Focusing on intellectual property in our London office, Laura Whiting has extensive experience dealing with the key contentious and commercial IP matters concerning her clients, who come from diverse industries, including life sciences, biotech, medical devices, heavy industry, telecoms and computing, and counselling them on the risks and strengths of their IP portfolio. A solicitor Advocate, Laura focuses on patent litigation and other contentious IP disputes which frequently involve a cross-border angle, both within Europe and further afield. She has a real knack for getting to grips with the most difficult issues and translating them into sophisticated arguments, whether in the context of EPO or UK proceedings, or in coordinating UK proceedings with parallel actions in other European jurisdictions.
Laura frequently draws on her scientific skills to assist in handling technically complex cases: she read Chemistry at University College London (2001 MSci) and completed her MSci research in the laboratories of the Royal Institution. She has a particular focus on complex cases in the high tech space, and for innovative life science and biotech companies where she leverages real insight into the innovator pharmaceutical industry gained from time spent on secondment to a major global pharmaceutical company. Laura has also spent time seconded to Hogan Lovells' Dusseldorf office, and has first-hand experience of German trial procedure.
'[Hogan Lovells'] 'young, progressive and dynamic’ team represents some very high-profile technology and pharmaceutical clients'
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Areas of Focus
Pre-litigation portfolio review and product risk assessment in a variety of technical fields
Advising a patent investment firm on patent and regulatory aspects of various potential revenue stream acquisitions in the life sciences field
Representing HTC in patent litigation relating to standardised telecommunications technology against IPCom, including a jurisdictional challenge based on prior Italian proceeedings
Representing a major global manufacturer of touchscreen smartphones in a multi-national patent dispute with Nokia relating to computer and mobile phone technology
Representing MSD in a dispute with Shionogi over patents relating to anti-HIV therapy raltegravir.