At the forefront of IP law and practice for more than 35 years. Consistently involved in many of the leading IP cases and transactions. Over 70 lawyers, and patent & trademark attorneys in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. A full service IP practice providing clients with an unparalleled level of expertise and service:
“Excellent patent litigation practice acting for leading life sciences and technology companies. Comprehensive commercial IP and prosecution offerings, and also noted for trade mark disputes. Regularly instructed to assist with the IP aspects of corporate transactions.”, "I value enormously the lawyers' quality insights and pragmatic judgement." Chambers 2018
- lawyers widely recognised as leading practitioners in their fields by leading directories with a reputation for ‘cutting-edge advice’, ‘superb client service’, ‘meticulous’, 'exceptionally clever’ and including the ‘greatest patent litigator around’
- industry expertise and focus, in particular in life sciences, TMT, consumer goods, financial institutions, transport and energy
- highly experienced in managing multi-jurisdictional litigation, strategy and negotiations.
‘Amazing on all fronts’, the group at Simmons & Simmons provides ‘Magic Circle advice...’. Legal 500 2017
We advise on all aspects of intellectual property rights including:
Our integrated team of lawyers and patent attorneys advise on all aspects of patents. We advise on a wide range of patent disputes and non–contentious patent issues, as well as drafting and prosecuting patent applications. Particular areas of expertise include: multi-jurisdictional patent litigation, originator-generic and biosimilar disputes in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, standards essential patents, customs detention strategies, licensing, regulatory, due diligence, portfolio management, oppositions, and valuations. We also advise on corporate transactions and funding/investments where patents constitute significant assets.
Brands & trade marks
Our competitively priced ‘one stop shop’ for international trade marks is seamlessly interwoven with our litigation and advisory services, providing a strong advantage over our competitors. Advising a diverse and high profile list of clients, we undertake the full range of clearance, registration, conflict resolution, enforcement and portfolio management services.
Copyright, database rights & confidential information
We advise on all aspects of ownership, protection, exploitation and enforcement in a wide range of industries. We have particular expertise in relation to confidential information and departing/former employees.
We advise on all aspects of clearance, filing, acquisition strategies and domain name protection and enforcement.
Licensing & commercial agreements
Our size, international scope and specialist experience mean that clients trust us to handle their most important and complex transactions. This includes all aspects of technology transfer, international licensing and collaboration arrangements in relation to a diverse range of industries. We conduct detailed due diligence and have considerable experience of drafting and negotiating contracts from confidentiality agreements to global cross-licensing and co-development agreements.
Corporate transactions & financings
As part of a major international law firm, we advise on the acquisition, restructuring and disposal of intellectual property in the context of corporate mergers, acquisitions and financings. We advise in connection with fundraising and flotations, especially in relation to the life sciences, TMT and energy sectors. We also regularly advice venture capitalists on prospective investments and provide analysis and advice on the valuation of patent portfolios.
We offer a one stop international designs service to our clients. We undertake a full range of clearance and strategic advice, registration and portfolio management services. We also advise on the full range of enforcement measures.
We assist clients in protecting their confidential information and trade secrets as well as defending clients in breach of confidence disputes.
Merchandising & sponsorship
We advise on sponsorship deals, advertising and promotional campaigns and merchandising programmes. We have particular expertise in relation to issues concerning the London 2012 Olympics.
We advise on regulatory issues affecting the life sciences sector, including clinical trials, marketing authorisations, Supplementary Protection Certificates, manufacture and distribution, advertising, pharmacovigilance, pricing and reimbursement.
The Unified Patent Court will eventually have exclusive jurisdiction over all European Patents and new European Patents with Unitary Effect.
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