Taylor Wessing LLP

Intellectual Property Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Powerful electronics and life sciences patent litigation offering, alongside high-quality commercial, contentious and corporate support work involving all core IP rights. Heavyweight brand protection offering for major fashion and retail clients. Also noted for the quality of its trade mark and patent prosecution service.

Strengths A client says: "They provide well thought-through advice and can be relied on to deliver under tight timeframes."

"The team is excellent from a technical expertise perspective and also in terms of knowledge of the legal procedures," according to a client, who adds: "They explained the timeline and the steps very clearly - they were able to translate legalese into business-oriented dialogue."

"A really strong practice with a great critical mass of people who show excellent understanding of their clients," says a source.

Work highlights Defended Cisco in a dispute against the directors of a broker which traded in substantial quantities of counterfeit and grey Cisco branded products.

Notable practitioners

James Marshall is recommended for his expertise in the many aspects of patent litigation and enforcement strategy. He is well known for his hi-tech disputes work, although he is also frequently sought after for representation by pharmaceuticals companies.

Mark Owen is roundly praised for his stewardship of complex trade mark and copyright disputes. A source says: "He is very practical, sensible and easy to get on with."

Matthew Royle acts for pharmaceuticals companies in patent litigation and also advises them on SPCs and regulation. A source says: "He is a very good patent litigator - sensible, pragmatic and  a pleasure to work with."

Nigel Stoate is very experienced handling complex life sciences patent disputes before UK and European courts. A source says: "He is really good at planning and a strong litigator of multi-jurisdictional claims." 

Niri Shan leads the firm's UK IP practice, and is particularly authoritative on trade mark, copyright and image rights in publishing, media and entertainment. He is sought after for disputes and non-contentious commercial advice.

Roland Mallinson is called upon for his expertise in managing, developing and enforcing company trade mark portfolios. He is one of the most talented trade mark litigators in the UK market.

Simon Cohen is highly regarded for his experience litigating patent disputes for life sciences companies. He is qualified to litigate before UK and European courts.