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Dr Brian Nicholson

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11 South Square (Chambers of Iain Purvis QC)


Senior barrister specialising in all areas of intellectual property and related fields including: patents; design right; copyright; information technology; breach of confidence and privacy; trade marks and passing off. Particular specialisation in complex electronic and computing technology cases. Standing Counsel for the Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks. Previous cases include: American Science v Rapiscan (x-ray patents); Warner Lambert v Dr Reddy’s (pharmaceutical patent); Magmatic v PMSL (design right); Unwired Planet v Samsung & Google (telecoms patents); Philips v Nintendo (computer game patents); Nokia v HTC (telecoms patents); IPcom v HTC (telecoms patent infringement and validity); BSkyB v Microsoft (trade mark infringement and passing off); Virgin Atlantic Airways v Zodiac [2013] UKSC 46 (aeroplane seat patents); 3i infotech v Royal Bank of Scotland (computer contract); Covatec v Smith & Nephew (medical device patent); IPCom v Nokia (FRAND inquiry); Apple v Samsung (mobile telephone technology); Sandisk v Kingston (portable memory technology); IPcom v Nokia (mobile telephone patents); Global Coal v London Commodity Brokers (traders licensing agreements); Cranway v Playtech (internet gaming patent); Navitaire v Easyjet (copyright in software, user-interfaces and database), Intel v Via (CPU Patents); Zipher v Markem (printing apparatus patents); Microsoft v Digital Now (software authentication devices); Nokia v Interdigital (mobile telephone patents); Thomson v Pace (MPEG Video patents); Samsung v Ericsson/Sony Ericsson (mobile telephone patents); Siemens v Thorn (PCB coating patent appeal); Trafalgar v Hamdi (Supreme Court of Gibraltar, confidential information).


Qualified 2000, Lincoln’s Inn.


Intellectual Property Bar Association; Chancery Bar Association; Chartered Engineer; European Engineer; FRSA; FRI; MIET; MBCS; MIEEE; MACM.


The Blue School; University of Bath (1995 B Eng (Hons) 1st; 1998 PhD, ‘Artificial Intelligence for the Robust Optimisation of On-Line Control System Stability’); City University (1999 Diploma in law); ICSL; Lincoln’s Inn Scholarships: Cassel, Sunley, CPE and Hardwicke. .

London Bar

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)

Within: IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – 2019 silks

Brian Nicholson QC - 11 South SquareHe is very impressive on the technical side.

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 – 2019 silks

Brian Nicholson QC - 11 South SquareHe is the go-to barrister for technical patent cases.

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