Nicholas Fox

Of Counsel

London

T +44 20 7825 3084
M +44 7515 787 395
nicholas.fox@simmons-simmons.com

General Experience

Nicholas specialises in intellectual property law with a focus on electronics, telecoms and software patent litigation. He acts both as a lawyer and as a patent attorney for clients in the European Courts and the European Patent Office.

He has extensive technical experience in the electronics and telecommunications field having acted on behalf of a wide variety of multinational firms including Canon, Intel, Research in Motion and Nortel.

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Recent Work
  • assisting Samsung in the offensive matters before the Dutch patent courts against Apple in relation to UMTS standard patents
  • assisting Samsung in the successful UK patent ligation against Dyson
  • successfully represented five high-tech British companies in the Astron Clinica appeal in the High Court, prompting a change of UKIPO policy towards claims involving computer/software inventions
  • extensive advice on clearance to market on behalf of a consumer electronic goods manufacturer
  • advising a software company on their development protocols for developing inter-operable software.
Background

Nicholas has a degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Oxford University as well as an LLM in Intellectual Property Litigation. In addition to being a solicitor he is also qualified as both a European and a Chartered British patent attorney and is a member of the New York Bar. He is also qualified as a patent attorney advocate with a right of audience before theHigher Courts in all intellectual property matters.

Nicholas is a guest lecturer for the MSc and certificate courses for patent attorneys at Queen Mary, University of London and teaches on European patent law on the JDD European Qualifying Examination course.

Nicholas writes widely on intellectual property issues and is the author of the practitioner’s work: A Guide to the EPC 2000, a commentary on the European Patent Convention, published by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and the consulting editor and a significant contributor to Intellectual Property in Electronics and Software published by Globe Law and Business in 2013.