Simon Spink


Simon Spink is a Partner and Solicitor whose main practice areas are Patent and IP litigation and SPCs. He has acted for a range of clients across different sectors including the life sciences, FMCG, and aviation. Simon has considerable industry experience having previously been Head of Legal for a leading international pharmaceutical company.

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Practice Areas
  • Copyright
  • Patents
  • Trade Marks
  • IP Due Diligence & Freedom to Operate
  • IP Strategy & Audits
  • IP Transactions, Ownership & Licensing
Industries of Focus
  • Life Sciences
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
Noteable Cases
  • Edgewell v. Gillette (system razors; validity/infringement)
  • Teva v. Synthon (polypeptide synthesis; validity)
  • Shionogi v. Merck (integrase inhibitors; validity/infringement)
  • Swarovski Optik v. Leica (optical rifle sights; validity)
  • Contour v. Virgin Atlantic (business class seats; validity/infringement)
  • Lundbeck v. Infosint (pharmaceutical intermediate synthesis; validity/infringement)
  • Eli Lilly v. Dr Reddy’s (olanzapine; validity)
  • Lundbeck v. Generics (escitalopram; validity)
  • P&G v. RB (Design validity/infringement)
  • Philips v. LG (JPEG; validity/infringement)
  • Qualcomm v. Nokia (2G/3G; validity/infringement)
Professional Memberships
  • The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Simon qualified as a Solicitor in 2007
  • Before joining AA Thornton Simon worked at Bristows LLP and before that was the Head of Legal at Novartis Animal Health.
  • Simon joined AA Thornton as a Partner in September 2019
  • MChem, Merton College, Oxford University (2002)
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Law, Oxford Brookes (2003)
  • Legal Practice Course, OXILP (2004)
  • Solicitor, England & Wales (2007)
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property, University of Bristol (2008)