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David Rose

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Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Dispute Resolution - Intellectual Property


David is a Partner in the Intellectual Property group specialising in rights protection and enforcement programmes across all IP disciplines – patents, trade marks, copyright, database right and designs. He represents many leading IP owners, notably in the pharmaceutical, financial services, entertainment, computer, sports, retail, clothing and luxury goods industries.

David has acted in a number of high profile disputes before both the UK and European Courts including: HTC v Gemalto; Sky v Microsoft; Starbucks v Sky; Napp v Sandoz; ratiopharm v Alza; Sky v Skype; Marks & Spencer and others v One in a Million; Sony Computer Entertainment v Pacific Game Technology; Racing UK v Satellite Information Services; Arrow Generics v Merck; Cairnstores v Astra Zeneca; and Servier v Lupin.

In the patent sphere, David advises on infringement, validity and ownership issues and the scope of protection of Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs) and has considerable experience advising on "clearing the way" strategies in brand/generic disputes. David also has extensive expertise in brand and design protection programmes, and acts regularly in administrative proceedings before the UK IPO and the EUIPO.

David is listed as a leading individual in the field of IP in the UK Chambers Guide, Chambers Global, Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer?, IAM Patent 1000 and World Trademark Review 1000.   Recent quotes from the directories mention that he is "always keen to outline a strategy and is a very effective case manager" (Chambers Global), "tough as nails, ... a 'natural litigator' who is 'experienced and aggressive'" (World Trademark Review) and a "very thoughtful, knowledgeable and realistic patent litigator" (IAM Patent 1000).  David has a Master's Degree in Intellectual Property from the University of London and writes widely on IP matters in a range of journals including EIPR, BioScience Law Review, JIPLP and MIP. He is a member of CIPA, ITMA and INTA.


Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP; Partner and Head of IP for Europe, King & Wood Mallesons LLP (formerly SJ Berwin) (September 1992 to May 2016)


Queen Mary, University of London (Masters in Intellectual Property Law); University of Manchester (Law)

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Mishcon de Reya LLP ’s wide-ranging expertise in brand management spans brand protection, enforcement and commercialisation through sponsorship, trademark filing and global portfolio management, as well as all contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Practice head Jeremy Hertzog is representing Iceland Foods in relation to an invalidity application filed against its EUTM registration by several Icelandic governmental bodies. ‘Collaborative and commercial’ trademark specialist and IP litigator David Rose  continues to act for Sky Plc in several trade mark enforcement proceedings against SkyKick. Ray Black  specialises in IP protection, enforcement and exploitation; recent work highlights include advising Ralph Lauren on its UK and EU trade mark portfolio and oppositions. Head of brands Sally Britton  assists Badoo, Bumble and Chappy in relation to portfolio management and the launch of new products. Lewis Cohen  advises Tottenham Hotspur and Tesco on commercial and sponsorship arrangements.

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Intellectual property

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David Rose - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Within: Intellectual property

Highlighted particularly for its brand management expertise, the intellectual property team at Mishcon de Reya LLP attracts praise for its 'strategic thinking and advise based on solid knowledge and sector expertise'. Jeremy Hertzog heads the department which is currently acting for Iceland Foods in an application made by several Icelandic organisations for the invalidity of its EU trade mark, which prevents companies in Iceland using the term 'Iceland'. A team led by David Rose is instructed by Sky on trade mark enforcement matter against Skykick for the use of the word 'Sky'. In another work highlight, the group is defending Dr Reddy's Laboratories in a patent infringement action brought by Warner-Lambert, and in the client's counterclaim for revocation, both in relation to the medication pregabalin. The team also advises Hewlett Packard, Daimler-Mercedes and Pfizer, as well as new clients eBay and the Ladbrokes Coral Group. Key names to note within the department include head of brands Sally Britton, Ray Black, who regularly advises high profile clients on their intellectual property portfolios, and Peter Nunn who is known particularly for his advice relating to online infringement.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Within: PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Mishcon de Reya LLP handles trade mark portfolios for leading brands and regularly acts on high-profile disputes. Jeremy Hertzog leads the IP team and recently defended Iceland Foods against the Icelandic government, which wished to cancel the client's 'Iceland' trade mark. Sally Britton is head of brands and advised Grant Thornton on the management of its international trade mark portfolio. David Rose is an expert in rights protection and enforcement; recent mandates include representing Sky in its trade mark infringement claim against SkyKick and advising Ladbrokes Coral on its global trade mark portfolio. Also recommended is Ray Black, who has a strong focus on portfolio management and assisted Ralph Lauren with the management of its UK and EU trade mark portfolios.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

IP disputes and regulatory issues are the key areas of focus for Mishcon de Reya LLP, with clients that include Pfizer, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline. Martyn Hann heads the practice and advised Hempshire on the regulatory aspects of its growth of cannabis; the client uses extracts from the plant for healthcare products. David Rose is an expert in intellectual property disputes and recently represented Lupin, which sought a revocation against Gilead's SPC for its HIV treatment product, Truvada. He also defended Dr Reddy’s Laboratories against Pfizer, which alleged that the client infringed upon its Lyrica drug.

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