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Robert Buchan

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Intellectual property, technology and IT.


Robert has extensive experience in dealing with and resolving all types of IP, IT and technology related disputes with particular in-depth expertise in luxury brands, food and drink, fashion, oil and gas technologies, and pharmaceuticals. He also has extensive experience in representing clients in the Court of Session in a wide variety of high-profile and complex matters, including patent infringement and validity disputes, trade mark actions (including counterfeit and parallel imported goods), and copyright and design right disputes. Robert also provides brand management and reputation advise both on line and in the real world to many leading household brands. Robert also advises on IT related disputes involving software and website development as well as major business critical IT or e-business projects. Robert has also successfully used mediation and arbitration to resolve IP and IT disputes. He has experience in dealing with domain name disputes, misuse of confidential information and infringement of plant variety rights. Robert is an accredited specialist in IP by the Law Society of Scotland.


Trained Maclay Murray & Spens LLP 1998-2000; assistant 2000-05; associate 2005-10; partner 2010-12; partner Brodies LLP 2012. Director of Scottish Society for Computers and Law. Regular contributor to leading IP journals such as ITMA Journal, CIPA Journal and Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice.




ITMA (Scottish Committee member responsible for CPD and training); AIPPI, SCL (Scottish Board Member); PTMG, INTA; Law Society of Scotland Technology Committee.


Peterhead Academy, Aberdeenshire; Aberdeen University: (1998 LLB Honours and Dip LP).


Running; enjoying good food and wine and reading/cinema/theatre.

Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

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Brodies LLP's dedicated IP team advises on advisory and contentious matters pertaining to commercial, regulatory and cross-border issues. The group also assists with issues across a range of sectors including the oil and gas, energy, IT, engineering and life sciences industries. Grant Campbell heads up the non-contentious practice while Robert Buchan now leads the contentious expertise following Gill Grassie's retirement. Other key individuals include Martin Sloan, who advises on IP issues relating to new technologies; and associate Shona Tennant, who has notable expertise in the education sector.

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Brexit and dispute resolution – intra-UK and in the European Union

August 2016. By Robert Buchan

The UKÂ’s vote on 23 June 2016 to leave the European Union raises a wide variety of legal issues and questions. With the UK Government unlikely to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union until early 2017, and then at least a further two-year negotiation window to determine the future relationship between the UK and the EU, it will be some time before the structure of the future UK/EU relationship is agreed or even much clearer. The flip side of the coin is that, until Brexit happens, it is very much business as usual. [Continue Reading]

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