About the CMS patents team

‘Multi-local’ in approach, reflecting our deep local expertise in key jurisdictions, our experienced patents team extends across Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and China and includes more than 50 patent litigators. We frequently work on multi-country patent projects, and our services include infringement and nullity litigation, border detention, offensive and defensive strategies, patent searches, freedom to operate and validity analyses, as well as due diligence and advice in areas such as licensing, R&D projects, employee inventors and tax.

Experienced in all sectors

The CMS patents team is also the home of leading sector specialists particularly in those sectors where patent rights play a crucial role, such as

Our experience includes deep understanding of the special characteristics of patent law and patent litigation in all sectors, including for example:

  • Defence against patent ‘trolls’
  • Standards-essential patents, patent pools, and ‘FRAND’ obligations
  • Advising on counter-strategies to generic pharmaceutical attack, including pre-launch strategies and obtaining interim injunctions multinationally
  • Patent portfolio management and patenting strategies including in respect of secondary patents, new technologies and drug-device combination products
  • Advising on supplementary protection certificates and patent term extension strategy, including for paediatric products, as well as regulatory data exclusivity and orphan drug exclusivity
  • Pharmaceutical product lifecycle management
  • The interface between patents and competition law, for example in relation to enforcement against competitor consumables
  • Structuring holding companies and intra-group licensing arrangements


  • ‘Strong IP offering across the region . . . recognised as a one-stop shop for IP. It also has strong sector expertise. The firm has of late increasingly acted on cross-border cases relating to technology licensing in the patent sector. Sources say: "One of the best practices in terms of know-how, experience, value for money and helpfulness." ’ (Chambers & Partners, Europe)
  • ‘A leading law firm, whose IP practice has an important position as part of its full-service concept. CMS is impressive through the breadth of its manpower and a track record that includes many big-name IP cases . . . A frequently recommended law firm for patent law.’ (JUVE Handbook, Germany)