Known for his broad ranging expertise and practical advice, Duncan handles all aspects of trade mark and design work, from advising before applications are filed, right through to registration and enforcement before both the IPO and the courts. He serves clients in a variety of industries, from software developers, fashion designers and musicians, through to medical suppliers and computer manufacturers, regularly handling opposition, revocation and invalidity actions as well as infringement proceedings.
Duncan is a senior trade mark attorney with over ten years’ post-qualification experience. In addition to 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 offer clients a more comprehensive and rounded service. He regularly handles opposition, revocation and invalidity actions in relation to trade marks, and advises on the infringement and enforceability of both registered and unregistered trade marks and designs in the UK and EU.
Alongside enforcement work, and the day-to-day filing and prosecuting of trade mark and design applications, Duncan has extensive experience of negotiating and drafting settlements in a wide range of intellectual property disputes. He also regularly drafts and advises on licences, assignments and other commercial IP transactions.
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 client portfolio, ranging from international companies to small start-ups and sole traders, who appreciate his “thorough, comprehensive analysis of complex legal problems” approachability, technical skill and “practical advice”.
While 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 his extensive practice in the field of UK designs, Duncan is an expert in prosecuting International design applications under the Hague Agreement through the World Intellectual Property Office in Geneva.
Within Beck Greener, Duncan is responsible for coordinating IP News and updates, and regularly writes articles on all aspects of trade mark and design law around the world.
Duncan is recommended in both the Legal 500 and World Trademark Review 1000.
“Managing intellectual property requires a uniform approach as it can be all-consuming, Duncan understands this clearly and tempers his recommendations to ensure that protection is given without unreasonable expense.”
Client testimonial, Legal 500 2022
Duncan is noted for his “responsive, timely, swift and efficient service.”
Client testimonial, World Trademark Review 1000 2021
“Duncan Morgan is a senior trade mark associate who provides thorough, comprehensive analysis of complex legal problems. His attention to detail is excellent. He is always available to discuss issues, is happy to format the focus of his reports to meet the particular circumstances of the end client, and is a pleasure to work with.”
Client testimonial, Legal 500 UK 2020
Clients say that Duncan who has a passion for all things trade mark and design-related “responds quickly to queries, keeping you updated every step of the way and lays out options clearly and concisely.”
World Trademark Review 1000 2019
Qualifications and memberships
- Higher Courts Litigator 2014
- Chartered Trade Mark Attorney 2011
- Dip. Law, City University, London 2007
- MA (Cantab), Peterhouse, University of Cambridge 2006
- Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
The Legal 500 UK, 2022, Individual
Duncan trained and qualified at Beck Greener between 2008 and 2011. In 2014 he went on to pass the Intellectual Property Litigation and Advocacy course at Nottingham Law School in 2014, gaining enhanced rights to conduct IP litigation in the UK courts.