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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.

Trade Marks and Passing Off

Recent trade mark actions in the High Court in which Henry has acted include: Flynn v DrugsRus (trade mark and parallel imports in relation to pharmaceuticals); Doosan v Babcock (rights to use Babcock mark in relation to nuclear power stations), Westwood v Knight (trade mark, passing off and copyright in fashion designs); Lonsdale v Erol (appeal re mark in sporting clothing); Fage v Chobani (Greek yoghurt), Hasbro v 123 Nahmittal (“PLAY-DOH”). In addition Henry has appeared in wide range of trade mark hearings before the UKIPO.

Doosan Power Systems Ltd v Babcock International Group Plc [2013] EWHC 1364 (Ch)

A dispute over the rights to use the famous Babcock mark in relation to civil nuclear power stations

Lonsdale Sports Ltd v Erol [2013] EWHC 2956 (Pat)

An appeal to the chancery division regarding the famous Lonsdale marks for sporting clothing

Fage v Chobani [2012] EWHC 3755 (Ch)

Re the admissibility of survey evidence in the Greek Yoghurt dispute

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

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

Hasbro Inc & Ors v 123 Nahrmittel GmbH & Anor [2011] EWHC 199 (Ch)

Case relating to play dough and the extent of the rights in the mark “Play-doh”.

Breach of Confidence

Henry has also advised on and acted in a range of cases regarding breach of confidence in trade secrets. Recent reported cases include:

Orr-Adams v Bailey (t/a G Bailey Services) [2013] EWPCC 30

Breach of confidence claim relating to concrete formulations

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

Copyright and breach of confidence case in relation to computer games

  • 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