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Richard Davis

 Richard Davis
Richard specialises in all aspects of intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on patents. His clients benefit from his technical background, first as an electrical engineer and later as a Chartered and European Patent Attorney.

Richard’s patent practice encompasses a diverse range of technologies. These include his specialist field of electronics, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, pharmaceutical and biochemical work. He has a passion for working in the telecommunications sector having been instructed by such giants as Apple, LG Electronics, Nokia, Motorola and Symbian. He is one of the foremost authorities on inherent patentability having appeared in many of the leading decisions in this area.

His dual qualification as a European Patent Attorney has resulted in him appearing frequently before the European Patent Office. He acted for Zipher upholding the validity of four of its patents in the EPO despite their previous revocation before the UK courts.

Richard is equally at home with the other intellectual property rights and has carved a niche in designs and ‘difficult’ copyright cases. He is one of the few counsel to have appeared before the General Court on a designs matter and one of the very few to have appeared before the UK Registered Designs Appeal Tribunal. Recently he has been involved in a number of cases which have pushed the boundaries of what it protectable under the law of copyright and database rights.
Ranked in all leading legal directories, Richard’s 2014 client feedback acknowledged his “…excellent understanding of electronic patents” and his user friendliness with clients.

Notable recent decisions on cases in which Richard has acted include Baillie v Bromhead Johnson (patent attorney negligence), KennaMetal v Pramet, Farrow v Secretary of State for Defence, Temple Island v New English Teas (the red bus case), Schenck v Universal Balancing, Wagner v Earlex and Halliburton’s Patent.
Richard lectures and tutors regularly on IPRs to patent and trade mark attorneys and solicitors.

He has tutored at Nottingham Law School on its LLM in Advanced IP litigation and is a visiting lecturer of CEIPI on the European patent litigation diploma.


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