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Niall Head-Rapson

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McDaniel & Co.

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Commercial IP department.


Niall is the principal at McDaniel & Co advising on all aspects of intellectual property. He advises businesses of all sizes from small businesses to major Plc’s. He has been advising on intellectual property matters since 1992. Niall trained and worked in the City and now runs his own business in the North East which was established in 2005. McDaniel & Co are now ranked as a tier 1 firm by Chambers and is ranked in the Legal 500, which is an exceptional achievement for a firm of our size. He is a specialist in all aspects of intellectual property law, be it patents, copyright, designs, trade marks, confidential information and branding. The firm’s lawyers are also experts in ownership disputes, be it IP or the business that owns the IP.


Trainee solicitor, and solicitor at Gouldens (Now Jones Day) 1992-1996; partner Martineau Johnson – April 2001-June 2002; partner then director at own firm McDaniel & Co from 2005.


Kings College University of London (1988 BSc Hons); The Nottingham Trent University (CPE 1990-1991, LPC 1991-1992); Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London (Diploma IP 1993-1995).


Gosforth Golf Club.

North: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Niall Head-Rapson - McDaniel & Co.

Within: Intellectual property

McDaniel & Co.’s ‘very strong’ team is a respected player in the market and assists private and public sector clients, most notably from the furniture, textile, homewares, jewellery and garden sectors, with all matters pertaining to the identification, protection, exploitation and commercialisation of IP including contentious work. In the trade mark arena, the team led by Niall Head-Rapson continues to assist J Barbour & Sons with all its trade mark matters including application, prosecution, anti-counterfeiting and general enforcement issues, in addition to licensing and portfolio management. It also acted for Talking Tables in trade mark infringement allegations against a large national retailer. On the patent side, the team is acting for Pro Kaddy in a patent infringement claim related to battery operated golf carts, and assisted Embryonix with patent licenses. Recent significant work in the copyright and design sphere includes acting for LSA in obtaining an interim injunction for copyright infringement, and assisting Raft Furniture with unregistered design right infringement matters. Director Kelly Hudson is another name to note.

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