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Mark Ridgway



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Mark Ridgway



Mark is an intellectual property litigator with over 20 years’ experience at Allen & Overy, advising on a wide range of cross-border, contentious matters. Mark has particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional patent disputes, as well as in patent licensing and trade secrets disputes, advising clients primarily from the life sciences, technology and financial services sectors.

Mark has a technical background (BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering), allowing him to take on the most complex cases whilst delivering strategic and commercial advice to clients. Mark is ranked as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 (Intellectual Property: Patents), as well as by other major directories. In the area of trade secrets, Mark is a member of the AIPPI Standing Committee on Trade Secrets and chairs the trade secrets sub-committee of a major UK industry association.

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2004


BEng, Electronics Engineering, The University of Nottingham, 2000

Diploma, Law, 2001

Diploma, 2002