About Me

I have real depth of experience with cross border IP strategies - for litigation and transactions - addressing the commercial goals of our clients.

I'm experienced in all forms of IP litigation and strategic advice, especially in an international cross border context. I have led the team in over 27 trials before the UK Patents High Court and the UK Patents County Court. I have also been the lead coordinator on well over 20 matters with patent litigation in two or more European countries. As well as IP litigation, I've been the advocate in a number of arbitrations concerning patents and contract law, provided freedom to operate advice and due diligence reports to companies in the life sciences, financial services, tech & comms and energy sectors as well as advising several companies on their patent and IP strategies in over 40 jurisdictions.

I have a Masters degree from Cambridge University in Physics, Mathematics and Law. I joined Bird & Bird's Intellectual Property Group in 1985 having originally trained as a barrister, and became a partner in 1989.
  • The Medicines Company: defending a claim brought by Silence Therapeutics GmbH for entitlement to an SPC for our client's RNAi product, inclisiran, should marketing authorisation be granted.
  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare: successfully acting for Fisher & Paykel Healthcare in High Court proceedings seeking revocation and a declaration of non-infringment in respect of three patents owned by ResMed for the design of CPAP masks for the treatment of sleep apnoea. Coordinating with our Bird & Bird colleagues in Germany to conduct related litigation on the same patents and with those handling the related EPO opposition proceedings as well as colleagues in a firm in the US conducting proceedings on equivalent patents there.
  • Electromagnetic Geoservices A/S: acting for Electromagnetic Geoservices in UK patent infringement proceedings where the Defendant, Petroleum Geoservices, put validity of the patent in issue which involved discussion of complex issues to do with electromagnetic subsea surveying.
  • Large European Life Sciences company: conducting ICC arbitration proceedings for large European life sciences company.
  • Global medical devices company: advising not only on patent litigation in a number of countries in Europe as well as the EPO but also advising on FTOs and general patent strategies.
  • Mentor -v- Hollister, Research Corporation's SPC, Reckitt & Coleman -v- Richardson Vicks, Cartonneries de Thulin -v- White Knight, Stolt Comex Seaway ats Coflexip, Freelift -v- Stannah, Synthon -v- SKB, Associated Newspapers -v- Express Newspapers, Sir Robert McAlpine -v- Alfred McAlpine, Allergan -v- Merz Pharma, Baxter Healthcare -v- Abbott Laboratories, European Central Bank -v- DSS, Edwards Lifesciences -v- Corevalve, Kuros Biosurgery AG -v- Baxter Healthcare, Edwards Lifesciences -v- Cook, Schlumberger Holdings Limited –v- Electromagnetic Geoservices AS, Danisco A/S -v- Novozymes A/S, Smith & Nephew Plc -v- Convatec Technologies Inc, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd -v- Air Canada, Velocys Inc v CompactGTL Ltd, Electromagnetic Geoservices AS -v- Petroleum Geoservices, Sarepta -v- Biomarin, Silence -v- The Medicines Company et al, ResMed -v- Fisher & Paykel and Abbott -v- Dexcom.


  • University of Cambridge, MA (Hons), Physics, Mathematics and Law


  • Law Society of England & Wales in 1988
  • Law Society of the Republic of Ireland
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"Star practitioner" Morag Macdonald is recognised as "technically astute, knowledgeable on UK and German patent matters, and excellent at collaborating with in-house teams and colleagues in Bird & Bird's wider global litigation practice"

IAM Patent 1000 2020

Morag Macdonald has been named in the 'Top 250 Woman in IP' globally

Managing IP - IP Stars 2020

Recognised as Global Elite Leader in the Trade Mark Field

Who's Who Legal 2019

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