Martin Binnes

Partner at Luthi+Webb
Ranked in Israel
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Established after the 2018 merger of boutique litigation firm Luthi+Co and the prosecution-focused Webb+Co, Luthi+Webb uses the combined excellence to shine on both the contentious and non-contentious fronts. The outfit’s contentious branch leverages almost 40 years of experience and a slew of highly qualified experts from diverse academic backgrounds to excel in complex litigation cases, not only domestically but also in the United Kingdom, United States, Europe, Australia and Brazil. One of the country’s pre-eminent litigators, founder Richard Luthi has been involved in several landmark cases during his many years in the business. His recent professional highlights include representing Gilead Sciences against generic company Teva, and Takeda and Johnson & Johnson against the same. Working alongside Luthi is often Martin Binnes who, with almost 20 years of pharmaceutical research experience under his belt, brings a deep knowledge and astute insights to any pharma case. Meanwhile, scientifically minded Daniel Lerner excels in litigation across numerous sectors. On the prosecution front, doctor of immunology Cynthia Webb is an acclaimed scholar who, over the course of her academic career, has worked alongside a Nobel Prize Laureate and at Teva Pharmaceuticals, and been an expert consultant for the World Health Organization. She founded Webb+Co in 2000 and has been handling science-heavy non-contentious work ever since.

Martin Binnes's Profile

Martin Binnes received his degree in pharmacy from the University of Bradford, England, in 1984, and worked for a year as a formulation scientist in Beecham. He then immigrated to Israel and worked in research and development and drug registration in the pharmaceutical industry for almost two decades before moving to Intellectual Property law at Luthi+Co. During this period, he obtained an LLB from Tel Aviv University and an LLM (magna cum laude) from the Free University of Brussels. His master’s thesis in international law dealt with new forms of intellectual property for pharmaceuticals.

Mr Binnes joined the firm in 2006 and specialises in complex pharmaceutical patent cases, where clients have found his outstanding scientific fundamentals and industry experience, as well as his practical perspective, to be valuable assets. His expertise in many scientific fields, particularly those pertaining to the pharmaceutical industry, has helped in raising even higher the firm’s outstanding ability to address even the most complicated scientific and technological issues involved in patent cases.

Over the past few years, he has been involved in most of the firm’s most complicated patent cases, including the cases for Takeda, Gilead, Novartis, Merck Serono, GSK, Merck, Johnson & Johnson and many more.

Firm Profile

Luthi+Webb is an IP group established in 2018 that offers both litigation and prosecution services. The group consists of two of the major firms in the IP field in Israel – Luthi+Co and Webb+Co.

IP litigation – Luthi+Co

Luthi+Co is a boutique law firm, established in 1986 by Richard Luthi, which specialises in IP litigation. While the firm’s expertise encompasses all areas of IP litigation, including patents, designs, copyright, trademarks, passing off and trade secrets, it is particularly renowned – both in Israel and abroad – for its patent litigation practice. The litigation group is headed by Mr Luthi, considered by many to be Israel’s leading patent litigator.

With over 30 years of experience, Luthi+Co has been involved in many of the most important IP cases in Israel and has been instrumental in establishing Israeli IP jurisprudence.

Luthi+Co has extensive experience in handling complex cases in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, aerospace, communications, high-tech, consumer product manufacturers and many more. Its expertise in handling complex IP cases also benefits from the fact that, in addition to law degrees, many members of our team also hold scientific degrees in pharmaceutics, biology, physics, etc, as well as advanced business degrees.

Luthi+Co is also well known outside Israel and is frequently retained to assist and advise clients on patent litigation matters abroad, for example in the United States, United Kingdom, European (for representation before the EPO), Australia Canada and Brazil. There are only a few firms globally that offer such a service and certainly no other in Israel.

Recently, the firm also started offering US trademark prosecution directly as one of our senior associates is a licensed member of the California State Bar.

Our firm also handles complex commercial IP transactions for various clients and offers practical advice on designing and implementing strategies for leveraging IP assets, such as licensing agreements, joint ventures, and franchising, as part of our services in managing and utilizing Intellectual Property.

IP prosecution – Webb+Co

The other arm of the group, Webb+Co, is a top boutique firm of patent attorneys headed by Cynthia Webb. For many years, Webb+Co has been considered as one of Israel’s leading patent attorney firms in the fields of life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, providing professional, quality services to its clients, in particular to pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies, as well as universities and major research institutions. Webb+Co is also highly regarded for patentability analyses and freedom-to-operate opinions in those fields.

Webb+Co employs a superb team of highly qualified patent attorneys, most of whom hold PhDs from leading academic institutions.

The group – Luthi+Webb

Together, the firms are able to offer both litigation and prosecution services of the highest quality, with over 40 IP practitioners and professionals combined. It is one of the biggest IP groups in Israel and a game-changer in the Israeli market.

Among our clients are many major multinational and domestic companies such as Gilead, Takeda, Johnson & Johnson, Biogen, Bayer, Hasbro, Albemarle, Bank Leumi, Strauss Group, Israeli Ministry of Defence, Israel Aerospace Industries, Mapi Pharma, Yissum, Yeda, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Centre, Core Dynamics, Goji Israel and many more. The group also frequently represents start-up companies and individual inventors.

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