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Mark Ridgway

Partner

London

Ridgway Mark
Mark Ridgway

Partner

London

Mark advises innovative clients on a range of cross-border contentious IP matters, applying his scientific background (BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering) and many years’ experience to a range of disputes involving technical subject matter. Mark has particular experience of patents and trade secrets litigation, advising clients from the life sciences sectors, technology and financial services sectors. He was recently listed as a “rising star” of the London litigation market by Legal Week.

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • An interested party (as supplier to the defendants) on the UK patent infringement action brought by Unwired Planet against Samsung, Huawei and Google.
  • Research In Motion (Blackberry) on several high profile, global patent disputes relating to mobile email, GSM, GPRS, 3G and WiFi technologies, including successful trials against Motorola Inc and Visto Corporation in the English Patents Court and Court of Appeal.
  • A leading mobile handset/smartphone manufacturer on the defence of patents assertion claims in relation to a portfolio of allegedly essential 2G, 3G and 4G telecoms patents. The case is the first in the UK to seek to follow the precedent of Unwired Planet v Huawei.
  • Novartis on a pan-European basis in planning and running Novartis litigation to invalidate MedImmune’s phage display patent and related SPCs across Europe and seek a declaration of non-infringement for Novartis monoclonal antibody product, Lucentis.
  • Leisuretech Electronics in patent infringement and revocation proceedings in the English Patents Court relating to HiFi sound distribution technology.
  • Research In Motion (Blackberry) on several high profile, global patent disputes relating to mobile email, GSM, GPRS, 3G and WiFi technologies, including successful trials against Motorola Inc and Visto Corporation in the English Patents Court and Court of Appeal. 

Experience highlights

Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2004

Academic

BEng, Electronics Engineering, The University of Nottingham, 2000

Diploma, Law, 2001

Diploma, 2002

Recognition

Published work

  • "Forum shopping in the UPC” Intellectual Property Magazine (December 2013)
  • “Thinning the thicket (or making a muddle?)” Patent World (August 2009)
  • “Managing IP Risks in Financial Institutions” Managing Intellectual Property (February 2007)
  • “Setting the Standard: Patent Realities for Standards-Heavy Industries” Patent World (January 2007)
  • “Invention Tension” The Lawyer (October 2006)

News & insights

Publications: 23 JANUARY 2020

Equity capital markets: navigating the challenges of 2020

2019 was a challenging year for equity capital markets. Proceeds from IPOs fell by over 25% in the UK, and by more than 30% across Europe. A number of political and economic factors, which contributed to pricing uncertainty and market volatility, undoubtedly contributed to this reduction in activity. 

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What brand owners should know about design rights in the UK

Publications: 21 JANUARY 2020

What is the biggest obstacle preventing brand owners from enforcing their design rights?

Brand owners and inventors tend to be up to speed on trademarks and patents which can lead to the design rights being left behind. Insufficient knowledge of the system and how it works is contributing to the lack of design filings and enforcement. Global Head of IP David Stone talks about the things that are in place to change this, including building an awareness of what design rights business owners have available to them.

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Publications: 23 FEBRUARY 2018

UK in a position to ratify the UPC Agreement

​With the passing by the Privy Council on 8 February 2018 of the Unified Patent Court (Privileges and Immunities) Order 2018 the UK has completed all of the necessary legislative steps to enable it to ratify the UPC Agreement.

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Publications: 25 JANUARY 2018

Same portfolio, different rates – how TCL v Ericsson compares with Unwired Planet v Huawei

On 21 December 2017 the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California released its judgment in TCL Communications v Ericsson[1] setting a Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) rate for Ericsson’s Standard Essential Patent (SEP) portfolio for licensing to Chinese handset manufacturer TCL Communications (TCL).

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