Darren Meale

Managing Associate

London

T +44 20 7825 4365
M +44 7860 607 479
darren.meale@simmons-simmons.com

General Experience

Darren is an expert in intellectual property law, with a practice which focuses on trade mark, copyright and design law disputes and advice. He has litigated at all levels in the UK, from the UK Intellectual Property Office to the UK Supreme Court. He has also fought cases at the EUIPO, the EUIPO Board of Appeal and the General Court of the EU.

Darren’s practice takes in a wide variety of sectors, in particular the media, technology and luxury goods sectors. To give but a flavour, he has advised clients on intellectual property rights in relation to everything from cartoon characters to whisky bottles, clothing, knitting needles, lingerie, soft drinks, telecommunications services, television programmes, films and hotels. Darren has particular expertise and interest in digital rights issues, including the way in which the Internet and new digital technologies interact with and potentially infringe intellectual property rights, most notably the evolving “blocking injunction” jurisdiction in the UK and elsewhere.

Darren also sits as a Deputy District Judge, pursuant to which he hears a variety of civil law disputes in the English County Court. He was named as a “Rising Star” in the UK by Expert Guides in both 2014 and 2015.

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Recent Work
  • advising a number of Hollywood studios in the protection of their famous brands, including Warner Bros and DC Comics and their iconic comic book heroes Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman
  • advising The Saul Zaentz Company on the protection of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the film rights to which it licenses from the Tolkien estate
  • advising Crown Resorts on the protection of the Crown and Crown Aspinalls luxury hotel and casino brands
  • advising Abercrombie & Fitch in unregistered and registered design right disputes in the UK High Court and at the EUIPO against the Superdry brand.
Background

Darren graduated from University College London with a First Class LLB in Laws. He has a Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from the University of Bristol.

Darren is also a Solicitor-Advocate and has acted as junior counsel in the UK Intellectual Property Office and the High Court. He is a former guest blogger for the leading IP blog, the IPKat, and continues to guest post; is widely published on current intellectual property issues; and is a contributor to and peer reviewer for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice as well as other IP publications.