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8 New Square Intellectual Property

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8 NEW SQUARE is the largest specialist intellectual property chambers in the United Kingdom. Chambers has 29 IP Barristers, including 13 QCs. We also have two former Judges as door tenants. 8 New Square's depth of knowledge and breadth of experience in intellectual property law, media and entertainment and IT law is second to none. Chambers is involved in a significant proportion of all IP trials each year.

From our most senior silks to our most junior members, we can offer technical and scientific expertise over a wide variety of disciplines. Many members of Chambers have graduate or post-graduate level scientific qualifications and/or technical industrial experience. Chambers also offers a commercially focused service. We have market-leading experience in dealing with IP issues for large multinational commercial organisations, small to medium-size businesses, government departments and universities as well as individual inventors, artists and musicians. We value our friendly and approachable style and we are committed to achieving the best for our clients.

The set: All members of Chambers are at the forefront of intellectual property litigation, advising on and presenting cases with considerable technical detail. Most have at least an undergraduate science qualification and some have advanced science degrees. Chambers handles litigation for leading commercial organisations around the world and high-profile individuals, as well as small companies and individuals. Members appear in the major English courts and tribunals including the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Privy Council and The Intellectual Property Office including trade marks and design registries, as well as in cases before the Copyright Tribunal and the Patents County Court. Several members have written leading textbooks on aspects of intellectual property. The Reports of Patent Cases and The Fleet Street Reports, the two main specialist intellectual property law reports, have been edited from these chambers for many years, as well as the most recent editions of Kerly on Trade Marks and Trade Names and The Modern Law of Copyright and Designs.

International: Not only do members act in the major European courts, they also act in domestic and international arbitrations and mediations. Some are qualified to practise and appear in various courts overseas, including the Far East and the West Indies.

Recruitment: Chambers offers up to two pupillages per year via Pupillage Gateway. Pupils with a scientific or technical background are strongly encouraged. Two-day selective mini pupillages are available during term time.

Types of work undertaken: Patents expertise covers every field of technology. A team from Chambers acted in the first ever biotechnology patent appeal to reach the House of Lords, Biogen v Medeva, and the subsequent cases of HGS v Lilly and Kirin v Amgen. Members act in cases concerning the validity, infringement and licensing of patents and know-how, including competition aspects. All members of Chambers have wide experience in trade mark infringement, validity and passing-off litigation as well as disputes concerning ownership of trade marks. Groundbreaking cases, such as Jif Lemon in the House of Lords and the long-running Budweiser trade mark dispute, have all been handled by members of 8 New Square. Copyright litigation and advice includes disputes over industrial design and artistic works, including fashion, as well as music and literary copyright. Breach of confidence is also an area of expertise, including employer/employee disputes. Entertainment and media related disputes form a large part of Chambers' work. Cases have involved leading companies and prominent individuals. Work in this area covers film, music and other related media contracts, publishing and broadcasting disputes, and performers' rights. Information technology is another major area of Chambers' practice. This includes contractual disputes before the Technology and Construction Court, advice on internet and domain names database rights and data protection. Further information and news is available on the Chambers' website:

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