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Chris Shelley, Partner at Penningtons Manches


Chris is a partner in the Oxford office who specialises in intellectual property and commercial law, and EU and UK competition laws. He trained at a multinational law firm, qualifying into the commercial department in 1986. He joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 1992. Chris is particularly known for his work in the life sciences, publishing and engineering sectors, and for universities, research councils and their spin-out companies.

One of only ten UK lawyers who are highly recommended for patent licensing in IAM 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners, Chris is described as ‘extremely strong’ and as having ‘an assured command of the life sciences, publishing and engineering sectors’. He is also a Chambers UK leading expert and is rated in band 1 for intellectual property by both Chambers UK and The Legal 500. Client quotes in Chambers UK 2017 describe Chris as having ‘a brilliant grasp of commercial IP matters’.

Chris chairs the life sciences stream of the new IP Transactions: Law and Practice course run by the UCL Institute of Brand & Innovation Law, for which he delivers the patent licensing seminar. This course was highly commended in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2013.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising Nexeon, a leading-edge developer of silicon anode technology for Li-ion batteries, on a strategic partnership with WACKER Chemie AG.
  • Acting for Oxford Gene Technology, a company providing innovative genetics research and biomarker solutions for molecular medicine, on a licence from the Institute of Cancer Research of microRNA biomarkers for prostate cancer.
  • Advising the Natural Environment Research Council on the protection and exploitation of a series of immunomodulatory compounds derived from the saliva of haematophagous arthropods.
  • Acting for the Oxford University Press on the IP, IT and commercial aspects of its acquisition of educational publisher Nelson Thornes from the Infinitas Group, and on subsequent integration issues.
  • Advising Prodrive on agreements for the design, manufacture and supply of mechanical components and composite bodystructures for a new supercar in production with a leading vehicle manufacturer.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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