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Steven Maier

Work 01865 339330
Maier Blackburn LLP


Steven specialises in both IP and commercial litigation, with particular expertise in publishing and media law, including copyright and trade mark infringement, libel and privacy, confidential information and internet domain name cases. He also handles a wide range of commercial disputes including breach of commercial agreements, warranty claims and negligence. Steven is an appointed domain name adjudicator to both the World Intellectual Property Organization and Nominet.UK panels.


Trained Simmons & Simmons, qualified 1986; Olswang; Reed Elsevier; Manches LLP; founding partner of Maier Blackburn LLP.


University of Oxford, St Peter’s College (Jurisprudence, MA).


Family, golf, Newcastle United.

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Steven Maier is the ‘go-to person for all contentious matters’ at Maier Blackburn LLP. Maier deals with disputes across the range of business sectors as well as maintaining his specific expertise in the media and entertainment and IP fields. Maier assisted the Tolkien Estate with the successful settlement of long-running litigation in California against Warner Bros and others concerning the extent of the grant of merchandising rights in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Maier also carried out significant projects for Agatha Christie Limited and Matthews & Wilson. Recent client gains include James Ostrer and Watership Down Enterprises.

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South East: TMT

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Maier Blackburn LLP's team has a ‘wealth of knowledge’ in the publishing sector and counts Oxford University Press, Portland Press and Simon & Schuster as clients. Outside this space, Marvel Entertainment and the Cochrane Collaboration also feature on the roster. The ‘very efficient’ Steven Maier resolves disputes across all media and IP sectors, with clients including book, directory and periodical publishers, artists, agents and media organisations. Maier has continued as worldwide litigation counsel to the Tolkien Estate, recently successfully settling long-running litigation in California against Warner Bros and others concerning merchandising rights in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit in anticipation of a multi-season deal with Amazon. Noted for her ‘vast knowledge’ and ‘long memory’, Cathleen Blackburn handles the non-contentious side of the practice and is sought after for her international copyright expertise, specialising in all sectors of the publishing industry and regularly advising individuals and institutions involved in the arts and other areas of cultural activity.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Leading individuals

Steven Maier - Maier Blackburn LLP

Within: Media and entertainment

Good value for money’ Maier Blackburn LLP is noted for its ‘specialist knowledge of copyright issues and the publishing industry’. Name partner Cathleen Blackburn is known for her expertise in international copyright and in trade and academic publishing, and is recommended as being ‘extremely knowledgeable and sympathetic, prompt and helpful’. Fellow name partner and litigator Steven Maier has specialised in contentious publishing, media and entertainment law for a number of years, dealing with copyright, design right and trade mark infringement, passing off and related cases. Maier and Blackburn have both been involved in advising The Tolkien Estate in long-running litigation in California against Warner Bros and others concerning the extent of the grant of merchandising rights in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, which settled in June 2017. Maier and Blackburn between them also recently worked on significant matters for Agatha Christie Limited, Watership Down Enterprises and The Society for Medieval Archaeology.

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