Anna Duffus is an of counsel and former partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Bird & Bird. She specialises in contentious matters and her practice covers the full range of intellectual property rights including patents, trade marks, copyright, designs and confidential information.

Having a BSc degree in Physics, Anna has a particular interest in the electronics sector. Examples of her cases before the English High Court include: 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) and Nokia v. IPCom (GSM and UMTS technology).

Many of Anna’s cases have involved cross-border aspects, liaising with lawyers from other jurisdictions and advising on and managing litigation strategy in multiple jurisdictions.

Anna’s broader practice is diverse.  Reported cases include Fuller Smith & Turner v. David West (E.S.B. trade mark), Associated Newspapers v. Express Newspapers (proposed launch by the Express of “Evening Mail”), Sir Robert McAlpine v. Alfred McAlpine (Alfred McAlpine’s proposed rebranding to “McAlpine”) and Agilent v. Waters (HPLC pump patent).  She also handles internet-related disputes including domain name disputes. In addition, she has experience advising on intellectual property agreements and licences and, more generally, on strategies for protecting intellectual property rights.

Anna is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and sits on its Patents Committee. She is also a member of the Society for Computers and Law.  Although Anna is qualified and practises in England and Wales, she is also a qualified Scots lawyer. She practised in Scotland for two years post-qualification before moving to join Bird & Bird in London in 1998. 

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