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Michael Hart

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Intellectual property.


Michael Hart heads the award winning Intellectual Property Department in the Firm's London office. He has extensive experience in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters, particularly in the areas of copyright, designs, trade marks and trade secrets. He has led a wide variety of high profile litigation cases, winning important cases in the High Court, the UK Supreme Court, the UK Copyright Tribunal and the Court of Justice of the European Union. He also has considerable experience of lobbying on IP issues. Michael is recognised as a leading UK figure in IP law by Chambers and Legal 500. Michael's IP litigation cases for many household-name companies have involved issues relating to copyright, design, IP licensing terms, trade secrets and misappropriation of confidential information, personal privacy and trade marks. Michael has also successfully conducted a large number of mediations relating to IP issues. His non-contentious IP work includes advising on major IP agreements and licenses, and the sale and acquisition of IP rights. Michael has also acted for leading technology companies, trade associations and consumer groups in connection with several legislative lobbying campaigns on copyright issues, involving both the UK and European Parliaments and the European Commission. He has also advised leading companies on issues relating to legislation and legislative proposals on designs and trade secrets.


Articled Farrer & Co; qualified 1983; solicitor Linklaters & Paines 1983-87; Baker McKenzie 1987; partner 1990; numerous speeches and articles on subjects including IT in the workplace, digital signatures, computer misuse, IP and the internet and enforcing IP rights.




Oxford University (Exeter College) (B.A.) (1980); College of Law at Chancery Lane (L.S.F.) (1981)


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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

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The team at Baker McKenzie¬† is noted for ‚Äėunderstanding the world of business and providing pragmatic advice‚Äô. Key figures in the practice are Michelle Blunt¬†, a specialist in transactional and commercial IP; her clients include Google and HSBC and Jessica Le Gros¬†who leads on global trademark strategies, clearance and disputes. On the contentious IP side, digital media expert Ben Allgrove¬† regularly acts for clients such as Niantic, Pinterest and Warner Bros, while Paul Rawlinson¬†specializes in brand enforcement and litigation. Michael Hart¬† advises on copyright, designs and trademark law, Helen Brown¬† and Julia Hemmings¬† both focus on commercial, marketing and regulatory advisory work for retail brands.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The 'experienced and professional' practice at Baker McKenzie attracts praise for its 'knowledge of intellectual property and sharp business acumen'. It successfully acted for L'Oréal in several disputes, including a patent and registered community designs right infringement claim against RN Ventures. It also defended the client in a multi-jurisdictional patent dispute brought by Liqwd (Olaplex), relating to a hair treatment. In another work highlight, Michael Hart acted for a fashion retailer in an action relating to the use of confidential information (of an upcoming product launch) to obtain high proportions of new products using automated bot technology. Practice head Michelle Blunt led a team, alongside Hiroshi Sheraton, which is advising a blockchain and bitcoin innovator on protection of IP assets. The group is also instructed by new clients Swarovski, Liberty Mutual, Dropbox and Sanofi-Aventis. Ben Allgrove specialises in contentious and regulatory IP matters 'is sharp and knows how to outwit the other side in a negotiation'. The 'commercial, strategic and responsive' head of brand management, Jessica Le Gros is also highlighted for her 'high-quality service'. Changes to the team include the departures of trade-mark attorney Tom Hooper and senior associate Alex Morgan  to Taylor Wessing LLP and EIP respectively.

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