Caitlin Heard is an IP litigator and solicitor advocate specialising in technology-related disputes, with an emphasis on multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. She has acted on a number of groundbreaking cases, including one of the earliest cases in the United Kingdom dealing with infringement of standard-essential patents (SEPs) and FRAND licensing. She also has considerable experience providing strategic counsel and coordination of international patent litigation strategy.
Ms Heard has acted on a number of high-profile pharmaceutical and technology disputes across a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, information security, mobile banking and ticketing, quantum computing, construction, medical devices and biotech. She has represented clients in front of the General Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the IP Enterprise Court and the UK Intellectual Property Office. She has led a number of patent disputes, including Clearswift v Glasswall; Silence Therapeutics v Alnylam; Regen v Estar; Vringo v ZTE; Mobilize v Tesco; ML Accessories v Aurora; Mobile VPT v Monitise; and Eco Coverage v UK Flood Barriers.
Ms Heard has particular expertise advising clients on their IP strategy in respect of SEPs and FRAND licensing, and has acted on several SEP disputes across a number of jurisdictions. She has written academically on this subject, having co-authored a textbook chapter in Intellectual Property in Electronics and Software (published by Globe Law and Business, 2019), entitled “Standard setting, competition law and FRAND licensing in Europe”.
She is also well placed to advise clients in the life sciences sector, where she has acted for clients on product launch strategy and regulatory exclusivity, and has experience providing strategic advice to challenge decisions of regulatory bodies including the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and the European Medicines Agency.
Ms Heard is ranked as a Next Generation Partner in The Legal 500 2020 in the category "Intellectual Property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)". She is also recognised as an IP Trailblazer in World Intellectual Property Review’s Influential Women in IP 2020 and sits on the editorial board of the Patent Lawyer Magazine.