Morag Macdonald, joint head of the international intellectual property group, is regularly named as a leader in the IP litigation field. She joined the intellectual property group of Bird & Bird in 1985 having originally trained as a barrister and became a partner of the firm in 1989. Her original degree, from Cambridge University, was in Mathematics, Physics and Law. Her particular interests are all forms of IP disputes and strategic advice, especially in regards to international cross-border IP strategy advice.
Recent reported life sciences-specific UK IP trials in which she has been involved include McAllergan v Merz Pharma, Procter & Gamble v Reckitt Benckiser, Baxter Healthcare v Abbott Laboratories, Edwards Lifesciences v Corevalve and, most recently, Kuros Biosurgery AG v Baxter Healthcare, Danisco A/S v Novozymes A/S and Smith & Nephew Plc v Convatec Technologies Inc.
In recent years she has been particularly involved in the coordination and running of various pan-European patent actions involving several jurisdictions in Europe, not always including the United Kingdom, for example in the Baxter v Pharmacia & Upjohn/Genetics Institute (in the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and before the ICC), NovoNordisk v DSM (UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany), GlaxoWellcome v Hoffmann-La Roche (Belgium and Germany), Allergan v Pharmacia et al (UK, the Netherlands and Sweden), and Edwards Lifesciences v Cook Biotech (in the UK and Germany) patent litigations.
As well as IP litigation she has recently been the lead advocate in major cross-border biotech arbitration, provided freedom to operate advice in the field of carbon capture and advised a financial services company on its patent strategy in over 40 jurisdictions.
Chambers UK 2014 comments: “Morag Macdonald is noted by sources as an ‘incredibly responsive’ patent litigator who is ‘a very quick learner of complex technology’.”
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