UPC Taskforce

Linklaters has created a dedicated cross-border taskforce of patent litigation specialists.

UPC Taskforce

To better assist our clients in UPC cases, Linklaters has created a dedicated cross-border taskforce of patent litigation specialists who can assist businesses in anticipating and responding to those evolving legal issues.

This taskforce carries out internal training and is at the forefront of evolving legislation to ensure all our lawyers are ready for future Unitary Patent Court cases and are capable of providing you with the best expertise and advice.

We are active members of professional associations (e.g International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), and the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW)) who are heavily involved in the project for the establishment of the UPC courts and notably the rules of procedure.

As a result, Linklaters is strategically prepared in advance of the UPC’s launch to be best placed to advise clients.


One firm

It doesn’t matter which office you call, we work as one team. To ensure a consistent level of quality across the firm, Linklaters partners are not remunerated by origination. This guarantees flexibility, an incentive for our lawyers to work as a united team, and no intra-firm competition between offices.

Pauline Debré

Pauline Debré

Partner, Paris

Tel: +33 1 56 43 57 96
Email: pauline.debre@linklaters.com

Specialist in Intellectual Property, especially patent litigation, Pauline is heading the Intellectual Property and Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice of Linklaters in Paris. Pauline has considerable experience in coordinating pan-European matters and has been involved in national and cross border patent litigations, notably in the healthcare and telecommunications sectors. Pauline is co-Head of the Patent Commission of the French group of AIPPI. She is listed in Chambers as individual in Band 2 (Chambers Global 2016), as “a rising star” by Managing IP in 2016 and as being among the “Best lawyers” in IP in France in 2017. She is also quoted in the Who’s Who Legal Patent 2014 and 2015 as being among the world’s leading patent lawyers.

“Linklaters’ Pauline Debré heads the office’s IP/TMT practice and has garnered praise for her “phenomenal” work. Her practice focuses on national and cross-border patent litigation in the life sciences and telecommunications industries.”

Who’s Who Legal 2015, Intellectual property, France

Nigel Jones

Nigel Jones

Partner, London

Tel: +44 20 7456 5804
Email: nigel.jones@linklaters.com

Nigel has over 30 years’ experience of helping clients in the pharma sector to resolve complex, cross-border patent disputes, including many involving biologics. For example, during the 1990s, he helped J&J co-ordinate disputes of this nature in relation to their rights as licensee under licences from Chiron (for HCV) and Amgen (for erythropoietin); and in recent years, has represented J&J in cross-border disputes relating to patents for four monoclonal antibody-based therapeutics, namely Simponi®, Remicade®, solanezumab and Stelara®. Other pharmaceutical companies he has represented in pharmaceutical patent disputes include Shire, 3M and American Home Products (as it then was).

“Nigel Jones is an experienced and effective patent litigator in the life sciences field, and is also sought after for advice on IP-focused corporate deals. Sources say he is ‘very thoughtful’ and ‘comfortable with very complex biotechnology.”

Chambers UK 2016, Life Sciences

Ian Karet

Ian Karet

Partner, London

Tel: +44 20 7456 5800
Email: ian.karet@linklaters.com

Ian has over 25 years’ experience of patent disputes, with a particular emphasis on pharmaceuticals, chemicals and IT. Ian is a qualified High Court advocate, arbitrator and mediator and writes and speaks on IP issues. Ian is individually listed in Chambers in Band 2 (Chambers Global 2016).

"Ian Karet is a patent litigator who also advises on complex, IP-focused corporate deals. One client notes he is ‘very bright and an effective team leader,’ adding: ‘He's very concise, measured and is always closely involved in the development of a matter.’"

Chambers UK 2016, Intellectual Property: UK

Yohan Liyanage

Yohan Liyanage

Partner, London

Tel: +44 20 7456 4623
Email: yohan.liyanage@linklaters.com

Yohan is a Partner in the Intellectual Property group in London. He has extensive experience in UK patent litigation, particularly in relation to life sciences. He has advised clients in proceedings in the UK Patents Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords (now the UK Supreme Court) and has considerable expertise in co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional proceedings.

Yohan has presented at various conferences relating to patent litigation and FRAND issues, including the IBC Standards and Patents conference.

Carlos Pinto Correia

Carlos Pinto Correia

Partner, Lisbon

Tel: +351 21 864 00 15
Email: carlos.correia@linklaters.com

Carlos is Partner and leads the IP, Competition and Antitrust group in Lisbon, having advised a number of international clients in extremely complex cases. The practice has focused particularly in very specialized areas like patent infringement litigation, IP rights nullity actions and also in damage claims for IP infringement.

His selected experience includes advising FIFA and UEFA (the international and European football associations, respectively) on the protection of their IP rights in Portugal and Portucel (now The Navigator Company), the biggest paper and pulp producer in Portugal and an important player in Europe, on its negotiations with Hewlett Packard on the licensing of the Colorlock patent and trade mark.


“Linklaters LLP routinely acts for Pfizer in patent infringement cases, and is advising FIFA and UEFA on IP rights protection. The team is led by Carlos Pinto Correia and has niche expertise in sport events.”

Legal 500 2016, Intellectual Property: Portugal

Julia Schönbohm

Julia Schönbohm

Partner, Frankfurt

Tel: +49 69 71003 138
Email: julia.schoenbohm@linklaters.com

Julia Schönbohm is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice group based in Frankfurt. She specializes in the enforcement of intellectual property rights and the defence against allegations of infringement. Her practice covers all areas of intellectual property law with a focus on advising on, running and co-ordinating cross-border patent litigation matters. Julia’s clients are mainly from the life sciences, chemical, electronics and semiconductor industry.

Julia ranks among Germany’s best intellectual property lawyers (Handelsblatt Best Lawyers 2015) and is one of the “Top 250 Women in IP” for 2016/17. She was part of the JUVE “40 below 40”, a list of outstanding legal professionals in Germany (among them 20 lawyers).


“Her age belies her experience. She really goes the extra mile for clients and can be recommended in a heartbeat.”

IAM Patent 1000 2014, Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation

Pieter Van Den Broecke

Pieter Van Den Broecke

Partner, Brussels

Tel: +32 25 01 90 20
Email: pieter.van_den_broecke@linklaters.com

Pieter heads the Intellectual Property practice in Belgium and specialises in IP and technology related matters. He has gained experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters involving IP, with a particular focus on patents, trademarks, copyrights and IP-related aspects of corporate/finance work. He advises mainly in the Food&Beverages, FMCG, Healthcare and Financial sectors.  He is co-leader of the Linklaters’ global Consumer Sector.

“Linklaters knows how to put the IP icing on the cake in the context of blockbuster deals – but that’s not all it knows. It represents clients on a broad range of IP matters and has recently handled copyright actions for Amazon.com, provided strategic advice to Belgian listed retailer Delhaize and advised Beiersdorf on issues at the intersection of competition law and intellectual property. Pieter Van Den Broecke is involved in all these goings-on and more. The young partner captains the side and takes the lead on the group’s most important contentious and commercialisation projects.”

IAM Patent 1000, Belgium 2016