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Iain Purvis QC

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11 South Square (Chambers of Iain Purvis QC)


Barrister specialising in intellectual property. Recent notable cases include:

Comic Enterprise Limited v Twentieth Century Fox Corporation [2016] EWCA Civ 41 and [2016] EWCA Civ 455 (passing off) (Court of Appeal)

American Science & Engineering Inc v Rapiscan Systems Ltd [2016] EWHC 756 (Pat) (patent infringement) (patents court)

Cadbury UK Limited v Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks [2016] EWHC 796 (Ch) (trade mark) (Appeal to High Court)

Unwired Planet International Ltd v Huawei Technologies Co Ltd & Ors [2016] EWHC 576 (Pat) Trial C (mobile telephone patents) (High Court)

Accord Healthcare Ltd v Astellas Pharma GmbH [2015] EWHC 3676 (Ch) (Articles 6, 8 and 10 of Directive 2001/83/EC on medicinal products for human use) (High Court)

Starbucks (HK) Limited & Anr v British Sky Broadcasting Group plc & Ors [2015] UKSC 31 (trade marks, passing off) (Supreme Court)

IPCom v HTC & ors [2015] EWHC 1034 (Pat) (mobile telephone patents) (High Court)

Fresh Trading Ltd v Deepend Fresh Recovery Ltd [2015] EWHC 52 (copyright of ‘Innocent’ logo) (High Court);

Servier v Apotex [2014] UKSC 55 (appeal about the ex turpi causa non oritur action principle) (Supreme Court);

Compact GTL Lt dv Velocys PLC [2014] EWHC 2951 (patent infringement) (Patents Court);

TDY v Pramet [2014] EWHC 565 (patent infringement metal cutting tool) (Patents Court)

ASSIA v BT (Patents for the management of DSL broadband) (Patents Court);

Société Des Produits Nestlé SA v Cadbury UK Ltd [2014] EWHC 16 (3d TRADE mark opposition) (High Court Appeal);

Boxing Brands v Sports Direct [2013] EWHC 16 (trade mark passing entitlement claim for QUEENSBERRY) (High Court);

Virgin Atlantic Airways v Zodiac Seats [2013] UKSC 46 (Patents Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court);

BSkyB v Microsoft [2013] EWHC 1826 (trade mark infringement and passing off SKYDRIVE) (High Court);

Stichting BDO v BDO Unibank Inc [2013] EWHC 418 (trade mark infringement BDO REMIT) (High Court);

Generics (UK) Ltd (t/a Mylan) v Novartis AG [2012] EWCA Civ 16263 (patent invalidity for treatment of symptoms of Alzheimers) (Court of Appeal);

Force India v 1Malaysia & ors (Formula1 racing car dispute regarding aerodynamic designs and breach of contract);

Future Publishing Ltd v Edge Interactive Media (regarding video game and magazine trade marks) (High Court and Court of Appeal);

High Court and subsequent appeal regarding the trade mark and logo dispute between Specsavers and ASDA in a recent marketing campaign;

Nokia v Ipcom (telecoms patent trial in April 2011 and appeal in March 2012);

Dyson v Vax (alleged infringement of community registered design for the DC02 cyclone cleaner);

Best buy v Worldwide Sales Corp [2010] EWHC 1666 (Ch) (trade mark threats)(High Court);

Fisher v Brooker [2009] UKHL 41 (copyright ownership) (House of Lords);

Kelly v GE Healthcare [2009] EWHC 181 (Pat) (Inventor compensation under Section 40 of the Patents Act) (Patents Court);

Whirlpool v Kenwood [[2009] EWCA Civ 753 (‘shape mark’ infringement) (Court of Appeal);

Hotel Cipriani v Cipriani (Grosvenor Street) [2010] EWCA Civ 110 (trade mark passing off) (Court of Appeal);

Wavecrest v Aerotel [2009] EWCA Civ 408 (patent revocation) (Court of Appeal);

El Du Pont v UKIP (extension to SPC) (Court of Appeal).


Practising since 1986. Appointed QC 2006. Appointed Person hearing appeals from Intellectual Property Office decisions since 2009. Publications: many articles; co-author, ‘Working with Technology’, Sweet & Maxwell 2001. Selected to sit as a Civil Recorder in April 2011 as a Recorder in the High Court. Iain also sits as a Deputy Judge in the High Court and in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.


Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe; Clare College, Cambridge; St Edmund Hall, Oxford (BCL).

London Bar

Intellectual property

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Iain Purvis QC - 11 South Square ‘Has a calm, balanced approach and is extremely bright.’

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