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Mark Vanhegan QC

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11 South Square (Chambers of Iain Purvis QC)


Barrister dealing with all aspects of intellectual property law, media and entertainment and technology-related disputes. Appears regularly in all the courts and tribunals in England and Wales as well as Europe relating to intellectual property rights, including CJEU, Supreme Court and the European Patent Office. Also instructed in commercial arbitrations and is frequenty instructed as a mediator and as an expert in determinations. Notable cases include:

Koninklijke Philips NV v Asustek Computer Incorporation & Ors [2016] EWHC 2220;

Unwired Planet International Ltd v Huawei Technologies Co Ltd & Ors [2016] EWHC 94 (Pat) Trial B

Pinterest v Premium Interest [2015] EWHC 738;

Jason Rawding v Seaga UK Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 113;

Weatherford Global Products v Hydropath Holdings Ltd [2014] EWHC 2725 (TCC);

Apple v Samsung [2014] EWCA Civ 250;

Magmatic v PMS [2014] EWCA Civ 1925;

Collingwood Lighting v Aurora [2014] EWHC 228;

Nestec SA & Ors v Dualit Ltd & Ors [2013] EWHC 923 (Pat)

Manvers v Lubetech [2013] EWPCC 3393;

Hollister v Medik Ostomy [2012] EWCA Civ 1419;

Tarbs v Republic of Macedonia [2012] EWHC 1691;

Jones v Ricoh Ltd [2012] EWHC 348;

Bailey v Graham (Reggae Reggae Sauce) [2011] EWHC 3098;

Ate My Heart v Mind Candy (Lady Gaga v Lady Goo Goo) [2011] EWHC 2741;

Becker v OHIM (ECJ) [2010] ETMR 53, [2009] ETMR 38;

Virgin Atlantic v Premium (CA) [2010] FSR 27, [2010] RPC 8;

Virgin Atlantic Airways v Delta (Arnold J) + (CA) [2011] 8 + 18;

Galileo v European Union [2011] ETMR 22;

Kingsway Hall Hotel v Redsky [2010] EWHC (TCC);

Skype & Ebay v Joltid (2009);

Zeno Corp v BSM Bionic [2009] EWHC 1829;

Rousselon Frere v Hurwood [2008] RPC 30 + 31;

Knorr-Bremse v Haldex Brake [2008] FSR 30;

Independiente v Music Trading on-line (CD-WOW) [2008] 1 WLR 608 (CA), [2007] FSR 21;

O2 v H3G [2008] RPC 2 and 3;

Triumph v Eaton [2007] EWHC 1367;

Mastercigars v Hunters & Frankau [2007] RPC 24 (CA);

Navitaire v Easyjet [2006] RPC 2 and 3;

Sabaf v MFI [2005] RPC 10 (HL);

Chinawhite [2005] FSR 10 (CA);

Blayney v Clogau [2002] (CA);

Thibierge & Comar v Rexam [2002] RPC 18;

NLA v Marks & Spencer [2003] 1 AC 551 (HL);

Dyson v Hoover [2002] RPC 42 (CA);

DaimlerBenz v Alavi [2001];

Bruce Springsteen v Masquerade Music [2000] (CA);

Wheatley v Drillsafe [2000] (CA);

Mars v Teknowledge [2002];

ProSeiben v Carlton TV [1999] (CA);

Gerber v Lectra [1997] (CA);

Cavity Trays v RMC [1996] (CA).


Called 1990; QC 2009.


IP Bar Association; Chancery Bar Association.


Abingdon School; Trinity College, Cambridge (MA natural sciences & law; 1989 BA, 1992 MA).


Hill walking, tennis, travel.

London Bar

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)

Within: IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks

Mark Vanhegan QC - 11 South SquareHis advocacy is reasoned and presented with a calm gravitas.

Within: IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)

With ‘great attitude combined with technical excellence and ability’, 11 South Square is highlighted for its ‘strong capabilities’ in the sector. The team is known for having ‘a very strong field of IP silks and juniors’, who frequently handle intellectual property matters for IT sector clients. Mark Vanhegan QC and Brian Nicholson have both been instructed by Philips in separate patent disputes.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property – Leading silks

Mark Vanhegan QC - 11 South SquareHe offers sound and reliable advice and is very effective in court.

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Media and entertainment – Leading silks

Mark Vanhegan QC - 11 South SquareHis advocacy is reasoned and presented with a calm gravitas.

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