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Michael Tappin QC

 


Year of call: 1991
Year of silk: 2009

Michael Tappin QC is probably best known for his work on many of the leading patent cases of the last decade. Chambers & Partners 2016 says that he is “Widely acclaimed as one of the leading silks for biotech and pharmaceuticals patent cases, although he is also a powerful performer in telecoms disputes. He is noted for his sparkling intelligence, capacity for hard work and the collegiate approach he takes to working with instructing solicitors.” However, he has experience across the range of IP and has a strong track record in trade mark cases, having been involved in a series of references to the Court of Justice of the European Union. He has also conducted two trials in the High Court of Ireland and was responsible for handling the clinical evidence at a major international arbitration in The Hague. In recent years, he has been described in Chambers & Partners as being “a highly effective and persuasive advocate with a no-nonsense but user-friendly attitude”, “a very clear and effective advocate, who is calm, thoughtful and confident”, as having “great intellect, exceptional advocacy skills and impressive paperwork” and as being “a thorough thinker, technically brilliant and a purveyor of sound advice”. It was also said that he “always does a first-class job: he runs cases in a calm, efficient manner and is fully engaged with the litigation process” and that he “offers a strong mix of technical brilliance and practical advice, and is equally outstanding on his feet and on paper”. Michael obtained a first class degree in chemistry and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Oxford and was called to the Bar in 1991. Between 2003 and 2008 he was Standing Counsel to the Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks and in 2008 he was named Chambers & Partners’ Intellectual Property Junior of the Year. Michael took silk in 2009. He is a co-author of the 4th edition of Laddie, Prescott and Vitoria’s Modern Law of Copyright and Designs, published in 2011.

Recent Activity

» Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Company Limted v Abbvie Biotechnology Limited and (1) Samsung Bioepsis uk Limited (2) Biogen Idec Limited v Abbvie Biotechnology Limited
» Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Co. Limited v Abbvie Biotechnology Limited and Abbvie Limited [2017] EWCA Civ 1
» Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Co. and Samsung Bioepis UK (2) Biogen IDEC -and- v AbbVie Biotechnology Ltd [2016] EWHC 3383 (Ch)
» Hospira UK LTD v Genentech INC [2016] EWCA Civ 1185
» Actavis and others v ICOS and Lilly [2016] EWHC 1955 (Pat)
» GlaxoSmithKline UK Limited-and-Wyeth Holdings LLC [2016] EWHC 1045 (CH)
» Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc v Kymab Ltd & Novo Nordisk A/S
» Hospira UK Limited v Genentech Inc [2015] EWHC 1796 (Pat)
» Hospira UK Ltd v Genentech Inc [2014] EWHC 3857 (Pat)
» HTC Corporation v Gemalto SA [2014] EWCA Civ 1335 (22 October 2014)
» Eli Lilly v Human Genome Sciences [2014] EWHC 2404
» Hospira v Genentech [2014] EWHC 1094 (Pat)

What the Directories Say

" He is the complete package. He gets all over the detail and is really accessible." "His advocacy style is fantastic. It strikes the balance between confident and friendly, and judges respond well to the delivery"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

"An excellent advocate with super-effective court skills"
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2016

"A formidable life sciences expert whose scientific skills win cases"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

"Always prepared to roll his sleeves up and get stuck into a case"
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2015

"He offers a strong mix of technical brilliance and practical advice, and is equally outstanding on his feet and on paper" " A very clear and effective advocate, who is calm and thoughtful"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

"A highly effective and persuasive advocate with a no-nonsense but user-friendly attitude."
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2014

 "A very clear and effective advocate"
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2014

 

  • What the Directories Say
  • " He is the complete package. He gets all over the detail and is really accessible." "His advocacy style is fantastic. It strikes the balance between confident and friendly, and judges respond well to the delivery"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "An excellent advocate with super-effective court skills"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "A formidable life sciences expert whose scientific skills win cases"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "Always prepared to roll his sleeves up and get stuck into a case"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "He offers a strong mix of technical brilliance and practical advice, and is equally outstanding on his feet and on paper" " A very clear and effective advocate, who is calm and thoughtful"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "A highly effective and persuasive advocate with a no-nonsense but user-friendly attitude."
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2014

     "A very clear and effective advocate"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2014