Partner at Wiggin LLP
Michael Browne is a partner in Wiggin’s IP practice.
Mr Browne has a broad practice, advising on the enforcement and exploitation of all forms of IP rights, with a particular focus on patents, trademarks and design rights. He also has experience advising on competition law issues arising in the context of IP matters.
Mr Browne litigates across the English courts, with recent cases including patent entitlement proceedings in the High Court, patent infringement proceedings in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and trademark and passing off disputes in the High Court (including cases under the shorter trials scheme procedure). He also appears before the EU courts and IP institutions, with particular experience of disputes before the EU Intellectual Property Office and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Mr Browne regularly advises clients on the commercial exploitation of their IP rights, with a particular focus on drafting and negotiating joint development, licensing and franchise agreements, as well as advising on the establishment and operation of selective distribution networks.
Mr Browne is a member of Wiggin’s technology practice group. His clients hail from a variety of industry sectors – from multinational technology companies and industrial and diversified product manufacturers to international fashion brands, high-end interior furnishing retailers, airline seat designers and sports goods suppliers.
Mr Browne is a dual-qualified lawyer in England and Wales and Ireland (non-practising). He is also a visiting lecturer on the Oxford University postgraduate diploma in IP law and practice, teaching IP litigation and design law.
He is a committee member and the national reporter general of the Competition Law Association (CLA) and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Ligue International du Droit de la Concurrence, the CLA’s international parent organisation. He is honorary secretary of the UK group of UNION-IP, a patent-centric professional organisation of European practitioners, and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.
Prior to joining Wiggin, Mr Browne was a partner at London-based IP boutique Redd.