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 has international arbitration experience.
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.
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, computer games publishers and sports goods suppliers.
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 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. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the International League of Competition Law – the international parent organisation of the UK Competition Law Association (of which he was the national reporter general for a number of years).
Prior to joining Wiggin, Mr Browne was a partner at London-based IP boutique Redd.