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Daniel Alexander QC


Year of call: 1988
Year of silk: 2003

With over 25 years’ experience of litigation, Daniel has a wide practice focussing on intellectual property law but extending to other areas, including IT and media/entertainment law and a range of international disputes.

Patent work includes most areas of technology. Cases have involved medical and plant biotechnology (including SPCs), pharmaceuticals, chemical process design, telecommunications and mobile phones, medical and analytic equipment, electronics, petroleum engineering apparatus, data transmission and systems design, hydraulic equipment, consumer and household products.

Practice includes EPO, UK Patent Office and CJEU cases as well as appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Media/copyright work includes rights licensing, copyright infringement and internet related cases in all areas, including music, visual arts, print and electronic media. Work includes cases for most major broadcasters.

Prominent trade mark work includes the leading ECJ cases Canon, BMW/Deenik Nichols, Gerolsteiner, Doublemint, Philips/Remington, Davidoff/Levis and Celltech, ASOS/Assos, Fage/Chobani.

His practice encompasses experience in arbitration in a range of tribunals and covering a diverse range of subjects in private and public international law extending to one of the leading cases on interim relief in public international law of recent years.

Arbitrations and Contractual Disputes

International arbitration at Special Chamber of ITLOS (Ghana v. Cote d’Ivoire 2015-2017)

Maritime boundary determination pursuant to UNCLOS. Counsel for Republic of Ghana in interim measures and merits stages.

Premier League panel (2010-2017)

Several confidential disputes between players and clubs, clubs and the Premier League

LCIA Arbitration concerning biotechnology agreement (2007-2009)

Acted as counsel for one the parties.

ICC Arbitration concerning biotechnology agreement (2007)

Appointed as member of arbitral tribunal but case settled at an early stage.

ICC Arbitration concerning computer contract (2005)

Member of arbitral tribunal. Case settled after preliminary hearing.

 ICC Arbitration in Brussels concerning confidential formulations (2004-5)

Claim by US company against Belgian company and others. Acted as counsel for US company.

ICC Arbitration in Amsterdam concerning movie channel (2003-4)

Member of arbitral tribunal. Claim by UK company against Dutch company.

ICC Arbitration in London concerning petroleum industry joint venture (2003-2004)

Acted as counsel for oil services company. Claim between members of large multinational groups.

US Mediation-Arbitration concerning petroleum industry patents (2004)

Acting as expert witness on UK patent law in claims and cross-claims between US-based companies.

UK Industry-wide arbitration in 2000-2001

Case concerning terms of access to computer systems. Acted as counsel for industry group.

International arbitration between Indian and Japanese companies, concerning contract to build an electronics factory (1996). Acted for Indian company.

Commercial contracts relating to IT and IP

IDEX* v UPEK/ST (2007)

Litigation involving right to recover payments in respect of use of four patents in field of fingerprint identification technology involving multi-jurisdictional issue.

Neuland* v Generics (2003)

Claim for breach of a pharmaceutical supply contract.

SSA v Megger* (2003) TCC

Dispute concerning scope of copyright licence raising points of estoppel relating to financial software.

NERC* v McKeown (2000-2)

Dispute concerning quality of a large software installation for major public research body.

Abraxas* v Nationwide (2002)

Claim for copyright infringement in insurance industry software.

Great Lakes* v Texaco (1994)

Commercial contract claim involving petroleum additives with several points on Articles 85/86ECOxyvital v Deacons (2007-)
Alleged professional negligence in prosecution of patent portfolio.

Amoco v Shell* (1989)

Breach of complex technical contract concerning redetermination of shares in oil field.

Professional negligence

Oxyvital v Deacons* (2007-)

Alleged professional negligence in prosecution of patent portfolio.

Artemi v CPA* (2003-4)

Alleged professional negligence in permitting lapse of patent involving issues of US law. Case settled following mediation.

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  • What the Directories Say
  • "He has got an incredible mind, he is wonderfully articulate and he is incredibly accessible" "A smooth-as-silk silk who is willing and able to take a difficult case and find winning points in it. He sees the bigger picture, and clients like him because he's a great cross-examiner with a very delicate touch"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "A very strong practitioner who is very fluent, thoughtful and strategic." "He's excellent both on a personal level and in terms of his advocacy and legal insight"
    Chambers & Partners (Information Technology) 2017

    "A barrister with a great mind who is very friendly"
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2017

    "He provides clear, well-thought-through and commercial advice"
    Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2017
    "An exceptional silk, who is able to look at matters from a judge's, advocates's and client's perspective"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "He works extremely well in teams and approaches work with good humour and a positive attitude."
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2017

     "An excellent advocate and very capable adviser"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "He has a good sense of how judges will be thinking"
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2016

    "He has a good demeanour and interaction style with solicitors and clients"
    Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2016

    "He is a polished, accomplished advocate." "You always turn to Daniel Alexander for any knotty issues on the copyright side."
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2016

    "Very good indeed - he is sensible, knowledgeable and a vey fine opponent"
    Chambers & Partners (Information Technology) 2016

    "Brilliant at handling complex cases that others make seem convoluted. He identifies the key issues and pares them down with apparent effortlessness" "Charismatic and great with clients"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "Recommended for handling complex technological patent disputes"
    Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2015

    "He knows his cases inside out, no stones are left unturned in his preparation"
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2015

    "Has enjoyed a career in IP few silks can match, and has appeared in many of the most significant patent, trade mark and copyright actions of the past 20 years"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "Extremely well regarded and an absolutely superb advocate" "He understands how judges' minds work, so knows how to manage the court really well"
    Chambers & Partners (Information Technology) 2015

    "Admired for his his work in digital technology cases. Judges trust him because he only runs the best points"
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2015

    "He is quite simply superb, and one of the very best at the patent bar"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2015