William CookMA

Senior Counsel

Solicitor (UK)

Offices: London (UK)

Languages spoken: English

Email: wcook@marks-clerk.com

Telephone (Direct): +44 20 7420 0250

Telephone (Office): +44 20 7420 0250

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William Cook

Will is an intellectual property lawyer with a focus on the litigation and licensing of patents.

He advises major corporations and other entities in the TMT, Life Sciences and other technology sectors.  He has litigated patents covering telecoms, electronics, semiconductors, software, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery mechanisms, biotechnology and mechanical engineering.

Will handles litigation in the Patents Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and Court of Appeal, as well as various arbitration procedures. His high-profile cases in recent years include the Rovi (TiVo) v Virgin Media patent litigation regarding electronic program guides (EPGs), network communications and internet applications, and his other work for TMT clients relates to software, gaming, memory devices, mobile phones, mobile web browsers, PVR/STBs, interactive television and user interfaces.  His work for pharmaceutical companies ranges from preliminary injunction analysis to full trial on infringement and validity issues. He advises clients regarding standards essential patents, SSOs and FRAND issues and has led a major arbitration recently over “reasonableness” of major telecoms patent licence fees.

He regularly advises clients in multi-jurisdictional disputes with parallel proceedings in the USA and/or the key other European jurisdictions, as well as non-contentious aspects of IP.

Chambers & Partners has described Will as “highly sought after for his knowledge of the law surrounding standard-essential patents”, and he has been hailed by the Legal 500 as “outstanding”. Will has been listed as a recommended Global Leader for patents in WWL and listed a ‘Patent Star’ by Managing Intellectual Property, which has described him as “a very thoughtful litigator” who is “strong on strategy and a worthy adversary”. He is also recommended by the IAM Patent 1000 guide.

He joined the firm as a partner in January 2010 following five years of partnership at a major City firm. Outside work, his interests include family life, triathlon, golf and tennis.
 

Educational Qualifications

Higher Rights of Audience (Civil Proceedings) (2003)

Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, Bristol University (1995)

Qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales (1994)

MA in Engineering, Cambridge University (BA 1987-1990)


Example Cases

Rovi v Virgin Media / Tivo
 
Gemstar-TV Guide v Virgin Media
 
Philips v Nintendo
 
SanDisk v Kingston
 
Eckoh v Semafone
 
Hynix Semiconductor v Rambus
 
Texas Instruments v Hyundai Electronics
 
Grimme v Scott
 
Buehler v FP Spomax
 
Ferag v Mueller Martini
 
Weatherford v BJ Oil Services
 
Bayer v Octopharma

Biogen v Medeva

GlaxoSmithKline v Wyeth
 
Pfizer v GlaxoSmithKline 

William Cook works in the following sectors

Manufacturing
Agriculture
Electronics
Automotive
Biotechnology
Chemical
Food
IT/Software
Mechanical Engineering
Medical devices
Pharmaceutical
Semiconductors
Telecommunications
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