Dominic Hoar | London | Hogan Lovells

Dominic Hoar

Counsel Intellectual Property, Media, and Technology



Hoar Dominic

Dominic Hoar
Hoar Dominic
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Dominic Hoar is a part of our global patent litigation team.  His focus is primarily on the telecoms and life sciences sectors, particularly where they have a multinational element.  His life sciences knowledge is supplemented by his PhD in molecular biology, and having been litigating telecoms patents since 2009 he has learnt something of the technologies in that field. 

Dominic has broad experience in the comparative advantages and disadvantages of litigation in the major patent jurisdictions and how those can be used to benefit clients asserting or defending patent litigation.  Dominic also advises clients on FRAND issues (together with Hogan Lovells' Competition Law practice), the international gathering of evidence, licensing, and ownership of inventions.  He is a Counsel in the group and a Solicitor Advocate, having gained his higher rights of audience in 2015. 

Dominic joined Hogan Lovells as a 'future joiner' in 2005 and trained with the firm, having gained his PhD in Molecular Biology from University College London. He is also a co-owner of Greywalls, a boutique hotel in Scotland adjacent to the Muirfields golf course. 

Representative experience

Acting for Merck Sharp & Dohme in its litigation with Royalty Pharma, and in relation to other disputes, around Januvia and Janumet.

Acting for HTC in its patent litigations with Philips, Nokia, IPCom, Yozmot and Fractus.

Acting for Olaplex in its litigation with L'Oreal and in other potential disputes.

Acting for Vodafone in strands of actual and threatened IP-related litigation.

Advising telecoms clients on FRAND & SEP licensing and litigation risk.

Acting for Eli Lilly in international evidence gathering proceedings.

Acting for mobile phone maker ZTE in its multi-jurisdictional patent litigation with Ericsson in relation to patents declared essential to various mobile telecoms standards. 


  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, University of Oxford, 2010
  • Law conversion, BPP University Law School, 2007
  • Ph.D. Molecular Biology, University College London, 2005
  • BSc (Hons), University of Edinburgh, 2002
  • IPSoc


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