Our expert team of European patent attorneys has a track record in contentious proceedings that is second-to-none, making us the ideal partner of choice for defending our client’s interests before the UPC.

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is a new, international court for patent litigation in Europe. It provides litigants with the opportunity to challenge and enforce European patents in a single legal forum, in most cases removing the need for parallel actions in multiple countries.

Proceedings before the UPC comprise a written procedure, an interim procedure and an oral procedure (hearing). This is a hybrid of processes and procedures common to patent litigation before patent offices and national courts. Notably, written proceedings are conducted exclusively in electronic form and pleadings and other documents are lodged directly via the UPC case management system (CMS).

In most cases, the UPC aims to deliver a decision around 12 months from the start of legal proceedings. This is considerably quicker than the timescales observed before most national courts and as a result is effective in minimising legal uncertainty. However, the procedural framework of the UPC makes it incumbent upon parties to manage litigation efficiently from the outset and careful advance preparation is essential.

We have a wealth of practical experience representing clients in complex contentious patent cases and are privileged to represent industry-leaders in a wide range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, telecommunications and engineering.

Our Unified Patent Court services include:

  • Representing clients directly before the UPC in patent infringement and revocation actions
  • Providing strategic advice relating to pan-European patent litigation
  • Coordinating multi-jurisdictional patent litigation
  • Assistance with opt-out requests before the UPC and and their withdrawals

Our guide to the Unified Patent Court (UPC)

Read our detailed guide to the UPC, including legal sources, jurisdiction, the opt-out, provisional application period, transitional period, UPC structure, where to start a case, transfer of actions between divisions and miscellaneous rules on choice of forum, languages, representation, judges, overview of proceedings, remedies, court fees and cost recovery, and relationship with opposition.

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Partners

David Alcock
David Alcock
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Anton Baker
Anton Baker
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Rachel Bateman
Rachel Bateman
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Robbie Berryman
Robbie Berryman
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Alan Boyd
Alan Boyd
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William Burrell
William Burrell
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Matthew Caines
Matthew Caines
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Zöe Clyde-Watson
Zöe Clyde-Watson
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James Cornford
James Cornford
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Jonathan DeVile
Jonathan DeVile
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Garreth Duncan
Garreth Duncan
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Doug Ealey
Doug Ealey
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Kirk Gallagher
Kirk Gallagher
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Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Hanns-Juergen Grosse
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David Horner
David Horner
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Jonathan Jackson
Jonathan Jackson
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Lawrence King
Lawrence King
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Antony Latham
Antony Latham
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Darren Lewis
Darren Lewis
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Nicholas Malden
Nicholas Malden
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Connor McConchie
Connor McConchie
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Cathrine McGowan
Cathrine McGowan
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David Meldrum
David Meldrum
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Jennifer O'Farrell
Jennifer O'Farrell
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Tom Pagdin
Tom Pagdin
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Senior Associates

Martin Bicker
Martin Bicker
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Andrew Cockerell
Andrew Cockerell
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Robert Kelly
Robert Kelly
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Ryan Lacey
Ryan Lacey
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Arun Roy
Arun Roy
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Gemma Sparrow
Gemma Sparrow
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Alice Stuart-Grumbar
Alice Stuart-Grumbar
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Associates

David Al-Khalili
David Al-Khalili
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Emma Hamilton
Emma Hamilton
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Ben Hunter
Ben Hunter
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Samuel Keyes
Samuel Keyes
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Mathias Smolarski
Mathias Smolarski
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Nathaniel Wand
Nathaniel Wand
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Toby Willis
Toby Willis
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Stephanie Wroe
Stephanie Wroe
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Attorneys, Rechtsanwälte & Solicitors

Oliver Cartwright
Oliver Cartwright
Patent Attorney
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Khalil Davis
Khalil Davis
Patent Attorney
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William Powell
William Powell
Patent Attorney
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Simon Schofield
Simon Schofield
Patent Attorney
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Samuel Smith
Samuel Smith
Patent Attorney
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Nathan Turnbull
Nathan Turnbull
Patent Attorney
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Harry Ventress
Harry Ventress
Patent Attorney
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Assistants

Matthew Gallon
Matthew Gallon
Technical Assistant
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Joshua Wallington
Joshua Wallington
Technical Assistant
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