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Mark Platts-Mills QC

 


Year of call: 1975
Year of silk: 1995
Position: Head of Chambers

After reading engineering and economics at Balliol College, Oxford, Mark Platts-Mills QC joined the pre-eminent patent and intellectual property set at the time, the Chambers of Mr. Thomas Blanco White at Francis Taylor Building. He has since specialised in all aspects of intellectual property including patents, trade marks, passing off, registered designs, copyright, design right, technical trade secrets and commercial matters with a technical content. Mark was characterised as a “real fighter” in Chambers Directory 2010 and indeed, Ultraframe v Eurocell is prominent among his recent highlights as one of very few fully fought out inquiries as to damages in a patent action. He has also recently represented the applicant for revocation of a UK patent which, if upheld, would have covered the ubiquitous USB memory stick (Trek v MSystems). In other highlights, Mark appeared for the defendant in the leading database right case (British Horse Racing Board v William Hill), and for the claimant in a successful trade mark infringement trial concerning tree shaped air fresheners (Julius Samann v Tetrosyl). In addition, he successfully represented the defendant in a design rights case relating to helmets for the rescue services (Helmet Integrated Systems v Mitchell Tunnard). He is currently representing the claimants in the trade secrets case Vestergaard Frandsen v Bestnet.

Clients can expect to benefit from Mark’s long experience encompassing an extremely diverse range of cases, which has given him a lasting appetite for the most challenging of disputes.

Recent Activity

» Tsit Wing v TWG Tea
» The London Taxi Corporation Ltd v Frazer-Nash Research Ltd and Ecotive Ltd
» Vestergaard Frandsen A/S (now Called MVF 3Aps) v Bestnet Europe Ltd & Ors [2014] EWHC 3159 (Ch)

What the Directories Say

"Adept in all areas of IP"
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2016

"Formidable in court"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

"Recommended for all aspects of IP law."
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2015

" Head of chambers, he brings an impressive amount of experience to cases." " Highly versatile and a good street fighter"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

"A good all-rounder."
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2014

"He has a creative, have-a-go attitude." 
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2014

Mark Platts-Mills QC  "brings to bear his years of experience, his nose for the issues involved in a matter and a formidable courtroom presence. Commentators praise the "comforting firmness of his views," his passion and his skill at "bullying witnesses."
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2013

 

 

 

 

  • What the Directories Say
  • "Adept in all areas of IP"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "Formidable in court"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "Recommended for all aspects of IP law."
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2015

    " Head of chambers, he brings an impressive amount of experience to cases." " Highly versatile and a good street fighter"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    "A good all-rounder."
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2014

    "He has a creative, have-a-go attitude." 
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2014

    Mark Platts-Mills QC  "brings to bear his years of experience, his nose for the issues involved in a matter and a formidable courtroom presence. Commentators praise the "comforting firmness of his views," his passion and his skill at "bullying witnesses."
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2013