Currently working as a consultant on patent law, Lorna joined the Intellectual Property Disputes group in Osborne Clarke’s London office in 2013 to head up the IP litigation practice, following 12 years as a partner at Bird & Bird.
She graduated in geophysics from the University of Edinburgh summa cum laude and went on to research in geomagnetism at Cambridge. Having switched to a career in law, she obtained an LLM with Merit in corporate and commercial law from King’s College London and subsequently qualified as a solicitor-advocate in England and Wales.
Her work includes litigation in the English courts, oppositions and appeals at the European Patent Office and the management of parallel actions across Europe and beyond, as well as IP diligence reviews, freedom to operate opinions, international portfolio management and patent licensing. Lorna has worked with leading companies in fields from semiconductors, mobile telephony and computer architecture to DNA microarrays, multi-phase fluid dynamics, monoclonal antibodies and nanomaterials, and is engaging with the IP issues of emerging technologies such as cryptocurrencies and artificial intelligence.
Lorna regularly presents on current IP issues at national and international seminars and conferences. Her book Nanotechnology Law: Best Practices was published in 2012, and the second edition of her Intellectual Property Handbook was published in mid-2013. The third edition of her book on Electronic Signatures and Identities is now due.
During her time at Osborne Clarke, Lorna has advised clients including leading biosimilar manufacturer Celltrion Inc, global engineering firm Siemens, handset manufacturer Bullitt Mobile and many others.