Charlotte May QC

CALL: 1995 | SILK: 2014
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.  Together with Lindsay Lane QC, Charlotte was part of the first all-female team to lead in a patent trial at the High Court, successfully acting for the Defendants in Conversant v Apple.

  • Experience

    Patents & SPCs

    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.

  • 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
    • ChBA, ITMA
  • Other relevant information
    • Mediator
  • Hobbies & interests
    • Running
    • tennis
    • dancing
    • eating out

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