Trevor Cook


Cook, Trevor

Trevor Cook focuses his practice on transnational intellectual property litigation matters and is also active in the area of life sciences. Mr. Cook has more than 35 years of experience in global patent litigation, particularly in Europe and Asia. In recent years, he has acted in many of the leading patent infringement cases that have come before the English courts, most of which have concerned pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and also in many of the leading cases regarding the protection of regulatory data.

Mr. Cook joined WilmerHale from Bird & Bird LLP in London, where he was a partner in the Intellectual Property Group and co-head of the International Life Sciences Sector Group. He was, for several years, president of the UK Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), is Chairman of the British Copyright Council and is on the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) List of Arbitrators.

Mr. Cook is a prolific author, having written numerous articles and books during his career, and is on the editorial board of the Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review. His most recent include A Users' Guide to Patents (4th Edition - Bloomsbury 2016), International Intellectual Property Arbitration (Wolters Kluwer 2010) and EU Intellectual Property Law (Oxford University Press 2010). He is co-author of the Modern Law of Patents (3rd Edition - LexisNexis Butterworths 2014) and Practical Intellectual Property Precedents (Thomson Reuters - Sweet & Maxwell) and the editor of Sterling on World Copyright Law (4th Edition - Thomson Reuters - Sweet & Maxwell 2015) and Trade Secret Protection: A Global Guide (Globe Law and Business 2016).

Legal Consultant in New York; Solicitor, England and Wales

Honors & Awards

  • Highly recommended as a leading lawyer in the IP industry in the 2017 edition of Patents Expert Guide
  • Named a leading IP practitioner in the 2016 World Intellectual Property Review guide
  • Selected as a 2015 and 2016 IP Star by Managing IP, a guidebook that identifies leading IP lawyers in the United States 
  • Recognized in the 2013 edition of The Chambers 100 for intellectual property, with sources saying his "knowledge is unsurpassed. His ability to provide simple clear and practical answers to complex issues is unparalleled."
  • Consistently recognized for his life sciences: IP/patent litigation work by Chambers Global, with sources describing him as "a pre-eminent practitioner with an outstanding reputation"
  • Named a Star Individual by Chambers UK 2012 and 2013 for his IP and patent litigation work, and ranked in Band 1 for Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation (UK-wide) and in Band 2 in Life Sciences: Regulatory (UK-wide). Sources said he is "one of the great and the good of the IP world" and "few, if any, lawyers can match his experience at winning the most taxing cases pertaining to all rights across the IP spectrum."
  • Selected as a 2013 leading individual by The Legal 500 UK in the area of intellectual property, with sources stating he "is certainly a master in the field"
  • Ranked in the 2013-2016 editions of Who's Who Legal for his life sciences, patent litigation, trademark, information technology and advisory work, with sources claiming "Trevor Cook is considered to be 'in a league of his own'"
  • Selected as "Patent Lawyer of the Year" in 2012 for the seventh consecutive year from Who's Who Legal
  • Named a 2013 Super Lawyer in the area of intellectual property law and life sciences
  • Recognized in the 2013, 2015 and 2016 editions of IAM Patent 1000 as a leading IP litigator who is "one of a kind" and revered among fellow practitioners for his vast knowledge of the law

Publications & News


May 17, 2018

WilmerHale Partners and Practices Named Among Managing Intellectual Property's 2018 IP Stars

Managing Intellectual Property's 2018 IP Stars Handbook recognizes WilmerHale and 19 of its partners as leaders in the field. IP Stars identifies lawyers based on their knowledge, outcomes achieved for clients and unique strengths in the given practice area.

April 27, 2018

The UK Ratifies the UPC Agreement

On Thursday, April 26, the UK Government announced that it had ratified the UPC Agreement.  For the UPC and the EU unitary patent to commence, at least thirteen countries, including the UK, France and Germany, must have ratified the UPC Agreement.

April 5, 2018

Brexit at Halfway: Pharma and Medical Devices

The object of this Alert is to highlight some practical implications of Brexit for the supply of pharmaceutical products and medical devices in the European Union (EU) and related action items which companies should be considering if they have not done so before.

December 4, 2017

EU Commission Publishes Major IP Package: Guidance Given on the EU Approach to SEPs and on the EU IP Enforcement Directive

Last week, the EU Commission published a number of important documents on IP. The documents include (i) a communication paper “Setting out the EU approach to Standard Essential Patents,” and (ii) a communication paper giving “Guidance on certain aspects of Directive 2004/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the enforcement of intellectual property rights.”

July 14, 2017

Actavis v. Eli Lilly1: Back to the Future—The UK Supreme Court Changes the Test for Patent Infringement

The UK Supreme Court rarely hears patent cases, and will only hear cases that it considers to be fundamentally important. The court's July 12 judgment is most significant for changing the test for infringement in the United Kingdom, widening the scope for infringement by equivalence.

June 8, 2017

WilmerHale Partners and Practices Named Among Managing Intellectual Property's 2017 IP Stars

IP Stars identifies lawyers based on their practice and industry experience, and recommendations from their peers and clients.

November 30, 2016

The UK Decides to Ratify the UPC Agreement: The UPC and Unitary Patent to Proceed in 2017

Despite the Brexit vote, the UK has decided to ratify the UPC Agreement, and the UPC will now proceed in 2017. The opt-out sunrise period will likely commence in spring or summer 2017.

July 20, 2016

The Effect of Brexit on UK Intellectual Property Protection and the Unified Patent Court and Practical Steps to Be Taken Now and in the Future

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. This will not affect the UK's position as one of the most important IP jurisdictions in Europe. However, leaving the European Union will have an impact on substantive IP law in the UK.

June 6, 2016

The Future European Patent System: Latest News

With the ninth Contracting State having ratified the EU Unified Patent Court Agreement, the commencement of the Unified Patent Court is approaching. We report on the latest news and discuss the preparations that holders of European patents should be making, if they have not already done so, in order to ensure that they are able to take advantage of the opt-out sunrise period.

May 17, 2016

WilmerHale Attorneys and Practices Recognized in 2016 edition of IP Stars Handbook

The fourth edition of the IP Stars Handbook—a Managing IP guide that identifies the leading IP firms and lawyers in the world—has been released and it prominently ranks WilmerHale and 19 of its partners.


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BS, Chemistry, Southampton University

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New York (Legal Consultant)

Solicitor, England and Wales

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