James Abrahams QC

CALL: 1997 (England & Wales 1997, Ireland 2021) | SILK: 2016
James Abrahams QC
James Abrahams QC is a leading silk in patent litigation and all other areas of intellectual property law.

He has wide experience in all areas of IP, including patents, trade marks and passing off, copyright, designs and confidential information.

James is particularly well-known for his work in high-tech patent litigation, in fields such as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, advanced medical devices and engineering. Clients particularly appreciate his strategic focus on their business objectives, whether by litigation or otherwise.

  • Experience

    Patents & SPCs

    Copyright & Databases

    Trade marks & Brands

    • Beauty Bay Ltd & Anor v Benefit Cosmetics Ltd [2018] FSR 24, [2019] FSR 31: trade mark infringement relating cosmetics
    • Frank Industries v Nike [2018] FSR 35: trade mark infringement action concerning Nike’s “Nothing beats a Londoner” campaign.
    • P&G v Star Global [2016] RPC 19: parallel imports of beauty products.
    • IPC Media v Media 10 [2014] EWCA Civ 1439: dispute over concurrent uses of the IDEAL HOME trade mark.
    • Total v YouView [2014] EWHC 1963 (Ch): trade mark infringement action concerning set-top boxes.
    • Numatic v Qualtex [2010] EWHC 1237 (Ch): passing off claim relating to the shape of the famous “Henry” vacuum cleaner.

    Design Rights

    • Clinisupplies v Park [2012] EWHC 3453 (Ch): design right in catheter packs – when a design is too general to be protected.
    • Numerous claims for design right infringement involving clothing, for and against retailers such as Primark, Principles, Mango and others.

    Trade Secrets & Confidentiality

    IT & Telecoms Disputes

    Jurisdiction & Remedies

    • Celgard v Shenzhen Senior [2020] EWHC 2072 (Ch), [2020] EWCA Civ 1293: jurisdiction of English court over claim for misuse of trade secrets in China.
    • Shenzhen Carku v NOCO [2020] EWHC 2014 (Pat): interim declaration of non-infringement in a patent case, summary judgment procedure
    • Parainen Pearl v KGJS [2017] EWHC 2570 (Pat): jurisdiction of the Court to grant Europe-wide declarations of non-infringement.
    • Sony v SSH [2016] WLR 186: post-trial variation of costs budgets in patent litigation.
    • Coward v Phaestos [2014] EWCA Civ 1256: effects of offer to settle outside Part 36 CPR.
    • Teva v Amgen [2013] EWHC 3711 (Pat): claim for declaration of non-infringement against company other than the owner of the patent.
    • Xena v Cantideck [2013] EWPCC 1: damages inquiry for patent infringement.

    Arbitration & Mediation

  • Education & awards
    • BA, MA, Law, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford (1992-95)
    • Bachelor of Civil Law, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford (1995-96)
    • St Anne’s College Law Prize (1995, 1996)
    • Gray’s Inn Scholarship (1997)
  • Professional memberships
    • Chancery Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property Bar Association
    • Gray’s Inn
  • Hobbies & interests
    • Watching and playing football and cricket
    • Long walks that end in a pub

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