Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Advises across the full range of IP disputes including high-profile copyright and trade mark actions. Extensive experience in handling commercialisation matters and in securing protection. Has a depth of expertise handling complex patent disputes, and a track record working with leading international clients from the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, media and technology sectors. Practice includes a full registration service from a team of patent and trade mark attorneys.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the strength of the lawyers, stating: "They give quite practical and strategic advice. They think outside the box and are often willing to challenge the status quo."

Another source adds: "The team at Minters is very strong, innovative and solutions-driven."

Work highlights Defended Hytera against a patent infringement claim brought by Motorola regarding digital mobile radios used by first responders, as well as the construction and entertainment industries.

Notable practitioners

John Fairbairn is recognised for his copyright litigation and licensing work, where he has advised on royalty disputes and piracy matters. Referees find that his "knowledge of intellectual property law and the media sector is very sound," and that "he is particularly skilled in IP litigation."

Robert Cooper is a "very sophisticated litigator who ensures that the best case is put forward." He handles trade mark portfolios and patent disputes for multinationals within the medical devices and technology sectors. Another client observes: "Robert is willing to think through legal and commercial issues, to find legal avenues which work and are also practical. He is determined, persistent and consistent. More importantly, he is very strategic in his approach and guidance."

Wayne McMaster attracts respect as someone who "has been in the life sciences space for a very long time," note commentators. He draws upon nearly four decades of experience advising multinational companies on patent disputes and regulatory matters.