Sally ShorthosePartner at Bird & Bird, UK
As one of Bird & Bird's most experienced intellectual property partners, specialising in transactional IP matters, I offer a wealth of knowledge to businesses at the cutting edge of research, development and technology, in a variety of sectors for which IP is of prime importance.
Providing the full array of commercial advice and support in IP, I lead the team delivering licensing, partnering and exploitation agreements, and research, development and marketing collaborations. I also advise our clients on regulatory and 'freedom to operate' issues, and manage significant due diligence matters.
As a transactional IP lawyer, I provide advice on the protection and exploitation of IP rights, both in stand-alone transactions and as part of acquisition, divestment or investment activity.
Before joining Bird & Bird in 2006, I was head of IP &Life Sciences at another global law firm, after spending 11 years in-house firstly as senior legal adviser at ICI/Zeneca and latterly as Legal Director of Novartis UK. This experience has given me significant insight into the need for pragmatic commercial advice.
As well as speaking on IP generally, and regulatory life sciences topics particularly, I contribute to leading publications, and I edit The Guide to EU Pharmaceutical Regulatory Law (Kluwer Law International), which is written entirely by the team at Bird & Bird with contributions from many offices. I also lead the Bird & Bird Brexit Steering Committee and write and speak on the implications of Brexit, particularly in relation to the life sciences and medical devices industries.