David specialises in intellectual property matters, with particular expertise in trade marks, copyright and registered and unregistered designs. Over the years, David has worked with large and small clients in a diverse range of industries, including FMCGs, fashion, life sciences, agriculture and heavy industry, TMT and the arts.
A solicitor advocate, David has the benefit of in house experience, having represented The Coca-Cola Company as Trade Mark Counsel for Western Europe in 2003-2005. David received a special commendation from the WORLDLeaders: European IP Awards for his work with The Coca-Cola Company.
In November 2012, David was recognised as the (London) Times Lawyer of the Week. David led the team that won the EU Trade Mark and Design Team of the Year at the MIP Awards 2013.
- Recent Work
- assisting a number of sponsors in the run up to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games
- successfully representing Samsung against Apple in design right infringement proceedings before the High Court and Court of Appeal
- undertaking a global license review program for an international FMCG company
- assisting The Coca-Cola Company with brand protection including trade marks and designs in the UK and EU
- David's new book, European Union Design Law: A Practitioners' Guide, was published by Oxford University Press in December 2012.
Clients describe David as a “great professional with an amazing client base” (WTR 2013) and "outstanding": "exceptionally bright, commercially minded and hugely popular with clients" (WTR 2012). "He is sensible to deal with and knows a great deal about trade marks" (MIP 2011). Chambers UK 2013 ranks David for IP as "an expert on trade mark and European design law". Chambers UK 2011 notes "clients say he is a delight to work with, succinct and forever available". Legal 500 2012 recommends David as a leading Individual for Brand Management. David is also listed in The Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners, The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, PLC Which Lawyer, London Super Lawyers Magazine 2013 and has been recognised by readers of Trademark World as an IP Luminary.
David is an elected member of the board of directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and chairs its Programs Committee. He also chairs the Design Team of MARQUES.
A graduate of the universities of Sydney, Oxford and Cambridge, David writes and lectures extensively on intellectual property issues. At the invitation of the European Commission, David has travelled to Bucharest to train Romanian judges in IP law. David has authored numerous articles on intellectual property issues, particularly in relation to design protection. David is also a domain name dispute arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organization, and has been appointed a Notary Public by the Archbishop of Canterbury.