Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons is an international law firm renowned for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in a deep understanding of our clients’ sectors and geographies. Recognised as being among the most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times, we take great pride in the work we do with our clients to think outside the box. With over 1,500 lawyers operating from 26 locations across the globe, we are well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional matters across a full range of legal disciplines.

Our IP practice

Pinsent Masons' IP practice is among the top in Europe. We have offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Ireland, as well as a wider network of firms with which we work. Our UK presence is headquartered in London and our IP team spans our regional offices in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In continental Europe we have IP experts across Paris, Munich, Frankfurt and Dublin. Over 70 individuals are engaged in the firm’s IP practice.

Our market-leading patent teams specialise in both life sciences and high-tech patents. We guide patent procurement strategies, set up joint ventures based on patent assets, advise on rights strategies and give pragmatic and commercial advice on licensing and fund raisings backed by patent assets. Our litigation capability ranges from litigating patents before the national courts in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Ireland, to teaming up with patent attorneys before the EPO for oppositions and appeals as well coordinating pan-European litigations.

Commentators consistently praise the innovation and commercial approach we bring to our IP services: "Pinsent Masons' forward looking patents group has the rare ability to spot and exploit opportunities."

Our sector focus – life sciences

Our life sciences team is made up of IP specialists, many with technical backgrounds and experience drawn from industry or medical research. Each and every one of the team is passionate about a sector that works tirelessly to improve patients' lives.

We have acted on the most high-profile, business-critical patent, competition and regulatory litigations and investigations as well as market-shifting, IP-rich transactions. We have advised on European market access strategies for more than 100 products in the last 10 years.

We routinely act for award-winning in-house legal teams, who know what good looks like and expect their external advisors to add value.

Our sector focus – technology

Our technology patent team is made up of specialists with backgrounds in engineering, electronics, computer programming and physics. This enables us to act for our clients in a smart, digital world where rights to SEPs, mastery of technical standards, FRAND licensing models and patent litigation or arbitration strategies can be essential. We work with clients to develop new and innovative models for collaboration, which in turn drive their revenue and growth. We act on headline disputes and collaborations that are breaking new ground, especially in telecommunications, med-tech and infrastructure.

We advise clients on patent acquisitions and licensing, standards declarations and mapping to assess the essentiality of competitors' patents declared essential to technical standards. We guide clients through the complex FRAND licensing framework and competition issues to maximise revenues.

Our patent practice is complemented by a market-leading copyright practice, with particular expertise in relation to the digital single market, the utilisation of data in the context of industry 4.0, as well as the challenges of geo-blocking, portability of online content and matters related to the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Our European brands practice provides a one-stop shop for brand protection, from conception and protection to monitoring and enforcement. We offer a fully integrated trademark management service, which deals with every aspect of IP advice from brand clearance to registration.

Contact details

Pinsent Masons
30 Crown Place
Earl Street
London EC2A 4ES
United Kingdom

Professional contacts

Sample client list

  • Accord
  • British Generic Manufacturers Association
  • Medicines for Europe
  • Neovasc
  • Teva
  • Zodiac
  • Zyxel