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Daniel Alexander QC

 


Year of call: 1988
Year of silk: 2003

With over 20 years’ experience of litigation and advice in intellectual property cases, Daniel's practice covers all areas of intellectual property including IT and media/entertainment cases.

Work includes international and EU-cases, including multi-jurisdictional IP issues, private international law, and arbitration/mediation of IP and media 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.

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.

IT work covers wide range, including rights-related and contract disputes and arbitration of IT disputes.

 

EU, Private International Law and Competition Law

 MPEG LA v Harvard* (2009)

Patel pool agreement raising issues on FRAND royalties and approach to determining claim.

GAT v Luk (2004-6)

ECJ case concerning jurisdiction under Article 16(4) of the Brussels Convention.

Celltech* v Medimmune (2004)

Impact of an exclusive jurisdiction clause on forum non conveniens arguments.

Apple Corps* v Apple Computer (2004)

Rome Convention on choice of law in an intellectual property agreement.

British Horseracing Board v Cantor Index* (2003)

Database right claim relating to horse racing information raising issues of UK and EU competition law.

Microsoft* v BDL (1998)

Article 86 allegations of predatory pricing and trade marks/copyright.

Modus Vivendi v British Products Sanmex* (1996)

Brussels Convention - jurisdiction dispute in passing off action.

Portman v MAFF (1994)

Judicial review based on EC directive concerning agrochemicals.

Chiron v Organon Murex* (1992-4)

Competition and private international law aspects of patent claim.

Blenheim v Mack Brooks* (1993)

Trade mark infringement - Brussels Convention

Fyffes* v Chiquita (1991-92)

Trade mark agreement alleged to be in contravention of Articles 85 and 86/EC and in restraint of trade.

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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

    "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