Life Sciences 2018: Patent Litigation Analysis

This chapter identifies 399 leading lights in the field of patent litigation from across 211 firms worldwide. Those included are well versed at handling patent disputes across a range of industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices.

European countries dominate the listings this year, and are home to almost half of our total listings. Leading international law firm Bird & Bird boasts a particularly strong presence in the market, seeing top-tier practitioners from across eight of its offices highlighted worldwide. European intellectual property law boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier also ranks highly, with practitioners from six European countries recognised. In addition, a number of UK-based firms perform well, including Bristows, Powell Gilbert and leading barristers' chambers 8 New Square, which all achieve multiple listings from their London offices.



Thought Leaders
1. Mike Gilbert Marks & Clerk Solicitors LLP, London
2. Brian Cordery Bristows LLP, London
3. Tim Powell Powell Gilbert, London
4. Penny Gilbert Powell Gilbert, London
5. Mark Hilton Bird & Bird LLP, London
6. Jeppe Brinck-Jensen Plesner Advokatpartnerselskab, Copenhagen
7. Gertjan Kuipers De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek NV, Amsterdam
The 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 being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

Leading Firms

 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.

International powerhouse BIRD & BIRD is widely recognised for its leading patent litigation practice. This year, 10 top-tier practitioners are highlighted for their outstanding work in the life sciences sector.
Thought Leader Mark Hilton is “a standout name” in the market and is warmly endorsed for his “astute litigation management and detailed understanding of the pharmaceutical industry”.
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.
Giovanni Galimberti is "an excellent patent litigator" who commentators describe as "a very knowledgeable and creative lawyer".
The “outstanding” Neil Jenkins is a leading patent litigation specialist who boasts a stellar reputation in the pharmaceutical and medical devices arenas.
Manuel Lobato receives plaudits for his extensive experience in the sector, and is recognised for his exceptional work on some of Spain’s most noteworthy pharmaceutical patent cases of recent years.
The “excellent” Oliver Jan Jüngst is a prominent figure in the life sciences arena and garners recognition for his leading patent litigation practice.
Christian Harmsen is an accomplished practitioner recognised for his strategic approach to tackling high-stakes litigation for major players in the pharmaceutical sector.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is Europe’s premier intellectual property boutique firm and is home to 10 leading individuals who are renowned for their expertise in the field.
Willem Hoyng is “one of the leading IP lawyers in the Netherlands”, according to one impressed source. He is widely recognised for his “phenomenal skill when making oral submissions”.
Simon Dack is “a brilliant patent litigator” who impresses commentators with his “extensive knowledge of life sciences”. He regularly acts for major companies in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.
Christine Kanz is “an expert when it comes to IP law” and boasts extensive experience in a range of sectors including medical devices, biotechnology and pharmaceutical.
Benoît Strowel is widely recognised as a leading patent law expert, most notably when it comes to the intersection between regulatory and IP issues affecting major corporations in the life sciences sector.
Bart van den Broek is “a very sharp patent litigator” who is highlighted for his work in the pharmaceutical sector.
Kay Kasper has more than 15 years’ experience in the patent litigation sphere and wins praise for his superb work in the field of medical devices.

London law firm BRISTOWS also occupies a strong position in the market, and is home to seven highly regarded patent litigators.
Brian Cordery is “a standout name” in the international patent litigation arena. Sources effuse that he is “an exceptional litigator” who is “at the top of the market”.
Laura Reynolds “combines being razor-sharp with incredible diligence”, making her “an invaluable member of any litigation team”. She is a favourite among clients who appreciate her “excellent communication skills and quick thinking”.
The “outstanding” Robert Burrows “has become one of the top patent litigators in the market”, according to one impressed source, who describes him as being “ferociously intelligent and having great practical sense”.
The “exceptional” Liz Cohen enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market thanks to her strong technical background and easy client manner.
Dominic Adair is “an excellent patent litigator” who stands out for his top-tier work in the sector. One impressed peer notes: “He is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with.”

Specialist IP firm POWELL GILBERT offers clients an exceptional depth of expertise in complex patent disputes. This year, seven practitioners are recognised for their work in the area.
Tim Powell is “an exceptional patent litigator” who receives widespread commendations from international sources for his expert handling of complex multi-jurisdictional litigation.
“Superstar patent litigator” Penny Gilbert is “very well regarded in the market” and is described as “one of the best pharma patent litigators out there” by one impressed source.
Bethan Hopewell is “an experienced patent litigator with a comprehensive knowledge of the life sciences sector”, according to commentators.
The “excellent” Tim Whitfield is widely recognised in the international marketplace for his extensive experience coordinating cross-border patent litigation strategies for major clients in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and electronics sectors.
David Lancaster stands out thanks to his strong IP litigation practice, and is highly sought after by prominent life sciences clients who value his background in biochemistry.

Six leading lights at ALLEN & OVERY are recognised for their outstanding patent litigation practices.
Sources “would absolutely recommend” Nicola Dagg for her expert handling of complex patent law disputes in the life sciences sector, describing her as “a top-tier practitioner”.
“Excellent litigator” Marjan Noor is “highly recommended” by commentators who appreciate her skilful arguing of cases.
Laëtitia Bénard from the firm’s Paris office is “probably the best patent litigator in France”, according to one impressed source.
Marc Döring is a “fantastic” IP litigation specialist who boasts an excellent reputation for his work litigating patents in a range of industry sectors.

MARKS & CLERK SOLICITORS is home to four outstanding lawyers with a proven track record litigating in a range of complex patent disputes in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biologics.
The “outstanding” Mike Gilbert ranks among the very elite of practitioners in our research, and is widely considered the “go-to practitioner for SPC matters in the life sciences sector”.
Will James is “an excellent litigator” who wins praise for his comprehensive understanding of complex patent issues in the biotech, pharma and electronics sectors.
Charlie Balme is a leading expert when it comes to handling complex IP disputes in the life sciences sector and impresses commentators with his “thorough and strategic approach to complex patent cases”.
Graham Burnett-Hall is a well-known name in the market who boasts extensive expertise in all matters relating to intellectual property law. He is particularly well regarded for his “effective communication skills and sound understanding of biotech cases”.

Four outstanding practitioners at HOGAN LOVELLS are recognised for their extensive experience litigating on behalf of prominent clients in the life sciences sector.
Stephen Bennett is “a standout practitioner” who is widely recognised for his “excellent” handling of complex cases for innovator clients in the pharmaceutical sector.
Andreas von Falck “really knows his stuff” when it comes to counselling high-profile life sciences clients on all areas of patent law.
Sources describe Klaas Bisschop from the firm’s Amsterdam office as “a very good litigator with a superb eye for detail”.
The “strategically sharp” Bert Oosting has been litigating patents in the life sciences field for 28 years and is “the go-to practitioner for pan-European matters” according to one commentator.

PLESNER is a leading Danish law firm with a global reach. This year, three industry-leading experts are highlighted for their work in the field.
Jeppe Brinck-Jensen is a leading name in the region whom sources describe as “an outstanding patent and life sciences lawyer”. Clients are consistently impressed by his “impressive attention to detail and passion about his field”.
Sture Rygaard is “strongly recommended” by commentators who appreciate his “experience, knowledge, creativity and ability to grasp complex technological concepts in record time”.
Peter-Ulrik Plesner is “renowned in the patent litigation space” and regularly represents high-profile national and international clients in complex patent disputes.

Dutch law firm BRINKHOF has a strong presence in the life sciences market and achieves three nominations this year.
The “outstanding” Daan de Lange is a world-class patent litigator who receives widespread endorsements for his expertise in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields.
Richard Ebbink is “a key player in the life sciences field” who is respected for his fantastic ability to coordinate parallel national proceedings and EPO oppositions.
Mark van Gardingen is internationally recognised for his strong patent litigation practice, with one source effusing that he is “one of the best in the field”.

International law firm HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS sees two excellent lawyers from its London office recognised.  
Sebastian Moore is “highly rated” by interviewees and is widely considered “an excellent patent litigator with extensive experience in the life sciences sector”.
Sophie Rich is “a great litigator who is excellent with clients” according to one impressed peer. She is highly respected in the international market place thanks to her excellent track record conducting multi-jurisdictional patent litigation for some of the world’s largest originator companies.

UK Bar

Specialist IP chambers 8 NEW SQUARE has proved itself to be a premier patent litigation set, with an impressive 10 barristers recognised for their superb advocacy for major clients in the life sciences industry.
The “outstanding” Richard Meade QC is internationally recognised as “unsurpassed” in the market. Sources describe him as being “truly remarkable on his feet”.
Charlotte May QC is “a superb silk” who boasts an “excellent” standing for her vast experience handling complex patents and SPC disputes.
Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC is a “very well regarded” silk who is one of the biggest names at the intellectual property Bar. He also boasts considerable experience in arbitration proceedings involving patents.
Sources describe Michael Tappin QC as “a charming advocate” who excels on the patent litigation stage. He draws effusive praise from commentators, who describe him as “a formidable litigator”.
Daniel Alexander QC is “a complete star” according to one international source and draws effusive praise for being “very smooth and articulate” in the courtroom.
James Whyte is a top junior at the IP Bar who has “a strong reputation” for his work in the life sciences field.

Six barristers are highlighted from 3 NEW SQUARE, another leading IP set which ranks prominently in our research thanks to its members’ exceptional patent disputes work in the life sciences sector.
Tom Mitcheson QC is “absolutely amazing” according to one impressed commentator. He has vast experience litigating in complex patent and SPC disputes.
The “excellent” Andrew Waugh QC is “a star advocate” who regularly litigates for some of the biggest names in the pharmaceutical sector.
Thomas Hinchliffe QC is “a superstar” at the IP Bar and wins praise for his outstanding work in many of Europe’s leading pharmaceutical and biotech patent cases.
Miles Copeland is a “first-rate” barrister who impresses market commentators with his technical expertise. He is an accomplished advocate who is often called upon to represent major companies in the pharmaceuticals sector.

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.


Christian Gassauer-Fleissner at GASSAUER-FLEISSNER RECHTSANWÄLTE is “a standout practitioner” with a stellar reputation thanks to his deep knowledge of the intersection between intellectual property and competition law.


Christophe Ronse at ALTIUS is a clear leader in the field who is particularly prominent in the fields of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. One commentator notes that he is “the first port of call for the branded pharma industry”.


Nicolai Lindgreen at KROMANN REUMERT is widely recognised for his strong patent litigation practice, with one source highlighting his “calm manner and great strategic insight into complex cases”.


Paul Inman at GOWLING is “one of the best patent litigators in England for life sciences mandates” according to impressed sources, who praise his “extensive knowledge of the sector”.

The “exceptional” Iain Purvis QC at 11 SOUTH SQUARE is a leading silk who garners recognition for being “a great strategist”.

Nigel Stoate at TAYLOR WESSING has “an excellent reputation in the market”, with one US-based source stating that: “He is my top choice of IP solicitors in the UK."

Christopher Stothers at ARNOLD & PORTER KAYE SCHOLER is an experienced litigator with extensive experience handling cross-border patent disputes for key players in the pharmaceutical sector.

The “excellent” Justin Watts at WILMERHALE is a leading lawyer who draws praise for his expansive experience across the full spectrum of IP litigation.

With more than 30 years’ experience of IP litigation in the life sciences sector, Nigel Jones at LINKLATERS is a long-standing fixture in the market. He garners respect for his in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.


Sabine Agé at VÉRON & ASSOCIÉS is a prominent name in the sector with a strong reputation for her work in the pharmaceutical, chemistry and medical devices fields.


Sources describe Gertjan Kuipers from DE BRAUW BLACKSTONE WESTBROEK as “a stellar litigator and great strategist”. She is widely considered to be “one of the top life sciences patent litigators in the Netherlands”.


Miquel Montañá at CLIFFORD CHANCE is “a standout name in the sector” according to peers, who appreciate his extensive experience working on multi-jurisdictional patent disputes in highly regulated industries.


Thought Leaders
1. Harry Radomski Goodmans LLP, Toronto
2. Gunars Gaikis Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh, Toronto
3. Morgan Chu Irell & Manella LLP, Los Angeles
4. William Lee WilmerHale, Boston
5. Otto Licks Licks Attorneys, Rio de Janeiro

Leading Firms

SIDLEY AUSTIN is a key player in the American market, with five outstanding individuals recognised from its offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Washington.
Jeffrey Kushan is a prominent name in the patents market with extensive experience handling pharmaceutical patent litigation under the BPCIA and Hatch-Waxman Acts.
The “exceptional” Vernon Winters is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience working on complex patent and patent licensing disputes.
In Chicago, David Pritikin is a big name in the market, with sources describing him as “an excellent trial lawyer”.

SMART & BIGGAR/FETHERSTONHAUGH is Canada’s premier specialist IP and tech firm, achieving four nominations for inclusion.
Gunars Gaikis is a “very strong practitioner” with more than 25 years’ experience handling IP litigation in the pharmaceutical sector. He is “unquestionably a leader in this space” according to sources.
Steven Garland is “a leading lawyer” who focuses his first-class practice on patent litigation in a range of areas, including biochemistry, biotech and technology.

GOODMANS also performs well, seeing four leading lawyers highlighted for inclusion.
Harry Radomski is “a top-notch advocate” who one source describes as “the best patent litigator in Canada”. He is particularly well known for his brilliant work representing generic companies in the life sciences sector.
Andrew Brodkin is “a very talented practitioner” who frequently represents pharmaceutical clients in a range of IP disputes. One impressed peer asserts: “His advocacy is first class.”

Multinational law firm GOWLING is a key figure in the Canadian life sciences market, and achieves three listings in this year’s research.
Anthony Creber is “an exceptional litigator” who impresses market commentators with his in-depth knowledge of the life sciences sector.
Christopher Van Barr is “one of Canada’s leading pharmaceutical patent litigators” and boasts considerable experience in the field.
Marc Richard is a “wonderful advocate” with an impressive track record acting for clients before the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Three top-tier lawyers from IRELL & MANELLA’s Los Angeles office are also recognised. 
The US market is topped by Morgan Chu, according to our research, who stands out as “an outstanding trial lawyer” with extensive experience in the life sciences sector.
David Gindler excels on the patent litigation stage thanks to his superb style of delivery. He boasts a strong client base, regularly representing major players in the life sciences industry such as Genentech and PDL BioPharma.
Leading IP litigator Andrei Iancu receives wide-ranging endorsements for his vast experience representing clients across the technology sector, including those focusing on medical devices and diagnostics.

Other Leading Individuals  


Otto Licks of LICKS ATTORNEYS is “a spirited patent litigator with an unbeatable track record” according to sources, who rate him highly for his outstanding practice.


Carol Hitchman at SPRIGINGS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW is “an excellent lawyer with an excellent reputation in the market” who boasts extensive IP litigation experience.

Bradley White at OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT is “a superb advocate” who is well versed in handling complex patent litigation. He is also recognised for his strong strategic advisory practice.

David Aitken at AITKEN KLEE is “a leading light” in the sector who sources call “one of Canada’s top patent litigators”.

Ronald Dimock at DLA PIPER is a prominent figure in the Canadian market who sources describe as “a highly intelligent lawyer with a strong practice”. One commentator remarks: “He is the dean of the IP Bar, and deservedly so.”

Douglas Deeth at DEETH WILLIAMS WALL is “an outstanding trial lawyer” who wins praise for his superb advocacy skills.

Andrew Bernstein at TORYS is an active commercial litigator who boasts a stellar reputation for his excellent patent litigation practice.

Judith Robinson at NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT is “top of the tree in Montreal” according to sources who admire her for her “countless significant victories in the courtroom”. One respondent notes: “Clients love her work and view her as a trusted adviser.”


William Lee at WILMERHALE is “one of the best out there” according to sources, who praise his “tremendous skill in the courtroom”.

William Gaede at MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY is one of the leading names in the life sciences market when it comes to handling intellectual property litigation on technologies such as antibodies, small molecules and diagnostics.

The “excellent” Jennifer Gordon at PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON wins praise for her expertise when it comes to complex litigation involving biotechnology and pharmaceutical patents.

Leora Ben-Ami at KIRKLAND & ELLIS is “a terrific lawyer” who really holds her own in the patent litigation space.

Thomas Meloro of WILLKIE FARR & GALLAGHER is “one of the very best” according to one interviewee, who also hails him as being “an impressive advocate with a terrific client manner”.

David Frazier at LATHAM & WATKINS focuses his top-tier practice on patent litigation and strategic counselling for high-profile clients in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sectors.

George Pappas at COVINGTON & BURLING is “an excellent litigator and a strong leader” according to sources, who commend his thorough approach.

Dan Altman at KNOBBE MARTENS OLSON & BEAR specialises in patent protection and licensing matters for major clients in the life science industry and receives praise for his expansive knowledge of the subject.

William Rooklidge at GIBSON DUNN & CRUTCHER is an experienced advocate who impresses market sources with his vast knowledge of patent infringement matters.

Rest of the World

Thought Leaders
1. Odette Gourley Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Sydney
2. Tal Band S Horowitz & Co, Tel Aviv
3. Nick Beckett CMS, Beijing

Leading Firms

ALLENS ranks prominently in the Asia-Pacific region, achieving three nominations from across its Melbourne and Sydney offices.
Philip Kerr draws praise from international sources who consider him a big name in the contentious patents space.
Sarah Matheson is highly rated by peers for her expert handling of a range of contentious and non-contentious matters and high-value patent disputes.
Richard Hamer enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market for his expertise in pharmaceutical patent cases. In addition to his leading patent litigation practice, he also advises on the transactional and regulatory aspects of IP.

Other Leading Individuals


Odette Gourley at CORRS CHAMBERS WESTGARTH is a leading name in the life sciences field and is internationally recognised as “a brilliant litigator” thanks to her work in landmark patent cases.

Katrina Howard SC of NINTH FLOOR SELBORNE CHAMBERS is “highly recommended” thanks to her expertise in the full spectrum of contentious IP matters.

With more than 35 years’ experience, Anthony Muratore at JONES DAY is a long-standing fixture in the market who is widely recognised as one of Australia’s top patent litigators.

Peter Chalk at ASHURST impresses international commentators with his immense skill and experience dealing with contentious and non-contentious IP law.

Matthew Swinn at KING & WOOD MALLESONS has a wealth of experience litigating in the life sciences sector and is well known for his strong patent litigation expertise.


At CMS, Nick Beckett is a highly regarded patent litigator who sources endorse for his “excellent IP knowledge, responsiveness and approachability”.


Tal Band at S HOROWITZ & CO is “a well-respected figure in the market” who frequently represents high-profile clients in complex patent disputes.

Liad Whatstein at LIAD WHATSTEIN & CO is “one of the best patent litigators in Israel” according to commentators, who applaud his “significant experience representing originators”.


Sources “warmly endorse” Benjamin Gaw at DREW & NAPIER for his excellent work in the field of patent law. He is particularly well regarded for his deep knowledge life sciences and pharmaceutical regulations.

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