About Me

My practice is focused on litigating patents especially patents protecting pharmaceutical products in the UK as well as advising on and co-ordinating European patent litigation strategies more broadly.

I joined the London office of Bird & Bird in 1986 and became a partner in the Intellectual Property Group ten years later in 1996. I offer expertise in UK patent actions and the co-ordination of cross border patent litigation, in particular in the area of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. My practice also encompasses regulatory data exclusivity and supplementary protection certificates.

I speak at IP conferences and contribute to leading IP journals on aspects of IP law and litigation. I am also the editor of International Intellectual Property Litigation, published by Butterworths.
  • I have recently run a pharmaceutical (MAb) patent case through to a successful first instance decision and a medical device case through to a successful settlement immediately before trial.
  • All reported (first and/or second instance):
  • Takeda v Roche (MAb)
  • Rhodia v Molycorp (Cerium oxide catalyst)
  • Synthon v Teva (GA process)
  • Novartis v Teva (Rivastigmine)
  • Generics v Teva (GA)
  • Teva v Merck (Timolol/Dorzolamide combination)
  • Actavis v Novartis (Fluvastatin)
  • Actavis v Merck (Finasteride)
  • Abbot v APS (Clarithromycin)
  • Lundbeck v Niche (Citalopram)
  • Teva v Merck (Simvastatin)
  • Teva v Merck (Alendronate)
  • Agilent v Waters (HPLC pump)
  • Hesco v Maccaferri (Gabion)
  • Stephenson v Du Pont (Kevlar composite)
  • UCC v BP (Fluid bed)
  • HCC v BP (Acetyl purification)
  • ICI v Montedison (Polymer composite)
  • PLG v Ardon (Plastic netting)


  • BSc Honours in Chemistry


  • Law Society of England & Wales in 1988
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'He is very strategic-minded and thought about not only winning the case but also what would be the best result for us.'

Chambers UK 2021

Neil​ Jenkins is "a standout practitioner" and "a leader in the field" who is "fantastic to work with" say sources. They add he is a "very bright lawyer" and "a really fine patent litigator".

Who's Who Legal 2019

'He's absolutely great with clients, he is very relaxed and professional, and he doesn't get fazed by a heavy workload.'

Chambers UK 2019

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