Bird & Bird LLP

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Gold - Firms: litigation

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Bird & Bird has a formidable international IP practice, and it counts its Paris offering as an important fixture thereof. The French group collaborates closely with the firm’s other offices across the globe in order to handle cross-border pieces, but also brings a strong local outlook and operates well in its own right via its team of 22 IP-dedicated professionals. Recently it had success on behalf of chip-manufacturer Broadcom in a dispute with several players in the telecommunications field – handling the case was Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan, who co-heads the international patent practice group. Across her 20-year career she has become known for her commerciality and her ability to handle cases that are technically complex and sit on untouched legal territory. Leading the Paris IP group is Yves Bizollon, who lately has been representing Allergan in preliminary injunction proceedings against Mylan. His impressive career record has seen him act in some of France’s most high-profile cases and become a professor at CEIPI.

Silver - Firms: litigation and transactions

A prominent name in the Dutch, and international, IP space, Bird & Bird has been on a growth trajectory in the Netherlands since bringing Tjibbe Douma on board in 2021, and by adding a second Amsterdam office to its already vast global network. The former Dentons lawyer “is a valuable asset to any company and a never-ending fountain of knowledge. He is an outstanding analyst, an excellent litigator and a joy to work with: kind, patient and always available.” He is joined in Amsterdam by IP department head Wouter Pors, who has recently been assisting Ablynx, a subsidiary of Sanofi, in its patent dispute against Unilever. In The Hague, Armand Killan and Marc van Wijngaarden are the names to note. “In technically complex cases, Killan is best known for his ability to get through the details and home in on matters of utmost importance while van Wijngaarden has a knack for coordinating cross-border disputes in a seamless and efficient fashion.” Together, they have been representing AB InBev against its primary competitor, Heineken, in the bag-in-bottle technologybattle.

Silver - Firms: litigation and transactions

A global force for good in intellectual property, Bird & Bird has outstanding Central and Eastern European capabilities and renders cutting-edge patent services to Hungarian and international companies with innovation interests in the region. Carrying the momentum it gained upon its merger with Weil in 2018, the Budapest group has grown in size and reputation and attracted new clients and instructions, which it takes care of with great dedication and professionalism. The credit for this is owed to IP partner-in-charge Bálint Halász, a gifted litigator and strategist with the technical wherewithal to handle the most complex pharmaceutical and electrical engineering cases. In his recent work he has collaborated with colleagues in Germany on patent revocation matters, counselled a top pharmaceutical company on at-risk launches and enforcement matters, and advised a local IT company on licensing and enforcement issues.

Highly-recommended - Firms: transactions

Gold - Firms: litigation

Part of one of the largest and most successful IP practices worldwide, Bird & Bird’s UK patent group continues to rank among the best on the market. Its international reach is key to its success, with the wider firm having 450 IP-dedicated lawyers stationed across the globe, but its domestic capability sets it apart too – significantly, 26 of its UK lawyers have academic credentials in sciences, meaning that even clients in the most technically complex areas feel well-served. On the disputes side, it has recently gone out to bat on behalf of Mitsubishi in High Court FRAND litigation – dealing with this is a team which includes Richard Vary and Jane Mutimear. Telecommunications expert Vary is one of the most experienced and learned lawyers in his field, having acted in myriad high-technology patent and FRAND disputes and spent time as head of litigation at Nokia, while Mutimear supplements her work fighting in telecoms litigation with time spent developing the firm’s Pattern product, its patent portfolio intelligence offering. Covering the life sciences end of the litigation group are Neil Jenkins, Mark Hilton, Jennifer Jones and Eleanor Root. Jenkins has been a Bird & Bird partner since 1996 and has been litigating pharmaceutical and medical devices patents for more than 30 years; Hilton co-heads the international life sciences and healthcare group and is an expert in utilising IT solutions to best help his clientele. Jones makes use of her MSc in molecular biology and BSc in genetics through her pan-European litigation work, and she is also regularly representing clients in oppositions before the EPO, while Root helps pharmaceutical companies get the best out of their patent portfolios and has twice received a look behind the curtain through secondment work. Also working in the life sciences, but lending a hand to high-technology cases too, is the versatile Patrick Kelleher, who is an especially valued guide to Israeli companies. Handling the practice’s transactional arm are Tom Snaith and Sally Shorthose – Snaith’s broad practice benefits from his degree in chemistry, while the “incredibly responsive” Shorthose has heaps of experience both in private practice and in-house, having previously been a senior legal director of Novartis UK. Co-heading this London IP group are Katharine Stephens and Robert Williams, while jointly heading the international IP group is Morag Macdonald. Stephens is a crafter of sophisticated pan-European IP protection and enforcement programmes and puts her engineering background to good use via her work in the communications and, more recently, AI fields. Williams meanwhile works on multi-faceted disputes across the sector spectrum and also brings a wide knowledge of trade secrets. Macdonald confects cross-border strategies for both litigation and transactions and has acted in over 25 trials before the UK Patents High Court and UK Patents County Court across a career of more than 30years.

Highly-recommended - Firms: prosecution

Highly-recommended - Firms: litigation

Highly-recommended - Firms: transactions

With nearly 50 IP professionals, who boast excellent scientific and legal credentials, the formidable Hong Kong contingent at Bird & Bird has consolidated its reputation as a go-to IP and technology firm for world-leading multinational corporations, which are in need of comprehensive legal services. The outfit is also at the forefront of local legal development, acting as the sole external adviser to the Hong Kong government in its project to reform the patent system. Pacing the multi-talented group is Matthew Laight, a life sciences expert who constantly traverses the contentious/non-contentious divide. IP all-rounder Ted Chwu draws judiciously on his experience practising in the United Kingdom to defend the interests of IT and telecommunications companies. To prove his virtuosity and versatility, he is also one of the few entries to be ranked across all three tables. Completing the line-up is Alison Wong, who supports companies in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries, handling everything from enforcement in China to transactional issues.

Gold - Firms

An award-winning IP firm in the Czech Republic, Bird & Bird continues to shine for its sophisticated understanding of all types of patent issues and ability to resolve complex, multi-layered, multi-jurisdictional problems. Whether advising on patent filing strategy, negotiating commercial transactions, conducting due diligence assessments or fighting infringement battles, Vojtěch Chloupek and his colleagues can be counted on for perfectly calibrated support. Chloupek is appreciated for his expertise and his low-key but charming and unstuffy personality. The lead author of the only commentary on the Czech Patent Act, he has deep substantive knowledge as well as abundant practical experience enforcing and defending patent rights and shepherding IP and technology-driven deals to a successful close. His associate Jiří Malý provides essential support and earns praise for his clear and open style of communication and high-quality advice. Together with Chloupek, he is assisting Celanese in connection with patent validations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The pair’s other work cannot be disclosed for confidentiality reasons but involves representing multinationals in wide-ranging patent activities.

Bronze - Firms: prosecution

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Gold - Firms: litigation

“The team at Bird & Bird is extremely knowledgeable of both the law and the industry, quick to respond, and just a pleasure to work with.” Being one of the few Singapore legal practices with specialist patent attorneys and technically qualified lawyers holding both law degrees and degrees in science, medicine, and engineering, the renowned IP group exemplifies what it means to provide an all-rounded patent service. It perfectly combines the technical capability with superb legal shrewdness. When it comes to life-or-death patent litigations, the contentious division, spearheaded by Alban Kang, “quickly understands the science behind the patents at suit” and consistently obtains the right results. Having been around the IP scene for more than 30 years, Kang’s pre-eminent reputation as a fearsome patent litigator is firmly cemented. Next to him on the dispute side is chemical engineer Pin-Ping Oh, who fuses her solid scientific expertise into the contentious practice seamlessly. The IP transactions practice is moving from strength to strength thanks to the efforts of Anan Sivananthan, who is a polished litigator. While the IP disputes practice is a vital cog in the machine, the patent prosecution offering is also mightily impressive in its own right. Its contingent of patent engineers, ex-in houses and attorneys works closely with major players in fields of pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, manufacturing and financial services to safeguard their IP rights. Senior patent attorney Martin Kwan and Hui Leng Tan are among the finest in the prosecution department. Kwan is adept at drafting patent specifications for both individual and institutional inventors, while Tan has considerable experience in patent prosecution, including pre-filing and post-filing stages in Singapore and internationally.

Gold - Firms: infringement

Bird & Bird is one of the first names anyone in the know would think of when talking about international patent law, so it is hardly any wonder that the firm has an almost 50-strong team stationed in Europe. As well as offering a top-notch litigation service via its team of attorneys-at-law, the outfit also has 18 patent attorneys on hand, allowing it to cover all bases and provide the full spectrum of advice. The high-profile cases on its plate over the past year include its representation of Broadcom in a semiconductor-related case against BMW, as well as a range of patent infringement and nullity work for Nokia. Leading on the Broadcom piece is patent attorney Felix Landry, who is well versed in electronics and well placed to advise on infringement proceedings and to act in oppositions before the EPO. “Felix is an outstanding attorney. His knowledge of and experience with local and international patent laws as well as related procedural issues is extensive. He is able to apply that expertise to advise me on various issues by recommending effective solutions and strategies. Overall, we have been very impressed with the excellent quality of Felix’s work product as well as his professionalism, attention to detail and dedication to his clients.” Landry is also involved in the Nokia work, alongside Christian Harmsen, Matthias Meyer, and Boris Kreye. Harmsen heads the German IP group and co-heads the international IP group, building on a career acting for some of the largest companies in the world in some of the largest patent cases in the world; Meyer also has some of the best-known corporations planet-wide flocking to him for his top representation before the courts and the EPO. Kreye is similarly used to multi-jurisdictional litigation, handling cases regularly in both the electronics and life sciences sectors. Another pair of star litigators are Oliver Jan Jüngst and Felix Rödiger, who each have their own extensive lists of star clients. Jan Jüngst counts Sony and Teva among his past patrons, and is an expert in coordinating international litigation campaigns, while Rödiger stands as the first person to successfully raise a FRAND defence in a German infringement action. On the patent attorney side, meanwhile, the standouts include life sciences mavens Daniela Kinkeldey and Michael Alt – both count chemistry and pharmaceuticals as specialisms, and act regularly before the EPO.

Bronze - Firms: litigation

While Bird & Bird’s Australian contingent is a vital cog in the firm’s global machine, it is also mightily impressive in its own right. Standard essential patent litigation and arbitration remains the stronghold of the outfit. Of particular note is its in-house cloud-hosted software solution, PATTERN, which is designed specifically to solve patent portfolio valuation needs and provides accurate determinations of licensing royalties. Leading the Sydney IP team is Jane Owen, who effortlessly dispatches complex life sciences patent disputes and freedom-to-operate advisory. Beside her is IP all-rounder Lynne Lewis, whose practice encompasses everything from IP-related consumer to regulatory law.

Bronze - Firms: litigation

Bronze - Firms: transactions

A household name among industry giants, Bird & Bird is famed worldwide for its IP capabilities, particularly in high-stakes litigation and high-value deals. In Helsinki the group stands out for its work on behalf of technology and pharmaceutical companies, but also for the depth of its trade secrets and technology transfer expertise. These areas also happen to be strong suits of IP division captain Henri Kaikkonen. For example, he recently advised DISQO, a US-based insights platform company in its acquisition of cross-device measurement company, Verto Analytics. The market is also unanimous in its praise of Kaikkonen, with several sources citing his “tremendous skill and ability to really dig deep into the technical details of a case”. Another peer comments: “Henri is super talented and working with him is always a pleasure.”

Silver - Firms: litigation

Recommended - Firms: transactions

International giant Bird & Bird is a permanent fixture on the global IP scene, and its Spanish offering lives up to its well-deserved reputation for commercially minded counsel and zealous defence of IP rights. The Madrid office serves as a gateway for Latin American patrons looking to enter the region, as well as international entities seeking protection in South America. It also acts as a hub for foreign companies to unify their portfolios and is uniquely positioned in the market, with an internal prosecution team led by Mariano Santos. “Mariano does an outstanding job; he is proactive, practical and attentive to the needs of his customers. At a technical level, he is very good and truly works hard to achieve fantastic results for his clients.” On the outfit’s contentious side, Manuel Lobato, Antonio Cueto and José Miguel Lissén have built up a sterling reputation. Lobato is an eminent practitioner who has fought for some of the biggest names in the pharmaceutical industry over the course of his 30-year career. “Antonio is remarkable in court and has impeccable technical proficiency. He has extensive subject matter expertise, provides strategic advice that is to the point, and is completely dedicated to his clients.” Lissén’s transactional capabilities have been put to good use on behalf of telecommunications clients recently, where he represents a major smartphone manufacturer in ongoing licensing negotiations.

 

Gold - Firms: litigation

Recommended - Firms: transactions

“Bird & Bird is at the very top of the IP game and has a team that not only successfully understands the technical aspects behind a patent, but also collaborates extremely well with peers and clients.” The market is unanimous in its praise for the group, which stands out on the local market for its international footprint, boutique-like approach and wonderfully joined-up team of attorneys-at-law and patent agents. Department co-leads Giovanni Galimberti and Massimiliano Mostardini “are distinguished litigators with tremendous expertise in high-value disputes”. Lately, Galimberti has been busy coordinating global SEP litigation for the Sisvel Group while the “practical and business-oriented” Mostardini has been assisting Loro Piana in enforcing its European patent concerning the characteristic opening system on its ankle boots. Flanking them on the contentious front are Elisabetta Bandera and Edoardo Bàrbera. A poised and eloquent advocate, Bandera is steadily making her mark on the country’s litigation scene and is appreciated for her deep knowledge of the mechanical, electronics and pharmaceutical sectors. IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Bàrbera was recently promoted to the partnership and complements his dispute resolution practice with refined commercialisation expertise. Turning to prosecution, Antonella De Gregori has done an impressive job with the firm’s non-contentious practice, earning instructions from some major industry players and greatly contributing to its steady upward trajectory. A master chemist, she excels at building portfolios and puts in assured performances before the European Patent Office (EPO) too. Transactions specialist Claudia Ricciardi is a favourite among research institutions and helps patrons maximise the return on their investments through lucrative licensing deals.

Silver - Firms: litigation and transactions

Global powerhouse Bird & Bird is making waves in Poland, thanks to its expanding presence, remarkable capabilities and experienced team. The outfit is extensively involved in the country’s thriving tech industry, and is always on hand to provide sound, tailored advice to those looking to take advantage of the group’s geographical reach and enlist its help in complex patent matters. Piotr Dynowski, who co-leads the IP and technology, media and telecommunications team, excels at devising easily executable and airtight strategies. He is a steadfast leader with a keen eye for detail, and his customers value his ability to see the bigger picture and secure favourableresults.

Highly-recommended - Firms

Intellectual property has always been the bread-and-butter of Bird & Bird’s practice – its China branch is no exception. The 50-strong team is a repository of trust among domestic and international blue chips when it comes to realising the true value of their IP assets. With an extensive on-the-ground presence and vast global network, it has assisted entities in navigating the idiosyncrasies of the Chinese IP system with expertise. Leading the charge in Shanghai is Christine Yiu, who has demonstrated both unrivalled technical proficiency and impressive patent litigation skills. The Cambridge-graduate and electrical engineer has provided unparalleled guidance for telecommunication giants and is particularly adept at multi-jurisdictional FRAND disputes.

Gold - Firms: litigation and transactions

A name that needs no introduction in the IP community, international giant Bird & Bird dominates in complex cross-border disputes and, thanks to its 29 offices dotted around the world, it seamlessly dispenses holistic counsel on a global scale. In Belgium technical finesse and trusted partnerships are hallmarks of its practice, as well as that of its leader, Jean-Christophe Troussel. He understands the commercial implications of his patrons’ inventions and becomes a vital part of their team in order to achieve results that are both legally solid and aligned with their wider business objectives. Working alongside him, Domien Op de Beeck is an insightful lawyer who is measured in his approach but thorough and enthusiastic in the courtroom. He has recently been representing Chemicar Europe in a dispute relating to their spray-paint technologies.

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