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Ben Longstaff

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Hogarth Chambers (Chambers of Alastair Wilson QC and Roger Wyand QC)


Barrister specialising in all areas of intellectual property, including patents, trade marks, passing off, copyright, know-how, breach of confidence, comparative advertising and domain names. Represents clients in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and UK Intellectual Property Office. Please see profile at


Called 2009, Gray’s Inn; senior subeditor at ‘New Scientist’ for a number of years; Anthony Bessemer Clark Scholar 2007-08 and Lord Justice Holker Scholar 2008-09; co-author of ‘A User’s Guide to Trade Marks and Passing Off’. He also contributes to ‘Copinger & Skone James on Copyright’ and ‘Moral Rights’. Recent cases include: Vringo Infrastructure v ZTE UK [2014] EWHC 3924 (Pat) – junior for Vringo, whose 3G/LTE network handover patent was found to be valid and infringed (instructed by Powell Gilbert); John Kaldor Fabricmaker UK v Lee Ann Fashions [2014] EWHC 3779 (IPEC) – successfully represented defendant against allegations of copying and infringement in relation to fabric designs (instructed by Spearing Waite); HTC v Gemalto [2014] EWCA Civ 1335 – junior counsel for HTC, defeated Gemalto’s appeal against earlier finding of non-infingement. HTC also secured a narrower construction of the patent as part of the appeal (instructed by Powell Gilbert); HTC v Gemalto [2013] EWHC 1876 (Pat) – junior counsel for HTC in multi-patent trial including highprofile attack on Gemalto’s patent for Java-based microcontrollers, which was alleged to be infringed by HTC’s Android handsets making use of Dalvik technology. Succeeded in invalidating the bulk of the claims in dispute, and in showing non-infringement (instructed by Alex Wilson and Rebecca Lawrence, Powell Gilbert); HTC v Nokia (settled before trial) – junior counsel for HTC in multijurisdictional multi-patent action spread over eight trials. The patents concerned Nokia’s technology for providing menus for phones, and SMS updates to web pages, with infringement alleged against a variety of downloadable apps; Slater v Wimmer [2012] UKPCC 7 – represented the defendant in a copyright infringement trial in the Patents County Court; (Instructed by Joanne Memery, Memery Crystal) Robot Wars (Invalidation) 0-090-11 – acted for the companies behind the famous Robot Wars television series, seeking invalidation of a trademark ‘Robot Wars’ (Instructed by Carollanne Lindley, Kilburn & Strode); LG Electronics v Sony Europe (settled before trial) – engaged by Powell Gilbert LLP to provide advice and analysis for the defendant on a highly technical patent relating to multiplexed digital television signals, as part of complex multi-jurisdiction litigation. Worked with experts and used mathematics qualification to advise the client and build a coherent case on the technical aspects of the patent. (On secondment at Powell Gilbert).


Basic German.


Intellectual Property Bar Association.


Castle School, Thornbury; Abingdon School, Abingdon; Pembroke College, Oxford (2000 BA Mathematics); BPP Law School (2009 BVC); City Law School (2009 GDL).


Running, photography, classical guitar.

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