Richard has a proven and highly successful record of global patent litigation strategy.

Richard is a partner in our Intellectual Property Practice and Tech and Comms sector Group, based in London.

Although he specialises in multijurisdictional electronics patent litigation, Richard has been involved in a wide range of international litigation and arbitration matters, from competition law to commercial  and tax disputes, as well as managing brand protection, trade marks, designs and copyright issues.

Richard has a particular focus on mobile telecommunications patent litigation and arbitration work.   He also has extensive experience of effectively dealing with IP on transactions and strategic IP advice.

Before joining us in 2016, Richard was the Vice President and Head of Litigation at Nokia, where he managed Nokia's global commercial litigation and was a member of Nokia's Legal & Compliance leadership team.  During his time at Nokia he managed cross border patent litigations between Nokia and KPN, IPCom, Apple, HTC, Blackberry and Viewsonic. He was heavily involved in the dispute with Qualcomm, having overall responsibility for the actions in China.   He also managed Nokia's ground-breaking arbitration on Standards Essential Patent valuations with Samsung.

Richard is a regular and well-regarded public speaker, particularly on issues such as cross-border patent litigation, the UPC and standard essential patents. He has been named twice in Managing IP's yearly list of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property and is regularly viewed as a corporate IP star by MIP.  In 2013 he was awarded 'In-House Counsel of the Year' by the Lawyer.

He sits part time as a District Judge in London and the South East, and in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

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  1. Sources describe Richard Vary as “a leading individual” who “really knows what his clients want thanks to his extensive experience in-house”. One respondent notes: “Richard understands the global strategy of patent assertion in the wireless telecoms sector better than almost anyone else in the industry.”

    Who's Who Legal 2018