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James St.Ville

 


Year of call: 1995

James St Ville was called to the Bar in 1995. At Gray's Inn, he was awarded the Bird & Bird Award for Intellectual Property, the Moot Society Prize and the Prince of Wales Award. At St. John's College Cambridge he was a Morton Scholar and awarded 1st Class Honours in Engineering, Sir Joseph Larmor's Plate, the St.John's College Prize and the University IEE Institution Prize.

He is recommended as a Leading Junior in Information Technology and Intellectual Property by Chambers UK and by Legal Experts and is a chartered engineer with commercial experience of electronics, optical communications and engineering.

James appears in patent, registered design, design right, copyright, database right, confidential information, computer contract and IT disputes many of which deal with complex engineering, electronics and software. He is regularly instructed in trade mark, passing off, data protection, malicious falsehood and threats actions, including domain name and internet disputes and to appear in front of the Patents Court, Technology and Construction Court, Court of Appeal, Patents County Court, Trade Marks Registry, Patent Office, Appointed Person and General Court of the EU and regularly appears against leading counsel.

He also has particular expertise in areas of practice such as search orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, disk imaging orders, delivery up of source code, ex-parte injunctions to identify and deal with computer hackers and other interim injunctions which need to be kept confidential in accordance with Practice Guidance (Interim Non-disclosure Orders) [2012] 1WLR 1003, jurisdiction disputes, pre-action disclosure, third party disclosure, UK Border Agency seizures and disputes over letters of request and the examination of witnesses for the purpose of foreign proceedings.

James also advises in relation to IP disputes in other common law jurisdictions such as Singapore and Jersey, regularly takes part in mediations and has sat as an examiner in response to overseas letters of request.

His recent reported cases include Alfa Laval v. Separator Spares [2013] 1 WLR 1110 (CA) (the leading case on the test for determining whether breach of confidence and copyright claims against former employees are ‘matters relating to individual contracts of employment’ under Articles 18(1) and 20 of the Brussels I Regulation), Virgin v. Casey [2011] ETMR 35 (maintaining registration of “Carbon Virgin” for advertising services in the face of Virgin’s appeal), Ancon v. ACS Stainless Steel Fixings [2009] All ER (D) 148 (CA) (patent action and appeal about high strength channels and bolts), M Systems v. Trek [2008] RPC 18 (validity and amendment of the patent for the ubiquitous USB ThumbDrive), Meridian v. IP Enterprises [2008] Info TLR 139 (CA) (implied terms concerning ownership of copyright in source code), Nichia v. Argos [2007] Bus LR 1753 (CA) (principles upon which disclosure should be ordered in patent actions), BSW v. Balltec [2007] FSR 1 (successful resistance of pre-action disclosure concerning equipment used in offshore oil and gas), Quads4kids v. Campbell [2006] Info TLR 338 (restraining illegitimate complaints about products sold on eBay and threats of design right proceedings), IDA v. University of Southampton [2006] RPC 21 (CA) (substantial patent entitlement dispute), FAPL v. Panini [2004] 1 WLR 1147 (CA) (copyright in football club crests), Collag v. Merck [2003] FSR 263 (agrochemical formulations - confidential information and patent entitlement), Rohm & Haas v. Collag [2002] FSR 28 (CA) (agrochemical process patent) and Safari Trade Mark [2002] RPC 23 (alleged invalidity of trade mark for non-use - effect of bare licence).

Recent Activity

» NOCN (Formerly National Open College Network) v Open College Network Credit4Learning [2015] EWHC 2667 (IPEC) (25 September 2015)
» VPG Systems UK Limited -and- Air Weight Europe Limited [2015] EWHC 1862 (IPEC)
» Esge AG v OHIM (Case T 444/10)
» Alfa Laval v Separator Spares [2012] EWCA Civ 1569, [2013] 1 WLR 1110

What the Directories Say

"He is an absolute perfectionist with a real eye for detail, which is really useful for trade mark infringement cases." "He is extremely thorough and leaves no stone unturned. His preparation on every case is superb and detailed, and he has first-class drafting"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

"Especially noted for his skill in handling cases with dominant mathematical and technical elements" 
Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2017

"His calm, forensic approach is absolutely invaluable"
Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2016

"He has a keen eye for detail and is very thorough"  
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

"A user-friendly and very experienced junior"
Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2016 

"Excellent in advising on matters with an IP or contractual dimension"
Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2015

"Displays incredible attention to detail, is very responsive, gives sound commercial advice and has excellent IT industry knowledge" 
Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2015

"He leaves no stone unturned- he offers superb detailed preparation on every case and first-class editing"
 Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

"Expertise in IT disputes involving engineering, electronics and software"
Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2014

"Technically strong," he is "hard-working and on top of the detail"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2014

"He is very good on the technical side"
Chambers & Partners (Information Technology) 2014

 

 

 

 

  • What the Directories Say
  • "He is an absolute perfectionist with a real eye for detail, which is really useful for trade mark infringement cases." "He is extremely thorough and leaves no stone unturned. His preparation on every case is superb and detailed, and he has first-class drafting"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "Especially noted for his skill in handling cases with dominant mathematical and technical elements" 
    Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2017

    "His calm, forensic approach is absolutely invaluable"
    Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2016

    "He has a keen eye for detail and is very thorough"  
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "A user-friendly and very experienced junior"
    Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2016 

    "Excellent in advising on matters with an IP or contractual dimension"
    Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2015

    "Displays incredible attention to detail, is very responsive, gives sound commercial advice and has excellent IT industry knowledge" 
    Chambers & Partners (Information technology) 2015

    "He leaves no stone unturned- he offers superb detailed preparation on every case and first-class editing"
     Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "Expertise in IT disputes involving engineering, electronics and software"
    Legal 500 (IT and Telecoms) 2014

    "Technically strong," he is "hard-working and on top of the detail"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2014

    "He is very good on the technical side"
    Chambers & Partners (Information Technology) 2014