Ian Kirby

Partner at Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

Ian Kirby is a partner in the dispute resolution team and focuses on multi-jurisdictional patent litigation and IP disputes. Mr Kirby has over 25 years’ experience in litigating and resolving cases before the English Patents Court and other IP courts, including the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, as well as the English appeal courts. He frequently advises on matters that cross both the Atlantic and into continental Europe, and is at his happiest when faced with tricky and knotty commercial problems. His clients and peers highlight his tenacity, excellence and shrewdness, but above all his ability to manage and get the most out of a team.

As well as litigating disputes in all areas of IP law, Mr Kirby is a strong user and supporter of alternative dispute resolution and is a member of the WIPO List of Mediators. Whether preparing witnesses for trial or bringing together two warring parties, he pays attention not only to the legal and commercial issues, but also the psychology of the dispute and the parties in striving for success either at trial or through a negotiated resolution.

Mr Kirby is known for his pragmatic, clear and direct approach to managing, resolving and handling disputes. Despite the stresses and tensions caused by many pieces of major litigation, his relationships with many of his clients have been longstanding, and no job is too small or trivial, or too large and unwieldy, for him and the Carpmaels & Ransford team to handle.

Mr Kirby was Carpmaels & Ransford’s first litigation partner and over the past 20 years, he has litigated high-profile patent cases concerning monoclonal antibodies, voice recognition technology, and audio and many other technologies; globally famous copyright cases for the world’s largest publisher; and trademark and passing off cases that have pushed the edges of the law.

Professional associations

  • CIPA
  • IPLA

Firm details

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP
1 Southampton Row
London WC1B 5HA
United Kingdom

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