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Eleanor Root

Senior Associate at Bird & Bird


Eleanor is a senior associate at Bird & Bird and based in London.

Eleanor specialises in contentious patent matters with a particular focus and interest in the life sciences and healthcare sectors given her original degree in Cell Biology. Her experience includes co-ordinating and working on multi-jurisdictional patent matters (including patent opposition proceedings at the EPO) and she regularly collaborates with colleagues from our other offices. Throughout her career, she has acted in high-profile proceedings in the field of pharmaceutical patents as well as trademark, design right and copyright.

Eleanor's non-contentious practice encompasses advising and supporting clients in a range of sectors in relation to intellectual property portfolio management and strategy, freedom to operate/validity and infringement analysis and intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions including due diligence reports.

Eleanor recently spent over a year seconded to a multinational pharmaceutical company managing a heavy and diverse multi-jurisdictional caseload spanning commercial, regulatory and IP litigation matters. This valuable experience gave her significant insight as to what is most important in an external advisor and how best to help achieve commercial objectives as pragmatically as possible.

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