Ian Bartlett


Expertise and Experience

Ian Bartlett heads up the trade marks department at Beck Greener, which has been singled out in The UK Legal 500 UK for  its "excellent, personalised service".

Ian is an expert in trade mark and merchandising law, both in the United Kingdom and internationally, and is a skilled practitioner in the fields of copyright and designs.  Alongside his extensive practice at a UK and European level, he consults on the prosecution of intellectual property cases around the world.

Ian read philosophy at the University of Leeds before going on to study law at City University, London.  He trained as a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn, and was called to the English Bar in 1985.  With over 25 years’ experience of trade mark prosecution and contentious intellectual property disputes, Ian represents clients regularly at hearings before the UK Intellectual Property Office  (UKIPO) and Appointed Person.  He is ranked as the number 3 attorney of the list of trade mark attorneys and solicitors by appearance at hearings before the UKIPO (Source: CITMA Review, Issue 448, March/April 2019).  He also runs cases before EUIPO (the EU trade mark and designs office), their Board of Appeal, and works on cases referred to the General Court.

Whilst much of Ian’s work emanates from large multinational companies and high street names, he also represents a significant number of small businesses and sole traders.  As well as working for international publishers, major cosmetics brands, and some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, Ian has clients in fields as diverse as accountancy, telecommunications infrastructure, domestic flooring, pharmaceuticals, price comparison websites and highway maintenance.  As well as prosecuting and enforcing intellectual property rights for clients, Ian also advises on maintaining and building their portfolios, and provides practical, commercial, legal advice tailored towards their individual interests.

Ian teaches in the tribunal practice module of the Chartered Trade Mark Attorney course at Nottingham Law School.  He is a member of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys’ Law & Practice Committee and leads its Litigation Working Group.

Ian is again ranked as a band 1 trade mark lawyer in Chambers & Partners UK being highly recommended for design enforcement and trade mark prosecution.  Ian has been described by clients as having "excellent technical knowledge, always very responsive and provides clear legal advice tempered with a good feel for risk and practical business concerns".  Ian Bartlett is "fantastic – he is very good with clients and understands their business objectives". Chambers also noted Ian is sought after by brands from all sectors of the economy, and has a particularly extensive media and entertainment client following.

Practice head Ian Bartlett is once again noted as a renowned key lawyer in the latest edition of The Legal 500 UK because of his trade marks experience and knowledge.  Clients state ‘Ian Bartlett is an excellent trade mark expert and I am always sure that I will get a positive outcome’.  He has been praised for his "in-depth experience and practical approach to trade marks”.   Clients state that "Ian Bartlett is an excellent communicator, and will go above and beyond to get the right result for the client”.  Ian "is brilliant at adjusting his advice to the unique circumstances of each client”.  Also, the Legal 500 UK reports that "Ian Bartlett always goes beyond the call of duty. He understands the legal issues and commercial reality facing clients. He has a great success rate in contentious matters because he is always very well prepared. I feel reassured when Ian is handling our trade mark work and trust that the outcome will be as desired”. 

Ian is featured as a recommended expert in the World Trademark Review 1000 (2020) – a directory of the world’s leading Trademark Professionals. Clients state that Ian "demonstrates excellent judgement and knows when to act and when to be a little more circumspect. What truly separates Ian from the competition is the very personal nature of the service he provides. He understands his clients and cares about their business".  

Ian is again recommended as an IP Trademark Star by Managing Intellectual Property 2021 and as a global leader for trade marks in Who’s Who Legal 2021.

Professional qualifications
Inns of Court School of Law 1984
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney 1990
European Trade Mark & Designs Attorney
PGD in IP Litigation, Nottingham Law School
Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

Academic qualifications

BA University of Leeds 1980
Dip.Law City University, London 1983