Richard has a proven and highly successful record of global patent litigation strategy.
Richard is a partner in our Intellectual Property Practice, based in London.
Although he specialises in multijurisdictional electronics patent litigation, Richard has been involved in a wide range of litigation and arbitration matters, from competition law to commercial disputes, as well as managing brand protection, trade marks, designs and copyright issues.
Richard has been active in the formation of the UPC. He has participated in the rules drafting sessions, submitting requests for changes. He has chaired three conferences in the Netherlands attended by judges, the preparatory committee and by Dr Margot Frohlinger, Principal Director Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs at the European Patent Office. He acted as presiding judge in a mock trial under the UPC organised by the French committee. He has been asked to advise politicians on the UK’s participation including Kenneth Clark (then Minister for Justice), Baroness Neville Rolfe, and the Prime Minister. He was invited to give a presentation to the UKIPO on the UK’s involvement. He also advised the Polish IP office and the Finnish government on whether or not to join the Agreement.
Before joining us in 2016, Richard was the Head of Litigation at Nokia where he managed the Samsung Nokia portfolio arbitration, the first big arbitration of this type.
Richard sits part time as a District Judge in London and the South East, and in Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC – formerly Patents County Court). This gives Richard intensive training on the civil procedure rules and a unique insight into how arguments come across to the bench. The IPEC work has given him an insight into the workings of that court and he has got to know the other district judges.