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Tom Alkin

Work 020 7405 1222
11 South Square (Chambers of Iain Purvis QC)


Barrister specialising in intellectual property and related fields. Recent cases include:

Global Flood Defence Systems Ltd & Anor v Johan Van Den Noort Beheer BV & Ors [2016] EWHC 1851 (Pat) (High Court Appeal, patent infringement)

Smith & Nephew Plc v Convatec Technologies Inc [2015] EWCA Civ 607 (Court of Appeal, wound dressings)

Teva v Leo [2015] EWCA Civ 779 (Court of Appeal, revocation);

Norbrook Laboratories Ltd v Bimeda Research & Development Ltd BL 0/243/15 (Intellectual Property Office)

Collingwood Lighting v Aurora [2014] EWHC 228 (patents court, infringement);

Cooke v Watermist [2014] EWHC 125 (Patents Court – entitlement, burden of proof);

W.S Foster & Son v Brooks Brothers [2013] EWPCC 18 (passing off);

Glenmark Ltd v Wellcome Foundation [2013] EWHC 148 (Pat) (Patents Court – pharmaceutical patents);

Force India v 1Malaysia Racing Team [2012] EWHC 65 (Pat) (Formula 1 racing car designs, breach of contract);

Cephalon Inc v Orchid Europe Ltd (Patents Court – pharmaceutical patent);

Ate My Heart (AKA Lady GaGa) v Mind Candy Ltd (High Court – copyright in musical works);

Gucci v Shipton & Heneage Ltd (High Court – community trade marks);

Hudson Bay v Umbro [2010] ETMR 62 (trade mark licensing);

Hotel Cipriani SRL v Cipraini (Grosvenor Street) Ltd [2009] RPC 9 in 2009 (trade marks).


Called 2006, Middle Temple; tenant 2007.


New College, Oxford (BA Natural Sciences, Biological Science); City University (Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction); Inns of Court Law School.

London Bar

Intellectual property

Within: Leading Juniors

Tom Alkin - 11 South SquareAn excellent barrister who gets to grips with the technology and legal issues very quickly.

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

11 SOUTH SQUARE offers ‘excellent client service levels’ and has ‘an excellent reputation for intellectual property matters’ including in the media and entertainment sectors. Michael Silverleaf QC, leading Tom Alkin, were instructed by The Church of Scientology in a dispute with Sky over the broadcasting of a documentary about the organisation. In another case highlight, Hugo Cuddigan QC is acting for the defendant in a claim for a non-infringement declaration brought by Ed Sheeran relating to the song ‘Shape of You’, as well as in his client’s counterclaim for copyright infringement.

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