David Clark > Appleyard Lees > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Appleyard Lees
M2 5NT
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Managing Partner / Patent Attorney


Before entering the patent profession David gained a masters degree in engineering science from the University of Oxford, split between analogue electronics, digital electronics and mechanical engineering. David qualified as a UK and European patent attorney in 2005.

With broad technical experience in electronics and computer system design, David specialises in sectors including; video and audio coding, digital electronics, optical storage media, and content delivery and networking.

As well as patent drafting and prosecution work on the electronics side, David has been involved in numerous disputes over infringement of rights in patents and designs, allowing him to take a rational view and see a quick commercial resolution of issues through negotiation and settlement for clients.



Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys

The ‘highly motivated and client-oriented team’ at Appleyard Lees has demonstrable experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, and with offices in Cambridge, Halifax, Manchester and Leeds, the firm is close to numerous areas of innovation across the UK. Praised for its ‘technical expertise and deep experience of patent portfolio development’, the practice is well-versed in the chemistry, electronics and software, engineering and pharmaceutical sectors. Led by Cambridge-based Barbara Fleck and with the support of Manchester-based Simon Bradbury, the team continues to consolidate its focus in the life sciences space and counts pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and biotechnology entities among its key roster of clients. In the firm’s Manchester office, David Clark leads the practice and focuses on patent drafting and prosecution work arising out of the electronics sector.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Specialist IP firm Appleyard Lees assists multinational companies and household names, such as Moncler and Puma, as well as academic institutions, with strategic trade mark portfolio management, anti-counterfeiting matters, branding issues and litigation, often involving a cross-border element. With offices in Leeds, Halifax, Cambridge and Manchester, the team houses both attorneys and solicitors, in addition to dual-qualified practitioners, and has demonstrable experience in opposition proceedings at the UKIPO and the EUIPO. In Manchester, managing partner David Clark jointly leads the practice alongside Leeds-based Robert Cumming, while dual-qualified solicitor and attorney Chris Hoole, who operates from the firm’s office in Cambridge and is praised as ‘reliable and responsive’, was promoted to partner in April 2021. The team’s expertise spans the fashion, consumer goods, education and entertainment sectors.