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Intellectual Property

Our cross-border intellectual property team supports the world’s leading businesses to invest in and protect global intellectual property portfolios.

With over 160 specialist partners and associates worldwide, A&O offers an integrated, cross-border service to help clients dealing with the opportunities and threats brought by globalisation and technology.

Many of our IP lawyers come from science, technology or engineering backgrounds and have a deep understanding of the sectors in which our clients operate. This is combined with our leading antitrust, arbitration, employment and regulatory experience, and one of the largest international networks of any law firm. 

Our experience

James Bond

James Bond

on UK and EU trade mark work, including clearance, filing, prosecution and disputes.

A global pharmaceutical and healthcare company

A global pharmaceutical and healthcare company

in multi-jurisdictional patent revocation and infringement proceedings against Ceva Santé Animale. This is in relation to a global pharmaceutical and healthcare company's patent for a veterinary product for the treatment of coccidiosis and anaemia for farm animals, specifically piglets.

A multinational technology corporation

A multinational technology corporation

in relation to Conversant’s claim for a declaration that it has offered fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms in respect of its standard essential patent (SEP) portfolio.

Nexon

Nexon

on a worldwide IP enforcement campaign against infringers who offered and played infringing versions of Nexon’s games on free servers.

A global healthcare company

A global healthcare company

in a ground-breaking enforcement and defence of a dosage regime patent before Polish general courts in numerous litigation proceedings simultaneously.

Kharis Capital

Kharis Capital

on a master agreement by which Burger King grants Kharis Capital the exclusive right to introduce Burger King restaurants in Belgium and Luxembourg.

News and insights

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Publications: 10 January 2023

The key to unlocking a successful trade secrets strategy

Having the right procedures in place can avert breaches of sensitive information—and be crucial in case of emergencies.

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Publications: 09 December 2022

Digital assets will remain in demand – despite the crypto winter

Recent troubles in the crypto markets are unlikely to see deal-making curtailed. Instead, digital assets, Web3 and Metaverse targets will continue to be sought after as non-tech players look to open…

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Publications: 07 December 2022

IP rights in football: Avoiding an own-goal

As the 2022 World Cup final approaches, we explore the importance of IP rights in the beautiful game, as well as some potential "fouls" that clubs, footballers and even fans need to avoid. 

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Blog Post: 25 October 2022

Arbitration in Life Sciences Disputes: a View from New York

Life science companies are increasingly turning to international arbitration as a preferred dispute-resolution mechanism due to its confidentiality, comparative cost-effectiveness, and nearly…

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Partnerships

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IP Inclusive Charter


Allen & Overy has signed up to the IP Inclusive Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Charter, joining a growing number businesses in a collective effort to promote a more diverse and inclusive sector, and to equal opportunities for all who work in it.

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Recognition

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