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James St.Ville

 


Year of call: 1995

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James St Ville was called to the Bar in 1995. At Gray's Inn, he was awarded the Bird & Bird Award for Intellectual Property, the Moot Society Prize and the Prince of Wales Award. At St. John's College Cambridge he was a Morton Scholar and awarded 1st Class Honours in Engineering, Sir Joseph Larmor's Plate, the St.John's College Prize and the University IEE Institution Prize.

He is recommended as a Leading Junior in Intellectual Property by Chambers UK and Information Technology by the Legal 500 and is a chartered engineer with substantial commercial experience of electronics, optical communications and engineering.

James appears in patent, registered design, design right, copyright, database right, confidential information, computer contract and IT disputes many of which deal with complex engineering, electronics and software and is an author of Russell-Clarke and Howe on Industrial Designs (9th Edition, 2016) with Martin Howe QC and Ashton Chantrielle. He is regularly instructed in trade mark, passing off, data protection and threats actions, including domain name and internet disputes and appears in the High Court, Patents Court, Technology and Construction Court, Court of Appeal, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), UK IPO, EU IPO (formerly OHIM) and General Court of the EU. He is regularly instructed to appear against leading counsel and with juniors.

He  has expertise in areas of practice such as search orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, disk imaging orders, delivery up of source code, ex-parte injunctions to identify and deal with computer hackers and other interim injunctions which need to be kept confidential,  third party disclosure, UK Border Agency seizures and disputes over letters of request and the examination of witnesses for the purpose of foreign proceedings.

James represents clients at mediations, advises in relation to IP disputes in other common law jurisdictions such as Singapore and Jersey, and has sat as an examiner in response to overseas letters of request.

His reported cases include Spin Master v. PMS [2017] WLR (principles applied by High Court to achieve proportionate management of registered design cases), Marks & Spencer v. Asda Stores [2017] FSR 11 (principles on which court applies costs management controls in patent and unregistered design right cases), Positec v. Husqvarna [2016] Bus LR 714, [2016] FSR 29 (disclosure on obviousness in patent actions under new CPR 31.5), Procter and Gamble v. Star Global [2016] RPC 19 (community trade mark dispute concerning parallel imports of branded fragrances products with tracking codes removed), VPG Systems v. Air-Weigh Europe [2016] FSR 4 (invalidity of patent for on-board vehicle weighing system), Alfa Laval v. Separator Spares [2013] 1 WLR 1110 (CA) (the leading case on the test for determining whether breach of confidence and copyright claims against former employees are ‘matters relating to individual contracts of employment’ under the Brussels I Regulation), Virgin v. Casey [2011] ETMR 35 (maintaining registration of “Carbon Virgin” for advertising services in the face of Virgin’s appeal), Ancon v. ACS Stainless Steel Fixings [2009] All ER (D) 148 (CA) (patent action and appeal about high strength channels and bolts), M Systems v. Trek [2008] RPC 18 (validity and amendment of the patent for the USB memory stick), Meridian v. IP Enterprises [2008] Info TLR 139 (CA) (implied terms concerning ownership of copyright in source code), Nichia v. Argos [2007] Bus LR 1753 (CA) (principles upon which disclosure should be ordered in patent actions), BSW v. Balltec [2007] FSR 1 (successfully resisting pre-action disclosure regarding equipment used in the offshore oil and gas industry), Quads4kids v. Campbell [2006] Info TLR 338 (illegitimate complaints about products sold on eBay and threats of design right infringement proceedings), IDA v. University of Southampton [2006] RPC 21 (CA) (substantial patent entitlement dispute), Premier League v. Panini [2004] 1 WLR 1147 (CA) (copyright in football club crests), CDW's Trade Mark Application [2003] RPC 30 (trade mark www.standupifyouhatemanu.com contrary to public policy), Collag v. Merck [2003] FSR 263 (confidential information and patent entitlement dispute regarding agrochemical formulations), Rohm & Haas v. Collag [2002] FSR 28 (CA) (agrochemical process patent) and Safari Trade Mark [2002] RPC 23 (alleged non-use negative by use under bare licence).

 

Patents

James has a busy patent practice. His recent cases include Marks & Spencer v. Asda Stores [2017] FSR 11 - a patent action concerning expandable shirt cuffs, Epoch v. Character Options (2017) – trial concerning whether patent for rhombic triacontahedral water soluble beads infringed, obvious or an un-patentable aesthetic creation, Positec v. Husqvarna [2016] Bus LR 714 - action for revocation and declaration of non-infringement of patent for robotic lawn mowers, VPG Systems v. Air-Weigh Europe [2016] FSR 4 - trial concerning on-board vehicle weighing systems, Glendimplex v. Poundstretcher (2014) - patent, copyright and design right action concerning flame effect fires, Jackson-Ebben v. Wine Innovations (2014) - trial of patent entitlement dispute about single serve pre-filled wine glasses, Eli-Lilly v. Teva (2013) - letters of request seeking evidence to invalidate US patent for pemetrexed chemotherapy drug ALIMTA (appeared against Sara Cockerill QC resisting application to set aside order for examination) and First Subsea v. Balltec (2013-15) - trial of claim for alleged constructive trust over an international patent application as result of alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and for alleged infringement of copyright, breach of confidence and fraud upon the court in relation to 3D CAD and 2D drawings for deep-sea mooring equipment and pipeline recovery tools. Other cases include Ancon v. ACS Stainless Steel Fixings [2009] All ER (D) 148 (CA) - patent action concerning high strength channel and bolt assemblies used in the construction industry, M Systems v. Trek [2008] RPC 18 - Patent Office trial and High Court appeal regarding the ubiquitous USB memory stick, Nichia v. Argos [2007] Bus LR 1753 (CA) - new basis for disclosure in patent actions, BSW v. Balltec [2007] FSR 1 - successful resistance of pre-action disclosure relating equipment used in the offshore oil and gas industry, IDA v. University of Southampton [2006] RPC 21 (CA) - substantial patent entitlement dispute.

Marks & Spencer v. Asda Stores [2017] FSR 11.

Patent and unregistered design right action concerning expandable shirt cuffs.

 Epoch v. Character Options (2017).

Trial of patent action concerning rhombic triacontahedral water soluble beads for use in children’s toys - infringement and whether patent obvious or claimed an un-patentable aesthetic creation.  On-going appeal to the Court of Appeal.

 Positec v. Husqvarna [2016] Bus LR 714.

Patent action concerning robotic lawn mowers - principles applicable to disclosure, claim for revocation and declaration of non-infringement.

 VPG Systems v. Air-Weigh Europe [2016] FSR 4.

On-board vehicle weighing systems – trial of validity and infringement action.

 Angus Fire v. Cold Cut Systems (2016).

Patent action concerning high pressure water ‘cutting extinguishers’ used by emergency services.

 Phase Focus v. Thibault, UCL and others (2015/2016).

Patent action about lens-less coherent diffraction imaging technology, ptychography, and ptychographic reconstruction of 3 dimensional image information from interference patterns in high powered light and x-ray sources. Control and licencing of open source code repositories for academic research.

First Subsea v. Balltec (2013-2015).

Six week trial of claim for constructive trust over international patent application as result of alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and copyright infringement, breach of confidence and fraud on the court in relation to 3D CAD for deep-sea mooring equipment and pipeline recovery tools.

Glendimplex v. Poundstretcher (2014).

Patent infringement, unregistered design right and copyright action concerning flame effect fires.

 Jackson-Ebben v. Wine Innovations (2014).

Trial of patent entitlement dispute about single serve pre-filled wine glasses.

 Vibrafloor v Shepherd Construction (2014).

Action for breach of confidence and breach of contract, wrongful interference with goods, conversion, patent entitlement and patent infringement concerning vibrating floor technology for large scale storage silos.

  Eli-Lilly v. Teva (2013).
Letters of Request concerning US patent for the pemetrexed chemotherapy treatment ALMITA using antifolates and vitamin B12. Appeared against Sara Cockerill QC successfully resisting Lilly’s application to set aside an order for examination pursuant to letters of request from the US Court.

Collingwood Lighting v. LED Lighting and Electrical Distribution (2012).
Patent infringement action and invalidity attack concerning domestic LED lighting units.

Brigade v Autosonics (2012).
Patent action in the Patents County Court concerning white noise vehicle reversing alarms.

Compliant Phones v Obsidian (2011-2-12).
Patent infringement action concerning mobile phone apps and call monitoring and recording systems for Financial Services Authority Compliance.

Lormac v. ILC Dover (2011).
An action concerning flexible intermediate bulk carriers for the pharmaceutical industry.

Taltech v. Dewhirst (2011).
A patent action concerning seams for wrinkle free shirts. 

ITAB v. Gray (No.2) (2010).
Scope of exclusive patent licence and breach of technology disclosure obligations in licence for infra-red supermarket trolley retention systems.

ITAB v. Gray (No.1) (2009).
Four-week trial concerning exclusive patent licenses for supermarket trolley retention systems.

Ancon v. ACS Stainless Steel Fixings [2009] All ER (D) 148 (CA).
Patents Court and Court of Appeal case concerning high strength channel and bolt assemblies for the construction industry.

Nokia v. IPCom (2008/2009).
Instructed by IPCom in patent actions concerning third generation (3G) and enhanced 2G (2½ G) mobile telephones.

M-Systems v. Trek [2008] RPC 18.
Appeal to High Court and UK IPO proceedings concerning the validity and amendment of the patent for the ubiquitous USB memory stick - novelty – inventive step - sufficiency - amendment - added matter - disclaimer - whether issue estoppel as result of construction of application PCT in Singapore.

Nichia v. Argos [2007] FSR 38 (CA).
Patent action and appeal regarding white and blue LEDs. Whether court should exclude disclosure on obviousness - Court of Appeal ordered disclosure, set out principles on which disclosure should be ordered in future and provided guidance on approach which should be taken to contemporary evidence in cases of obviousness and whether privilege can be used to withhold information concerning experiments undertaken for the litigation.

BSW v. Balltec [2007] FSR 1.
Pre-action disclosure application in proposed action for patent, copyright and design right infringement and breach confidence in relation to pipeline recovery and offshore platform mooring equipment.

IDA v. University of Southampton [2006] RPC 21 (CA).
Magnetic powders to trap insects - patent entitlement - inventorship - whether contributing well known techniques is sufficient to be joint inventor - confidential information - excluding wrongdoer from ownership of patent.

AGT v. Aubin (2006).
Patent entitlement dispute concerning crude oil viscosity reduction.

IDA v. University of Southampton [2005] RPC 11.
Magnetic powders to trap insects - patent entitlement - inventorship - confidential information - contract concerning ownership of patents.

M-Systems v. Trek (2005).
Proceedings in the UK Patent Office and the Singapore Court of Appeal concerning the validity and amendment of the patent for the USB ThumbDrive.

ITG v. Algernon (2005).
Patent dispute concerning electronic tagging equipment - consolidation - prior use - alleged breach of confidence in prior use - security for costs.

Reckitt Benckiser v. Calmar (2005).
Patent action - trigger operated fluid dispensers

Master Mover's Cage Puller Patent (2005).
Entitlement proceedings after lapse of application - new application under section 8(3) of the Patents Act -third party conditions.

Master Mover's Industrial Tug Patent (2004).
Amendment proceedings in the Patent Office.

Jackson v. Johnson & Johnson (2004).
Employee inventor’s compensation claim – whether patent of outstanding benefit to patentee - law relating to amount of compensation.

Collag v. Merck [2003] FSR 263.
Agrochemical formulation and production process – confidential information - entitlement to patent - inventorship - consultancy agreement.

Rohm & Haas v. Collag [2002] FSR 28 (CA).
Declaration of non-infringement – agrochemical formulations - material in EPO file admissible on construction.

University of Southampton’s Application [2002] RPC 44.
Patent - entitlement – further information regarding details of foreign applications.

Frontline v. Tasc (2002).
Patent infringement action - validity - wireless network technology.

Advanced Phytonics v. Wilde (2002).
Injunction to restrain filing of opposition at EPO - breach of Tomlin Order - chemical extraction technology.

Advanced Phytonics v. MGA (2002).
Ex-parte injunction to restrain filing of opposition at EPO - information obtained as a result of inducing breach of contract - conspiracy – intimidation.

Rohm & Haas and Dow v. Collag and Agform [2001] EWCA 1411
Admission of additional evidence on appeal - joinder of intervening party.

Rohm & Haas v. Collag [2001] FSR 28
Declaration of non-infringement - agrochemical formulations.

Intel v. Via (2000).
Integrated circuit technology - snoop ahead patent - technology of Pentium processors - infringement – validity.

Via v. Intel (2000).
Integrated circuit technology - bus arbitration patent - technology of Pentium processors - petition to revoke - counterclaim for infringement – amendment.

Oneac v. Raychem [1999].
Info TLR 57. Patent action - lightning protectors for telephone lines.

Briscoe v. Middy Tackle International (1999).
Patent - fishing tackle - interim injunction.

Texas v. Hyundai (1998).
Semiconductor fabrication - product by process patent - striking out.

Cambridge Positioning Systems v. The Technology Partnership (1998).
Patent entitlement - confidential information - telecommunications and positioning systems - urgent injunction.
 

Trade Marks and Passing Off

James’ involvement in trade mark cases is wide ranging. His experience extends from a string of cases for Microsoft against counterfeiters and parallel importers to those in quite different sectors such as Procter and Gamble v. Star Global [2016] RPC 19 (a community trade mark dispute concerning parallel imports of branded fragrances products with tracking codes removed), Maclay Murray & Spens v. Sheriff (trade mark infringement and passing off dispute between solicitors), Smoothfield v. Smithfield Foods (trade mark infringement by swamping, against Simon Malynicz QC), Downing Property Management v. Downing College (trade opposition proceedings in UKIPO), Hospital Metalcraft v Optimus British Hospital Metalcraft (interim injunction application to restrain use of long standing business name, wrongly alleged to be descriptive), NOCN v Open College Network Credit4Learning (IPEC trial over right to use term’s OCN and Open College Network), Medichem v. Hillpart (cancellation proceedings in the EU IPO, formerly OHIM, in relation to the trade mark ‘I ♥ MAKEUP’) Sat-Insure v. Big Warranties (extended warranties for satellite television equipment), Evac Chair v. Ferno (evacuation chairs), Kenwood v. Ultimate Products (Kitchen mixers and soup makers), Virgin v. Casey (financial services), Legal and General Group Plc v. Legal and General UK Limited (financial services), Family Planning Association v Dowson (advice centres - politically and religiously motivated protests), PHS Wastetech v Wasteteam (bin liners and industrial waste collection) and Ellerman v. International Lotteries (gambling websites).

       At a European level, he has also advised on a considerable number of trade mark cases including those in front of the Board of Appeal at OHIM (the EU trade mark office and designs registry) and the General Court of the EU. He also has experience of deploying and responding to border control seizures by the UK Borders Agency, dealing with rights that have reverted to the crown in bona vacantia and issues concerning royal arms.

High Court Proceedings and Appeals

Maclay Murray & Spens v. Sheriff (2017).
Trade mark infringement and passing off dispute between solicitors.

Smoothfield v. Smithfield Foods (2017).
Trade mark infringement dispute concerning device mark Smoothfield and alleged infringement by confusion and swamping by Smithfield, appearing against Simon Malynicz QC.

Aljadeed v. Fadaat Media (2016-2017).
High Court trade mark action about the Arabic trade mark ‘Aljdeed’ (‘new’) in Roman and Arabic script for newspapers, television and online publications, appearing against Mark Vanhegan QC.

Procter and Gamble v Star Global [2016] RPC 19.
Community trade mark dispute concerning parallel imports of branded fragrances products with tracking codes removed. Acting for defendant. Summary judgment refused - exhaustion and estoppel defences had reasonable prospects of success - burden of proof in parallel import cases and applicability of BMS conditions to decoded fragrances explained.

Hospital Metalcraft v Optimus British Hospital Metalcraft (2015).
Interim injunction application to restrain use of long standing business name, which was wrongly alleged to be descriptive, and the defendant’s newly coined acronym ‘OPTIMUS-BHM’ based on the claimant’s long standing name.

NOCN v Open College Network Credit4Learning (2015).
IPEC trade mark and passing off trial over right to use term’s OCN and Open College Network for adult education accreditation services - ownership of goodwill - shared goodwill - descriptive marks - alleged bad faith.

Star Global v L’Oreal and Diesel (2014).
Threats action and revocation action in relation to international and UK trade marks for fragrances and alleged parallel import.

Eclectic Bars v. Verghese (2014).
Passing off and community trade mark infringement action and interim injunction application concerning names of events at night clubs.


Sat-Insure v. Big Warranties and Nationwide Satellite Services (2012).
Claim for passing off and breach of confidence in customer databases committed in the course of sales calls made by the defendants in order to sell extended warranties for satellite television equipment.

Evac Chair v. Ferno (2011-2012).
Claim for infringement of UK unregistered design right and passing off in relation to the world’s leading evacuation chair.

De’Longhi v. Omar (2012).
UK Border agency seizure of counterfeit Kenwood juicers. Action for community trade mark infringement.

GRQ v. Incite (2011).
Successfully acted in defence of a claim for alleged infringement of Community Trade Marks by use of the trade names Incite, Incite Out and Incite People.

Kenwood Appliances v. Ultimate Products (2011).
Acting for Kenwood and De’Longhi in action to restrain use of the trade mark ‘Soup-a-Chef’ in infringement of Kenwood’s mark, CHEF.

Virgin v. Casey [2011] ETMR 35.
Successfully resisting appeal by Virgin against registration of the trade mark Carbon Virgin for advertising and other services.

Sony v. Dorado (2009).
Acting for Sony Entertainment in trade mark action restraining distribution of counterfeit PSP (Play Station Portable) mobile phones (no PSP phone had yet been launched) - the defendant company and its director were successfully restrained.

Bison Bial v. Toolmex(2009).
Application to vary injunction by third party affected by an interim injunction restraining the sale of a trade mark by administrators.

European Flight Training News v. Transair (UK)(2008).
Passing off and trade mark infringement - High Court action regarding domain names and website content.

Mayfair Trunk Company v. Bolla Bags (2008).
Passing off - injunction application to restrain use of trade mark for hand bags immediately before major trade show - registered trademarks opportunistically acquired by Defendant from crown by way of bona vacantia.

Snoozetime v. McDonald (2006-7).
Interim injunction - passing off and trade mark infringement action concerning microbead pillows.

Lonsdale v. Rekri8 (2006).
Action concerning ownership of the trade mark GoGas after termination of a co-branding agreement and change of ownership of the claimant.

PW Publishing v. Short Wave Magazine(2005).
Interim injunction - passing off, copyright infringement and breach of confidence - domain names - internet news group - magazine titles - logos - names of regular articles.

Snoozetime v. McDonald (2005).
Ex-parte injunction - counterfeit pillows - trade mark infringement - passing off - detention in port - subsequent springboard injunction.

First Choice Holidays v. First Choice Marketing (2005).
Interim injunction application – phoney time share marketing campaign - trade mark infringement - passing off.

Legal and General Group Plc v. Legal and General UK Limited (2005).
Supreme Court Act 1981 section 39 - order for C’s solicitor to execute documents changing D’s name – overcoming difficulties identified in Halifax Plc v. Halifax Repossessions Limited [2004] FSR 45.

Big Box Storage Company v. Safe Box (2004).
Interim injunction - passing off – copyright infringement - deceptive logo, business name and advertising.

PHS Wastetech Limited v. Wasteteam Limited (2004).
Trade mark infringement - passing off - interim injunction - altered copy of name & logo - use of green translucent bags for rubbish.

Interval Travel Inc. v. Interval Travel.uk.com Limited (2003).
Injunction application ex-parte on notice - trade mark infringement - domain name and logo.

Tropical Shipping v. Tropical Shipping Services (2002).
Trade mark infringement – validity.

Grant Barnett v. Brandwell (2002).
Trade mark infringement - validity - passing off.

Bullock v. Addyman (2002).
Passing off - domain names - name of bookshop.

BBC v. Mormorunni (2002).
Domain name - passing off - trade mark infringement.

Family Planning Association v. Dowson (2001).
Passing off - domain names - meta tags – antiabortion organisation using deceptive domain names and meta tags.

Ventcroft v. Morton (2001).
Trade mark infringement - meta tags - internet website.

Ellerman v. Parmi Holdings (2000).
The Ritz Club - trade mark infringement - passing off - internet casinos using ritz-casino.com, ritz-sportsbook.com and similar domain names.

Ellerman v. International Lotteries LLC (2000).
The Ritz Club - trade mark infringement - passing off - internet casinos using ritzcasino.com.

Link House Magazines v. Midsummer Books (1999).
Circumstances in which witnesses of confusion should be interviewed by defendant in passing off action.

TDI Advertising v. Harada (1999).
Debt action by owner of poster sites - counterclaim for passing off - printing and displaying competitor’s posters - same colours and phraseology.

Idom Consulting Limited v. Idom Inc. (1998).
Trade mark infringement - passing off – US company claiming to have offices in the UK - domain names - link to claimant’s website.

Microsoft v. Backslash Distribution (1998).
Copyright in software - trade mark infringement - constructive trust over fruits of copyright and trade mark infringement.

Microsoft v. Staud (1998).
Copyright in software - trade mark infringement - passing off - permission for use of disclosure to aid foreign police.

Microsoft v. Carlton Computers (1998).
Copyright in software - trade marks - passing off.

Microsoft v. Taskmaster Computing (1998).
Copyright in software - trade marks - passing off.

Cape Building Products v. Knauf (UK) (1998).
Trade mark infringement – malicious falsehood - comparative advertisements for fire resistant building boards.

Maresfield Services v. Melville Cars (1997).
Minicabs - passing off - breach of contract – injunction.

Revegate Limited v. Dower (1997).
Passing off - interim injunction - ‘Walkley Clogs’ as name of building and tourist attraction - use as name of pre-exiting clog making business at new site.

Microsoft v. Fortune Distribution (1997).
Copyright in software - trade mark infringement.

Microsoft v. Computer Future (1997).
Copyright in software - trade mark infringement.

Microsoft v. Continental Components (1997).
Copyright in software - trade mark infringement.


Trade Marks Registry and EU IPO

Downing Property Management v. Downing College (2017).
Trade opposition proceedings in UKIPO concerning use of name Downing in relation property management and student accommodation.

Medichem v. Hillpart (2015).
Cancellation proceedings in the EU IPO (formerly OHIM) in relation to the trade mark ‘I ♥ MAKEUP’ (containing the heart ideograph verbalized as ‘I love makeup’) for cosmetic kits, perfumes and products sold alongside them.

Joules v Tribeca (2013).
Trade mark opposition concerning Joules’ sitting hare and Tribeca’s leaping rabbit logo for bags and leather goods.

Actis LLP’s CTM Application
(2012)
Appeal concerning registrability of the slogan mark THE POSITIVE POWER OF CAPITAL for financial services.

ESGE  v OHIM (2011).
Acting for Kenwood and De’Longhi in an appeal to General Court from OHIM Board of Appeal regarding Kenwood’s application to register trade mark KMIX in the face of ESGE’s registration BAMIX.

De’Longhi v. Ultimate Products (2011).
Opposition concerning application for the trade mark ‘Soup-a-Chef’ in the face of Kenwood’s famous CHEF mark.

Costcutter v. Copeland (2010).
Instructed on issues of trade mark infringement and opposition in relation to Costcutter’s very well known mark.

Il Ponte Finanziaria SpA v. Chelsea Football Club (2010).
On-going proceedings in front of the Board of Appeal at OHIM concerning Chelsea’s application for the trade mark Stamford Bridge in the face of Il Ponte Finanziaria's registration, Bridge.

Intertek v. Intetech (2010).
Ongoing Community Trade Mark opposition proceedings.

Mitchell’s of Lancaster v. Daniel Thwaites (2010).
Trade mark registry proceedings in relation to the trade mark Lancaster Bomber for beer.

Timken’s Trade Mark Application (2007).
Appointed Person - whether the trade mark ‘Friction Management Solutions’ devoid of distinctive character and/or designated a the kind, quality or other characteristics of services concerning lubricants and machines using bearings.

High Liner Trade Mark (2005-2007).
Appeal to OHIM board of appeal concerning likelihood of confusion of Captain Birdseye logo with image of fish, fisherman and the words ‘High Liner’.

Philosophy Trade Mark (2006).
Opposition - section 5(4)(a): alleged passing off - relevance of limited use and pre-existing rights in neighbouring field - section 3(6): alleged bad faith - width of registration - effect of ‘combined test’ in CHINAWHITE TM [2004] 1 WLR 2577.

Tommy Nutter Trade Mark (2004-2005).
OHIM Board of Appeal - refusal to grant CTM application successfully overturned.

ENRG Trade Mark (2003).
Resisting opposition based on prior registrations of ÉNERGIE and alleged right in passing off - no likelihood of confusion - no misrepresentation.

API Trade Mark No. 2 (2003).
Resisting application for declaration of invalidity of word mark API - alleged earlier right in passing off - relevant date - whether sufficient goodwill in acronym as opposed to applicant’s full company name - no misrepresentation - no damage.

CDW Graphic Design Ltd’s TM Application (‘www.standupifyouhatemanu.com') [2003] RPC 30.
Acting for Manchester United football club - registration refused - contrary to public policy - likely to cause football hooliganism.

API Trade Mark No. 1 (2003).
Opposing application to register device mark consisting of client's company name, API - whether word and device identical - similarity of marks - likelihood of confusion.

Safari Trade Mark [2002] RPC 23.
Revocation of trade mark for non-use - grant of bare license - sufficient use of trade mark to prevent revocation.

EPX Trade Mark (2002).
Whether APX and EPX similar trade marks - similarity of services - likelihood of confusion - significance of use of PX to denote power exchange.

Poirot Trade Mark (2002).
Trade mark “Poirot” for alcoholic beverages - heirs to copyright in Agatha Christie’s works - earlier trade mark - whether reputation in relation to books – unfair advantage or detriment - no trade mark use - descriptive of fictional character - no reputation.

Camoris Trade Mark (2002).
Appeal to Appointed Person - likelihood of confusion - Avon Comores - significance of house mark - whether Comores descriptive of perfume islands.

Golddigga Trade Mark (2002).
Application for declaration of invalidity - earlier rights - bad faith - earlier mark “Hussey Goldiggers”.

Titanic Trade Mark (2002).
Acting for Harland & Wolff - “Titanic” for provision of food - application for invalidity by sandwich bar in Manchester - no evidence of current reputation.

Mr Bean’s Trade Mark (2002).
Application for trade mark “Mr Bean’s” for foods - opposed by proprietors of fictional character - earlier trade marks - bad faith - no trade mark use on foods.

King Cole Trade Mark (2001).
Application for “King Cole” by Joe Cole - opposed by Andrew Cole - referred to on terraces and in the newspapers as “King Cole”.

Camoris Trade Mark (2001).
Opposition - prior registration of Avon Comores – whether likelihood of confusion - whether Comores descriptive of perfume islands.

Vitasorb Trade Mark (2000).
Application to revoke for non use - whether use in relation to all goods for which trade mark registered.

Philosophy Trade Mark [2000] IPD 23064.
Appeal to Appointed Person - discovery – further information - all sought for collateral purpose - application dismissed.

Facchino Trade Mark (2000).
Invalidity - earlier right in passing off.

Geobank Trade Mark [1999] RPC 682.
Registry practice - pleading material facts relating to allegation of invalidity - particulars ordered under rule 51.

Camoris Trade Mark (1999). 
Ex-parte appeal to the Appointed Person - Camoris not too close to Avon Comores - Avon distinctive part - Camores descriptive of perfume islands.

Audi-Med Trade Mark [1998] RPC 863, [1999] ETMR 1010. 
Opposition – dilution.

Global One Trade Mark (1998).
Opposition - whether mark descriptive of telecommunications.
 

Copyright, Database Right and Designs

Throughout his career James has been heavily involved in copyright, database right and design disputes, an area in which his technical expertise has come into its own. He recently appeared successfully in Spin Master v. PMS [2017] EWHC 1477 (principles applied by High Court to achieve proportionate management of registered design cases), Marks & Spencer v. Asda Stores [2017] FSR 11 (principles on which court applies costs management controls in unregistered design right and patent cases), Glendimplex v. Poundstretcher (copyright, design right and patent action concerning flame effect fires) and First Subsea v. Balltec (six week trial of claims including alleged infringement of UK unregistered design right, copyright, breach of confidence and fraud upon the court in relation to 3D CAD for deep-sea mooring equipment and pipeline recovery tools). Devonshire Pine Ltd v Day (a case about copyright, unregistered design right, reverse passing off and breach of e-commerce regulations in relation to pine furniture against Michael Edenborough QC) and Alfa Laval v Separator Spares [2013] 1 WLR 1110 in the High Court (against John Baldwin QC) and in the Court of Appeal (led by Martin Howe QC) in successfully resisting the joinder of Polish to dormant UK proceedings for breach of confidence and infringement of copyright in drawings for marine separator parts. He also acted for Playables in a substantial dispute over adapter cards for use with Nintendo DS and DS Light games consoles concerning border controls and customs seizures (Nintendo v. Playables) and in MinMeridian International v IP Enterprises, a Court of Appeal case concerning the source code of integrated forecasting software. James appeared in the Court of Appeal, led by Mark Platts-Mills QC, in FA FAPL Premier League v. Panini which established that a defence of incidental inclusion did not stop the copyright in club crests being used to restrain unlicensed publishers of football photographs in sticker books and magazines. He has since been instructed by the Premier League in FA Premier League v. LCD Publishing to restrain the use of unlicensed club based football magazines.

Spin Master v. PMS [2017] EWHC 1477.
Registered design case about well-known Bunchems toy. Principles applied by High Court to achieve proportionate management of registered design cases.

Marks & Spencer v. Asda Stores [2017] FSR 11.
Unregistered design right and patent action concerning expandable shirt cuffs. Principles on which court applies costs management controls in unregistered design right and patent cases.

First Subsea v. Balltec (2013-2015).
Six week trial of claims including alleged infringement of UK unregistered design right, copyright, breach of confidence and fraud upon the court in relation to 3D CAD for deep-sea mooring equipment and pipeline recovery tools.

Spin Master v Character Options and Brix N’ Clix (2015).
Registered design, community unregistered design right, copyright and passing off claim relating to extremely successful and well known flying toy.

Glendimplex v. Poundstretcher (2014).
Copyright, design right and patent action concerning flame effect fires.

Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society v NLA Media Access (2014).
Copyright claim in relation to ALCS’s subscribers’ copyright in the NLA’s ClipShare service and eClips database.

Devonshire Pine v. Day (2013).
Alleged infringement of copyright, unregistered design right, reverse passing off and breach of e-commerce regulations in relation to furniture and brochures and web sites advertising them. Appeared against Michael Edenborough QC, successfully resisting application for summary judgment.

Alfa Laval v. Separator Spares
[2013] 1 WLR 1110 [2013] CP Rep 9 [2013] ILPr 10 [2013] ICR 455 [2013] FSR 22.
Alleged breach of confidence and infringement of copyright in drawings for marine separator parts. Test for determining whether breach of confidence and copyright claims against former employees are ‘matters relating to individual contracts of employment’ and within Articles 18(1) and 20 of the Brussels I Regulation.

Metso Minerals v. Ashton Bulk (2013).
Alleged breach of confidence and infringement of copyright in relation to CAD drawing system data and drawings of very large scale bulk handing equipment including railway tipplers and stacker-reclaimers.

Web Services Integration v. Watertrace (2012).
Data management, enrichment and validation systems. Alleged breach of software licencing and system hosting agreement accompanied by failure to allow inspection of computer systems in accordance with the contract. Appeared against James Ayliffe QC in successful application for summary judgment to compel inspection of computer system.

University of Salford v. KPI Zone (2012).
Claim for breach of confidence and infringement of copyright and database right by forwarding emails and copying client contact database. Ex-parte order for imaging of computer systems and analysis of very substantial amounts of information from imaged hard disks.

Evac Chair v. Ferno (2011-2012).
Claim for infringement of UK unregistered design right and passing off in relation to the world’s leading evacuation chair.

Enterprise Documents Solutions v. Docworks (2011-2012).
Claim for specific performance of share sale agreement concerning document management software and counterclaim for infringement of copyright in that software.
 

MNC v. Kerckhaert (2011).
Action to restrain threats of community registered designs alleged to protect horseshoes.

Heywood Williams v. Easyfit (2010).
Successful registered design proceedings in relation to hinge fittings for doors.

Nintendo v. Playables (2010).
Acted for Playables in substantial case concerning urgent interim injunction application and ongoing High Court action over adapter cards for use with Nintendo DS and DS Light games consoles.

HMRC v. Playables (2009).
Acting for Playables in case concerning border controls and customs seizure and about adapter cards for use with Nintendo DS games consoles.

Gardline v. UTEC (2009).
Defending interim injunction application to restrain use of forms and procedures used to manage marine survey operations on board ships.

FA Premier League v. LCD (2008-9).
Action concerning football magazines - copyright in football club and Premier League badges - football club and Premier League trade marks - contracts controlling use of photographs taken at Premiership matches - alleged competition issues.

Module Co v. Laing O’Rourke (2008).
Pre-action disclosure concerning alleged infringement of copyright in hospital module building designs.

Storage Solutions v. Beacon Stream (2008).
Alleged threats of design right, patent and trade mark proceedings - responding to interim injunction application and action.

Meridian International v. IP Enterprises [2008] Info TLR 139 EIPR 475.
Appeal to the Court of Appeal - ownership of copyright in source code of integrated forecasting software - principles to be applied regarding security for costs in context of Conditional Fee Agreement details of which were not disclosed (in Court of Appeal). - preceded by speedy trial in High Court and interim injunction application which resulted in delivery up of the source code.

Duffy v. The Interactive Annual Report Company (2007).
Action concerning delivery up of source code for advanced website and website content management system.

EGroup v. Baker (2007).
For defendant in application for delivery up of source code in search engine and associated website.

Proteus Sports Cars v. Matker (2007).
Trial concerning confidential information in 3D CAD models of replica sports cars and breach of agent’s fiduciary duties.

Wild Rose v. Mercer (2007).
Musical, dramatic, choreographic and literary copyright in ice shows, design right in costumes, alleged breach of fiduciary duties - successful strike out.

BSW v. Balltec [2007] FSR 1.
Pre-action disclosure application in proposed action for patent infringement, copyright infringement, design right infringement and breach confidence in relation to pipeline recovery and offshore platform mooring equipment.

Intelligent Solutions v. Envision (2004-2007).
Copyright and confidential information in firmware and copyright and design right in electronic hardware for wireless building management systems.

Quads4kids v. Campbell [2006] InfoTLR 338.
eBay - registered designs - threats – injunction restraining illegitimate complaints made through e-bay’s Verified Rights Owners scheme, VeRO, which e-bay otherwise relied upon to stop legitimate trading.

River Island Clothing Company Limited (2005-2006).
High street fashion - numerous actions - Community unregistered design right and copyright claims against more than 20 defendants.

Manchester Metropolitan University v. Langtree Skillscenter (2005).
Copyright dispute concerning software for sophisticated supply chain analysis questionnaires.

Structherm v. Jarvis (2005).
Copyright in architectural drawings for pre-fabricated buildings.

FA Premier League v. Panini [2004] 1 WLR 1147, [2004] FSR 1 (CA).
Copyright in football club badges - football sticker albums and stickers - action shots of players - whether incidental use.Appeal to Court of Appeal.

Philips v. Salton (2004).
Copyright in software for coffee makers - authorisation - jurisdiction - parallel proceedings - service of part 20 claims out of jurisdiction.

JFA v. Oceancrown (2004).
Successfully resisting revocation proceedings in designs registry – cancellation under regulation 12(2). of the Registered Designs Regulations 2001.

Kahn v. Autopart (2003).
UK registered design action - alloy wheels.

Croll v. Tod (2003).
Royalties under consultancy agreement - preliminary issue on construction - counterclaim - designs for geodesic ray-domes - design right - breach of confidence.

Intranetics v. Cookson (2002).
Website - copyright infringement – confidential information - passing off - employee’s duty of fidelity.

Craftmatic v. Lumbamatic (2002).
Copyright in sales brochures for adjustable beds - disclosure of whereabouts of infringing works - additional damages - need for inquiry as to damages.

Randolph v. Abkco Music & Records (2002).
Action to enforce copyright in photographs of the Rolling Stone’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus which had been copied by Abkco without permission.

New Planet Solutions v. The Innovation Group (2001).
Breach of confidence – malicious falsehood - claimant’s right to supply software.

Acquila Electronics (2001).
Taxi meters - electronic circuits - design of taxi-meter display - design right - copyright - breach of confidence - employee’s duty of fidelity.

Trudi v. Alsuna (2000).
Children’s alphabet letters - registered design - validity – threats.

Marrioff v. The Channel Tunnel Group (2000).
Fire suppression systems - design right - copyright - confidential information.

Umbra Software v. Spencer (2000).
Computer software - commercial information - copyright - confidential information - employee’s duty of fidelity.

Dynamic Concepts v. Cable & Wireless (2000).
Antenna tower - copyright - work of architecture - parallel claim in Irish Law - whether substantial part taken.

Net Online v. Job Depot (1999).
Software for recruitment agencies - alleged copyright infringement - software chosen and operated by sub-contractor co-defendant.

Thomas Lloyd Mail Order v. Burden (1999).
Copyright in advertising photographs - photographs commissioned - terms of licence before and after CDPA 1988 came into force.

Morgan v. BBC [1998] 
Copyright in a screen play - opportunity to copy – whether similarity sufficient to infer copying.

Microsoft v. Backslash Distribution (1998). 
Copyright in software - trade mark infringement - constructive trust over fruits of copyright and trade mark infringement.

Microsoft v. Staud (1998).
Copyright in software - trade mark infringement - passing off - permission for use of disclosure to aid foreign police.

ETAL v. Critchley [1997] FSR 401.
Miniature electronic transformers - design right - “must fit” defence - data sheets - copyright - copying “little but often”.
 

Information Technology, Confidential Information, Data Protection and Commercial Litigation

As you might expect from his technical background, information technology is a core area for James’ practice including those cases in the Technology and Construction Court. Significant examples of this the latter include First Subsea v. Balltec (constructive trust over an international patent application as a result of alleged breaches of fiduciary duty in relation to deep-sea mooring equipment and pipeline recovery tools), Metso Minerals v. Ashton Bulk (drawing system data for very large scale bulk handing equipment), Zodiac v. Third Eye (complex TCC case concerning alleged fraudulent misrepresentation in the licensing of ‘surround vision’ virtually reality systems), Innovate v. Manhattan (wireless networking and computer system for a chilled and frozen warehouse facility), Gatton Volt v. FMX (computer aided facilities management software), Mulrooney v. Wright (computer software for the rostering of anaesthetists in the NHS) and Real Solutions v Saga (computer contract for holiday sales).

He James has also acted in numerous cases which are not in the public domain including in the banking sector.

He has acted and advised in a number of data protection actions (and in disputes which have not come to trial, including allegations of criminal wrongs working along- side criminal counsel) and acts in complex commercial litigation in otther areas such as systems development, pharmaceutical development and licensing.
 

First Subsea v. Balltec (2013-2015).
Claim for a constructive trust over an international patent application as a result of alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and for alleged infringement of copyright, breach of confidence and fraud upon the court in relation to 3D CAD and 2D drawings for deep-sea mooring equipment and pipeline recovery tools.

Vibrafloor v Shepherd Construction (2014).
Action for breach of confidence and breach of contract, wrongful interference with goods, conversion, patent entitlement and patent infringement concerning vibrating floor technology for large scale storage silos.

Allied Pressroom Products v. Printchem (2013).
Claim for breach of confidence in chemical formulations for products used in the pressroom and car care industries.


Metso Minerals v. Ashton Bulk (2013).
Alleged breach of confidence and infringement of copyright in relation to CAD drawing system data and drawings of very large scale bulk handing equipment including railway tipplers and stacker-reclaimers. Case involved preservation and analysis of very substantial amounts of data from imaged hard disks.

Web Services Integration v. Watertrace (2012).
Data management, enrichment and validation systems. Alleged breach of software licencing and system hosting agreement accompanied by failure to allow inspection of computer systems in accordance with the contract. Appeared against James Ayliffe QC in successful application for summary judgment to compel inspection of the defendant’s computer system.

University of Salford v. KPI Zone (2012).
Claim for breach of confidence and infringement of copyright and database right by forwarding emails and copying client contact databases. Ex-parte order for imaging computer systems and analysis of very substantial amounts of information from imaged hard disks.

Sat-Insure v. Big Warranties and Nationwide Satellite Services (2012).
Claim for passing off and breach of confidence in customer databases committed in the course of sales calls made by the defendants in order to sell extended warranties for satellite television equipment.

Zodiac v. Third Eye (2011).
Technology and Construction Court action concerning alleged fraudulent misrepresentation in the licensing of ‘surround vision’ virtually reality systems. Preparing for trial in November 2011.

Matrix v. LB Hounslow (Comensura intervening) (2010). 
Successful third party application on behalf of Comensura to restrain disclosure of confidential pricing information in public procurement litigation in the Technology and Construction Court.

Modi Measurement Systems v. CP Engineering (2008-2010). 
High Court action concerning breach of contract and copyright in software for engine emissions testing systems.

Kuros v. Baxter (2009-10).
Major commercial litigation over pharmaceutical development programme, application for speedy trial and dispute over whether access to the courts was precluded by a contractual dispute resolution mechanism.

ITAB v. Gray (No.2) (2009)
Breach of technology disclosure obligations in licence of infra-red supermarket trolley retention system.

Proteus Sports Cars v. Matker (2007). 
Trial concerning confidential information in 3D CAD models of replica sports cars and breach of agent’s fiduciary duties.

Innovate v. Manhattan (2006-2007).
Substantial IT dispute concerning wireless networking and computer system for chilled and frozen warehouse facility.

Intelligent Solutions v. Envision (2004-2007).
Copyright and confidential information in firmware and copyright and design right in electronic hardware for wireless building management systems.

Gatton Volt v. FMC (2005).
Substantial IT dispute concerning software system.

Jordan Grand Prix v. Tiger Telematics (2005).
Sponsorship of Formula One Grand Prix - specific disclosure - third party disclosure - negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation.

Mulrooney v. Wright (2004).
Computer software supply contract - fitness for purpose - reasonable skill - breach of contract - software for rostering anaesthetists in NHS hospitals.

Bar Pro Bono Unit (2003).
Substantial advice on Bar Pro Bono Unit’s data protection systems.

Calvert v. Yorkshire Bank (2003).
Subject access request - relevant filing system - correct interpretation - whether paper files sufficiently structured.

Sariyiah v. Peters Fraser & Dunlop (2003).
Subject access request - confidential information relating to third parties - whether non-disclosure justified.

Real Solutions v. Saga (2002).
Computer contract dispute.

Intranetics v. Cookson (2002).
Website - copyright infringement – confidential information - passing off - employee’s duty of fidelity.

Capita v. Consort (2002).
Substantial computer contract dispute.

Total Corporate Technology v. Prudential Assurance (2002).
Computer contract dispute.

BBC Worldwide v. Robot Wars (2001).
Format rights - licensing contract.

Moore v. Akin (2001).
Delivery up of source code - alleged software “time bomb” - last minute attempt to vacate trial - no real intention to bring the action to trial - action struck out.

Mason Pinder v. Parametric Technology (2001).
Computer contract dispute.

Dawn v. Midas (2001).
Licensing of computer game - publishing and distribution agreement.

AFD Software v. The Post Office (2000).
Licensing dispute - disclosure - proper search.

Marrioff v. The Channel Tunnel Group (2000).
Fire suppression systems - design right - copyright - confidential information.

Umbra Software v. Spencer (2000).
Computer software - commercial information - copyright - confidential information - employee’s duty of fidelity.

Demite v. Protec (2000).
Conspiracy - negligence - patent portfolio held under voidable contract - alleged deliberate mismanagement - costs consequences of Part 36 offer.

Millbrook Proving Ground v. Entran (2000).
Accelerometers for vehicle crash testing - faults in accelerometers - contract - express terms - fitness for purpose - contributory negligence.
 

Additional Information

Talks & Seminars

James regularly gives talks and seminars. Subjects he has addressed include ‘Watch this space – Actavis v. Lilly – the changing faces of patent construction’ for the Midlands Intellectual Property Society,  Construction of Patents for the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents, Software copyright & adwords for Berks, Bucks and Oxon Junior Lawyers Division, Practical tips for litigation for the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents in Nottingham, Defending your Trade Mark for the Wilkes Partnership, Data Protection after Durant at Lawrence Graham and again (by request) at Bristows, Recent Developments in Patent Law - Interpretation & Entitlement at Simmons & Simmons, The Proposed Community Patent Court for the Commercial Lawyer, Trade Secrets for Coudert Brothers, UK and European Intellectual Property Law for Coudert Brothers, Domain Name Dispute Resolution at Humphries Kirk for a group of solicitors & patent agents and The Law of Internet Security at  the Internet Special Interest Group.

Education & Professional Background 

St. John’s College, Cambridge (1986 - 1989) - 1st Class Honours in Electrical & Information Sciences & Engineering. Morton Scholarship. College Prize. Sir Joseph Larmor’s Plate. University IEE Prize. National Engineering Scholar.

GEC-Marconi Research Centre, Great Baddow (1990 - 1995) - Consultant in optoelectronics, 1993-95. Group Leader, Optical Communications Networks Team, 1992-93. Project Leader, Optical Techniques Group, 1991-92.

City University and the Inns of Court School of Law (1993 - 1995) - Bird & Bird Award for Intellectual Property. James McMahon Studentship. Prince of Wales Award. Moot Society Prize at Gray’s Inn.

Chambers of Mark Platts-Mills QC, 8 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn (1995 - Present) - IP Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association, The Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Organisation (TIPLO), Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly IEE) and the Engineering Council. Called to the bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

Other Interests - Playing jazz flute, contemporary opera and fringe theatre.Gray’s Inn advocacy trainer. James is also on the board of the Clod Ensemble theatre company and was a governor of Thornhill School in Islington and the independent chair of the Steering Committee for the RIGHT healthcare modelling research collaboration of 7 universities.

Recent Activity

» NOCN (Formerly National Open College Network) v Open College Network Credit4Learning [2015] EWHC 2667 (IPEC) (25 September 2015)
» VPG Systems UK Limited -and- Air Weight Europe Limited [2015] EWHC 1862 (IPEC)
» Esge AG v OHIM (Case T 444/10)
» Alfa Laval v Separator Spares [2012] EWCA Civ 1569, [2013] 1 WLR 1110

What the Directories Say

"He is an absolute perfectionist with a real eye for detail, which is really useful for trade mark infringement cases." "He is extremely thorough and leaves no stone unturned. His preparation on every case is superb and detailed, and he has first-class drafting"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

"Especially noted for his skill in handling cases with dominant mathematical and technical elements" 
Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2017

"He has excellent knowledge of technology and a keen eye for detail."
Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2017

"His calm, forensic approach is absolutely invaluable"
Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2016

"He has a keen eye for detail and is very thorough"  
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

"A user-friendly and very experienced junior"
Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2016 

"Excellent in advising on matters with an IP or contractual dimension"
Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2015

"Displays incredible attention to detail, is very responsive, gives sound commercial advice and has excellent IT industry knowledge" 
Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2015

"He leaves no stone unturned- he offers superb detailed preparation on every case and first-class editing"
 Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

"Expertise in IT disputes involving engineering, electronics and software"
Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2014

"Technically strong," he is "hard-working and on top of the detail"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2014

"He is very good on the technical side"
Chambers & Partners (Information Technology) 2014

 

 

 

 

  • What the Directories Say
  • "He is an absolute perfectionist with a real eye for detail, which is really useful for trade mark infringement cases." "He is extremely thorough and leaves no stone unturned. His preparation on every case is superb and detailed, and he has first-class drafting"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "Especially noted for his skill in handling cases with dominant mathematical and technical elements" 
    Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2017

    "He has excellent knowledge of technology and a keen eye for detail."
    Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2017

    "His calm, forensic approach is absolutely invaluable"
    Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2016

    "He has a keen eye for detail and is very thorough"  
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "A user-friendly and very experienced junior"
    Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2016 

    "Excellent in advising on matters with an IP or contractual dimension"
    Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2015

    "Displays incredible attention to detail, is very responsive, gives sound commercial advice and has excellent IT industry knowledge" 
    Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2015

    "He leaves no stone unturned- he offers superb detailed preparation on every case and first-class editing"
     Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "Expertise in IT disputes involving engineering, electronics and software"
    Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2014

    "Technically strong," he is "hard-working and on top of the detail"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2014

    "He is very good on the technical side"
    Chambers & Partners (Information Technology) 2014