I am a former partner, now Of Counsel, in the Bird & Bird Intellectual Property Group, specialising in patent and technology-related litigation, arbitration and related advisory work.
Having a BSc degree in physics, my practice tends to focus on patents and technology issues in the high tech, electronics and telecommunications sectors. Many of my cases involve cross-border aspects, liaising with lawyers from other jurisdictions, and working with clients to develop and implement suitable litigation, arbitration or other dispute resolution strategies across multiple jurisdictions.
In recent years, much of my work has focused on the telecommunications field, including standardised technology relating to cellular communications (2G, 3G, 4G, 5G) and to video coding (H.264, H.265), and a variety of non-standardised technologies. Outside mobile telecommunications, I have enjoyed working in a wide range of technology areas including for example car park construction, aircraft navigation and cosmetic displays.
Examples of my cases before the English High Court include: Agilent v. Waters (HPLC pump patent), Intel v. VIA (chipset technology), Intel v. VIA (CPU technology), Storage Computer Corp v. Hitachi (RAID storage systems), Nokia v. InterDigital (actions relating to GSM and UMTS technology and the ETSI GSM and UMTS Standards), Nokia v. IPCom (GSM and UMTS technology), Nokia v. HTC (modulator structure) and Nokia v. Apple. Many of these cases involved parallel proceedings in other countries, and regular communication and co-ordination with colleagues (from Bird & Bird and also other firms) to implement the overall litigation strategy and adapt it as needed in light of developments in each jurisdiction.
In the arbitration arena, my arbitration work has included acting in two high-value arbitrations, both relating to the valuation of licences to large portfolios of standard essential patents.
Advisory work includes general advice on patenting and patent prosecution strategy, as well as more specific advice on particular inventions, patents and patent portfolios.