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Shakeel Ahmad, Partner; Samantha Walker-Smith, Director; and Amelia Ross, Associate, were honoured with the prestigious European Cross-Border Patent Litigation Team of the Year Award. This is for their exceptional contributions to the Ocado against Autostore litigation case.


The award acknowledges Keltie LLP's pivotal role in the multi-jurisdictional legal battle over automated storage and retrieval systems. Shakeel Ahmad, Samantha Walker-Smith, and Amelia Ross demonstrated remarkable legal expertise. This high-profile case was fought in national courts and at the European Patent Office, with several key patents being opposed and appealed.

The Keltie team joined forces with two other leading European firms Abel & Imray LLP and Beck Greener LLP to successfully revoke several key Autostore European patents used against Ocado in the UK litigation. After Ocado’s successes in the ITC, EPO, and UK courts, Autostore reached a £200 million cross-licencing settlement in favour of Ocado.


The EMEA Awards 2024 ceremony was held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on April 11 2024. The awards celebrate excellence in intellectual property law across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. It honoured Shakeel Ahmad, Samantha Walker-Smith, and Amelia Ross for their exceptional achievements.


Shakeel Ahmad said:


‘I am delighted that the team have been recognised for their sterling work in opposing and revoking Autostore patents. This award underpins Keltie’s breadth of experience in EPO Opposition and Appeal work and also our ability to work collaboratively with other firms on achieving great results for high-stakes contentious matters.’ 


Keltie LLP extends its congratulations to the entire legal team for their outstanding accomplishments and excellence in IP law.




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Keltie is a well-known intellectual property law firm based in Europe, with a diverse and international team of experts in patents, trade marks, and designs. They work with clients globally in sectors, including quantum computing and fashion legality. The firm is recognised as one of Europe’s top patent law firms. Keltie has prestigious rankings for its trade mark prosecution and strategy.


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Managing IP is the premier news and analysis service for IP professionals worldwide. Managing IP launched its awards programme in 2006. The programme has expanded and evolved over the years.  The Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) Awards 2024 celebrate the achievements of the intellectual property law community.  It recognises the outstanding achievements in IP law across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

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