Sarah TaylorMA


Solicitor (UK)

Offices: London (UK)

Languages spoken: English


Telephone (Direct): +44 20 7420 0163

Telephone (Office): +44 20 7420 0250

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Sarah Taylor

Sarah is an experienced intellectual property lawyer and a key member of the commercial practice team.  She primarily advises on issues relating to the commercialisation and enforcement of intellectual property rights.  She regularly advises clients across a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on the biotechnology, pharma and chemicals sectors.
Sarah advises clients on the development and exploitation of intellectual property rights.  In particular, she has coordinated multi-jurisdictional commercial transactions which have involved the securitisations of patent royalty streams, most recently in relation to pharmaceutical patents.
Sarah also advises clients on the ownership and transfer of intellectual property rights in the context of company restructurings.  This includes advising on the transfer of national and international intellectual property rights within and outside company groups, undertaking due diligence to unravel complex document trails, perfecting ownership of title issues and correcting deficiencies in local intellectual property registers.
Sarah’s considerable experience and technical expertise enable her to analyse complex transactions and agreements relating to intellectual property rights and advise clients on their freedom to operate in relation to a particular product or process.  She is able to advise on the appropriate commercial terms to reduce risk and maximise freedom to operate. 
Sarah has also advised clients in relation to distribution agreements, licensing and other general commercial agreements.   
On the contentious side, Sarah has worked on both domestic and multi-jurisdictional patent infringement and validity proceedings, and has acted in a co-ordinating role in large teams of European intellectual property specialists for US-based clients.
Sarah graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2001 with a first class honours degree in Natural Sciences (Physiology). She was awarded the Riches Prize for Physiology and made an Honorary Scholar of Clare College. Sarah qualified as a Solicitor at a major international law firm in 2006, during which time she was seconded to the in-house team at a major cosmetics company. Sarah joined Marks & Clerk in January 2007.

Educational Qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Bristol University (2008)

Qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales (2006)

Legal Practice Course (2004)

Postgraduate Diploma in Law (2003)

MA (Hons) Natural Sciences, Cambridge University (2001)

Example Cases

Pfizer v GSK

Rovi v Virgin Media / Tivo 

MedImmune v Novartis

Daiichi Sankyo v Comptroller

Kelly & Chiu v GE Healthcare Ltd

Affymetrix v Illumina

Aontec v Smartrac

Canford Audio Plc v AV Niche (Recording Systems) Ltd

Sarah Taylor works in the following sectors

Medical devices

Complexities of UK Patent Law

POSTED 18 October 2017

Approaches to disclosure

UK Patents Court considers correct approach to disclosure in relation to obviousness in Positec v Husqvarna

POSTED 31 May 2016

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