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Life Sciences Patent litigator Tim Harris joins Osborne Clarke


Written on 30 November 2020

Osborne Clarke adds highly regarded patent litigation partner to its successful and rapidly growing IP Disputes Team.

An expert in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, Tim joins the firm’s London team from Bird & Bird.

Tim regularly advises clients on IP disputes, leading litigation in the UK and providing advice across a number of pan-European jurisdictions, often in tandem with the US and other countries. In the past two years Tim has acted in UK High Court patent cases involving pharmaceutical giants Takeda (against Roche) and Allergan (against Aspire and Accord).

In addition to life sciences work, Tim brings considerable experience litigating patents in fields including mechanical, electronic and telecommunication patents. He also provides non-contentious IP advice and support to corporate and commercial clients.

Tim will based in London working alongside Partners Arty Rajendra, Rob Guthrie, Clare Robinson, Tamara Quinn and its most recent Partner and patent litigator, Will James, who joined the firm from Marks & Clerk Law in 2019.

Leona Briggs, Partner and Head of Osborne Clarke’s Disputes & Risk Practice Group, said: “Our IP Disputes team has experienced phenomenal growth in the last four years. Will James has done a great job of building our life sciences patent disputes offering in a relatively short time frame, as part of our broader IP disputes practice. We’re thrilled to attract another high quality partner in Tim which brings additional bench-strength to our patent disputes practice, life sciences sector and clients.”

Tim said: “It’s great to join a growing and entrepreneurial team that is committed to building patent disputes and the broader life science sector. My practice complements Will’s closely and I look forward to working with him, Arty and the rest of the team to support clients in the UK and internationally.”

Osborne Clarke’s IP disputes team act for the world’s leading companies to protect and enforce their innovations and brands. The team, led by Arty Rajendra, were recently successful acting for Unwired Planet in the UK Supreme Court in its landmark Standard Essential Patent and FRAND case against Huawei.

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