Andrew Maggs Senior Counsel Patent Litigation

Speaks:  English, Italian

Qualified: 2007 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Andrew Maggs

Andrew Maggs is Senior Counsel, Patent Litigation in the IP team. He is an experienced patent litigator and strategist with more than 16 years' experience of working with clients in the telecommunications, technology and engineering sectors, advising them on strategy in relation to high-value patent disputes which often have a multi-jurisdictional aspect. Andrew helped establish our Guangzhou office in 2010, and is a key contact within the UK for clients seeking to resolve their IP disputes in China. Andrew was first listed as a rising star (Patents) in Expert Guides Rising Stars since 2015, and described as one of the "rising stars in the team" in the MIP IP Stars Handbook (Patents) 2017. Andrew is a firm-wide mental health champion, and responsible for mental health aspects of inclusivity within the IP team, as part of the IP team's inclusion strategy.

Andrew has particular expertise in relation to the telecommunications sector. He has extensive expertise in relation to SEP/FRAND matters, including successfully advising InterDigital in its disputes against Lenovo and Nokia, and TQ Delta in its dispute against Zyxel. Andrew also has significant experience in relation to non-SEP telecommunications disputes, including successfully enforcing two of ASSIA's DSL patents against BT, and acting for SSH against Sony in a dispute relating to secure communications over public networks, in both cases before the Court of Appeal. Andrew oversees the provision of extensive pan-European pre-action advice for clients, including in relation to the merits of infringement and validity arguments, the relative merits of different European jurisdictions, exhaustion of rights, associated antitrust issues, and jurisdictional disputes. Clients have praised Andrew for "reset[ting] expectations on how brilliant lawyers can be in the engineering area!"

Other technology and engineering patent disputes Andrew has been responsible for include acting for GKN against Remfry (refuelling couplings), Hexatronic against Emtelle (DSL cables), Japan Tobacco, Inc against Fontem Holdings (e-cigarettes) and Stüder Professional Audio GmbH against Calrec Audio (audio mixing desks).


  • Patent litigation in the following technical areas: Mobile telecoms (2G, 3G, LTE and other standards); fixed line telecoms (including DSL, DSM, ADSL and VDSL); video compression (MPEG2); aviation; audio mixers; consumer electronics; consumer goods.
  • Successfully enforcing Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc's patents relating to DSL management against British Telecommunications plc's flagship Infinity product in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
  • Advising InterDigital Technology Corporation in its dispute with Nokia Corporation and Nokia Siemens Networks regarding whether 35 of Nokia's patents were essential to the 3G telecommunications standard.
  • Acting for Stüder Professional Audio GmbH in relation to the UK aspects of US and UK patent litigation against Calrec Audio Limited relating to the design and functionality of Calrec's audio mixing consoles. The case settled on terms including agreement by Calrec to modify the accused consoles.
  • Advising Dyson in regard to the enforcement of its intellectual property rights in China relating to its revolutionary bladeless fan product.
  • Acting for various members of the MPEG LA patent pool in disputes relating to the infringement of patents within the patent pool.
  • Representing a Chinese white-goods manufacturer when unjustified threats of patent infringement had been made against its UK customers.
  • Arranging for the provision of extensive pan-European pre-action advice, including in relation to the merits of infringement and validity arguments, the relative merits of different European jurisdictions, exhaustion of rights and associated antitrust issues.
  • Assisting a client in reaching settlement in relation to a confidential dispute relating to the assignment of a patent portfolio.
  • Advising a client in relation to a dispute regarding breach of a settlement agreement.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2024

    • Career
      January 2024
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Senior Counsel, Patent Litigation
  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Principal Associate
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      May 2015
      Legal Media Group - "Rising Star" - Patents
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Principal Associate
  • 2012

    • Education
      The Open University, Certificate in Natural Sciences
  • 2011

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, Associate
  • 2008

    • Education
      University of Bristol, Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law
  • 2007

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      Wragge & Co, Solicitor
  • 2005

    • Career
      Farrer & Co, Trainee Solicitor
    • Education
      University of the West of England, Legal Practice Course
  • 2004

    • Education
      Universitá di Bologna, Masters in Economic Analysis of Law
  • 2002

    • Education
      Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, MA, Law and Music