Charlie BalmeLLB


Solicitor (UK)

Offices: London (UK)

Languages spoken: English, Français (French)


Telephone (Direct): +44 20 7420 0264

Telephone (Office): +44 20 7420 0250

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Charlie Balme

Charlie is a Partner and patent litigator at Marks & Clerk Law who advises clients across a spectrum of fields encompassing biotechnology, medicinal devices, manufacturing, oil and gas, telecommunications, media and technology.

After playing a leading role in a number of complex and high profile disputes and with over 15 years’ experience, Charlie is recognised as a global leader in life sciences patent litigation. His lead role in the successful, multijurisdictional Chugai Pharmaceutical v UCB case before the UK courts particularly stands out.

His patent expertise is far reaching and he is well accustomed to handling multijurisdictional matters involving teams from across the world, often acting in a coordinating role for US and Japanese clients.  

Charlie’s experience extends to mediation, arbitration and commercial IP.  

Away from work, Charlie enjoys ski touring, hill walking and sailing with friends and family.

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Key Cases

Pfizer v Roche

Chugai v UCB

Fujifilm v AbbVie

Semafone v Eckoh

Hospira v Genentech

Regeneron/Bayer v Genentech


  • Life Sciences sector: Charlie has focused on biotechnology.
  • Telecommunications & electronics sector: Charlie has advised on a confidential LCIA arbitration in the telecoms field over FRAND patent licence fees for mobile telephony infrastructure and he has also advised clients on disputes relating to RFID and fire alarm systems in the electronics sector.
  • IP Transactions: On the commercial side, Charlie regularly advises on the negotiation, drafting and scope of commercial contracts dealing with the acquisition, sale and licensing of intellectual property rights, including co-ownership and co-development agreements. 
  • Brand Protection: Charlie also advises on matters including UK and European customs border detention procedures to combat the circulation of counterfeit products, copyright, confidentiality and online IP rights matters. 
  • He speaks fluent French.

Professional Highlights

Charlie is recognised as a Global Leader for Life Sciences Patent Litigation and Patents in Who’s Who Legal.

Charlie became a partner in 2014. 


Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, Bristol University (2005)

Qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales (2003)

LLB (Hons), University of Edinburgh (1998)

Charlie Balme works in the following sectors

Mechanical Engineering
Medical devices
Oil and Gas
Optical Technologies
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Marks & Clerk Solicitors recognised by Who’s Who for life sciences expertise

POSTED 11 May 2018

Arbitration and mediation

The press is often filled with stories of high-profile IP litigation, but it is rare to hear of alternative means of dispute resolution (ADR) such as arbitration or mediation.

POSTED 8 June 2016

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