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Three New Square is a formidable presence in IP law and is home to a deep bench of barristers instructed in many of the leading patent and trade mark cases. Counsel regularly act for top life sciences, telecoms and manufacturing clients in high-profile patent litigation. They have recently acted in cases concerning rights in numerous blockbuster drugs, including the HIV prophylactic Truvada. The set also leads the field in important trade mark and design rights work, such as the Sky v Skykick dispute. One interview remarks: "It really is one of the leading chambers in the area and has a variety of highly sought-after practitioners."
"The clerks are brilliant, responsive, fair and know their team well." "The clerks have been very good and swift to deal with and try resolve any issues arising." "Senior clerk Nick Hill is really fantastic. He bends over backwards to help and is a really nice guy." "The set is keen on the diversity and inclusion agenda, which is essential for barristers' chambers moving forward."
Andrew Waugh QC
Tenacious and detail-oriented advocate with a strong reputation for patent litigation in the biotechnology field. He is highly experienced in invalidation and revocation attempts as well as claims for infringement. He is regularly instructed by both domestic and international pharmaceutical companies and has experience acting in the Supreme Court.
"He gives commercially focused advice and is an excellent advocate." "He is so incredibly thorough and well prepared that it gives clients high confidence that you will get the best outcome possible for your case." "He is a strong leader who captains his cases with authority and experience, and who has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Takeda in Takeda v Roche, a patent revocation action relating to antibody modifications.
A junior barrister but one who impresses with his commerciality, combined with a depth of technical knowledge aided by his background in life sciences academia. In addition to a busy practice in UKIPO proceedings, he has taken part in a number of high-profile patent and trade mark cases before the courts.
"Very approachable, provides responsive, well thought out advice and is an impressive advocate." "He's got a technical background and is very good on the science. He's also commercial, and a very good team player who is quick to roll up his sleeves."
Recent work: Acted in Resman AS v Tracerco, a patent infringement and revocation action relating to technology for reservoir monitoring and chemical tracers.
Known for her client-facing skills and responsiveness, as well as her courtroom prowess. She is noted for her work in anti-counterfeiting actions and trade mark infringement claims. She has additional experience advising on patent invalidation actions and mediations. Other areas of expertise include parallel imports.
"She is always very commercial and clear in her advice." "She is good with clients and her advocacy is very strong." "She knows her stuff backwards."
Recent work: Acted in Cavadore v Modern Food Company, a multi-jurisdictional case concerning the NOZOMI trade mark and other associated IP rights.
Douglas Campbell QC
A tenacious, talented and quick-witted silk who receives plaudits for his courtroom advocacy and can be relied upon to help protect the intellectual property interests of SMEs. He stands out for his capabilities acting in patent, design right and trade mark infringement disputes. He is also noted for his experience handling proceedings in the IPEC, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
"His case strategy development and his ability to win difficult cases is fantastic. He is an extremely gifted, articulate and robust cross-examiner." "He gives extremely clear advice and has a fantastic mind." "He is a great advocate who is capable of running complicated arguments."
Recent work: Acted in Planetart v Photobox, a passing-off and trade mark case concerning the FreePrints app.
Noted for his pragmatism, client service and strong courtroom presentation, as well as a superb intellect. He has experience handling trade mark and patent infringement cases, with additional abilities in EPO opposition proceedings. He acts for the holders of patents and other rights in a variety of industries, such as pharmaceuticals and engineering, including in claims that have complex jurisdictional issues.
"His written work is good and he is very tenacious in court." "He explains things clearly and takes a sensible and tailored approach to litigation." "A hard worker who is always responsive and hands-on."
Recent work: Acted for Linpac in a patent case against Quinn concerning the manufacture of plastic packaging.
Routinely handles passing-off and trade mark infringement and validity claims, for both SMEs and larger corporations. She has additional experience in pharmaceutical patent disputes.
"She is diligent, thoughtful, bright and easy to work with." "She is decisive and sharp." "She is approachable, great with clients and does a great job at hearings."
Recent work: Acted in Takeda v Roche, a patent revocation action in relation to antibody drugs.
Guy Burkill QC
Highlighted for his excellent advice and his strong courtroom presentation. He is recognised for his expertise in mechanical and electronics patent disputes, but possesses additional knowledge of areas including copyright law. He continues to be instructed by some of the most significant patentees in the telecommunications industry.
"He has an incredible knowledge of different areas of technology and an incredible intellect that he applies to problem solving in cases." "He's quietly persuasive on his feet and he has a very good rapport with judges." "He is extremely bright and really good for cases involving complicated technology."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in Optis v Apple, a telecoms patent dispute involving eight patents in four separate families.
A calm and considered advocate who is well known for his experience in assisting pharmaceutical clients in patent revocation actions. His patent practice also includes instructions from telecommunications companies. He is additionally highlighted for his work in trade mark disputes, including infringement actions. He regularly appears in UKIPO, EPO and Court of Appeal proceedings.
"He is very into the detail but also has good strategic oversight. He is not afraid to roll up his sleeve and get involved in the more detailed and labour-intensive part of the litigation." "He puts forward his point forcefully, and his written work and skeleton arguments are very solid." "He's an excellent and highly skilled junior whose judgement is valued."
Recent work: Acted for defendants Asus and HTC in a dispute with Philips regarding patents for high-speed data transmission in 3G systems.
Highlighted for his persuasive written work and his command of technical detail in complex patent cases. He is particularly active in relation to infringement and revocation claims concerning biotechnology and telecommunications patents.
"He is very clever, brings interesting ideas on how to argue the points and is really good at working in a team." "He has a prodigious work ethic and is very bright but also thoughtful and reflective, and firm and determined in court."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Takeda in Takeda v Roche, a patent revocation action in relation to antibody modification.
Justin Turner QC
A well-regarded barrister with a strong technical background in the life sciences sector and substantial experience in biotechnology patent litigation. He has also acted in soft IP disputes arising in the pharmaceutical industry. He earns praise for his strong courtroom presentation, especially with regard to cross-examination.
"He grasps the issues extremely quickly and proposes succinct solutions." "He is a very good advocate as he able to distil the scientific concepts into bite-size pieces that lay judges can absorb." "He is extremely intelligent and quick on his feet. He is also personable and collaborative to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Genentech in a claim against Eli Lilly relating to the psoriasis drug Taltz.
Recommended for her judgement, commerciality and fast turnaround times. She is regularly instructed in life sciences patent disputes, including infringement and invalidation actions, particularly in relation to the marketing of biosimilars. Her expertise extends to the handling of trade mark infringement and passing-off claims.
"She is extremely user-friendly and is able to think about issues in a deeply intellectual way." "A highly dedicated barrister who comes up with good strategies. Her scientific background is really helpful." "She is technically excellent and works well in the barrister-solicitor team."
Recent work: Acted for the appellants in Activis v ICOS and Eli Lilly, a Supreme Court case concerning a patent for a particular dosage of Taladafil used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, and examining the application of the obviousness test to dosage patents.
User-friendly and highly responsive barrister noted for his excellent client service. He is experienced advising on patent litigation involving pharmaceutical companies, including secondary use and infringement claims. He has been active in some of the most important appellate matters of recent years.
"He is very analytical, meticulous and thinks of things from different points of view. He is able to spot things that others may miss, and that is of huge value." "He is an incredibly intelligent man who is willing to roll up his sleeves and see himself as part of the team." "Miles is very good at thinking up new arguments and is commercial in his outlook."
Recent work: Acted in Lufthansa Technik v Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems, a patent case concerning electronics in the aerospace industry.
Richard Miller QC
Known as a calm, authoritative presence in the courtroom. He has experience handling pharmaceutical and telecommunications patent litigation, including licensing disputes and infringement claims. His recent activity also includes advising on Swiss-type patent claims and royalties disputes.
"He is able to take a complex situation and articulate what the real issue is and make a compelling argument - that is a valuable skill." "He is in the front rank technically and is a good advocate."
Simon Malynicz QC
One of the most highly regarded silks for contentious trade mark matters, including infringement claims and opposition proceedings. He is esteemed for his practical and tactically-minded counsel, and is experienced in CJEU and Court of Appeal cases.
"He knows trade mark law inside out and is excellent at cross-examination. Really coming into his own as a top-flight QC." "He is good with clients and skilled at preparing concise and comprehensive documents, and also an excellent advocate." "He is very tenacious and innovative in his approach and really thinks broadly about getting the best results for his client."
Recent work: Acted for SkyKick in a reference to the CJEU in the course of its trade mark dispute with Sky, an important case on the issues of bad faith and legal certainty in relation to EU trade mark registration.
In-demand junior who continues to impress instructing solicitors with his work ethic, client care, commerciality and intelligence. He is recognised for his experience in trade mark litigation, and is also well known for his representation of life sciences companies in high-value patent and supplementary protection certificate (SPC) litigation. He regularly appears in High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings.
"He is phenomenally bright and has exceptionally good judgement for a barrister of his call." "He has very good technical ability and is also very diligent, responsive and easy to work with." "He is very organised, creative and commercial."
Recent work: Acted in Eli Lilly v Genentech, a dispute involving questions of patent infringement and validity, and SPC validity, in relation to Taltz, Lilly’s biologic psoriasis drug.
Thomas Hinchliffe QC
Highlighted for his abilities handling biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent litigation matters. He has also acted in numerous telecommunications and electronic patent disputes. Sources are quick to highlight his polished advocacy, his incisiveness and his commercial awareness.
"His legal and technical knowledge is exceptional." "He is a good leader who has clear ideas and a good sense of the strategic direction in which he wants to take the case, while at the same time working collegially with the solicitor team." "He is a good advocate for patent ligation matters."
Recent work: Acted for Accord and Aspire in their claim for the revocation of a patent for glaucoma medicine held by Allergan.
Thomas Mitcheson QC
A very popular silk recommended for his calm demeanour, excellent client service and strong cross-examination skills. He is noted for his handling of patent and trade mark litigation, including oppositions and infringement claims, and is active in appellate work at the very cutting edge of the law. He has notable experience acting for life sciences companies in supplementary protection certificate disputes.
"A quiet advocate but one the court listens to." "The quality of everything he does is exceptional." "His advocacy is excellent because, no matter the argument, he makes it so clear and easy for the judges that he always stands out."
Recent work: Acted in Teva and Others v Gilead, a patent validity claim relating to the anti-HIV drug Truvada.
Technical and client-focused junior who is active in patent cases, including second-use claims, in the pharmaceutical industry and other sectors. He is also well placed to tackle trade mark work.
"He is a technical genius and knows IP law like the back of his hand." "He does a really good job of getting to the nub of an issue." "He has the organisational skills and ability to deal with large cases which comes from previously practising as a solicitor."
Recent work: Acted in JC Bamford Excavators v Manitou UK, a patent case relating to stability systems for construction machinery, involving five patents and over 100 products.