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Justin Watts


Justin is a London-based partner in our global IP/IT practice.



Intellectual property and information technology


Justin is a patent litigator, known in the market for his skill in handling complex, multinational disputes. Most of the disputes concern pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotech, communications and computers, often involving interaction between standards, competition law and patents.

Outside patent litigation, he handles a full range of IP litigation and helps clients with transactional work, particularly in the technology, media and communications sectors.

His TMT clients have included Philips, Sony Computer Entertainment, Thomson Multimedia and Texas Instruments.

Justin is qualified both as a lawyer and chartered engineer, and holds a PhD in optoelectronics. He worked in satellite communications engineering before qualifying as a lawyer, and clients appreciate his technical knowledge alongside his level-headed and pragmatic approach.

'Justin Watts is a renowned patent litigator with extensive experience managing multi-jurisdictional disputes concerning a wide range of technology. Sources praise his "many sterling qualities" such as his intelligence and committed work ethic.'
Chambers UK 2015
'The "extremely gifted" Justin Watts is "one of the best and most strategic litigators in the field".'
Legal 500 2015
‘Known for his “sound judgement and ability to generate ideas at precisely the right time”.’
Chambers UK 2011

Recent deals/Highlights

  • Johnson & Johnson across 11 jurisdictions in defending a patent infringement claim over its silicone hydrogel contact lenses
  • Schlumberger in an international patent dispute over electromagnetic oil prospecting techniques
  • Litigation in the mobile phone industry

Qualifications and education

BA Electrical Sciences, PhD Optoelectronics, David Gottleib prize for law, Cambridge

Diploma in IP law and practice (with commendation), Bristol

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