Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s global IP group includes more than 60 lawyers in different jurisdictions (including Australia, Belgium, China, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States), covers a variety of sectors globally and is a central element part of Clifford Chance’s global tech group.

The global IP group advises on a full range of counselling and dispute resolution matters, including IP litigation and arbitration, regional enforcement programmes and strategic advice. It regularly acts in high-profile disputes concerning all types of IP right – particularly patents and other technical IP rights – in cross-border and national infringement cases.

The global IP group provides a breadth of experience in IP transactional and advisory work, covering the full range of IP subjects, in both domestic and international contexts. Our global law firm combines product and sector focus to facilitate knowledge sharing of a consistently high standard. All lawyers handling IP work collaborate closely with our antitrust and regulatory specialists in finding solutions to the issues which can arise from the tensions between the different specialisms.

Examples of work covered

  • Patent know-how, trademark and copyright litigation
  • Patent and know-how licences and joint ventures, as well as other forms of cooperation and development agreement
  • Brand licensing, sponsorship and franchising agreements
  • Copyright-based agreements across the various industries with a particularly strong experience and focus on digital aspects, blockchain, the lnternet of Things, rights in data, software-based solutions, open source software and Industry 4.0
  • Analysis of IP portfolios and IP-related agreements in M&A and financing projects, IP aspects of transaction documents and preparing associated agreements and recordals
  • Advice on best-practice use and IP protection on a global basis in close cooperation with patent attorneys
  • Patent licensing and cross-licensing
  • Unfair competition and advertising


While Claudia Milbradt (Germany) and Miquel Montañá (Spain) are the point of contacts on lP-related matters in continental Europe, Stephen Reese leads the UK IP practice and Ling Ho heads the Asia-Pacific IP litigation practice.

Ms Milbradt specialises in patent and trademark litigation (eg, preliminary injunction proceedings, action on the merits, nullity actions and invalidity proceedings) strategic advice for cross-border IP litigation and the acquisition and divestiture of technology. She has broad IP expertise and a deep knowledge of the industry. Ms Milbradt regularly advises clients regarding technology transfer and R&D agreements. She delivers valuable input to IP strategies, as well as to all IP aspects of technology-driven M&A transactions. Ms Milbradt is supported by counsel Florian Reiling and four further associates.

Alongside Ms Montañá, partner Josep Montefusco specialises in civil and contentious-administrative litigation, mainly in industrial property, unfair competition and advertising law. Further, he is responsible for Clifford Chance’s technology group in Spain.

Mr Reese is an experienced IP specialist advising clients on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of IP rights. He advises broadly on strategy and the protection, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights, including patents, trademarks, designs, trade secrets and copyright.

Alongside Mr Reese, experienced partner Vanessa Marsland works on litigious and advisory work in the digital space, including high-end graphics processing, blockchain and software design work, as well as substantial volumes of brands-related work.

Ling Ho has over 20 years’ experience advising clients on lP-related matters in Mainland China and across Asia-Pacific. Her expertise covers the full spread of contentious and non-contentious IP issues. She has extensive trial, deal and strategic counselling experience, and has acted in leading cases in the fields of trademarks, patents, copyright and designs to confidential information. She is regularly involved in negotiating and drafting IP-related agreements for clients investing into Asian markets.

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The group publishes and distributes the Global IP Newsletter on a quarterly basis to over 3,000 clients.

Contact details

Clifford Chance
Königsallee 59
Dusseldorf 40215

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