Edward Cronan

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Practice areas:
IP, Patents, Copyright & Design, Trade Marks, IT, Media & Entertainment, Chancery & Commercial


Edward specialises in intellectual property law and disputes with a scientific or technical element. He is regularly instructed as a junior in high value disputes in the High Court, led both by senior counsel from Hogarth and also from other chambers. In relation to lower value disputes, particularly those in the IPEC, he often acts without a leader.

Edward has experience of cases in a wide variety of fields, such as small molecule pharmaceuticals, biologic medicines, medical devices, vapes, video coding, automotive catalysis, polymers, cosmetics, fashion, wireless telecoms, DSL, fibre optics, and large format analogue cameras.

Prior to joining Chambers Edward was an associate in the IP litigation team at Hogan Lovells, so he understands well what clients want from counsel. He also knows the value to clients of pragmatic advice, having spent time seconded in-house to the pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp & Dohme.

Edward has a first class degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge (ranking 3 of 143 in his class in Biological and Biomedical Sciences) and a distinction from the University of Oxford in the Law and Practice of Intellectual Property. His work has been published in the Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice and in the European Intellectual Property Review. Additionally, he is one of few at the IP bar to have studied accounting, economics or finance, which he did while at Cambridge's Judge Business School, where he was awarded first class honours in Management Studies.

Edward has worked on disputes in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the European Court of Justice, as well as in the UKIPO and the EPO.   He also has experience of advising in relation to the validity and essentiality of Standard Essential Patents alongside technical experts, including review of working group submissions. 

Edward maintains strong scientific interests outside of his legal work and is a member of an interdisciplinary group interested in the implementation and effect of the human right to scientific progress under Article 27 of the United Nation’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights / Article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

You can read Edward's blog on intellectual property law and procedure at cronan.co.uk







Qualifications and Regulations


BA, Honours, First Class, Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge

Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University

Legal Practice Course, BPP University

Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Distinction, University of Oxford

Bar Transfer Test, BPP University


Edward is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 70543)

He has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/063). Please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.



“Proving Patent Infringement to Evidence Sufficiency, and the Value of Declaratory Relief after a licensing relationship breaks down”; European Intellectual Property Review.

“Plausibility after Warner-Lambert v Actavis: Fantastic legal tests and where to find them”; Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

“Patent Box: Incentivising UK Innovation; An industry report on the Patent Box initiative and its impact on UK innovation” in conjunction with Merks & Clerk and the Cambridge Design Partnership.

“UK: Drop in the ocean – Employee’s invention not profitable enough for compensation”; Limegreen IP News

Human Interest

Edward's interests comprise skiing, cycling, french food, red wine, karaoke and technically feasible combinations thereof.