Lydia Birch

Lydia Birch is a three year PQE London-based senior associate in the Intellectual Property team at Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. She has an English Literature degree from Cambridge University and a post-graduate diploma in Intellectual Property from Oxford University. Lydia mainly specialises in patent litigation and has worked on a number of key cases for the team across both the pharma and tech sectors.

Among the cases she has worked on, Lydia was part of the team representing Fujifilm in Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Co Ltd v AbbVie [2017] EWHC 395 (Pat), concerning the blockbuster monocolonal antibody drug adalimumab - better known as 'Humira' - for the treatment of arthritic and inflammatory indications. This saw the first successful claim for an 'Arrow' declaration in the UK, enabling Fujifilm to clear the way to market; valued to be worth over £400m in the UK.

Lydia has also worked with a large telecommunications company, reporting on landmark case law developments ranging from competition law, jurisdiction and anti-suit injunctions in the FRAND/SEP sphere

Most recently Lydia was the lead Associate on a fibre optic cable case representing the Swedish market leader Hexatronic to defend its position on the market against Emtelle. The UK case was part of a wider international dispute and settled before trial. Lydia assisted with advising on the strategy of the case, ran significant case management and correspondence work streams and provided frequent update reports on strategy and finance to the client.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2020

    • Career
      July 2020
      Gowling WLG (UK), Senior Associate
  • 2013

    • Career
      August 2013
      Goldman Sachs, Paralegal on a regulatory project
    • Education
      University of Law, Legal Practice Course
  • 2012

    • Education
      University of Law, Graduate Diploma of Law
  • 2011

    • Career
      January 2011
      Ingenious Media, Associate accountant
  • 2010

    • Education
      June 2010
      Cambridge University, English literature