• Co-head of the London Intellectual Property Group
  • Bird & Bird LLP

Katharine Stephens is recognised for her experience in multi-jurisdictional IP disputes. Clients highlight her efficiency and abilities with regard to highly technical cases.

Katharine specialises patent disputes and advice work in the electronic, computer technology and engineering sectors often coordinating and running patent litigation in more than one jurisdiction. She has acted in Stolt v. Coflexip (offshore pipe laying), Storage Computer v. Hitachi (RAID storage systems), DRS Data & Research Services v. NCS Pearson (software patents in the education field), Philips Electronics v. Amino Communications (MPEG-2 video compression), BAE Systems v. Thales Visionix (helmet mounted displays), Positec v. Husqvarna (robotic lawnmowers) and has led teams in a number of actions for Nokia against Qualcomm, Interdigital, HTC and IPCom. Most recently she was involved in a significant arbitration for Nokia against Samsung.

Katharine has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Bristol University. Her final year dissertation was in robotics. She then worked for Austin Rover before qualifying as solicitor. She joined Bird & Bird in 1994 and became a partner in 1999.