Bristows to launch Dublin office with IP law focus

Bristows to launch Dublin office with IP law focus

UK law firm Bristows LLP is to open its second international office in Dublin in response to the establishment of the Unified Patent Court (UPC).

The London-headquartered firm, which was founded more than 180 years ago, previously established its first international office in Brussels in 2017 as part of its response to Brexit.

A spokesperson for Bristows told Irish Legal News that there was not yet a fixed opening date for the new office but work is well under way.

Commenting, Myles Jelf, joint head of patent litigation at Bristows, said: “Bristows has been very closely following and deeply engaged in the development of the UPC, a project that has been decades in the making.

“With our clients’ needs front of mind, we have been upskilling our team and scenario planning, including running a mock case process from pleadings, interim conference through to a final hearing. We had people appointed as judges and experts, so we’ve taken it very seriously for a long time.”

Steve Smith, Bristows’ joint managing partner, added: “With our dual EU qualified lawyers and outstanding patent litigation team, we are excited about working with our clients to support them in this new judicial process.”

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