Jamie Rowlands is a partner who has had 20 years of experience enforcing and protecting client's valuable intellectual property rights with a particular focus on patents.
His work has always been internationally-focused and includes acting on global disputes involving parties from the UK, Europe, USA, China, Japan and Africa. He is first rate at managing large teams (including lawyers from different jurisdictions) to provide a cost effective and streamlined service for clients. Jamie combines in-depth technical knowledge with broad sector experience, work includes acting for clients in healthcare, aviation, advanced manufacturing and telecoms.
Jamie has experience in all areas of contentious IP matters, and has acted for clients on patents, trademarks and anti-counterfeiting in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the European Patent Office.
Jamie also has significant experience in acting for clients in international arbitrations (ad-hoc and institutional) and is a member of the cross-firm international arbitration team. The arbitrations he has been involved in have been complex in nature, high value and involve dealing with technical subject matter concerning issues such as confidential information and licensing disputes.
Before returning to the UK in 2019, Jamie was based in China in the the firm's representative office in Guangzhou in his role of Chief Representative Officer. Whilst in China he worked with his team in China on both transactional and litigation services, with a particular focus on intellectual property related issues. He has very extensive experience of all aspects of the court system in Mainland China and understands the complexities and cultural challenges well and has had very high success rates for clients litigating in China. Now back in the UK, he still spends a significant amount of time working with clients with China IP issues and is part of the cross-firm China Management Team.
Client feedback praises his technical excellence and ability to deliver strategic, commercial and no nonsense solutions in a transparent and friendly manner.
Jamie has been named as a Managing Intellectual Property Star since 2014 for patents and trade marks. He is ranked as a leading individual in the World Trademark Review 1000 and in the IAM Patent 1000. He was named as an Elite Foreign lawyer by China Business Law Journal at the end of 2018.
"There is no doubt that Jamie is a technically excellent lawyer. This case deals in complex technical issues and I am impressed with the way Jamie has got stuck in to properly understanding the business and technology. I find his straight talking no-nonsense commercial advice very useful. He will always take the time to properly explain his thinking and strategy...His approachability is also noteworthy – issues are debated and different views aired. However, given the trust we have in Jamie, we give him the final word on how best to take the case forward".
Chief Operating Officer of client
Patent litigation in technical areas (both offensive and defensive) including Mobile telecoms (2G, 3G, LTE and TETRA); software issues (protocol stacks, financial services (e.g. FX trading), social media); consumer goods (printers, fishing reels); medical devices (rapid assay technologies); aviation; wound dressings; offshore oil & gas exploration and production (including downhole tools); and advanced manufacturing.
All types of brand portfolio advice including audit, clearance, licensing and strategic litigation (both offensive and defensive) for clients in the retail, entertainment, software, telecoms, manufacturing and media sectors.
- Acting for InterDigital against Lenovo and Motorola in a number of technical trials in the UK High Court relating to 3G telecoms.
- Advising a manufacturer of aircraft seats on its defence to a patent infringement claim. The case went before the UK Supreme Court which found in our client's favour, reversing more than 100 years of case law and saving the client from a claim of up to £49 million.
- Acting for a client in the aviation sector in an ICC arbitration. The subject matter concerns the alleged misuse of confidential information in a very high value and complex claim.
- Successfully acting for a US technology company in an UNCITRAL arbitration. It was a high value and complex contractual dispute concerning the scope of the patent licence and patent royalty payment provisions in relation to specific aspects of mobile telephony.
- Acting for a wound care company and successfully defending a patent infringement claim and counter-claiming for invalidity in the English High Court.
- Successfully acting for a large UK telecommunications company in a number of separate UK trademark disputes (various).
- Advising a leading software designer on its global anti-counterfeiting enforcement programme