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The Rt.Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob

 


Position: Arbitrator and Mediatior

Hugh Laddie Professor of Intellectual Property Law
and Director of the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law,
University College London

Arbitrator, mediator, expert witness and advisor

Having read Natural Sciences at Trinity College Cambridge, Sir Robin then simultaneously read for the Bar and took an LLB from the LSE. He was called to the Bar by Grays Inn in 1965.

He practiced at the Intellectual Property Bar from 1967. From 1976 to 1981 he was the Junior Counsel for the Comptroller of Patents and for Government departments in intellectual property. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1981. His practice took him abroad often (Hong Kong, Singapore, Europe, USA, Australia). He was appointed to the Bench in 1993.. From 1997 to 2001 he was Supervising Chancery Judge for Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff. He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in October 2003. In the Court of Appeal he regularly sat on both IP and commercial cases. He formally retired from the Court of Appeal in May 2011 to take up his current appointment. He continued to sit from time to time in Court of Appeal until April 2016. He acts as an arbitrator, mediator and expert witness both in IP and commercial cases. He is a member of the following arbitral bodies LCIA, the ICC, SIAC, KLRC and HKIAC.

He is Hon. Fellow of the LSE, an Hon. Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, an Hon. LlD of the University of Wolverhampton, Governor of the LSE, Hon. President of the UK branch of the Licensing Executive Society, Hon. President of the Association of Law Teachers, a member of the Advisory Board of the European Law Centre of King’s College London and Chairman of the Advisory Panel on the appointment and training of judges of the Unified Patent Court. He was a Governor of the Expert Witness Institute from its foundation until 2004 and is now a Governor again. He was Treasurer of Grays Inn in 2007. He was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in IP award by MIP in 2012. He was a member of the Scientific and Advisory Board of the European Patent Office during its existence. He has written extensively on all forms of intellectual property. He often lectures, mainly on IP topics, both in the UK and abroad and is regularly consulted on IP matters by the European Commission and the UK government. He is President of the Intellectual Property Judges’ Association (the association of European IP, particularly patent, judges). He is Chairman of the Advisory Panel on the Selection and Training of Judges for the forthcoming Unitary Patent Court.
 

Legal Career

Academic Studies and early legal career (1960 - 1967)

Sir Robin read Natural Sciences (physics) at Trinity College Cambridge (1960 to 1963) and then law at the London School of Economics (1963 to 1967). He was called to the Bar in 1965. At the Bar, as a barrister and trial advocate, he practiced mainly, but not exclusively, in all types of intellectual property law.

Legal career as a barrister (1965 - 1993)

From 1976 to 1981 he was the Junior Counsel for the Comptroller of Patents and for UK Government departments in intellectual property. He was appointed Queen's Counsel (“QC”) in 1981. His practice often took him abroad and he practiced as an advocate or legal adviser in Hong Kong, Singapore, the USA, Australia and in several European countries, as well as before the European Patent Office.

Sir Robin was a member of the leading intellectual property set, 8 New Square, from 1965 - 1993 until his appointment as a High Court Judge.

Career as a High Court Judge and Court of Appeal Judge (1993 - 2011)

When Sir Robin was appointed as a High Court Judge in 1993 he became one of only a small number of specialist designated Patents Court Judges.

In October 2003, he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal, the second most senior court in the UK legal system. During his time as a Judge, Sir Robin wrote many leading judgments in intellectual property law cases and is regarded as one of the UK’s, and Europe’s, leading intellectual property judges of recent times.

Sir Robin formally retired from the Court of Appeal in May 2011, however he continues to sit in the Court of Appeal from time to time where his intellectual property expertise is required in particularly important intellectual property cases.

Sir Robin also acts as an arbitrator and mediator and as an expert witness on English or European law.

Sir Robin has written and lectured extensively around the world on all forms of intellectual property law and is regularly consulted on IP matters by the European Commission and the UK government. He is a co-editor of the Encyclopedia of UK and European Patent Law and advisory editor of Kerly’s Law of Trade Marks and Trade Names. A non-exclusive list of Sir Robin’s publications is set out below.