This year’s WWL: Life Sciences Patent Litigation chapter sees 409 practitioners highlighted for their work in the field from 44 jurisdictions worldwide.
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The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Brian Cordery is praised by peers as an “excellent lawyer and a very deep thinker”. He is “one of the best” in the field, having spent more than 20 years handling patent litigation relating to pharmaceutical products.
Dominic Adair is “an all-round good lawyer” who offers clients his expertise in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. He is described as “a leader in his field with an excellent reputation in the UK and abroad”.
Robert Burrows is a “vastly experienced practitioner” whose expansive knowledge of European litigation continues to impress in our research.
Liz Cohen “is an exceptionally talented attorney and a leader in the field” who is praised for being “very proactive” and having a “strategic overview” of patent litigation and enforcement.
The “calm, thoughtful and tenacious” Penny Gilbert is a “leader in her field and a pleasure to work with”, say peers. She is adept in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation in the pharmaceutical sector.
Tim Powell is an “excellent lawyer” with an outstanding ability to coordinate multi-jurisdictional litigation in pharmaceutical matters.
Bethan Hopewell is widely recommended by peers in the UK and Europe for her skill and knowledge in complex sector-related matters.
“One of the most experienced litigators” in the German market, Andreas von Falck is regarded as a “standout” practitioner by peers for his work in cross-border patent proceedings.
Stephen Bennett draws praise from commentators for his “in-depth knowledge of the life sciences field”. He has wide-ranging experience in cases involving issues such as SPCs and generic launch injunctions.
Klaas Bisschop is deemed “one of the very best” in the field. He earns admiration for his “straight-shooting” approach to litigation and his technical skill.
Sebastian Moore is a highly sought-after solicitor-advocate with expansive knowledge across the pharmaceutical and biotech arena.
Sophie Rich is a “go-to person” thanks to her extensive experience handling multi-jurisdictional patent litigation for some of the world’s largest life science companies.
Simon Dack is a “really good patent litigator in the life sciences field” who is particularly well known for his ability to handle cases relating to biotech, pharma and medical devices.
The “hugely experienced” Christine Kanz is a patent specialist lauded for her experience in international litigation covering pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemistry.
Willem Hoyng continues to impress respondents for his profound ability in European patent matters. He is, by general consideration, one of the leading names in the Netherlands.
Leading lawyer Richard Ebbink is esteemed for his ability to coordinate multi-jurisdictional litigation proceedings.
Daan de Lange is respected by peers as a “strong advocate”. Respondents appreciate his ability to “understand the technology” and “explain things in simple terms”.
“Great litigator” Mark van Gardingen is a prominent name in the sector with a strong reputation for his work in the pharmaceutical, chemistry and electro-technology fields.
Clients continue to be impressed by Sture Rygaard and commend his “strong knowledge with respect to IP law and practices”.
Mikkel Vittrup wins effusive praise for being “sharp, to-the-point, responsive and very good with clients”.
Richard Meade QC is an eminent silk and one of the UK’s best-known IP barristers. He is lauded for his expertise in specialist life sciences matters, covering pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Michael Tappin QC is a “strong member of the patents bar who is very intellectual and knows all the detail”. His work in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech fields has earned him recognition from peers.
Daniel Alexander QC continues to win effusive praise from commentators for his outstanding advocacy in cases in the biophysics, biotechnology, electronic and pharmaceutical arenas.
Nicolai Lindgreen is a “strong team player and a pleasure to work with in multiparty litigation”, according to peers.
Nicolaj Bording is widely recognised for his prowess in domestic and international patent litigation.
Scott Parker stands out thanks to his strong practice in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Peers commend him as “charming and brilliant”, highlighting his “great attention to detail” as a particular strength.
Bas Berghuis van Woortman is a “great lawyer” with more than 20 years’ experience in the field who commands great respect for his excellent knowledge of Dutch and European patent litigation.
Tom Mitcheson QC is “one of the very best QCs at the IP bar”, and “everyone’s number one for any patent litigation”.
Thomas Hinchliffe QC is cited as a “bright and hardworking” silk, recognised for his exceptional work on cases involving pharmaceutical and biotechnological patents.
Other leading individuals
Sources praise the “excellent” Christophe Ronse at Altius for his strategic skills, adding: “He is not afraid to suggest and try new alternatives.”
Bech-Bruun’s “talented litigation strategist” Klaus Madsen is “a pleasure to work with on cases”, according to peers.
Mike Gilbert at Marks & Clerk Solicitors is hailed as an “excellent litigator” with much-praised “attention to detail” and a “broad and deep knowledge of UK and European patent laws”.
“Exceptionally talented lawyer” Piers Acland QC of 11 South Square is lauded for his “razor-sharp brain”, and considered “brilliant to work with” and a “genuine team player”.
Carpmaels & Ransford’s Camilla Balleny gains recognition for her “very strong technical background” and is praised for her “excellent manner with clients”.
Bird & Bird’s Neil Jenkins gains effusive praise for his strong litigation practice. He is highly adept in European and UK patent matters within the pharmaceuticals field.
Marjan Noor of Allen & Overy is a “stellar life sciences specialist”, and “respected by clients and competitors alike for her exceptional work ethic and calm approach to litigation”.
WilmerHale’s Justin Watts is a “leading upper-statesman of patent litigation”, and demonstrably “passionate for the law, technology and his clients”.
Denis Schertenleib of Cabinet Schertenleib is highly sought after for his multi-jurisdictional litigation work. He has wide-ranging experience of the life sciences and technology sectors.
Trevisan & Cuonzo’s Gabriel Cuonzo is a prominent figure for intellectual property in Italy, recognised for his skills in life sciences matters.
Otto Swens of Vondst Advocaten is renowned for his “superb life sciences practice”, and widely considered “one of the best in the market” by peers.
Clifford Chance’s Miquel Montañá is praised for his multi-jurisdictional litigation work, with one impressed peer regarding him as “probably the best in Europe”.
The “excellent” Andri Hess of Homburger receives wide-ranging endorsements for his extensive experience representing clients as an arbitrator and litigator.
At Lenz & Staehelin, Global Elite Thought Leader Thierry Calame is highly recommended by respondents who appreciate his vast experience in intellectual property arbitration.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Andrew Brodkin is an “exceptional litigator” who is frequently praised for having his “skilful handling” of patent infringement matters.
Harry Radomski is widely recognised as being “top of the pack” when it comes to complex patent litigation.
Ben Hackett has built up an impressive intellectual property practice, and enjoys a reputation as a “strong and creative” practitioner.
The “brilliant” Dino Clarizio runs an enviable practice that showcases a wide range of knowledge on chemical and pharmaceutical patents.
Gunars Gaikis is a leading practitioner in this field with a stellar reputation for his excellent representations on patent infringement cases.
Leading IP litigator Steven Garland receives wide-ranging praise for his vast experience representing international brands across the life sciences sector.
Andrew Shaughnessy draws praise for his impressive patent infringement litigation practice. His clients include major pharma companies such as Pfizer Canada and Amgen.
Andrew Bernstein is frequently recommended as a significant player for contentious matters involving pharma clients.
Vincent de Grandpré is a “strong name” in the field, lauded for his work in the pharmaceutical, biotech and technology industries.
J Bradley White is highly reputed in the patents market, earning recognition for his skilful ability in complex patent litigation cases.
Christopher Van Barr is a “strong practitioner” with an impressive roster of international clients in the pharmaceutical and technology arena.
Anthony Creber is a seasoned expert in IP litigation. He has almost 40 years’ experience of chemical and pharmaceutical matters, including major patent infringement cases.
Trevor Cook is a star of the American life sciences market and beyond, praised as "a leader in the IP field internationally".
William Lee is hailed as a pioneer in the field, and celebrated for his many years of experience and vast knowledge of patents.
Other leading individuals
Jason Markwell at Fasken has built a stellar reputation for his “strong and creative” patent litigation practice.
Dominique Hussey at Bennett Jones stands out as “a leader” with a “very impressive practice” in all aspects of IP litigation.
David Aitken of Aitken Klee is a seasoned expert in IP law with over 30 years’ experience. He is recognised as “one of the top” practitioners in the field.
Andrew Skodyn of Blake Cassels & Graydon garners plaudits for his pharmaceutical patent litigation practice and skilful handling of cases in court.
David Frazier at Latham & Watkins has a distinguished reputation thanks to his outstanding work on behalf of pharmaceutical and biotech clients.Jeffrey Kushan at Sidley Austin is “highly recommended” by peers for his widespread knowledge of scientific and patent law, and his courtroom experience.
Eric Stone at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison is "a skilful litigator in patent litigation in the life sciences sector", report sources.
Carlos Olarte of OlarteMoure continues to impress market commentators with his exceptional work on a range of patent litigation cases before Colombian and regional courts.
Otto Licks of Licks Attorneys is widely recognised for life sciences work, earning plaudits for his “knowledgeable approach” to complex sector-related litigation.
Gustavo de Freitas Morais at Dannemann Siemsen Advogados has established a strong reputation as an impressive and adept practitioner.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Odette Gourley is praised by peers for “adeptly managing complex global litigation matters”. Her practice sees her involved in landmark patent cases.
Grant Fisher is a Global Elite Thought Leader who draws high praise from commentators this year. He is distinguished for his expertise in patent litigation, in both oppositions before the Patent Office and court proceedings.
Katrina Howard SC of Ninth Floor Selborne Chambers gains plaudits for her exceptional proficiency on complex pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent cases.
With more than 20 years’ experience, Wayne Condon at Biopharmalex is recommended for his wealth of expertise across the life sciences sector.
Herbert Smith Freehills’ Shaun McVicar enjoys a fantastic reputation for his extensive know-how in pharmaceutical patents.
The highly esteemed Matthew Swinn of King & Wood Mallesons is well known for his impressive work in patent litigation, and is “great to work with” according to peers.
Nick Beckett at CMS impresses commentators with his “deep knowledge” of IP law and his ability to “provide practical experience in the cases he handles”.
Eiji Katayama at Abe Ikubo & Katayama is a distinguished name in the market who draws high praise for his “knowledgeable and client-driven” practice.
Yoshio Kumakura at Nakamura & Partners is endorsed for his top-tier handling of IP litigation cases in courts including the Japanese Supreme Court.
Tony Yeo of Drew & Napier is as “seasoned litigator” who “stands out among the pack”. Clients commend him for being “highly engaged and hardworking” and for always “focusing on the best interest of clients”.