Rory Clarke is a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. He has a broad range of technology patent litigation experience, including extensive involvement in complex global SEP/FRAND disputes on behalf of leading players in the global telecommunications industry.

Rory is frequently involved in the wider strategic aspects of intellectual property litigation. He has significant experience acting as coordinating counsel for multijurisdictional matters, assisting clients to develop and implement their patent litigation strategies. He has also taken leading roles in settlement/licensing negotiations.

Recent cases include Sisvel and Mitsubishi v Xiaomi and others, InterDigital v Lenovo, and Philips v TCL. Each of these cases involve novel aspects of law, allowing Rory to further develop his experience at the cutting edge of SEP/FRAND litigation. The types of technology involved in Rory’s cases include mobile telephones (CDMA 2000, UMTS and LTE), other radio systems (such as DMR and TETRA) and robotics.


Thought Leadership


Speaker, “The Role of Injunctions in the European Union”, ACT Webinar, September 2020

Speaker, “Unwired Planet v Huawei; Conversant v Huawei and ZTE - Insights on the UK Supreme Court Decision”, OxFirst Webinar, September 2020

Speaker, “Essentiality Checks & Patent Validity,” OxFirst Intellectual Property and Competition Forum, Brussels, February 2020 


Moot Problem Author for the Oxford University Press/Inns of Court College of Advocacy National Mooting Competition

Co-Author with Rosalind Earis, Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing, 2014

Memberships & Affiliations

The General Council of the Bar

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

The Society for Junior Intellectual Property Practitioners (IPSoc)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2013, Admitted to Practice as a Barrister of England and Wales


  • English
  • French


  • University of OxfordPostgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice2019
  • Kaplan Law SchoolBar Professional Training Course2012
  • City Law SchoolGraduate Diploma in Law2011
  • University of OxfordM.Eng., Engineering Science2004