Burness Paull LLP

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Unquestionably the top contentious IP practice in Scotland, Burness Paull continued to burnish its glowing reputation over the last year, appearing in more than half of all actions before the Court of Session. “The firm knows the Scottish court system like the back of its hand and collaborates effectively with in-house teams, concocting sophisticated legal strategies while also becoming rapidly familiar with the technical aspects.” In a recent highlight, the firm went out to bat for AstraZeneca in a series of infringement and revocation actions against Teva; the matter was masterminded by star litigator and IP head Colin Hulme, whose on-point advice and courtroom prowess have done much to elevate the firm’s profile. His impressive client list includes major players in the life sciences, energy and consumer goods fields, and he holds the distinction of IP specialist accreditation from the Law Society of Scotland. Heading up the non-contentious practice are David Goodbrand and Colin Miller. Goodbrand’s 20-year career has seen him advise extensively on IP commercialisation and strategy, as well as negotiating all manner of technology and data transfer agreements and sponsorship deals, and he also finds time to front the data privacy team and the fintech practice. Meanwhile, IAM Patent 1000 debutant Miller joined the firm in 2019 – qualified in both Scotland and England, he is a deft negotiator of licensing, franchising, and R&D agreements of every flavour.

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