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James Abrahams QC

 


Year of call: 1997
Year of silk: 2016

James Abrahams read Law at St Anne's College, Oxford where he obtained a BA and BCL. He was also a scholar of St Anne's and twice winner of the Law Prize. He was called to the Bar in 1997 as a scholar of Gray's Inn. James became a member of Chambers in 1999.

James specialises in all aspects of IP, including patents, copyright, design rights, moral rights, database and related rights, registered designs, trade marks, passing off and breach of confidence. He is particularly well-known for his work in high-technology, complex patent cases, having appeared in the large majority of the major electronics, telecommunications and smartphone patent cases of the last few years.

Major patent cases include:

• Rovi v Virgin Media and TiVo (EPG and set top box functionality)
• Microsoft v Motorola (email protocols)
• Ericsson v ZTE (mobile telecommunications)
• Xena v Cantideck (damages inquiry in respect of rolling loading platforms)
• Liversidge v Owen Mumford and Abbott (medical auto-injector devices)
• HTC v Apple (smartphone interfaces)
• HTC v IPCom (mobile telecommunications)
• Nokia v IPCom (mobile telecommunications)
• LG v Sony (Blu-ray players)
• Apple v Nokia (mobile telecommunications)
• Motorola v RIM (mobile telecommunications)
• Wake Forest v Smith & Nephew and Mölnlycke v Wake Forest (wound dressings)
• Phillips v Harvard (video coders/decoders)
• Halliburton v Smith (oil well drill bits)
• Nokia v InterDigital (mobile telecommunications)
• Ferag v Muller Martini (print finishing machines)
• Glaxo’s Patent (Seretide® inhalers)
• Intel v VIA (microprocessors and chipsets)

Other major cases include:

• IPC Media v Media 10 (trade marks)
• Total v You View (trade marks)
• Coward v Phaestos (automated hedge fund software copyright)
• PRS v B4U (copyright in Bollywood musical songs)
• The Da Vinci code copyright case, Baigent v Random House
• 19TV v Freemantle (copyright in the format of ‘Pop Idol’)
• IPC Media v Highbury (copyright in magazine covers)
• Honda v Neesam and others (parallel imports of Honda motorbikes)
• British Horseracing Board v William Hill (the first case in which the UK and European courts had to deal with the database right created by EC Directive 96/9).

 

Recent Activity

» Varian Medical Systems International AG vs (1) Elekta Ltd, (2) Elekta Holdings Ltd [2017] EWHC 712 (Pat).
» Napp Pharmaceutical Holdings Ltd v (1) Dr Reddy's Laboratories (UK) Ltd (2) Sandoz Ltd (2016)
» Sony Communications International AB v SSH Communications Security Corp
» Unwired Planet International Ltd v Huawei Technologies Ltd, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and others [2016] EWHC 94 (Pat)
» (1) Fontem Holdings 1BV (2) Fontem Ventures BV v (1) Ten Motives Limited (2) 10 Motives Limited and Nicocigs Limited v (1) Fontem Holdings 1BV (2) Fontem Ventures BV [2015] EWHC 2752 (Pat)
» Wobben v Siemens [2015] EWHC 2114 (Pat)
» IPC Media Ltd v Media 10 Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 1439
» Coward v Phaestos Ltd & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 1256
» Coward v Phaestos Ltd & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 1256
» Rovi Solutions Corporation & Anor v Virgin Media Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 2301 (Pat)
» Microsoft Corp v Motorola Mobility LLC [2013] EWCA Civ 1613
» (1) Teva Pharma BV (2) Teva UK Lt v (1) Amgen Inc (2) Amgen Manufacturing Ltd [2013] EWHC 3711 (pat)
» IPCom GMBH & Co KG v (1) HTC Europe Co Ltd (2) Brightpoint Great Britain Ltd (3) HTC Corp.
» Destra Software Ltd v Comada (UK) LLP and others [2013] EWHC 1575 (Pat)
» Coward v Phaestos and ors [2013] EWHC 1292 (Ch)
» Xena Systems Ltd v Cantideck and Conquip Industrial [2013] EWPCC 1

What the Directories Say

He is incredibly intelligent. He is a street fighter advocate who gets down to the nitty gritty and rolls his sleeves up. He always puts in the effort and is unafraid of the difficult cases- he gets the best out of them." "He is fantastic on paper and a very logical thinker. He is extremely hard working, has never let me down and makes it an easy working relationship"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

"A tenancioius advocate and someone you want on your side"
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2016

"A very astute and commercail senior junior, he's someone with excellent written and oral skills"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

"A very able and commercial barrister who produces quality pleadings"
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2015

"He's astute and tactically excellent, and has great drafting skills" 
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

"Confident, clear, tenacious and pragmatic, he has excellent written and oral skills."
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2014

"Produces quality pleadings"
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2014 


 

 

  • What the Directories Say
  • He is incredibly intelligent. He is a street fighter advocate who gets down to the nitty gritty and rolls his sleeves up. He always puts in the effort and is unafraid of the difficult cases- he gets the best out of them." "He is fantastic on paper and a very logical thinker. He is extremely hard working, has never let me down and makes it an easy working relationship"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "A tenancioius advocate and someone you want on your side"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "A very astute and commercail senior junior, he's someone with excellent written and oral skills"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "A very able and commercial barrister who produces quality pleadings"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "He's astute and tactically excellent, and has great drafting skills" 
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "Confident, clear, tenacious and pragmatic, he has excellent written and oral skills."
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2014

    "Produces quality pleadings"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2014