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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 120 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.

Bayer

Bayer

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

Huawei

Huawei

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 & insights

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Publications: 14 March 2022

Podcast: Strategies when litigating divisional patents

Why are divisional patent applications important to consider when litigating a parent patent?

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Publications: 12 January 2022

Why software deals are proving irresistible to a diverse range of investors

Software-focused transactions, involving an increasingly diverse range of participants, are now dominating the technology M&A market.

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Publications: 12 January 2022

What are technology investors doing to retain and incentivise key personnel in their acquisitions?

With many technology companies using transactions to acquire talented people, as well as products and services, it is no surprise that employment issues are at the top of their due diligence agendas.

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Publications: 24 May 2021

Key provisions of the Draft AI Regulation

On 21 April 2021, the European Commission published its proposal for the Artificial Intelligence Regulation (the Draft AI Regulation).

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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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