International law firm Osborne Clarke has grown its IP disputes team with the strategic hire of Luke Maunder, a specialist in IP disputes in the technology, media and communications (TMC) sector, with an emphasis on high-tech patent litigation. Luke joins Osborne Clarke as an Associate Director, having spent more than eight years with Bristows.
Luke brings extensive multi-jurisdictional patent disputes experience, in addition to litigation expertise at all levels of the UK courts including the UK Supreme Court. Many of his cases involve standard essential patents and FRAND terms, as well as complex jurisdiction and other procedural issues. Luke is one of a few Solicitor-Advocates specialising in IP with rights of audience before the senior civil courts (including the High Court and the Court of Appeal).
Luke holds a BSc degree in Computer Science and is a Member of the British Computer Society, providing him with insight and knowledge of multiple technical fields, including computing, AI, telecommunications and consumer electronics. He is also the secretary of the IPEC Users’ Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys kitting out his house with the latest tech and gaming.
"Osborne Clarke's IP disputes team is known for its tech-sector experts who advise high-profile clients on cutting edge legal matters. I look forward to bringing my skills and experience to Osborne Clarke's clients, to learning about the latest innovative technologies and to working on the new legal challenges that those present with its international IP team." said Luke.
Osborne Clarke continues to invest in its bench strength as aligned to the firm's three dimensional strategy, focusing on providing outstanding legal expertise, sector understanding and insight on the key technologies, transformations and trends that are shaping business today and in the future.
Arty Rajendra, Partner and head of UK IP disputes at Osborne Clarke said: "Our IP Disputes team has grown substantially in the last six years with the addition of four Partners and impressive revenue growth. Luke is a key strategic hire following increased demand for tech patent expertise from our clients, particularly those operating in the TMC and digital health sectors. Luke's technical background and experience is a valuable addition for us, from which our clients will benefit."
The firm's IP disputes team is currently advising on several high profile cases, including acting for Optis in its standard essential patent and FRAND litigation case against Apple, and acting for leading international biopharmaceutical companies in several patent disputes before the UK Court and UPC.
Osborne Clarke's IP disputes team is part of its broader Disputes & Risk Practice Group, which continues to deliver fantastic revenue growth. Building on the double digit growth in preceding years, the practice group grew 24% in FY 22/23, and accounted for 26% of the firm's UK revenue.