Geoff Hussey


Geoff Hussey heads the litigation team. Geoff’s main practice areas are IP litigation and Commercial IP. His experience as a Partner and Solicitor includes acting for a broad range of clients in many sectors including life sciences, electronics, telecoms, chemicals, aviation, food & beverages and financial services.

"Following the arrival of IP litigator Geoff Hussey, who joined from Bird & Bird LLP, the team is increasingly handling high-stakes contentious patent cases."

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Practice Areas
  • Litigation across the full IP spectrum
  • Licences and disputes
  • IP Due Diligence & Freedom to Operate
  • IP Strategy & Audits
  • IP Transactions, Ownership & Licensing
Industries of Focus
  • IT & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
Notable Cases
  • ConvaTec v Smith & Nephew: Injunction damages enquiry.
  • Smith & Nephew v ConvaTec: Gel-forming silverised wound dressings; patent validity, infringement and EPO opposition actions.
  • EMI v BSkyB: NOW TV; trade mark infringement.
  • Menicon v Coopervision: Contact lenses; patent opposition.
  • easyGroup v easyJet: Airline brand licence dispute.
  • Nokia v IPCom: Mobile phones; patent revocation action.
  • InterDigital v Nokia: Mobile phones; standard essentiality / infringement actions.
  • LG v Sony: Blu-ray, DVD and TV; patent infringement and entitlement.
  • ScanSafe v MessageLabs and Star Technologies: Internet scanning software; reverse passing off, breach of confidence and contract.
  • GE Healthcare v PerkinElmer: Scintillation proximity assays; patent revocation and entitlement.
  • Nikken v Pioneer: Drill chucks; patent claim amendment.
  • Navitaire v easyJet: Airline booking system; copyright.
Professional Memberships
  • The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Geoff joined Field Fisher Waterhouse in 2003, where he trained and qualified into their IP department as a solicitor in 2005
  • Geoff joined Bird & Bird’s IP department in 2007
  • Geoff joined AA Thornton as a Partner in May 2016
  • BSc Human Genetics, Nottingham University
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Law and LPC, Nottingham Law School
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Bristol
  • Solicitor in England & Wales
Awards / Accolades
  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK