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Richard Vary


Bird & Bird

Richard Vary is a partner at Bird & Bird where he specializes in patent disputes in the technology and communications industry.

He is a partner in the London office, where he works with an amazing team of high-tech patent litigators. As well as the patent expertise you’d expect, they have developed a unique expertise in the valuation of portfolios and FRAND.

Before Bird & Bird, he was Vice President and Head of Litigation at Nokia, where he managed global commercial litigation and was part of the Legal & Compliance leadership team. This mostly involved mobile telecoms patent litigation and arbitration all around the world, and he had a very successful track record in global patent litigation strategy. Richard was awarded ‘In-House Counsel of the Year’ by “The Lawyer” and has twice been recognized in Managing IP’s annual list of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property.

He has also worked on a variety of international litigation and arbitration matters, from competition law to commercial and tax disputes, as well as brand protection, trademarks, and design and copyright issues.

Richard is a part-time District Judge in the London and South East circuit, and in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

Recent Articles by Richard Vary

SEP Battles in Europe, 2022: Fair, Reasonable and—Unlike the Whisky Wars—Not Over Yet

The past year has proven a difficult one for many. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the death of the UK’s longest reigning monarch are among the things for which the year will be remembered. But amid those dark days, one less known event shines like a tiny candle of hope: the end of the Whisky War. For 50 years, Canada and Denmark have been in dispute over the ownership of Hans Island: a battle in which the principal weapons have been strong drink and a sense of humor….. The standard essential patent (SEP) wars may feel like they have been going on for almost as long as the Whisky war. They are not as close to resolution, but 2022 has seen some progress.