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Richard Meade QC

 


Year of call: 1991
Year of silk: 2008

Richard Meade QC practises across all areas of intellectual property, information technology, and media and entertainment. He has the greatest experience in technically complex patent disputes (frequently multi-jurisdictional), contractual and commercial disputes involving technology, and disputes involving the music business.

Richard took silk in 2008. “Big cases suit him” (Chambers & Partners) and he has an aptitude for handling large amounts of technical information, which he combines with the skills for working as part of a large team: “he treats all members of a team exceptionally well” (also Chambers & Partners).
His skills as an advocate are recognised by the legal directories. The Legal 500 (2015) says “"A formidable advocate with a huge intellect; not someone you want on the other side", Chambers & Partners (2016) says “He has a very good delivery in court. Judges like his combination of charm and dynamism", and “a great cross-examiner”.
Richard appears regularly in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Patent Office. He has also appears in international arbitrations, and has represented clients in the Irish High Court in Dublin.
Richard is a Recorder, a Deputy High Court Judge, and a CEDR accredited mediator.

Richard was awarded 'IP Silk of the Year' by Chambers & Partners in October 2015.
 

Information Technology and Telecoms

"When it comes to a technology case his is a name that would leap almost immediately to mind" "Super-clever, he's always on top of everything and is very, very good as an advocate. He has a way of putting things across very effectively." " He shows incredible clarity of thought"; so says Chambers Directory 2015 of Richard. He brings to IT cases is a fantastic understanding of the detail, including of complex technology patents, enhanced by two years of experience as an IT management consultant at Andersen Consulting prior to coming to the Bar.

Unwired Planet v Samsung, Huawei, Google (High Court, 2014-present)

Multiple patent telecoms litigation over 2G, 3G and 4G patents, FRAND and competition issues. Multiple parallel litigation.

Rovi v Virgin (High Court 2013, Court of Appeal 2016)

Patent action and appeal concerning set top boxes. Multiple parallel litigation.

Microsoft v Motorola (High Court 2012, Court of Appeal 2013)

Patent action concerning Motorola’s assertion of a pager patent against Microsoft’s push email service. Parallel litigation in Germany.

Coward v. Phaestos (High Court 2013)

A partnership and copyright dispute over ownership of hedge fund trading systems and software;

Apple v HTC (High Court 2012)

Patent trial concerning several of Apple’s smartphone patents. Multiple parallel actions.


Nokia v IPCom (2008 to present)

This is a wide ranging patent dispute concerning the validity and essentiality of multiple telephone patents. It raises complex issues of essentiality and fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

Samsung v Ericsson (High Court 2007)

Patent dispute concerning validity and infringement of Samsung and Ericsson mobile telephone patents as well as FRAND issues under the ETSI IPR policy and European competition defences.

Nokia v Interdigital (High Court 2005-8)

Unusual and complex patent dispute concerning (in addition to questions of patent validity) whether Interdigital’s patents are “essential” under the industry ETSI standards for mobile telephones, and whether the Court has jurisdiction to decide that question.

Intel v Via (High Court, 2003)

A major patent action concerning validity and infringement of 3 of Intel’s CPU patents. The action settled after the trial but before judgement.

  • What the Directories Say
  • A very senior patent barrister and an excellent performer. He is level headed and cool under pressure." "One of the pre-eminent patent barristers in the UK right now. He is just incredibly calm, thoughtful and strategic"
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "Very quick, very smart and a lethal opponent." "He's massively talented and an intellectually awesome person to work with"
    Chambers and Partners (Information Technology) 2017

    "The perfect combination of being incredibly bright, an outstanding advocate and a fantastic guy to work with."
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2017

    "One of the leading patent silks at the Bar"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2016

    "He is very much in demand"
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2016

    "He has a very good delivery in court. Judges like his combination of charm and dynamism"
    Chambers and Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2016

    "He is very good, very tenacious and very pointed in his advice. He's also a great cross-examiner"
    Chambers and Partners (Information Technology) 2016

    "He is just incredibly sharp-he cuts through it all and undertsands what the point is before you even realise, even though you're the one explaining it to him"
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "A formidable advocate with a huge intellect; not someone you want on the other side"
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2015

    "He has a low-key style but shows exceptional judgement and is a very effective cross-examiner.Very determined, he never gives up and can make an argument from a difficult position"
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    " A brilliant barrister who can turn his hand to anything"
    Chambers and Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2015

    "When it comes to a technology case his is a name that would leap almost immediately to mind" "Super-clever, he's always on top of everything and is very, very good as an advocate. He has a way of putting things across very effectively." " He shows incredible clarity of thought"
    Chambers and Partners (Information Technology) 2015

    " He is calm and considered. and leads the new crop of silks"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2015