Jin Ooi is an intellectual property litigator in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. He is experienced in patent litigation and counselling (including on complex damages inquiries) mainly in the pharmaceutical and life sciences field (second medical use, biosimilars, small molecules, DNA sequencing, vaccines, transgenic animal platforms for antibody discovery), and in the consumer products sector (shaving razors, potentially reduced-risk products including tobacco heating and vapour products, dishwashing tablets, coffee pods and capsules).
He is also experienced in litigating and arbitrating trade secrets disputes in the medical devices (bone cements), tech (LNG carriers) and aviation sector (airplane components, airport businesses), in addition to handling antitrust claims (cathode ray tubes, lithium ion batteries, forklift gas).
His clients have included Pfizer, Viatris, Novartis, Regeneron, British American Tobacco, Samsung, Biomet and Procter & Gamble. Jin’s cases are often multi-jurisdictional requiring significant cross-border coordination across multiple forums.
Jin is recognised as a Next Generation Partner in both “Intellectual Property: Patents” and “Life Sciences and Healthcare” in the 2021 and 2022 editions of The Legal 500 UK. In the 2020 edition, he was a Rising Star in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology. With a “keen intellect and considerable knowledge” and noted as a “powerhouse”, Jin “is renowned for his ability to master knotty issues and has famed round-the-clock responsiveness”, in addition to being “brilliant on detail and in plotting out the future stages of litigation”. “His understanding of the legal and technical issues is second to none and he is full of good ideas.” Juve Patent named him as “one to watch” in UK patent litigation 2022: an “all-rounder”, Jin “stands out for the technical diversity of his cases, from pharmaceuticals to mobile communications to e-cigarettes - as well as his hard work and tenacity”. He is also a Patent Star in the MIP IP Stars 2022 edition.
Prior to joining Kirkland, Jin worked at Allen & Overy LLP in London and before that Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Sydney. In recognition of his work in Australia, Jin was among a select few young lawyers awarded the 2014 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards, and a finalist in two categories in the 2015 Awards. His dual qualifications in law (1st class degree) and pharmacology give him a special insight into, and understanding of, his clients’ legal needs and commercial and regulatory imperatives.
“Patent Litigation 2019: Trends and Developments”, Chambers and Partners Practice Guides, 2019
“UK Patent Law: Hot Topics of 2018 and What’s Ahead”, Law360, 2019
“Actavis v Eli Lilly: outcomes”, IPPro, 2018
"Book review: Intellectual Property in Australia", The IPKat, 2017
"Applying Cartier v. BSkyB to UK life sciences patents", Law360, 2016
"Caught in the middle: ISPs face blocking orders after Cartier case", Intellectual Property Magazine, 2016
"The utility of the Cartier case in the life sciences context", Intellectual Property Magazine, 2016
"The International Arbitration Review (Chapter: Australia)" (3rd, 4th and 5th eds), Law Business Research, 2012-2014
Speaker, “Hot topics in patent litigation - a practitioner’s view”, Intellectual Property Law Discussion Group, University of Oxford, 2019
Speaker, “Insufficiency and the many shades of plausibility”, Young EPLAW Congress, Brussels, 2018
Speaker, "Where are we now with plausibility?", Young EPLAW Congress, Brussels, 2017
Speaker, "What companies need to know about the Bolar exemption", C5 EU Pharmaceutical Regulatory Law conference, London, 2016
Speaker, "Implications of Brexit for IP and IT legal practice", LexisNexis webinar, London, 2016
Speaker, “Second medical use - the UK perspective”, Future of Innovation in Medicine: Incentives for New Medical Treatments and Global Health conference, Seattle, 2015
Moderator, “Drug development and approval process with its part in exclusivity”, Future of Innovation in Medicine: Incentives for New Medical Treatments and Global Health conference, Seattle, 2015
Memberships & Affiliations
AIPPI: International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
EPLAW: European Patent Lawyers Association
The Law Society of England and Wales
The Law Society of New South Wales (Australia)
Admissions & Qualifications
- 2017, Entitled to exercise Higher Rights of Audience (Civil Advocacy)
- 2016, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales
- 2012, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor in the Federal Courts of Australia
- 2011, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of New South Wales, Australia
- University of OxfordPostgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice2016
- College of Law, SydneyGraduate Diploma in Legal Practice2011
- University of SydneyLL.B.First Class Honours2010
- University of SydneyB.Sc., PharmacologyAdvanced2008