Laura Scott


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Laura is a Partner in William Fry’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department specialising in intellectual property and regulatory law, dealing with both contentious and advisory matters.

Laura advises on all aspects of work involving patents, trade marks, copyright, designs and confidential information and has extensive experience in large-scale litigation before the Irish Commercial Court. She is particularly experienced in complex multi-jurisdictional patent disputes and has acted in many of the patent cases that have come before the Irish Court in recent years.  Laura also has significant experience in acting for regulators in defending judicial review actions, statutory appeals and other legal challenges.

Laura has particular expertise in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device sector from a regulatory, commercial and intellectual property perspective and is head of the Firm’s Healthcare & Life Sciences Group. Other areas of focus include regulatory and other issues in the fields of telecommunications, broadcast media, and advertising and marketing.

Recent significant cases include:

  • acting for Eli Lilly Commercial Court in patent revocation proceedings against Eisai Pharmaceuticals;
  • acting for Merck Sharpe Dohme (MSD) in the defence of Commercial Court patent infringement proceedings brought by Bristol-Myers Squibb / Ono Pharmaceuticals / Tasuko Honjo and in MSD's counterclaim for invalidity;
  • acting for Boehringer Ingelheim in the defence of two sets of Commercial Court proceedings brought by Teva Pharmaceuticals, seeking the revocation of a patent and a supplementary protection certificate;
  • acting for GSK in Commercial Court patent infringement proceedings against Pfizer and in defence of Pfizer's counterclaim for invalidity;
  • acting for GSK in Commercial Court trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings against Rowex Limited;
  • advising Boston Scientific in the defence of Commercial Court patent infringement proceedings relating to coronary stents brought by OrbusNeich and in a counterclaim for invalidity of the patents at issue;
  • advising The Commission for Communications Regulation in the defence of statutory appeal proceedings taken by Vodafone in relation to mobile termination rates and in a Supreme Court appeal relating to same.

Laura is a member of the Law Society Intellectual Property Law Committee.

Laura was ranked in Managing IP's Top 250 Women in IP for 2021.

Laura receives great praise from clients, one of whom enthuses: "She is a nuanced thinker and is detail-oriented." Sources further praise her litigation skills, saying: "She is savvy, tenacious and strategic." Chambers Europe 2021


One interviewee stated "Laura is a real expert in IP matters in the industry." Another said "Laura is a brilliant EU and competition law litigator. She uses her deep commercial experience to great effect in competition law." Legal 500 EMEA 2021 

Laura has been described as an "expert in all areas of IP." One client reports they have worked with Laura "on a number of cases in the last 12 months ranging from SPC validity proceedings to copyright...On the IP side I would rate Fry as the leading firm in Ireland." Another client adds that Laura "stands out for her technical know-how and is an excellent drafter." Legal 500 2020

Laura was recognised in the WTR 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2021 for her work in enforcement and litigation.

Laura has been ranked in IP Stars 2019 as one of the Top 250 Women in IP globally.  

IAM Patent Global Leader 2020 & 2021

Laura Scott  is a highly respected IP practitioner with significant expertise in patent litigation. Sources praise her client-oriented approach, highlighting her "commitment and attention to detail" and adding that "she's a pleasure to deal with." Chambers Europe 2019

Laura is listed in Best Lawyers 2019 under 'The Best Lawyers in Ireland' for work in Intellectual Property Law.
"Outstanding and a real pleasure to work with...Laura is a highly experienced litigator with intimate knowledge of all areas of intellectual property."  WTR1000 2019

Laura was announced as a member of the global 'Top 250 Women in IP' by 'Managing Intellectual Property 2018.

“She is calm under pressure and has a depth of knowledge and experience which inspires confidence in her clients,” observes one source. Chambers Europe 2018

Laura is "on top of the technical detail...strategic and practical" and is praised for her "attention to detail and drafting skills". Legal 500 EMEA 2018

According to Legal 500 EMEA 2017, Laura has the ‘Midas touch with clients.’

Listed as a Leading Lawyer in Patents and Trademarks in WIPR Leaders 2015 - 2019


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