Brett Shandler is an associate in the IP Litigation Practice Group at Kirkland & Ellis.

Having a background in biomedical sciences, Brett acts in patent litigation and life science regulatory matters involving pharmaceuticals, biologics (including biosimilars), genetic technologies and medical devices.

Brett also acts in high-tech matters, and has a particular interest in IP and antitrust issues arising in the context of SEP licensing and FRAND royalty disputes.

Brett has experience acting in complex damages enquiries and in multi-jurisdictional disputes involving cross-border co-ordination. He has acted in patent matters conducted in a range of forums in the UK and Australia, and has also assisted in an ITC section 337 proceeding.

Brett is recognised as a Rising Star by Managing IP.


Thought Leadership


“Patent Litigation 2021: Trends and Developments”, Chambers and Partners Practice Guides, 2021. (co-author)

“The Global SEP Race”, Juve Patent, 3 September 2020. (quoted)

“Lawyer reactions: Unwired Planet ‘brings certainty’”, Intellectual Property Magazine, 27 August 2020. (quoted)

“Bombshell IP Ruling Could Start Race to International Courthouses”, Law.com, 27 August 2020. (quoted)

“Patent Litigation 2020: Trends and Developments”, Chambers and Partners Practice Guides, 2020. (co-author)

“Setting Global Licence Rates for Standard Essential Patents: Will the UK Take Centre Stage?” Financier Worldwide Magazine, January 2020. (co-author)

“Four IP Takeaways from Novartis’ $9.7 Billion Acquisition of The Medicines Company”, IAM Magazine, 28 November 2019. (quoted)

“The Hon. Randall R. Rader on ‘The Future of the Patent System’”, AIPPI e-news, 2017.

“Australian Federal Court Prevents Registration of the Word ‘Yellow’ As Trade Mark”, The IPKat, 2016.

“The Patentability of Diagnostic Methods”, Australasian Biotechnology, Vol 26(3), 2016. (co-author)


Co-presenter, “Hot Topics in Patent Litigation - A Practitioner’s View”, Intellectual Property Law Discussion Group, University of Oxford, 2019.

Memberships & Affiliations

International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

Law Society of New South Wales (Australia)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2016, Admitted to the High Court of Australia
  • 2016, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia


  • English
  • Hebrew


  • University of OxfordPostgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and PracticeMerit2020
  • University of MelbourneLL.M.2019
  • University of MelbourneJ.D.2016
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Center for Transnational Legal Studies, LondonTransnational Legal Studies2015
  • Monash UniversityBachelor of Biomedical Science2012