Mike Knapper

Head of Intellectual Property, Europe, Middle East and Asia
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

London
United Kingdom
T:+44 (20) 74443998
London
United Kingdom
T:+44 (20) 74443998
Mike Knapper

Mike Knapper

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Biography

Mike Knapper is an intellectual property and technology lawyer based in our London office. He is Head of Intellectual Property, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Mike specialises in commercial arrangements involving intellectual property, technology and data, including rights acquisitions, licensing, research and collaborations, technology development, procurement, outsourcing and supply chain agreements and a range of other commercial contracts.  He advises across a number of sectors, including consumer markets, energy, sports, financial services, technology and life sciences.

He regularly advises on large-scale, multi-jurisdictional business separation and carve-out transactions, as well as on the IP and IT aspects of M&A, joint ventures and IPOs more generally.

Mike also advises on strategies for the protection and exploitation of innovation and brands (including in relation to trade marks, copyright, patents and trade secrets) and on IP structuring arrangements.

Mike joined the firm in 1998 and was made a partner in 2006, after a period working in-house at The Thomson Corporation (now Thomson Reuters), where he was assistant European Counsel.


Professional experience

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  • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales

·      IAM Patent 1000, Transactions, Law Business Research, Ltd., 2023

"Mike provides pragmatic, business-focused advice. He is professional, reliable, responsive and extremely knowledgeable."'

·      World Trademark Review 1000 2023

"Mike provides pragmatic, business-focused advice. He is professional, reliable, responsive and extremely knowledgeable."'

·      Legal 500 2024:

TMT: IP: Trade marks, copyright and design:

 "Commercial IP specialist Mike Knapper steers the team, often advising clients on the IP aspects of M&A, joint venture transactions and IPOs"

TMT: IP Patents (contentious and non-contentious):

"The team is led by Mike Knapper, contributing his considerable strength in the life sciences, energy and technology sectors to the practice."

IP Stars - for UK:

-     Patent Star 2023

-     Transactions Star 2023


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