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Antony Craggs

Antony CraggsPartner

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I specialise in contentious and transactional intellectual property matters, with a focus on patent, trade mark and design litigation.

I advise clients across a range of technologies and sectors, including electronics, chemicals, engineering, software, medical devices, fast moving consumer goods and media. Relishing the challenge of working in a discipline and sectors that are dynamic and innovative, my aim is to provide an enthusiastic, creative and dedicated service.

As a result of my focus, I have extensive experience of conducting litigation in the UK (before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, High Court (including Patents Court), Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) and managing large cross-jurisdictional disputes, including before courts in the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and US, as well as before the European Patent Office (EPO) and European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

IAM Patent 1000 describes me as a “trailblazer … an ‘extremely careful, knowledgeable and commercial solicitor’ with a ‘close eye for detail’”. It adds that “[i]mmersing himself in life sciences, electronics and engineering, he is ‘pleasure to work with and will always go the extra mile to ensure the very best service.”

Examples of cases in which I have been involved are:

  • Access v HTC & LG: Advising on a claim for patent revocation and counterclaim for infringement in relation to mobile telephones using the Android operating system before the Patents Court.
  • Cinpres v. Melea: Advising on a freezing injunction and a claim for patent entitlement before the Patents Court.
  • Citibank v. Saitta: Advising on a search and seizure order and claim for breach of confidentiality and infringement of copyright in relation to trading software before the High Court.
  • Codemasters v. Automobile Club de l’Ouest: Advising on a claim for breach of a copyright and trade mark licence in relation to a computer game before the High Court.
  • Combe v. Dr Wolff: Advising on a claim for trade mark infringement in relation to the VAGISIL trade mark by the use of the sign VAGISAN before the High Court.
  • easyGroup v. Easyvoyage: Advising on a claim for trade mark infringement in relation to the EASY trade mark by the use of the sign EASYVOYAGE before the High Court.
  • Finchimica v. Bayer: Advising on a claim for patent revocation in relation to the use of alkyl carbolic acid amides as pentration promoters before the Patents Court.
  • InterDigital v. Nokia (UK3): Advising on a claim for declarations of non-essentiality in relation to thirty-five telecommunication patents before the Patents Court.
  • Nova Products v. Mazooma: Advising on a claim for copyright infringement in relation to a skills based coin-operated arcade video game before the High Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Seoul Semiconductor v. Everlight: Advising on a claim for patent revocation and a counterclaim for infringement in relation to light emitting diodes before the Patents Court.
  • Shnuggle v. Munchkin: Advising on a claim for design right and registered Community design infringement in relation to a baby bath before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
  • Sony Mobile Communications International v. SSH Communications Security Corporation: Advising on a claim for patent revocation and a counterclaim for infringement in relation to all of Sony's Xperia mobile telephones and tablets and the Playstation 4 before the Patents Court.
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways v. Zodiac Aerospace: Advising on a claim for infringement of a patent and unregistered design right (and counterclaim for revocation) in relation to an aircraft seat before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Co-ordinating the parallel litigation in the USA, Canada and India and the oppositions before the European Patent Office.

I am the author of the UK chapter of Global Patent Litigation: Strategy & Practice and tutor on the Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice at the University of Oxford.

Awards and Recognition

  • IAM Patent 1000 - “An ‘extremely careful, knowledgeable and commercial solicitor’ with a ‘close eye for detail’. Immersing himself in the life sciences, electronics and engineering, he is ‘a pleasure to work with and will always go the extra mile to ensure the very best service’”
  • IPStars - “Extremely talented litigator”
  • Legal 500 - "Antony Craggs doesn't fail to impress"
  • Legal 500 - “Antony Craggs is a name to note for patent litigation”
  • Legal 500 - “Antony Craggs is very single-minded, with an in depth knowledge of the law"
  • Legal 500 - “Anthony Craggs is a great professional, he is very responsive and understands the needs of the clients. He is also very easy to work with"
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