James Love > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

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Intellectual Property


James is a partner and national head of Intellectual Property.

His expertise extends to all aspects of intellectual property including patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, passing off, database rights and confidential information.

He has top level experience, spanning more than 30 years, of the protection, exploitation, challenge and enforcement of intellectual property including disputes in the Supreme Court. Work examples include patent litigation, cybersquatting, intellectual asset management, anti-counterfeiting, brand enforcement, licensing, commercial contracts and franchising, mediation, IT and software issues, and search and seize orders (including as supervising solicitor). Assisted by a Cambridge University science degree, James is also a solicitor- advocate, giving him full rights of audience in the higher courts.


Qualified 1991, trained Bristows, London. Joined Eversheds 1994; partner and head of IP Irwin Mitchell 1997; partner and head of IP, Pinsent Masons 2003; ran own boutique IP practice, James Love Legal from 2006; joined Womble Bond Dickinson as a partner in 2019.


Law Society International Committee

UK Intellectual Property Office Enforcement Framework Working Group

Law Society China Working Group

Leeds City Region China Business Club Advisory Panel

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys – Associate Member (CIPA)

Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys – Associate Member (ITMA)

Licensing Executives Society International (LESI)

Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (IPLA)

European Patent Litigators Association (EPLIT)

Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)

Law Society Intellectual Property Law Committee (2008-2018)

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

(Hall of Fame)

James LoveWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has demonstrable experience across the full range of national and cross-border IP mandates, from patent litigation and design prosecutions to trade mark protection and portfolio management. The team, which is led by ‘approachable, practical and insightfulJames Love, is noted for its expertise in the retail, oil and gas, manufacturing and healthcare technology sectors. The practice also has a strong bench of managing associates with Rose Smalley-Gordon assisting clients in IP disputes. Patrick Cantrill  departed the firm in May 2022.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)

James Love heads up Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s Yorkshire-based patent litigation practice, which has a broad service offering covering the full life-cycle of IP rights. Tim Barber and Patrick Cantrill are also of note within the team, which has extensive experience dealing with complex protection, exploitation and enforcement issues.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design

Based in Leeds, James Love spearheads the IP practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, which advises on the full life-cycle of designs and trade marks, including development, protection, registration, exploitation, enforcement and disposal matters. Recent highlights for the team include handling a number of high-value trade mark disputes regarding copycat branding and products for luxury fashion brands, as well as managing the global trade mark portfolio of the National Heritage Collection.