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Morag Macdonald

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Who's Who Legal Life Sciences: Patent Litigation

Morag Macdonald offers clients impressive depth of experience and a solutions-orientated approach to their disputes and cross-border patent work.

Morag Macdonald, joint head of Bird & Bird’s international intellectual property group, is regularly named as a leader in the IP and particularly patent field internationally.

Her particular interests are all forms of IP disputes and strategic advice, especially in regards to international cross-border IP strategy advice. 

Reported UK IP trials in which she has been involved include Mentor v Hollister, Research Corporation’s SPC, Reckitt & Coleman v Richardson Vicks, Cartonneries de Thulin v White Knight, Stolt Comex Seaway ats Coflexip, Freelift v Stannah, Synthon v SKB, Associated Newspapers v Express Newspapers, Sir Robert McAlpine v Alfred McAlpine, Allergan v Merz Pharma and Baxter Healthcare v Abbott Laboratories.

In recent years, she has had particular involvement in the coordination and running of various pan-European patent actions involving several jurisdictions in Europe not always including the United Kingdom.

She also acted in the first Community Design Right case to come to trial in Europe, Mattel v Simba acting for the successful claimant.

As well as IP litigation she has 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.

She joined Bird & Bird’s intellectual property group in 1985 having originally trained as a barrister and became a partner of the firm in 1989. Her original degree, from the University of Cambridge, was in mathematics, physics and law.

WWL says: Morag Macdonald is “top of the market”, according to one impressed source, who recommends her for her “deep sector knowledge and unsurpassed experience” in the life sciences space.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences which can be purchased from our Shop.

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