King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has announced the hire of Campbell Forsyth, who will join the London IP department as a partner from Olswang.

Campbell, who was an associate with the firm in the early 2000s, went on to lead his own boutique IP firm before joining Olswang in 2011. Campbell will bolster the IP group’s patents, life sciences and technology capability in particular, which are areas of focus across the firm globally.

Campbell has acted in many of the leading patent actions of the past 15 years and has significant experience in managing cross-border multi-jurisdictional disputes. In addition to his expertise in patent litigation Campbell advises on issues relating to the interface of patent and regulatory law, notably in relation to supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) for medicinal patents and fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing disputes in the telecoms sector.

David Rose, head of intellectual property at King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin, said: ‘We already have a very strong patent litigation team across the firm globally, and with the London patent litigation market particularly active, Campbell’s appointment is timely. His focus on the life sciences and technology sectors fits particularly well with us and our client base.’

Campbell Forsyth said: ‘I am delighted to be joining the King & Wood Mallesons team. The synergy of our practices will provide a formidable offering for our clients.’

Recent cases Campbell has advised on include: Resolution Chemicals Ltd v H. Lundbeck A/S Court of Appeal [2013] EWCA Civ 924 and [2013] EWCA Civ 1515 Rosetta Wireless UK Ltd v BlackBerry Ltd. Campbell’s appointment follows the promotions of Rob Guthrie to partner in the London IP group in 2013 and Axel Walz to the Munich IP group in 2014.