Expertise and Experience
Duncan handles all aspects of trade mark and design work, from advising before applications are filed, right through to registration and enforcement.
As well as providing a full range of attorney services, he is also a qualified IP Litigator with enhanced rights of audience before the High Court, allowing him to provide a more comprehensive and rounded service to clients. He regularly handles opposition, revocation and invalidity actions in relation to British and EU trade marks, and advises as regards the infringement and enforceability of both registered and unregistered trade marks and designs.
Alongside enforcement work, and the day to day filing and prosecuting of British, EU and International trade mark and design applications, Duncan has extensive experience negotiating and drafting settlements in a wide range of intellectual property disputes. Also, he drafts and advises on licences, assignments and other commercial IP transactions. Duncan is qualified to practise as a trade mark attorney under the laws of both the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, assisting him to continue to practise before the EUIPO in relation to European Union Trade Marks and Designs post-Brexit.
Duncan has represented a wide range of clients, including manufacturers and developers of computer software and hardware, publishers, clothing designers, bathroom manufacturers, medical suppliers, and some of the most famous names in the music industry. He has an extensive portfolio of clients, ranging from international companies to small start-ups and sole traders.
Whilst the majority of his work is in the field of trade marks, Duncan has a growing practice in copyright, as well as in registered and unregistered designs law. Alongside filing and prosecuting EU designs, Duncan is an expert in prosecuting International design applications under the Hague Agreement.
Duncan is recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2019 for his "excellent attention to detail".
Duncan is also featured as a recommended expert in the World Trademark Review 1000 (2019). Clients say that Duncan who has a passion for all things trademark and design-related "responds quickly to queries, keeping you updated every step of the way and lays out options clearly and concisely."
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney 2011
European Trade Mark and Designs Attorney 2011
Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
Higher Courts Litigator 2014
Registered Trade Mark Agent (Ireland) 2018
MA (Cantab), Peterhouse, University of Cambridge 2006
Dip. Law, City University, London 2007