Oliver Laing

Oliver Laing

Partner - IP Solicitor

Oliver leads our licensing and IP transactions team at Potter Clarkson as an experienced intellectual property lawyer with expertise in negotiating and drafting a broad range of IP agreements, litigating complex and high-value matters across all intellectual property rights and providing strategic advice on IP protection, exploitation and infringement.

Oliver specialises in advising clients in respect of complex multi-territorial collaboration and licence agreements, with notable expertise in both the life sciences and electronics & computing sector. He acts for clients ranging from multinational publicly listed companies to early-stage technology-led companies based throughout Europe. His experience includes a six-month secondment to a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group, working in-house on a range of IP and commercial matters. 

He also works closely with the firm’s investor clients, specialising in advising VC funds on the acquisition of technology-rich businesses, conducting due diligence, negotiating terms and strategizing with clients in the context of investment deals.

Oliver is involved in developing and maintaining the firm’s business in Scandinavia, with a focus on assisting clients with collaborations and licensing deals, often with US partners. He regularly speaks at conferences, having recently presented on the topic of IP Collaborations in the Life Science Sector at the Nordic Life Sciences Days Conference (NLS Days) and Licensing Executives Society Annual Conference in USA on European trade secrets protection and enforcement strategies.

In addition to transactional work, Oliver leads IP litigation in the UK courts and UPC for the firm’s international client base, with a focus on pharmaceutical and biotech patent litigation. Using his skills as both a transactional IP lawyer and a litigator, he is always firmly focused on finding pragmatic commercial solutions for clients.

Oliver joined Potter Clarkson in August 2016 and is a founding member of the litigation and licensing team. Before joining Potter Clarkson, Oliver spent eight years at a leading national IP practice.



Licensing, IP litigation, pharmaceutical and healthcare, electronics, software


Oliver gained his law degree from the University of Sheffield and then went on to complete a diploma in legal practice at Nottingham Law School. Having qualified as a solicitor in 2010, he then went on to obtain his Post Graduate Diploma in intellectual property law and practice at the University of Oxford.


LLB (Hons), PGDip

Awards & Recognition

MIP IP STARS - IP Star; IAM Patent 1000 - Litigation 2020-2023; IAM Patent 1000 - Transactions 2020-2023


Laing has multi-jurisdictional collaboration and licensing agreements within the life sciences realm sewn up. He is also an engine of the firm’s thriving Scandinavian business and brings insight from a secondment at a world-leading health and beauty group." IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, 2021
Oliver Laing has got it all: “outstanding technical ability under constant time pressures”, a “strategic commercial approach” and the “ability to deal with the anxieties of clients in a professionally empathetic manner." IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, 2020