Quinn Emanuel gears up for City patent capability

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is preparing to launch a UK patent litigation practice. It will be the first major strategic extension of the US litigation firm’s London office since its launch three years ago.


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The firm is currently scouring the UK market for a significant lateral to kick-start the practice. Last year Quinn Emanuel opened its first office in Continental Europe with the hire of a group of IP lawyers from Allen & Overy in Mannheim, including highly rated patent litigation partner Marcus Grosch.

Founding partner John Quinn, who was in London last week, claimed that no firm had yet successfully built a major transatlantic patent capability.

He added that many of the biggest cases in the ­sector, such as Nokia’s long-running patent battle with Qualcomm or Apple’s smartphone litigation wars with rivals such as Samsung, have parallel actions in multiple jurisdictions.

“There’s a case for us having an IP practice in London,” confirmed Quinn. “We don’t currently have it here, but as a firm we have the right components, including credibility in the US as probably the leading practice, and a very active German group. We’re also active in Tokyo.”

Quinn Emanuel’s UK ­lateral hiring campaign has up until now focused ­primarily on bank litigation. Recent lateral hires have included the head of Olswang’s litigation practice Martin Davies, who joined earlier this year, fellow Olswang partner Alex Gerbi and CMS Cameron ­McKenna finance partner Robert Hickmott, with the latter two joining in 2010.