Seiko Hidaka is the IP Disputes Practice Advisor of the IP team in London and has experience managing litigation and advising on matters concerning a wide range of intellectual property issues (patent rights, trade mark rights, copyrights, trade secrets).
Seiko has a broad scientific education, having studied natural sciences at Cambridge University (where she studied neuroscience, pharmacology, cell biology, and chemistry), and obtaining a doctorate in neuroscience at Oxford University where she was awarded a scholarship. Her range of patent litigation work match the breadth of her scientific background, having handled a number of patent matters in a variety of technical areas, including life sciences (both compound patents and biotech), medical devices, mechanical, electronic, and telecoms (including wireless 3G technology). Seiko has been instrumental in negotiating many of these cases to a successful settlement.
On January 18, 2017, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in the long running case of Shanks v Unilever, on whether Shanks is entitled to compensation under the employee compensation provisions of the UK Patents Act 1977..
January 20, 2017
The government announced on November 28 that it will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, which means that a system providing for a unitary patent right covering most of the EU member states.
December 20, 2016