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Osborne Clarke strengthens its IP disputes team with patent litigator


Written on 15 April 2019

International legal practice Osborne Clarke bolsters its UK IP Disputes Team with new Partner Will James, a high-profile patent litigator who joins from Marks & Clerk Law.

Highly rated in the key legal and IP directories, Will’s particular expertise is in advising on high-value patent litigation. He also advises on strategic freedom to operate issues and commercial patent matters requiring technical due diligence.

In the biotech and pharma sectors, Will gives strategic advice on patent and product lifecycle issues, conducts offensive and defensive UK patent litigation in all UK Courts, and co-ordinates global and pan-European patent enforcement campaigns for international clients. He has experience of biosimilar and generic disputes, as well as originator versus originator cases.  In the electronics and TMT sectors Will has advised on patent disputes involving SEPs, GPS technology and various computer-implemented inventions.

Will is listed in the Legal 500 and IAM Patent 1000 rankings, is named as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property, and an expert by Who’s Who Legal, with peers describing him as someone who ‘genuinely cares about his clients‘ and who is ‘excellent at helping them get to grips with tough situations‘ and whose advice is ‘always commercial and highly relevant.’

Leona Briggs, Partner and Head of Osborne Clarke’s Disputes & Risk Practice Group, said:

“Our IP disputes team has experienced rapid growth in the last two years. As part of our expansion plans, we welcome Will James who brings his top quality experience in high-profile life sciences and tech patent litigation to the team.  Will’s energy and enthusiasm is aligned to our culture, style and ambitious plans for the future.”

With 24 international offices, Osborne Clarke’s IP team regularly work with global companies to devise the most effective pan-European and Asian IP strategies. Will’s appointment closely follows the promotion of German patent litigator, Dr. Johannes Graf Ballestrem, to Partner.

Will will be working closely with Arty Rajendra, Rob Guthrie, Clare Robinson, Mark Foreman in London and the rest of the international IP team.