clients with international portfolio management, trade mark prosecution and IP audits.

"Pragmatic and highly specialised in trade mark matters, including instructions with an international focus."


Richard Plaistowe
is a copyright, trade mark and design specialist recommended for registry proceedings, including oppositions, and for support on all manner of IP-driven transactions. He is an authority on geographical indications with respect to the protection of regional food product names.
"He is knowledgeable, flexible and thinks outside the box. He is very pleasant to work with." "Richard is responsive, very strong technically and gives sound, practical advice."