- Simmons & Simmons LLP
Kevin specialises in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, focusing specifically on patent litigation, especially in the pharmaceutical industry.
Kevin has been part of an international team of lawyers working towards the creation of a new European patent court for many years and is currently the Chairman of the Expert Committee assisting the Preparatory Committee with drafting the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court (UPC). He is also the UK lawyer member of the wider Expert Group advising the Preparatory Committee on the implementation of the UPC project.
He has for at least 5 years assisted the Academy of the EPO with its training modules for European patent judges including supervising, lecturing and moderating at the two 2015 training modules for ETC judges for the UPC Court. He is currently advising the Academy on its preparations for the training of Legally Qualified Judges for the UPC Court. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board advising CEIPI on the training of Technically Qualified Judges for the UPC Court.
Kevin is recommended by Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as being cited by peers as "the doyen of patent law". He is specifically recommended by Legal 500 for his "pre-eminent reputation for patent expertise". He is also specifically rated as a leader in his field by The Legal 500, for Patent Litigation and in advising the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology sector, and the Global Counsel 3000. In 2009 he was listed for the third time as one of only eleven Most Highly Regarded Individuals Global in the field of patents by Who's Who Legal 2009. In 2015 he was recognised by Managing Intellectual Property for his outstanding achievement to IP.
He is a member of the Intellectual Property Solicitors Association, a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and a former member of the Nuffield Bioethics Council Working Party on Human Tissue. He is a former President and currently a Member of the Advisory Board of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW). He chaired the first three Venice conferences of European Patent Judges.
He is the author of many articles and a frequent speaker in the UK, Europe, Japan and the US on intellectual property issues.
Kevin qualified as a solicitor in 1971 and became a partner in 1973.