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Richard Vary is a partner in Bird & Bird's Intellectual Property Practice and Tech and Comms. sector group. He specialises in multi-jurisdictional electronics patent litigation with a particular focus on mobile telecommunications patent litigation and arbitration work. He also has extensive experience of dealing with IP in transactions, and strategic IP advice. Before joining Bird & Bird in 2016, Richard was the Vice President and Head of Litigation at Nokia, where he managed Nokia's global commercial litigation and was a member of Nokia's Legal & Compliance leadership team. Richard is a regular and well-regarded public speaker, particularly on issues such as cross-border patent litigation, the UPC and standard essential patents. He has been named twice in Managing IP's yearly list of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property and is regularly viewed as a corporate IP star by MIP. In 2013 he was awarded 'In-House Counsel of the Year' by The Lawyer. Richard sits part time as a District Judge in London and the South East, and in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.