Charlotte May QC

CALL: 1995 | SILK: 2014
Charlotte May QC
With an exceptional reputation for client care, Charlotte is a leading silk in IP and media & entertainment.

Charlotte is a strong team leader, with an inclusive style that makes every member of the team feel respected and appreciated. With a background in biochemistry, she has an eye for detail without losing a clear strategic overview and is particularly good at devising litigation strategies commensurate with clients’ commercial objectives.

Charlotte was described as a “female QC trailblazer” in Managing Intellectual Property’s 50 Most Influential People in IP 2019. Charlotte led the first all-female QC team in a patent trial at the High Court, successfully acting for the Defendants in Conversant v Apple.

  • Experience

    Patents & SPCs

    • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd v Flexicare Medical Ltd [2020] EWHC 3282 (Pat); infringement and validity of patent relating to breathing tubes; lead counsel for defendants.
    • Teva UK Limited v Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA [2020] EWHC 1311 (Pat): application to strike out a claim for quia timet patent infringement; application refused; lead counsel for defendants.
    • Master Data Centre v Comptroller General of Patents [2020] EWHC 572 (Pat); [2020] EWCA Civ 475 (sub nom Genentech Inc v Comptroller General of Patents); application to rectify expiry date of SPC; application refused; counsel for claimant.
    • Conversant v Apple [2019] EWHC 3266 (Pat): alleged patent infringement and validity of a user interface for a smart phone; patent invalid for obviousness; lead counsel for defendant.
    • Sandoz v Searle [2017] EWHC 987 (Pat); [2018] EWCA Civ 49: interpretation of Art 3(a) SPC Regulation. Reference to CJEU heard together with Royalty Pharma reference C-650/17; case settled after AG opinion but before judgment.
    • Teva v Merck [2017] EWHC 539 (Pat): validity of SPC under Art 3(a) and Art 3(c) SPC Regulation; SPC invalid; lead counsel for claimants.
    • Accord v Medac [2016] EWHC 24 (Pat): validity of formulation patent; patent invalid; lead counsel for defendant.
    • Unwired Planet v Huawei & Ors [2015] EWHC 3366 (Pat): validity and infringement of mobile phone standard essential patent; patent valid and infringed; lead counsel for second defendant.
    • Warner Lambert v Actavis [2015] EWHC 2548 (Pat): infringement of second medical use claim; lead counsel for claimant.

    Copyright & Databases

    • Abot Hameiri Communication v Banujay Group [2017]: TV Format Dispute.
    • ITV v TVCatchup [2015] EWCA Civ 204: scope of s.73CDPA.
    • FAPL v QC Leisure [2012] EWCA Civ 1708: communication to the public; screening football matches in pubs using foreign decoder cards.

    Trade marks & Brands

    • Cartier v BT [2018] UKSC 28: costs of blocking injunctions.
    • Walton International v Verweij Fashion [2018] EWHC 1608 (Ch): infringement; non-use; bad faith; earlier rights; counterclaim in passing off; honest concurrent use; abuse of process.
    • FIL Ltd v Fidelis Underwriting Ltd [2018] EWHC 1097 (Pat): infringement; non-use; descriptiveness; bad faith; services with insufficient clarity or precision
    • Thomas Pink v Victoria’s Secret [2014] EWHC 2631: infringement; non-use; acquired distinctiveness; passing off.

    Design Rights

    • Christine Kendall Couture Ltd v Alexander McQueen [2017]: allegations of design right infringement in respect of wedding dress design.

    IT & Telecoms Disputes

    • Unwired Planet v Huawei & Ors [2015] EWHC 3366 (Pat): validity and infringement of mobile phone standard essential patent.

    Internet Law & Cybersecurity

    Jurisdiction & Remedies

    Media, Sport & Entertainment

    Charlotte has a portfolio of loyal media clients. She regularly advises on TV format disputes.

    Arbitration & Mediation

    Charlotte has represented clients in a number of confidential mediations. They have all resulted in a mediated settlement.  She has also undertaken the Bar Council Mediation training.

  • Education & awards
    • Biochemistry, Brasenose College Oxford (2:1)
    • Diploma in Law, City University (with Commendation)
  • Professional memberships
    • Bar Council Wellbeing Committee Member
    • ChBA Wellbeing and CSR Committee Member
    • ITMA Copyright and Designs Committee Member
    • Chair of Chambers’ Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing committee
    • Member of ChBA, ITMA, IPBA
  • Other relevant information
    • Mediator
  • Hobbies & interests
    • Pilates
    • Running
    • Dancing
    • Eating out

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