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Sally Shorthose

Sally Shorthose

Bird & Bird LLP

London, , GBR


Sally has wealth of experience working with businesses at the cutting edge of research and technology and whose intellectual property is of prime importance.

Sally is one of our leading intellectual property (IP) partners. She provides a full range of intellectual property commercial advice and support to her clients, including licensing, partnering and exploitation agreements, research, development and marketing collaborations. She also frequently advises clients on regulatory and ‘freedom to operate’ matters, and manages significant due diligence matters.  As a transactional intellectual property lawyer, she provides advice in relation to the protection and exploitation of a full range of IP rights, both in stand alone transactions and as part of an acquisition, divestment or investment activity. 

Before joining us in 2006, Sally was head of IP and Life Sciences at Eversheds, and prior to that she spent 11 years working in-house firstly as senior legal advisor at ICI/Zeneca and latterly as Legal Director of Novartis UK. This in-house experience gave her significant insight into the need to give pragmatic and commercial advice. 

Recently, Sally was one of eight pharmaceutical  licensing experts drawn from around the world to work together with representatives from UNITAID and WIPO at a workshop to determine the licensing provisions for the supply of drugs to third world countries.


Sally Shorthose leads the firm's commercial and transactional IP work and is a life sciences sector stalwart. A client says: "I have appreciated her practical and business-minded approach to our legal issues."
- Chambers UK 2016

When it comes to transactions, Sally Shorthose is the obvious choice: she was previously the legal director of Novartis UK and has worked on global licensing projects for the United Nations.
- IAM Patent 1000, 2015

Sally Shorthose is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters International Licensing—Europe (November 2, 2015) - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2016, Wednesday, January 27, 2016
International Licensing—Europe (PowerPoint slides) - Advanced Licensing Agreements 2016, Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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