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Dr. Justin  Watts

Dr. Justin Watts

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

London, , GBR


Justin Watts joined our London IP/IT practice as a partner in March 2003, having previously been a partner at specialist intellectual property firm Bristows. Justin is dual qualified as a lawyer and chartered engineer, and holds a PhD in optoelectronics from Cambridge University. He worked in satellite communications engineering before qualifying as a lawyer.

Justin has extensive experience in the UK courts and in co-ordinating international IP litigation, including patent disputes and licensing enforcement. 

He has acted for clients in disputes across the EU, the US, and Asia. His patent experience covers semiconductors, computers and computer architectures, software, data storage and communications structures and standards, telecommunications and networks, electronic and optoelectronic devices and systems, electrical components and systems, biotechnology, medical appliances, imaging and printing, and mechanical patents.

Justin has advised a number of major companies on patent litigation and patent-related regulatory matters, including Philips, Sony Computer Entertainment, Abbott Laboratories, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Schlumberger and Rolls-Royce.

His experience includes advising:
  • McDermott in patent litigation over oil pipelaying systems, including a claim to settle the terms of a licence of right, and a dispute over payment of stamp duty;
  • Philips in relation to enforcement of its licensing programmes in CD, CD-R and DVD discs and players;
  • a DRAM memory manufacturer in various multi-jurisdictional litigation arising out of cross-licence renewal negotiations, concerning questions of patent infringement and licence termination;
  • a microprocessor manufacturer in several multi-national patent litigation cases over microprocessor architectures and fabrication technology, involving patent infringement, licence and anti-trust issues;
  • Thomson Multimedia in litigation over MPEG digital television technology, involving patent infringement claims and counterclaims for licenses on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms;
  • a computer manufacturer in litigation over claims brought under allegedly essential patents for standard computer interfaces, including patent infringement, supplier indemnities, antitrust reasonable and non-discriminatory license obligations;
  • Schlumberger in patent litigation against EMGS over its portfolio of patents for electrical methods of oil exploration;
  • Various clients on the IP aspects of renewables, including wind turbine and carbon capture and storage technologies;
  • Rolls-Royce in its dispute on fan blade technology with Pratt & Whitney;
  • Sisvel, Philips, France Telecom, TDF and IRT in patent/antitrust litigation against Sandisk over MP3 players; and
  • An international technology company and mobile phone operator in multi-national patent litigation regarding mobile phones.
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