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Claire Smith

Claire Smith

Bristows LLP

Claire is an intellectual property lawyer. She specialises in commercial arrangements that involve the development and commercialisation of IP rights and in corporate and investment deals where IP is an important asset. She advises on a wide variety of transactions (the large majority of which are cross‑border) across a range of industries, most notably in the life sciences, TMT and consumer product sectors. Examples of her recent experience include advising:

  • life science companies on agreements for the licensing and development of novel compounds (both with commercial organisations and academic institutions);
  • a leading pharmaceutical company on sales of rights in its pharmaceutical products and on arrangements for the supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs);
  • SMEs and multinational companies on supply and distribution agreements for a wide range of consumer products;
  • medical device, digital health and engineering companies on joint ventures, collaborations and strategic partnerships; and
  • a well-known global technology company on the IP aspects of its acquisitions of e-commerce and software platforms. 

Before becoming a lawyer, Claire spent a number of years working for Abbott Laboratories' medical device business. She started out in the company's quality assurance team, and then moved into its operations division to become a project manager. Since being at Bristows, Claire has also spent time seconded to the in-house legal team of a leading global pharmaceutical company.  

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