IP partner Michael Burdon joins Simmons & Simmons

20 Mar 2017

Michael Burdon, intellectual property (IP) partner and head of Olswang’s European patent litigation team is to join the London office of international law firm Simmons & Simmons as partner from 02 May 2017*.

Michael advises a diverse range of businesses on maximising the protection, enforcement and extraction of value from their IP rights. His principal area of expertise is patents especially multijurisdictional disputes.

He is a widely acknowledged expert in the patent area and has represented clients in numerous reported cases, in a diverse range of technologies from pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices through to electronics, software and communications.

Simmons & Simmons has been at the forefront of IP law and practice for more than 35 years, with over 70 lawyers in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The team advises clients, predominantly in the life sciences and TMT sectors, on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious issues from multi-jurisdictional patent litigation to copyright, privacy and corporate transactions.

Michael’s arrival will be a significant boost for the firm’s IP offering both in London and internationally.

Rowan Freeland, Head of IP at Simmons & Simmons commented: “There are a number of key issues affecting clients today, including the arrival of the Unified Patent Court later this year. Michael’s arrival adds bench strength to our IP team who continue to provide cutting-edge advice for clients. He is a highly skilled patent litigator and a really nice guy, and I look forward to working with him”.

Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff, global head of dispute resolution, says: “Simmons & Simmons has made a number of high-calibre hires in the last year and Michael’s arrival is an extremely welcome addition. Michael has represented clients in numerous major multi-jurisdictional patent litigation cases, which complements the firm’s existing offering.”

Michael Burdon also commented on his arrival: “I am delighted to be joining Simmons & Simmons. It is a fine firm with an excellent pedigree and will provide a great home for my clients. I have admired the firm and the IP team a little enviously from afar and am thrilled that I will soon be part of such an excellent team. The next few years will be a very interesting time for patent litigation in Europe and Simmons & Simmons is very well placed to continue to play a leading role”.

*Subject to standard regulatory approvals.

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