Pharmaceuticals

Our Pharmaceuticals team is one of the leading practices in the sector and our clients include some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.  We have developed strong relationships with our clients and an in-depth knowledge of our clients’ products and intellectual property portfolios.  We often work directly with in-house counsel and scientists to identify, protect and defend valuable intellectual property rights in Europe and elsewhere. 

Technical Expertise

Our technical expertise is unparalleled.  Most of the members of our team have advanced academic degrees, including PhDs, and may have direct industry experience.  We draft, prosecute and defend cases directed to a range of different technologies, including new chemical entities, peptide and antibody therapeutics, gene therapy, vaccines, stem cell technology, pharmaceutical formulations, drug delivery systems, polymorphs, salts, new medical uses, dosage regimes, and process chemistry.  We handle cases in the clinical fields of oncology, neuroscience, immunology, inflammatory diseases, infectious diseases and many others.

Intellectual Property Expertise

Our Pharmaceuticals team has expertise in all areas of IP counseling, including patent drafting and prosecution; patent opposition and appeal proceedings; supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) and patent term extensions; patent and SPC litigation; regulatory issues; freedom to operate opinions; due diligence exercises; and transactional matters.  The firm is also experienced in handling trademark, copyright and design matters on behalf of clients in the pharmaceutical sector.

Notably, we have one of the leading opposition and appeal practices before the European Patent Office.  We have an impressive success rate and are frequently retained by pharmaceutical innovator companies to defend European patents directed to key pharmaceutical products.  Often, our work in Europe is in the context of international patent litigation and we are skilled in coordinating and working with litigators in Europe and other jurisdictions, including the US, Japan and Canada.

Examples of patent defences handled by our firm include defences of patents directed to the following products: adalimumab (Humira®), bortezomib (Velcade®), cabozantinib (Cabometyx®), desloratidine (Clarinex®), eculizumab (Soliris®), eliglustat (Cerdelga®), fosamprevanir (Telzir®), interferon beta (Avonex®), ixazomib (Ninlaro®), linaclotide (Constella®), lomitapide (Lojuxta®), recombinant factor VIII (Eloctate®), recombinant factor IX (Alprolix®), temozolomide (Temodar®), and trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla®).

Our team is also particularly experienced in SPCs and the associated regulatory protection afforded to medicinal products.  We retain some of the brightest and most creative minds in the business, and we devise innovative strategies which take account of the uncertainty surrounding SPC law and the interplay between SPCs and regulatory protection.  It is for these reasons that we are frequently approached by pharmaceutical companies to devise their SPC strategy and coordinate the filing of their SPC applications across Europe.  

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Our Pharmaceuticals team has one of the leading opposition and appeal practices before the European Patent Office.

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the team 

Peter Arch
Partner
Anthony Ball
Associate
Nadège Beynon
Technical Assistant
Olivia Creemer
Associate
Siobhan Durran
Associate
Alex Elder
Technical Assistant
Stephen Garner
Partner
Bethany Gibbs
Managing Associate
Lauren Gregory
Managing Associate
Philippa Griffin
Partner
Christopher Hamer
Partner
Ekaterina Langford
Associate
Lianne Leith
Associate
Martin MacLean
Partner
David Miller
Partner
Amy Nick
Technical Assistant
Monika Rai
Partner
Juliet Redhouse
Managing Associate
Toby Simpson
Partner
James Wilding
Partner