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8 New Square Intellectual Property
8 New Square


Barrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property (patents, trade marks, copyrights, designs, confidential information etc) and EU law relating to intellectual property and free movement of goods and services; many hi-tech cases, with particular emphasis on computing, information technology and internet; also extensive experience in biotechnology/genetic engineering cases; regularly appears before the ECJ in Luxembourg. Please see website entry at for recent cases.


QC 1996; worked as computer programmer for IBM (UK) and a software house before coming to the Bar; joint editor ‘Halsbury Laws on Trade Marks’ (1986, 2000); editor ‘Russell-Clarke and Howe on Industrial Designs’ (6th ed – 9th ed, 2016); Appointed Person for hearing designs appeals; Member Commission on a Bill of Rights for the UK (2010-2012)


Intellectual Property Bar Association (IPBA); The Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation (TIPLO).


Trinity Hall, Cambridge (1977 BA Engineering and Law; 1979 MA).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Intellectual property

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Martin Howe QC8 New SquareQuick to distill the most significant points about a brief that is before him and his vast knowledge on various areas of IP law allows him to bring a global perspective immediately to any brief.

Patents, copyright and trade mark disputes are the mainstays of 8 New Square‘s members who regularly appear before the Supreme Court, as well as in other higher court litigation. In one of 2019’s largest IP cases, Martin Howe QC led in the long-running Glaxo v Sandoz, which concerned the alleged passing off of pharmaceutical inhalers for asthma treatment, while Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC appeared for Huawei in the Supreme Court in the first contested FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms) case in the UK. Also of note, Michael Tappin QC has a leading telecoms IP practice, and is a go-to counsel on pharmaceuticals and biotechnology work. In recent news, Richard Meade QC has taken up an appointment as a High Court judge as of 7 September 2020.

London Bar > IT and telecoms

(IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Martin Howe QC8 New SquareHe has a friendly, efficient and personable attitude.

At 8 New Square, barristers balance IP and IT expertise to handle a wide range of technology and telecoms disputes. In a notable highlight, Daniel Alexander QC is representing the defendants and Adrian Speck QC is acting for the claimants in Unwired Planet/Conversant v Huawei/ZTE in the Supreme Court relating to FRAND determinations in the telecoms sector. Other key instructions include Martin Howe QC and Jaani Riordan acting for Argos Systems in the Court of Appeal in Argos Ltd v Argos Systems Inc relating to the targeting of website advertisements operated by a company outside the UK and related trade mark issues; Jonathan Hill is acting for the claimant.