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Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC

 


Year of call: 2004
Year of silk: 2014

Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC has acted in a wide range of intellectual property disputes in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He has also frequently appeared at the European Patent Office (both before the Opposition Division and the Technical Board of Appeal) and represented clients in the Patents County Court (now IPEC) and at the UK Intellectual Property Office. IP-related arbitration is another area in which he has considerable experience, especially in arbitrations over patents and copyright.

Andrew has been involved in two of the leading cases concerning legal entitlement to patent priority (Gilead and AbbVie) and in the leading FRAND trial in the telecommunications field to be held in the UK (Unwired Planet v. Huawei). He also appeared for Krka and Consilient in a damages enquiry leading to one of the highest damages awards in the UK under a cross-undertaking (AstraZeneca v. Krka & Consilient).

The 2017 edition of Chambers & Partners describes him as “incredibly sharp and insightful” and that “He is just an excellent QC and a real pleasure to work with”. In 2016 Legal 500 described him as being a “go-to choice for high value cases”. Legal 500 has described Andrew as “indisputably one of the best advocates at the junior IP Bar”.

Notable cases include acting for Huawei in the FRAND litigation with Unwired Planet, acting for AbbVie in its disputes concerning Humira, acting for Gilead in its patent litigation with Idenix over the HCV drug “Sovaldi”, acting for Servier in the Supreme Court concerning the illegality defence in patent litigation, acting for ASOS in its trade mark dispute with Assos of Switzerland, and acting for Meltwater in its copyright dispute with the NLA over its news monitoring service.

Andrew has appeared in the House of Lords/UK Supreme Court in Rhone Poulenc Rorer v. Yeda (2007), in NLA v. Meltwater (2013) and in Servier v. Apotex (2014).

Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and joined the IP department of Bristows. He became an IP partner at Bristows in 2000. He practised as a Solicitor Advocate before being called to the Bar in 2004 and joining 8 New Square. He was Chambers & Partners’ IP Junior barrister of the year in 2012. He became Queen’s Counsel in 2014.

Copyright, Database Right and Design Rights

Andrew has appeared in copyright cases such NLA v. Meltwater (copyright in online news services), Endemol v Channel 5 (over the format rights for Big Brother), he has also acted in a variety of confidential information and design rights cases. These include litigation for Credit Suisse (confidential information relating to software), Bloomsbury & JK Rowling (Harry Potter), Clinton Cards (confidential information) and Turfmech Machinery (design right and registered design).

Newspaper Licensing Agency v. Meltwater & the PRCA

The appeal before the Supreme Court took place in March 2013. The case concerns the application of the temporary copying exception in copyright law to the Internet. The question concerns whether users of the Internet may be infringing copyright when they browse the Internet. A reference has been made to the CJEU.

Looney v. Trafigura

Breach of contract dispute concerning rights in management training programmes.

Rolawn v. Turfmech

Registered Design and design right dispute concerning large area agricultural turf mowers. Trial head before Mann J.

Bloomsbury Publishing & JK Rowling v. Lambert, Brown & Others

Applications for immediate interim injunctive relief following the theft and potential disclosure of copies of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince prior to its launch date. Follow up applications included bench orders and applications for contempt. Hearings before Mr Justice Lawrence Collins, Mr Justice Etherton and Mr Justice Mann.

Credit Suisse First Boston v. Delta and Others

4 day interim injunction hearing before Laddie J. concerning confidential information. The case concerned disputed software and misuse of source code and confidential technical and business functionality in a system. The case settled after the hearing and just prior to judgment.

Endemol v. five

A High Court copyright dispute concerning the format rights to Big Brother.

ICI Paints v Kalon

A High Court copyright and database right action concerning the Dulux colour palette.

 

  • What the Directories Say
  • " He is incredibly sharp and insightful. His work is always of high quality and well thought through" "A barrister who is incredibly organised, very good on his feet and gives great strategic advice. "He is just an excellent QC and a real pleasure to work with."
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017
     
    "A real star"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2017
     
     
    "A go-to choice for high-value cases"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2016
     
    "He always gives excellent advice and he's committed to the best for the client" "A very thoughtful litigator"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016
     
    "A very good patent litigator with a huge wealth of experience."
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2015
     
    "One of the best for patent litigation-he's always a pleasure to work with, he always does a good job and is popular with clients"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015
     
    " A really thoughtful, hard-working team player"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015 
     
    "Bears in mind the commercial considerations of importance to the client"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2014

    "an obvious choice, and a pleasure to work with"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2013