Pinsent Masons

Intellectual Property Department

Scotland
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What the team is known for Expertise in complex contentious and transactional matters, often with international implications. Particularly active in the life sciences, technology, and food and beverage sectors. Highlighted for its formidable trade mark and technology transfer offerings. Frequently instructed on complex patent validity and assignment litigation.

Strengths A client says: "They are very strong technically and give solid, decisive advice and not just a range of options."

Another adds: "The team has been very proactive and very practical. Working with them has been a positive experience."

Work highlights Acted for Teva in Court of Session proceedings against AstraZeneca, disputing the validity of three of AZ's patents.

Notable practitioners


Chris Martin
is considered a go-to IP practitioner for universities, their spin-out companies and energy sector clients, with R&D and technology licensing among his areas of expertise.
"Not only does he have technological expertise but he is also able to convey complex legal principles to the lay person."


David Woods
is an IP all-rounder with extensive experience handling patent litigation, trade mark infringement claims and portfolio management. He also advises on domain name disputes and strategy.
"David has impressive drafting skills." "He’s pragmatic and a really good communicator."


Jim Cormack QC
is a dual-qualified solicitor advocate with an impressive record litigating IP disputes. His experience extends to all core rights, and his clients range from unique Scottish brands to global corporations.
"A very accomplished litigator and advocate."