Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

What our intellectual property barristers offer

In intellectual property, the work of members of 39 Essex Chambers involves particular emphasis on claims and issues relating to copyright in the context of the film and music industries and in the printed and broadcast media, including the impact of the Internet.

They provide advice and representation to individuals, companies, local and central government departments, and the representative bodies of rights owners (such as the Motion Picture Association) and their members. They also appear in the all the higher Courts and the Copyright Tribunal, and have acted in a number of the leading reported cases.

Significant intellectual property cases

  • Twentieth Century Fox v BT (Nos 1 and 2) [2012] 1 All ER 806 and 869 (injunction against intermediary; section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988).
  • Scopelight Ltd v Chief Constable of Northumbria Police and Federation Against Copyright Theft [2010] QB 438 (use of police search warrant materials for private copyright prosecution).
  • Independiente Ltd v Music Trading On-Line (HK) Ltd (2007) EMLR 651 (parallel imports).
  • Sawkins v Hyperion Records Ltd (2005) 1 WLR 3281 (subsistence of copyright in the performing editions of classical music).
  • Sony v Easyinternet Cafe Ltd (2003) FSR 882 (infringement of copyright).
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare National Health Service Trust v News Group Newspapers Ltd (2002) EMLR 709 (additional statutory damages).
  • Ashdown v Telegraph Group Ltd (2001) Ch 685 and (2002) Ch 149 (fair dealing).
  • Hyde Park Residence Ltd v Yelland (1999) RPC 655 and (2001) Ch 143 (fair dealing).
  • AIRC v PPL (1994) RPC 143 (royalty rate for radio broadcasting).
  • Chater and Chater Productions Ltd v Rose & Anr (1994) FSR 491 (“arm-twisting” injunction).
  • EMI Records Ltd v CD Specialists Ltd (1992) FSR 70 (search order).

Who to contact

Alastair Davidson

Alastair Davidson is the Senior Clerk for the Intellectual Property team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.

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Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1181

Mobile: +44 (0)7736 154 109

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Richard Spearman KC

Richard Spearman KC

Call: 1977 Silk: 1996

Vaughan Jacob

Vaughan Jacob

Call: 2009

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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