Patents & SPCs

8 New Square offers unrivalled experience in the conduct of all types of patent litigation in the UK and abroad. We cover all aspects of the law relating to patents and Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs), from Patent Office oppositions and entitlement disputes, to revocation and infringement actions in the Patents Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and all appellate courts, as well as references to the European Court of Justice. We are also used to working as part of a team of lawyers from different jurisdictions in the conduct of multi-national patent litigation. Several members have extensive experience of acting in the European Patent Office, particularly at the Boards of Appeal level.

We are able to offer technical and scientific expertise over a wide range of disciplines including cutting edge science and technology. Members of chambers have a vast array of practical experience in advising and conducting patent litigation in many fields, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas technology, electronics and telecommunications, engineering and consumer products.  Members of 8 New Square have appeared in the most significant patent cases of recent years including the recent landmark Supreme Court cases Actavis v Lilly [2017] UKSC 48 and Warner Lambert v Generics t/a Mylan [2018] UKSC 56, as well as in Actavis v ICOS.  

Members of chambers have impressive experience and expertise in disputes concerning SPCs and several recent cases in which members have acted have resulted in references to the European Court of Justice on important aspects of European law relating to SPCs, for example in Eli Lilly v HGS C-493/12 and Actavis v Sanofi C-443/12.