Laura Whiting

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Laura’s practice embraces highly technical patent and trade secrets litigation, often with a cross-border angle. Her practice traverses multiple industry sectors from biotech and innovative life sciences, through chemicals to high tech. In the tech sphere, she has collaborated on some of the most significant smartphone patent cases including leading on issues pertaining to licence and competition defences. In the pharmaceutical and biotechnology, chemical, and medical devices fields, Laura draws on her chemistry background to deftly handle the most scientifically complex cases, and she has particular expertise in high-value supplementary protection certificate disputes. Laura has represented clients before all levels of the UK courts and the Court of Justice of the EU and is frequently involved in significant cases before the European Patent Office and in coordinating UK proceedings with parallel actions in various jurisdictions in Europe, the US and Asia. She also advises on pre-litigation strategy, freedom to operate, and licensing issues.