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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.

Trade Marks and Passing Off

Brand disputes, anti-counterfeiting actions and parallel importation disputes are all areas in which Andrew has expertise. Highlights include interim injunctions to prevent infringements (Gillette various, Dial-a-flight), litigation concerning kitchen mixer shape marks, Whirlpool (KitchenAid) v Kenwood and parallel imports Bolton Pharmaceuticals v Swinghope & others. Andrew has acted for an impressive list of clients in this field, such as Kenwood, Cadbury Schweppes, Gillette, Bolton, Accurist, and Dial-a-Flight.

Grazing v Graze

Trade mark dispute concerning the mail delivered snack business “Graze” and whether this was confusing with the restaurant and café business “Grazing” foods.

Assos v. Asos plc

Trade mark and passing off claim due to be heard in the High Court in June 2013. The dispute is between “Assos of Switzerland” and the on-line clothing retailer “Asos plc”.

Red Bull v 3D Entertainment Group

Trade mark and contract dispute concerning the mark “Red Bull”.

Whirlpool v Kenwood

Trade mark and passing off dispute concerning shape marks involving KitchenAid and Kenwood Kmix food mixers.

Boston Pharmaceutical Company 100 ltd. v Swinghope, Doncaster, Dowelhurst and others

Trade mark dispute concerning imported pharmaceuticals from Spain under the trade mark KALTEN.

Robert Perkins v Shone & Retriever Sports

Passing off action and appeal concerning dart flights.

Dr Browns v Bfree, Mothercare & Boots Plc

Patent, trade mark and passing off action concerning baby’s bottles. Application for interim relief. Settled prior to hearing.

Secretary of State for Health v Cyworks, MIS limited and NHS Yearbook Ltd

Interim injunction application brought by the NHS for alleged passing off in relation to a number of publications. The application was successfully defended at a hearing before Laddie J.

Lotus Group v Como Street Travel

Trade mark infringement action (including application for interim relief) concerning the mark Dial-a-flight.

Perkins v Shone & Retriever Sports

A High Court passing off action heard in June 2004 involving dart flights.

Gillette – various matters

A number of anti-counterfeit enforcement applications for Gillette in the field of disposable razors and batteries.


  • 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