TMT Team of the Year
The winner of this category must demonstrate market-leading commercial or regulatory expertise through advice on a specific, IP, technology or media case or transaction.
Successfully represented pharmaceuticals giant Lilly in its headline dispute with Actavis – the first time that the UK Supreme Court had dealt with infringement on foreign patents. The firm helped to overturn the previous High Court and Court of Appeal decisions, which now strengthens the protection for patentees in the UK courts and brings it in line with other key jurisdictions in Europe.
Gowling WLG - HIGHLY COMMENDED
Developing a novel approach to addressing competitors’ pending patents, the firm represented Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics
in shielding an antibody product similar to AbbVie’s Humira drug. The firm chose to protect the product by obtaining declaratory relief for Fujifilm, rather than by attacking a particular patent.
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
Advising HP on its $1.05bn acquisition of Samsung’s global printer business, involving the transfer of technology and related assets from local Samsung to local HP entities in 45 jurisdictions. The team used Kira for increased speed and accuracy for large-scale document review, reviewing some 3,000 commercial contracts in 22 languages.
Described as the ‘decision of the decade’ in its area, EIP successfully represented Unwired Planet International against Huawei Technologies in the Court of Appeal, achieving a landmark decision on the determination of a worldwide FRAND licence for a standard essential patent portfolio.
Harbottle & Lewis
Advising Wasted Talent on the purchase of Kerrang! magazine from Bauer Media, with the transaction complicated by Bauer retaining the publication’s radio operations. Harbottle created a structure that split the intellectual property between magazine and TV/radio, while developing a trade mark co-existence agreement.
Herbert Smith Freehills
Advising TSB, Banco de Sabadell and Sabadell Information Systems on the development of a bespoke digital platform as part of TSB’s separation from Lloyds Banking Group and integration with Sabadell. The firm had to address the regulatory environment and construct a contractual framework that balanced risk, cost and control between all parties.