Ian is an intellectual property lawyer who advises clients on the full range of IP rights with a particular interest in contentious patent matters, including EPO opposition work, and management of exclusivity in the pharmaceutical sector.
Ian has worked on many biotechnology and pharmaceutical disputes, usually involving multi-jurisdictional issues, as well as cases in the TMT and mechanical fields. He frequently works with lawyers from around the world, often with a co-ordinating role for international disputes. As well as specialising in the legal/technical aspects of biotechnology/pharmaceutical patent cases, Ian has experience of Supplementary Protection Certificate validity issues and financial relief in the pharmaceutical sector (Servier v Apotex and GSK v Wyeth). He is also interested in the overlap and interaction between regulatory exclusivities and IP in the pharmaceutical sector.
Ian sits on the UK Bioindustry Association’s IP advisory committee. He also has direct experience in the pharmaceutical industry having worked on secondment in the UK legal department of a large pharmaceutical company and as a research scientist at another major pharmaceutical company.
Having obtained a PhD in Biochemistry, Ian switched to intellectual property law, training as a solicitor at another leading IP firm. He joined Marks & Clerk Law in February 2010. Ian’s interests include mountain biking, hill walking and ultimate Frisbee.
Ian takes a commercial, client-focussed approach to dispute resolution, working well with in-house legal and technical teams and has been recognised as a rising star by Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, since 2018.
MedImmune v Novartis
Hospira v Genentech
Eugen Seitz v KHS Corpoplast / Norgren
Rovi v Virgin Media / Tivo
GSK v Wyeth
Ares Trading v Abbvie
Takeda v Roche
Pfizer v Roche
MSD v Wyeth and MSD v Pfizer
Higher Rights of Audience (Civil Proceedings) (2017)
Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Oxford University (2011)
Qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales (2009)
Diploma in Law (2006) and Legal Practice Course (2007), University of the West of England
PhD in Biochemistry, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge (2005)
BSc Biochemistry with Industrial Experience, Manchester University (2001)