Panelist Profile


Richard Vary

Bird & Bird, Partner (UK)


Richard is a partner in Bird & Bird's Intellectual Property Practice and Tech and Comms sector Group, based in London.
Although he specialises in multijurisdictional electronics patent litigation, Richard has been involved in a wide range of international litigation and arbitration matters, from competition law to commercial and tax disputes, as well as managing brand protection, trade marks, designs and copyright issues.
Richard has a particular focus on mobile telecommunications patent litigation and arbitration work, and most recently managed Nokia's patent litigation in the UK and Europe against Apple, which led to a successful settlement in May this year with Apple taking a royalty-bearing license to Nokia' patent portfolio and a log term business collaboration deal.

Before joining Bird & Bird in 2016, Richard was the Vice President and Head of Litigation at Nokia, where he managed Nokia's global commercial litigation and was a member of Nokia's Legal & Compliance leadership team. During his time at Nokia he managed cross border patent litigations between Nokia and KPN, IPCom, Apple, HTC, Blackberry and Viewsonic. He was heavily involved in the patent litigations with Qualcomm, having overall responsibility for the actions in China, and in the Nokia v Interdigital UK cases for which Bird & Bird was awarded the Patent Case of the year award by Managing Intellectual Property. Richard managed Nokia's ground-breaking arbitrations on Standards Essential Patent valuations with Samsung and LG, . He also managed Nokia's competition law claim in the English court against the participants of the LCD and CRT screens cartels, a case identified by "The Lawyer" as one of the 20 most important cases in 2013.

Richard is a regular and well-regarded public speaker, particularly on issues such as cross-border patent litigation, the UPC and standard essential patents. He has been named twice in Managing IP's yearly list of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property and is regularly viewed as a corporate IP star by MIP. In 2013 he was named 'In-House Counsel of the Year' by the Lawyer.

He sits part time as a District Judge in London and the South East, and in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.