Pinsent Masons

Intellectual Property Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Full-service IP practice with a powerful patent litigation offering, particularly noted for generic pharmaceutical cases. Recommended for commercial and contentious matters concerning copyright, trade marks, database rights and designs. Has the resources and know-how to handle the weightiest IP-led corporate transactions.

Strengths A client says: "They do an incredible job. The quality of the work is high, and there is a great degree of responsiveness and flexibility in the service they provide."

Another client says: "They are brilliant - they understood what the issues were straight away and gave clear, succinct advice."

A source says:"I really like working with them as they are an exceptionally friendly bunch who are very diligent and clear-sighted as to what you need done."

Work highlights Acted for Zodiac Seats (now Safran Seats) in a patent infringement dispute initiated by Lufthansa Technik concerning a power supply safety mechanism for aircraft passenger seats.

Notable practitioners

Charlotte Weekes is recommended for patent infringement, revocation and SPC proceedings on behalf of makers of generic pharmaceutical products. Sources say: "She is very commercially minded, has a good feel for the details of a case and understands what the client needs."

Clare Tunstall is "a great problem solver who is incredibly invested in her projects and works tirelessly," according to a client. She is highly regarded for her extensive experience handling complex patent litigation and revocation actions for large pharmaceutical companies, generics manufacturers in particular.

Iain Connor is known for his deft handling of all manner of contentious matters relating to trade marks, designs, databases and ad words. He has long-standing relationships with consumer brands, media companies and also pharmaceutical manufacturers seeking to prevent parallel imports.

Nicole Jadeja is "a pleasure to work with and provides excellent support and valuable input,"a client reports. She is a patent litigator with a focus on pharmaceuticals.