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 key lawyer in the latest edition of The Legal 500 UK who is “extremely knowledgeable”.  The guide states that his “training as a barrister is an asset in the group's complex disputes, expertly handles with trade mark, copyright and design matters - he is known for being 'superb at gaining clients' confidence, understanding their commercial needs, and exceeding expectations'.”  Clients state that "Ian Bartlett is very creative, thorough, and careful. He has assisted with tough problems through thinking of solutions that are not always the most obvious." and “Ian Bartlett looks after our work and is outstanding! Communication is excellent and often proactive, thus ensuring any statutory deadlines are always met. Basically, we are totally satisfied with all aspects of this firms operations.”

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