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Simon Clark

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Bristows LLP

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Brands, Design and Copyrights, IP Litigation


Simon specialises in copyright and design rights, database rights, trade marks, passing off, domain names and breach of confidence. He is particularly active for clients in the design industry, including some of the country’s leading furniture, textile, fashion and product design companies. He acted for deVOL Kitchens Ltd in their successful defence of design right claims brought by Neptune (Europe) Ltd in the High Court. He also specialises in online intellectual property issues, including representing the NLA and six of the national newspapers in the proceedings brought against Meltwater and the PRCA on copyright in newspaper headlines, summaries and internet browsing. As a litigator he has acted for clients in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Court of Justice of the EU, as well as in the IP Enterprise Court and the Copyright Tribunal, including appearing as a Solicitor Advocate. He also manages several international brand portfolios for clients and represented Frazer-Nash in their successful defence and counterclaim in High Court trade mark and passing off proceedings brought by The London Taxi Corporation. Simon is the Honorary Secretary of BLACA (the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association), a tutor on the Oxford IP Diploma course and the co-author of Intellectual Property, a text book published by Palgrave MacMillan currently in its sixth edition. He is also a member of the Designs Committee of INTA, a contributor to the Trade Mark Handbook and sits on the Advisory Panel of Intellectual Property Magazine.


  • Qualified 1992, Partner 2000
  • Solicitor Advocate


Honorary Secretary of BLACA (the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association);
Tutor on the Oxford IP Diploma course;
Member of the Designs Committee of INTA.


Cardiff University 1989 LLB Hons

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Bristows LLP's team 'is more than a collection of lawyers; it is a real team working together - and for each other - for a common client-focused goal'. The practice stands out for complex IT disputes, as well as commercial claims involving IP licensing and exploitation contracts; it has also experienced growth in disputes involving the misuse of confidential information, and instructions for pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Mark Brown, Anna Cook and Simon Clark are experienced advisers, as are Jeremy Blum and Angela Fouracre. Kevin Appleton retired from the firm.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Bristows LLP has 'a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise' in trade mark and design portfolio management, advertising and marketing, sponsorship arrangements and other commercial ventures. The practice has a niche speciality working with major advertising and publishing houses such as the WPP Group, the Financial Times and Guardian News and Media. On the advertising side, Paul Jordan is experienced in multi-platform advertising clearance, regulatory matters, advising on influencer and promotion agreements and defending against Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) complaints, such as defending Gtech in a high-profile comparative advertising complaint brought by Dyson. Trade mark attorney Ian Gruselle is a soft IP specialist and leads the management of worldwide and European trade mark (EUTM) portfolios. Design expert Simon Clark focuses on copyright and design rights, database rights, trade marks, passing off and domain names. Also of note are Paul Walsh, 'an excellent all-round brands expert'; Jeremy Blum, who leads on the contentious IP side; and associate Andy Butcher.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

With specialisms in the the technology and life sciences sectors, the intellectual property team at Bristows LLP provides 'a first-class service at a real-world cost' and clients praise it as 'the best all-round IP team in the UK'. The group has broad expertise and 'excels not only in UK IP litigation but also in pan-European IP matters'. Brian Cordery and the 'hugely experienced' Myles Jelf, who 'successfully brings first-class strategy and oversight to cases, whilst inspiring and harnessing the abilities of the firm's fantastic associates', jointly head the patent litigation team, while Matthew Warren, Simon Clark and Ian Gruselle lead the commercial IP team, brands practice and trade mark portfolio group respectively. Other names to note include Andrew Bowler and Robert Burrows, who handle a range of contentious IP matters; telecoms and high-tech patent litigator James Boon; Liz Cohen, Dominic Adair and Gemma Barrett who focus on life sciences patent litigation; Richard Pinckney, who acts in IP disputes in the TMT, engineering and electronics sectors; and brands expert Jeremy Blum.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Within: PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Bristows LLP fields a particularly strong practice in the management of worldwide trade mark portfolios, including the representation of clients in complex opposition and cancellation proceedings. With its added litigation capacities, the group is able to provide clients with a full-service brand protection offering. While the food and beverage, publishing, hospitality, luxury and automotive sectors account for a significant portion of the caseload, the group's track record also includes clients from a broad spread of other sectors. Ian Gruselle and solicitor advocate Simon Clark are the heads of the practice.

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