Miles Copeland


Called to the Bar 2004

Practice Area
All aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, SPCs, trade marks, passing off, copyright, registered designs, design right and confidential information.

ReCENT cases

• Nokia v HTC [2013] EWHC 3247 (Pat), [2013] EWHC 3778 (Pat), [2013] EWHC 2768 (Ch) – represented Nokia in its successful defence of the validity of its patent and counterclaim for infringement [LINK], [LINK] and [LINK]

• Resolution Chemicals Limited v H.Lundbeck A/S [2013] EWHC 739 (Pat), [2013] EWHC 3160 (Pat), [2013] EWCA Civ 924, [2013] EWCA Civ 1515 – represented Lundbeck in its applications to strike out Resolution’s claim on the basis of estoppel [LINK] and [LINK] and for the Judge to recuse himself [LINK] and [LINK]

• Hospira v Novartis [2013] EWHC 516 (Pat), [2013] EWCA Civ 1663 – represented Novartis in its defence of a claim for revocation of its dosage regimen patent [LINK] and [LINK]

• HTC v Gemalto [2013] EWHC 1876 (Pat) – represented Gemalto in its claim for patent infringement by HTC’s smartphones [LINK]

• Allergan Botox Limited v Ipsen Biopharm [2013] – represented Allergan in its claims for infringement of its patents on the use of botulinum toxin for treating urinary incontinence

• Eli Lilly v Human Genome Sciences [2013] RPC 22, [2012] EWCA Civ 1185 – represented Lilly in the Court of Appeal following remission from the Supreme Court in relation to HGS’s patent relating to Neutrokine-α antibodies [LINK]

• Fabio Perini v LPC and PCMC [2012] EWHC 1393 (Pat) – represented Perini at the damages inquiry following a successful patent infringement action [LINK]

• Danisco v Novozymes [2011] EWHC 3288 (Pat), [2012] EWHC 696 (Pat), [2012] EWHC 1641 (Pat), [2013] EWHC 155 (Pat) – represented Novozymes throughout this action including in resisting Danisco’s application to stay the UK trial pending a hearing before the EPO and to use UK disclosure in foreign jurisdictions [LINK] and [LINK]

• Ranbaxy (UK) Ltd v AstraZeneca [2011] EWHC 1831 (Pat) – represented AstraZeneca in an action relating to infringement and revocation of AZ’s esomeprazole patent [LINK]

• Welland Medical Ltd v Philip Hadley [2011] EWHC 1994 (Pat) – represented Mr Hadley as respondent to an appeal in entitlement proceedings relating to an ostomy bag invention

• Welland Medical Ltd v Philip Hadley [2011] O/133/11 – represented Mr Hadley as respondent to entitlement proceedings relating to an ostomy bag invention        [LINK]

• Mölnlycke Health Care AB v Brightwake Limited [2011] EWHC 376 (Pat) – infringement and revocation of Mölnlycke's wound dressing patent [LINK] and [LINK]

• Siemens AG v Seagate Technology [2010] - infringement and revocation of Siemens' synthetic antiferromagnet hard disk read head patent in Belfast [LINK]

• Medeva's SPC Applications [2010] RPC 27 and [2010] RPC 20 - Court of Appeal and High Court [LINK] and [LINK]

• CSL/ University of Queensland's SPC Applications [2010] – reference to the ECJ  

• Premium Aircraft Interiors Group Ltd [2010] BLO/186/10 - Patent Office hearing to obtain grant of patent [LINK]

• Nokia v IPCom [2010] - revocation of IPCom's mobile telecommunications patents, IPCom submitted to the revocation shortly before trial

• Fabio Perini SpA v LPC and PCMC [2010] All ER (D) 138 (May) and [2009] EWHC 1929 (Pat) - mechanical patent infringement and validity, Court of Appeal and High Court [LINK] and [LINK]

• Edwards v Cook [2009] EWHC 1304 (Pat) - patent revocation, surgical heart valves [LINK] and [LINK]

• Dr Reddy's Laboratories v Eli Lilly [2009] EWCA Civ 1362, [2010] RPC 9 and [2008] EWHC 2345 (Pat) - olanzapine, selection inventions, Court of Appeal and High Court [LINK] and [LINK]

• Eli Lilly & Co Ltd v Neolab Ltd [2008] FSR 25 - disclosure of names and addresses of customers [LINK]

• Nokia v InterDigital [2008] - essentiality to 3G mobile telecommunication standards

• Ericsson v Samsung [2007] - essentiality to mobile telecommunication standards

• European Central Bank v DSS Inc. [2008] EWCA Civ 192 & [2007] EWHC 600 (Ch) - patent revocation, added matter, Court of Appeal and High Court [LINK] and[LINK]

• LIFFE Administration and Management v Pinkava [2007] RPC 30 and [2006] EWHC 595 (Pat) – employer/employee dispute as to ownership of inventions and confidential information Court of Appeal and High Court [LINK] and [LINK]

• Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd v Vetplus Ltd [2007] FSR 29, [2007] FSR 28 - interim injunction, malicious falsehood, trademark, comparative advertising, Court of Appeal and High Court [LINK]

• Novartis AG v Ivax Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd [2006] EWHC 2506 (pat) - pharmaceutical formulation patent, infringement and validity [LINK]

Weatherford v BJ Tubular Services [2006] EWHC – mechanical patent, infringement and validity


Professional Association Memberships
Miles Copeland is Honorary Secretary of the Intellectual Property Bar Association, and a member of IPSoc, the Society for Junior Intellectual Property practitioners, and the Chancery Bar Association.


“already a trusted junior who “punches above his weight”; bright and thorough, he’s client-friendly, dedicated and quickly gets to grips with complicated legal problems Chambers & Partners 2014


“already has an impressive string of cases under his belt”, “unstuffy, bright and personable Chambers & Partners 2013

“Miles Copeland is a bright and thorough junior barrister who “really gets on well with people and is very good at producing draft arguments”.  He has the expertise to deal with highly technical litigation, and was recently instructed to appear on Mölnlycke Health Care AB v Brightwake Limited, a complex dispute relating to the infringement and revocation of Mölnlycke’s wound dressing patent” Chambers & Partners 2012

"punches above his weight and is capable of doing a very good job in extremely difficult circumstances, tackling the issues head on and getting his clients in a good position." He has been involved in life sciences and mobile phone patent litigation, and is known as a lawyer who "deals with complex material very well." Chambers & Partners 2011

"definitely a rising star" Chambers & Partners 2010

"plays a good supporting role at the set, and commentators predict a bright future for him, stating: "He works incredibly hard, learns fast and just seems to get the point so quickly" Chambers & Partners 2009

• Pupillage completed at 3 New Square covering all areas of intellectual property law with Colin Birss, Thomas Mitcheson, Denise McFarland and Justin Turner as pupil masters.
• Bar Vocational Course at Inns of Court School of Law (2003-2004).
• CPE at City University (2002-2003).
• Natural Sciences specialising in Neuroscience at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1999-2002).
• Lord Denning, Lord Haldane, Hardwicke and Wolfson Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.