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Richard Taylor

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Richard is a #1 rated global IP lawyer specialising in IP and technology-heavy deals and disputes, involving patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, know-how and confidential information. Richard is a renowned commentator, writer and (BBC) broadcaster on IP, and Visiting Lecturer in IP at the University of Sheffield. Richard is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA), the International Trade Mark Association (INTA) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES). Richard acts for many household name companies, universities and public authorities, including in the life science and technology sectors, food and beverage sector, public sector and for brand-rich companies


Trained Hogan Lovells; qualified 1994; partner DLA Piper 2003. Publications of note: IP & IT columnist for the Law Society Gazette.


English, French, Spanish.


Law Society; CIPA; ITMA; LES.
Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


Highgate School, London; Oxford University (MA 1989); London University (LLM 1998).


Author and broadcaster (‘How to Read a Church’ and others).

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

DLA Piper's defamation and reputation management team acts on a national as well as a global level and is able to rely on an expanded legal toolbox due to its position as an international full-service law firm, including a data protection unit. The London team is headed by Ruth Hoy and Duncan Calow with regional support from Richard Taylor in Birmingham, Andrew Smith in Manchester and Paul Stone in Leeds. Legal director Claire Sng assists clients with securing remedies at a pre-action stage via "right to be forgotten" and platform take-down procedures.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

DLA Piper UK LLP's specialist team has leading market knowledge of IT contracting issues in the financial services sector. Led by 'highly skilled, down-to-earth and results driven' practice head Gareth Stokes, the firm's clients include those from the financial, insurance and life sciences sector. Recently promoted partner Phillip Kelly worked with Stokes on a dispute arising from a global sourcing contract, while Richard Taylor has a particular sector focus in technology, life sciences and manufacturing.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

DLA Piper UK LLP handles contentious and non-contentious trade mark, patent and other IP work for prominent clients across a variety of sectors including food and beverage and aerospace. The team, led by Richard Taylor,  has a 'broad spectrum of expertise', with Gareth Stokes offering expertise in IP-driven contracts and senior associate Satnam Sahota attracting praise for 'fantastic insight and support'.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Education

With notable experience advising further education clients, DLA Piper UK LLP also assists education policymakers, schools and private sector companies. Andrew Clarke and Richard Taylor lead the groups in Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Clarke focuses on real estate matters and Taylor has expertise in IP, technology and commercial law. Sheffield-based Roger Gough handles commercial contract work.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Taylor - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Intellectual property

DLA Piper UK LLP's Yorkshire-based intellectual property practice has capabilities in contentious and non-contentious matters including licensing transactions, patent and trade mark litigation, pan-European anti-counterfeiting seizures and actions, and the coordination of international disputes. It is instructed by a range of clients from household-name brands to medical diagnostics companies. The group is jointly led by the 'efficient' Leigh Martin and Richard Taylor from Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Martin focuses on trade mark and design strategy while Taylor handles a range of IP transactions and disputes. Legal director Rebecca Piper also has a broad practice which includes handling litigation and advising on IP issues arising out of corporate transactions.

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