Herbert Smith Freehills

United Kingdom (England)

Exchange House, Primrose Street
United Kingdom (England)

Key contacts:

Partner, Global Head of Intellectual Property : Mark Shillito

Quick facts:

Established: 1882
Number of partners: 17
Number of practitioners: 25
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Greek

Our intellectual property lawyers help the world's leading businesses to use intellectual property to protect their investment, secure competitive advantage, and obtain successful commercial outcomes. We have acted on some of the most complex IP portfolios, transactions and disputes in our markets.

Intellectual property is increasingly a differentiator amongst global businesses, and changes in the IP landscape are gathering pace. In competing for growth in mature markets, global players are increasingly looking to their brands and innovations.

Whether you are looking to monetise your innovations, protect revenue streams, or structure your intellectual property effectively, our lawyers combine technical expertise and commerciality to achieve optimum outcomes for our clients. We help our clients protect and commercialise their innovations across sectors and continents, and are trusted with the most complex "bet the company" IP disputes and transactions.

We manage worldwide portfolios for many leading brands and advise on strategy, protection and enforcement. We assist with strategic portfolio overview, rationalisation of intellectual property protection, clearance advice on use and registration of marks, and provide watching and monitoring services.


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 Last Updated 12th July 2019

Practice Areas:

  • Anti-Counterfeiting/Parallel Imports
  • Copyright Licensing, Protection and litigation
  • Designs
  • Domain Names
  • Freedom to Operate
  • IP litigation and Licensing
  • IP restructuring
  • IP transactions, strategic counselling and due diligence
  • Patent Litigation and licensing
  • Plant Breeders’ Rights litigation and licensing
  • Supplementary Protection Certificates
  • Tech Transfer and R&D agreements
  • Trade mark filing and prosecution
  • Trade Secrets litigation and licensing
  • Trade mark and Branding Litigation
  • Unfair Competition and brands


Sector Expertise:

  • Automotive
  • Biotechnology + Life Sciences
  • Consumer Goods
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Financial Services + E-Commerce
  • FMCG
  • Food & Beverage
  • Information Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media, Entertainment & Publishing
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Semiconductors
  • Technology + Communications
  • Travel