Pinsent Masons



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Pinsent Masons' international IP team comprises over 80 IP specialists globally, delivering award-winning, multi-disciplinary expertise through a range of technical backgrounds (some to PhD) and experience drawn from industry.  

At the heart of our practice are long term relationships with many world leading businesses across a range of industry sectors, including: life sciences, technology, energy, financial services, sport, retail and leisure. With a shared passion for innovation, and belief that diversity of thought results in better solutions for business, together we harness IP law to drive positive change, access new markets and disrupt the status quo. 

Our IP advisory team advises on rights and commercialisation strategies, cutting edge collaborations and IP rich cross-border transactions that redefine the commercial landscape. More than just applying lawyers to solve legal problems, we deploy a range of professional disciplines, enabled by process and technology and informed by data. Not only does this empower us to develop solutions and ensure successful outcomes for our clients, it enables us to do so more efficiently and cost effectively.

Our peerless IP disputes team deploys litigation as a strategic tool to help businesses achieve their business goals, rather than simply navigating risk.  Working as a seamless extension of in-house legal and management teams, we're focussed on positive outcomes, whether that is achieving market access for a new product or service, or retaining competitive advantage against those ready to challenge them. 

We have a reputation for taking on the most difficult cases and winning them, often making new law in the process. We regularly act in the highest profile IP litigations before the EPO and EUIPO as well as the national courts and registries. Our success rate is second to none.


Recent IP awards include:

  • Winner UK (England & Wales) Contentious Patent Law Firm of the Year (Managing IP Awards 2020)
  • Winner Impact Case of the Year - Actavis v ICOS (tadalafil) (Managing IP Awards 2020)
  • Shortlisted European Contentious Patents Firm of the Year (Managing IP Awards 2020)
  • Shortlisted UK Practitioner of the Year - Charlotte Weekes (Managing IP Awards 2020)
  • Shortlisted UK (Scotland) IP Transactions (Managing IP Awards 2020)
  • Shortlisted UK (Scotland) Contentious Patents (Managing IP Awards 2020)
  • Shortlisted TMT Team of the Year (Legal Business Awards 2020)
  • Winner Legal Strategy of the Year (Global Generics & Biosimilars Awards 2019)
  • Winner Impact Case of the Year Award (Managing IP Awards 2019)
  • Winner TMT and Life Sciences Team of the Year (British Legal Awards 2019)
  • Shortlisted TMT Team of the Year (Legal Business Awards 2019)
  • Winner Patent Litigation Firm of the Year (Corporate International Magazine's Award 2019)
  • Winner International Global Business Award 2019
  • Winner IP or IT team of the Year (Lawyer Awards 2018)
  • Winner Client Choice Award for Patent Litigation (Clare Tunstall) 2018
  • Winner TMT Team of the Year (British Legal Awards 2017)

Last updated 11th August 2020

Practice Areas: Life sciences IP, Designs, IP transactions, Patent contentious, Patent, Trade mark, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark prosecution, Intellectual property (contentious), Copyright & related rights

Sector Expertise: Advertising, Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial intelligence, Arts, Automotive, Biotechnology, Chemical, Computer technology & services, Construction & materials, Defence, E-commerce, Electrical, Electronics, Fashion & luxury goods, Financial services, FMCG, Food & beverage, Gaming, Hospitality & leisure, ICT & software, Industrials, Internet, Life sciences, Logistics, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Media, Medical device, Mining, Not-for-profit, Oil & gas, Pharmaceutical, Professional services, Real estate, Renewable energy, Retail, Sports, Technology hardware, Telecommunication, Transport, Universities & research, Utilities


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