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Henry Ward


Year of call: 2000

Henry Ward has a BA and M.Eng. in Engineering from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, specialising in civil and mechanical engineering. A member of Middle Temple and an Astbury Scholar, he was called to the Bar in 2000. He previously served in the Queen's Gurkha Engineers in Hong Kong, Brunei and Nepal.

Henry's practice covers many aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, copyright and designs, trade marks and confidential information. His background is in engineering, and particularly civil, mechanical, petroleum and offshore engineering, but he deals with a wide range of technical subject matter. Henry’s practice has covered almost all areas of both “hard” and “soft” IP cases – from biotech and electronic patents cases to reality TV disputes. He has appeared in all UK forums up to and including the Court of Appeal, and has experience of the Supreme Court and the European Patent Office both in the Opposition Division and the Technical Board of Appeal. He has also advised on and represented clients at numerous mediations.

Henry has invaluable experience of extremely lengthy and complex trial work, having acted in the Ultraframe v Burnden dispute which occupied 100 days of court time. However he also has a great deal of experience in relation to far smaller disputes, including extensive experience of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

Copyright and Design Right

Whilst a specialist in design right cases such as Sealed Air v Sharpak, Mainetti v Hangerlogic, Virgin Atlantic v Premium Aircraft, Ultraframe (UK) Ltd v Clayton (No.2) and many others, Henry has also acted in relation to a wide range of copyright disputes. Highlights include: Westwood v Knight acting for Dame Vivien Westwood in relation to a range of rights including copyright, Burrows v Smith, a computer software copyright dispute thought to be the first IP case done on a direct access basis; and 19 TV Ltd v Freemantle and Simco, the well-publicised dispute between Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller regarding the hit television shows Pop Idol and X Factor.


Omnibill (Pty) Ltd v Egpsxxx Ltd & Anor  [2014] EWHC 3762 (IPEC)

IPEC trial relating ot the use of photographs om a South African website- whether infringing use in the UK.

Westwood v Knight [2011] EWPCC 8, [2011] EWPCC 11, [2012] EWPCC 14

PCC trial re copyright trade mark and passing off allegations relating to Dame Vivienne Westwood clothing and brands, including proceedings for contempt

Burrows v Smith & Anor [2010] EWHC 22 (Ch)

Copyright and breach of confidence case in relation to computer games 

Design Rights

Sealed Air v Sharpak [2013] EWPCC 23

PCC trial re registered and unregistered design rights in fruit punnets.

Clinisupplies Limited v Richardson Healthcare Limited [2012] EWHC 3453 (Ch)

Summary judgment/strike-out claim in relation to alleged breach of confidence and infringement of unregistered design rights in medical products

Virgin Atlantic v Premium Aircraft [2009] EWHC 26 (Pat)

Unregistered design rights in business class seating systems

Mainetti (UK) Ltd v Hangerlogic [2012] EWPCC 42

Registered Design Right case in relation to coat hangers

Ultraframe (UK) Ltd v Fielding [2006] EWCA Civ 1660 [2005] EWHC 1638 [2006] F.S.R. 17, [2005] EWHC 679, [2005] EWHC 2506, [2002] EWHC 1964 [2003] R.P.C. 23

Extensive series of actions originally involving infringement of design rights but also encompassing conspiracy, directors’ duties, dishonest assistance, tracing remedies and aspects of company law.

  • What the Directories Say
  • "He is a very clear, direct and no-nonsense barrister." "He is astute, tactically excellent and has great drafting skills"
    Chambers Directory (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "A very compelling advocate with great technical ability"
    Chambers Directory (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "An intelligent, confident and polished junior" 
    Chambers Directory (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "A very bright, gutsy and confident junior," he is "a bright and purposeful advocate."
    Chambers Directory (Intellectual Property) 2014

    Henry Ward "gives you real confidence" due to his knowledge of the law. "Persuasive and compelling on his feet," he is experienced at complex trials surrounding soft and hard IP rights
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2013