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Silver - Individuals: litigation
Boasting a team of 19 patent practitioners, Herbert Smith Freehills has vast expertise in patent litigation and also features a strong non-contentious offering. A major selling point is its large international network, enabling it to coordinate multi-jurisdictional litigation with ease. Sebastian Moore is the head of intellectual property and has extensive experience with such multi-jurisdictional disputes. Splitting his time between London and Milan, Moore has deep knowledge of the European patent landscape which he leverages to secure the best, most commercially viable strategies for his clients. Moore is a life science specialist and represented Gilead in a suit against ViiV that was settled amicably in February 2022. He is also coordinating a multi-jurisdictional defensive strategy for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, a Takeda group company. The smart, strategic and commercially savvy Sophie Rich is also a recognised market leader in the arena of big-ticket pharmaceutical litigation. She advises one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies, alongside Jonathan Turnbull, in a multi-jurisdictional suit. Turnbull focuses his practice on comprehensive commercial IP strategy for pharmaceutical companies, taking in both cross-border litigation and advice on complex commercial transactions and collaboration agreements. He joined forces with Moore for Foundation Medicine, a Roche subsidiary. The work involved coordinating infringement litigation and EPO oppositions against a competitor’s IP rights. On the non-contentious side, he frequently collaborates with Andrew Wells, such as for General Mills in the sale of its European dough business to Cérélia, a global leader in ready-to-bake dough solutions. Wells became a partner in May 2022, bringing significant expertise in handling both contentious and non-contentious matters. He is increasingly developing a practice oriented towards low-carbon energy solutions. On the high-tech and FRAND side the name to know is Andrew Moir. A technically astute mind, Moir has deep expertise in the semiconductor litigation space and also a strong legal grounding in tech transfer and licensing issues. He advised Sky UK Limited against claims of patent infringement related to advertising data collection.