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With six locations throughout Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, EIP is a well-known and highly regarded patent outfit. Most recently, it has created a name for itself in the Nordic region by launching in Sweden in September 2022, stacked with a multidisciplinary team of patent attorneys, litigators and commercial IP lawyers. Leading the charge is chemistry and biotech ace Inga-Lill Andersson. Having spent two decades at a leading IP boutique, as well as time spent in-house at a multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, she is well equipped to take on challenging mandates. She is joined by Ida Christensen, Pontus Falk and Rikard Kånge. Christensen also specialises in the life sciences and utilises her knowledge gained as an examiner at the Swedish Patent Office to effectively assist her clients – most recently at the intersection of biotechnology and the digital domain. Falk has a keen understanding of a business’s needs and how to best utilise a company’s patents in order to achieve those goals. Also on deck is Kånge, who has been assisting Stora Enso, a leading provider of renewable products, with between 25 and 30 new applications. 

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Employing one of the country’s best mixed practices, the solicitors and attorneys of EIP work at the cutting edge. On the solicitor front, the firm has a well-earned reputation in the SEP and FRAND arena, garnered through its successful representation of Unwired Planet in the UK’s landmark SEP case. Gary Moss led the outfit’s effort in that case, and he continues to be a regular port of call for patrons seeking robust, sophisticated enforcement strategy. Moss is prized above all for the practical, big-picture approach he brings to every piece of advice. One recent matter was a claim of non-jurisdiction against a declaration of non-infringement levelled by Samsung against Solas OLED in the field of LED displays. Moss was supported in this case by Robert Lundie Smith, a dual qualified solicitor-barrister who also has a PhD in chemistry. Lundie Smith represents names in a range of technical fields and is a fierce and strategic advocate. He has advised Optis in its ongoing battle with Apple, as has Kathleen Fox Murphy. A major authority in the FRAND/SEP space, Fox Murphy is also instructed by IP Bridge in a dispute related to 4G technology with Huawei, set for trial in early 2023. Alongside her expertise in the telecoms arena, Fox Murphy also advises pharmaceutical companies on aspects of competition law as it relates to their patent portfolios. Not just legally and strategically sharp, the solicitor team at EIP is also technically adept and includes dual-qualified attorney-solicitors like Andrew Sharples. Another life sciences specialist, Sharples’ technical and legal qualifications enhance EIP’s already well-stacked litigation deck. The firm has recently augmented its non-contentious offering with the acquisition of Mark Lubbock, a leader in the patent transactional space, from Brown Rudnick. Lubbock has extensive experience advising companies on their most pivotal transactions with a significant IP component, and his eye for commercial potential is unrivalled. EIP is also positioning itself strategically to become competitive at the UPC through a partnership with French patent firm Amar Goussu Staub, bringing the outfit a deep bench that now extends across the United Kingdom, Sweden, France and Germany. In Britain, it also boasts a raft of top-notch patent attorneys of its own. One of its founders, Jerome Spaargaren has 30 years’ experience; he heads the ensemble’s digital practice group and takes on a wide range of technologies. His lengthy experience in the patent world makes him particularly well placed to advise on strategic implications and the enforcement landscape. With in-house experience in the IP division of a major telecoms company, Heather McCann is another technically adept and commercially minded operator on the team’s roster. From Silicon Valley tech companies to start-ups, McCann offers rigorous and strategic patent advice. A major patron is VISA, for which she delivers patent filing and prosecution strategy at the EPO. She also acts for the software companies ServiceNow and Egress Software, a company which focuses on secure file-sharing systems and reducing business risk from email phishing. Joining her on work for ServiceNow is Matt Lawman, who joined EIP in 2005 after a long career in-house for a range of tech companies, including BT and Hewlett-Packard. Lawman’s unrivalled commercial acumen and vast technical expertise are best exemplified in his strategic portfolio development and commercialisation advice for the highly complex post-quantum cryptography spin-out PQShield. Engineer Richard Gordon-Brown also boasts deep technical insight and knows how to see things from a client’s point of view. Gordon-Brown advises AP Moller-Maersk on new patent filings relating to advanced refrigeration systems, line handling systems, shipping container structures and future propulsion systems. He also takes up work for the Maersk-owned APM Terminals BV, a major port-operating company, alongside Darren Smyth. “Darren is a wonderful lawyer. His detail-oriented approach and comprehensive, practical and business-centric counsel are highly recommended.” Another of Gordon-Brown’s clients is Pulpex, which makes sustainable packaging from paper pulp, and the multinational aerospace giant Airbus, whom he supports alongside Lawman and Laurence Brown. An electrical and information sciences engineer, Brown has been helping his clientele obtain and secure commercially valuable intellectual assets for more than 20 years. Astute, technically adept and business savvy, Brown leads the team for consumer electronics company Sonos, for whom EIP has secured 388 patents with 117 pending. Another big project Brown is taking on is comprehensive portfolio strategy and development for holographic display innovator VividQ, which holds 15 patent families. For oppositions at the EPO, patrons are in very good hands with Gareth Probert and Monika Rai. Probert is the head of healthtech and a former organic chemist. Clients in industries ranging from food and fragrance chemistry to biotech and life sciences are well represented, thanks to his tenacious advocacy skills. Rai is a life sciences specialist and has represented some of the best-known names in the pharmaceutical world before the EPO. Joining the list this year is Chris Price, who has more than 15 years’ experience dealing with mechanical and electronic patents. A fluent Japanese speaker, Price is a major asset for tech players based in Japan – he can conduct Japanese language prior art searches and prosecute Japanese applications. His technical fluency in the language can be traced to his time spent working with vehicle manufacturer Nissin Showa.

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The German branch of EIP, like its British counterpart, offers up a tightly constructed team for the most difficult patent litigation, especially in the SEP and FRAND space. “For offensive patent litigation there is no better choice. They deliver great service and excellent results. Any overall assessment of the firm would conclude that they are very strong.” With offices in Britain, Sweden and Germany, the firm is also poised to become a key player at the UPC, with a recently announced collaboration with Amar Goussu Staub giving it added heft in France. Litigator “Florian Schmidt-Bogatzky is very creative, aggressive and energetic. He is able to work much faster, and achieve a deeper level of understanding, than many other attorneys. He is able to work effectively across a wide variety of technology areas. Florian is always available to his clients and has consistently been willing to speak very late at night.” The firm’s other leading light in Germany is department head Christof Höhne. His main focus is patent litigation, with particular expertise in the fields of electronics, pharmaceuticals and mechanical engineering. Both Schmidt-Bogatzky and Höhne work for Godo Kaisha IP Bridge in its multi-jurisdictional, multi-patent suit against a number of opponents, including Huawei. Other companies they represent in wide-ranging patent litigation include Sonos and Broadcom.

Firm Profile

EIP is a leading IP law firm advising on high-value and complex patent matters. Our multidisciplinary team combines patent attorneys, litigators and commercial IP lawyers. We operate in three of the world’s main patent markets – Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States – and now also in the Nordic countries through our recent expansion into Sweden.

The benefit of combining attorneys and litigators is well illustrated by EIP’s successful representation of clients in high-stakes patent litigation before the UK High Court, the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and before the German district and federal courts.

Aside from the more mainstream drafting and prosecution practices, EIP’s patent attorneys work closely with the litigation team in the United Kingdom and Germany, providing additional technical expertise on large-scale international patent litigation matters.

EIP is increasingly involved in advisory and strategic project work in relation to the enforcement of patent rights, including portfolio analyses, infringement and validity analyses and claim charting, as well as strategic IP advice such as due diligence related to acquisitions and joint ventures. Team members often counsel clients on strategic patent portfolio management and development matters, and EIP has been retained to assist in developing high-level IP strategies for some of the world’s largest companies.

To complement the high-value patent advice we already provide to our clients, we give commercial advice on the exploitation and use of IP rights and ancillary issues arising in relation to data protection and rights of privacy.

EIP has represented clients in hundreds of oppositions before the EPO over the past two decades and represent clients in person at hearings at the EPO in Munich, The Hague and Berlin, as well as via videoconference hearings.

The firm’s integrated team of patent attorneys, litigators and paralegals can act in national court litigation alongside EPO opposition proceedings for a seamless, consistent and effective service.

EIP has a diverse international client base, advising blue-chip companies through to small and mid-sized enterprises. Clients include VISA, Airbus, AP Moller-Maersk, Pulpex, Sonos, Broadcom and Optis.

Clients choose EIP for its commercial outlook, in-house experience, honest opinions and pioneering approach to dealing with patents. Our attorneys and lawyers have considerable technical knowledge in the areas of high tech, advanced engineering, chemistry, life sciences, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, medical technology and energy.

Firm overview

EIP was established in 2000 and has rapidly grown to be a leading IP firm with 33 partners and more than 170 staff practising from its four UK offices in Bath, Cardiff, Leeds and London, its German office in Düsseldorf, its US office in Denver, Colorado and its recently opened office in Stockholm in Sweden.

In 2022 EIP was named “European Firm of the Year - Patent Contentious” at Managing Intellectual Property EMEA awards, which followed winning “Firm of the Year for Patent Litigation” for four years in a row from 2018 to 2021. EIP is a Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, IAM Patent 1000, IP Stars and JUVE-recommended firm, as well as being recognised in the FT list of Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms.

Notable cases

EIP has built an enviable reputation in patent litigation and has won the following high-profile cases for clients:

  • EIP secured a landmark victory in the UK Supreme Court for its clients Unwired Planet and Conversant Wireless, in Unwired Planet v Huawei and Conversant Wireless v Huawei & ZTE – the most eagerly anticipated telecoms cases in years. The Supreme Court’s combined ruling defines the licensing of patented technology considered essential to the international standards for previous and future generations of wireless telecommunications technology.
  • EIP secured a significant victory for client Conversant Wireless in Germany. EIP successfully asserted a standard essential patent (SEP) for Conversant against Stuttgart carmaker Daimler in a dispute that will have repercussions across the sector.
  • EIP obtained a victory in the Düsseldorf District Court for its client Conversant Wireless in two patent infringement decisions against Huawei and ZTE. The court affirmed infringement of two 3G-related SEPs by Huawei and ZTE products. Subject to enforcement, the ruling awarded, among other things, an injunction against both companies, confirming a previous but non-accepted licence offer by Conversant as fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory.

 

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