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Brian Cordery

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Brian is Joint Head of Patent Litigation. He specialises in intellectual property dispute resolution with a focus on patent litigation in the life sciences sector. He has nearly 25 years’ experience of litigating patents for successful pharmaceutical products – predominantly for originators. He has also handled patent cases for other sectors including electronics and consumer goods.

Brian is presently engaged in a life cycle management project for one of the world's best –selling pharmaceutical products. This involves the co–ordination of legal teams in more than forty countries across the world to ensure that optimal strategy is pursued at both global and local levels. He is also involved in several intellectual property cases in the English Courts across a broad range of industry sectors.

Brian is the co–author of an annual review of UK patent cases which is published annually in the CIPA Journal. He also teaches patent law on the Oxford University Diploma on Intellectual Property Law and Practice.


Royal Grammar School, Newcastle; Pembroke College, Oxford (MA Law); College of Law, Guildford, Trained at Bristows; qualified in 1996; partner since 2004.

Professional Memberships

Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group; Associate member of CIPA.


Mountaineering, golf, wine.