Tim’s primary professional interests lie in the creation, exploitation and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights and the protection of reputation, privacy and secrets. He is just as comfortable acting for clients intent on resisting claims for such interests as he is for those who enjoy them.
Tim is a highly experienced barrister, being a commercial lawyer and advocate. He deals with both contentious and non-contentious concerns and provides specialist advice, drafting and advocacy services to his clients, whether they are in the UK, EU member states, the USA, Canada, Australia and beyond. Tim offers representation in mediation and arbitration contexts as well as at interim level, substantive hearings and trial, and on appeal before a broad range of courts and tribunals, including: UKIPO; the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court; EUIPO; and the European Court of Justice.
Tim’s practice is grounded in four key (and often overlapping) areas of substantive law and procedure:
- Intellectual Property
- Entertainment & Sport
- Information Technology
Tim acts for clients whose activities range across the entire spectrum of creative and commercial fields, from music, broadcasting, publishing, fashion, film, TV, fine art, and sports, through to advertising, branding, franchising, manufacturing and High Street retail business and technical and other forms of product design and development. His practice also encompasses many new fields of endeavour, such as social media and other forms of technological innovation and communication.
- Cases of interest
(NB In terms of Trade Mark matters, only notable Appeals are mentioned because of the frequency of ‘first instance’ and other appearances)
- Henson (p.k.a. ‘Dot Allison’) v Warner Chappell Music, McGuire & Holmes (p.k.a. ‘Death In Vegas’) & Universal Music (2013) (High Court, Chancery Division) Music copyright authorship, ownership and infringement; tortious conspiracy; breach of contract; limitation; acquiescence; laches and delay: Whether joint authorship/co-ownership of rights in the musical work created extemporarily during a recording session; the nature and effect of implied and express terms in a music publishing contract; the legal characterisation of parties acting together for an implied aim in the context of the creation of an extempore musical work and its subsequent exploitation; and whether the claims were statute barred or estopped.
- Re Simmons Trade Mark  ITMAR (UKIPO, Appeal to the Appointed Person) UK Trade Mark earlier right/bad faith: Whether evidence formally challenged by pleadings; whether goodwill subsisting to support unregistered rights; whether rights abandoned in relation to a music business context; the scope and effect of UK unregistered rights reference a US proprietor; and the degree of enquiry necessary to establish bad faith.
- Seaton, Grant & others (p.k.a. ‘Musical Youth’) v Seddon, Universal Music, Music Sales & others  All ER (High Court, Chancery Division) Music copyright authorship, ownership and infringement; fraud; breach of fiduciary duty/trust; unlawful interference; and mental versus legal capacity: Whether, in relation to the ownership of a derivative work and the representation of the band, the conduct of solicitor advisors was in fraudulent breach of trust; and whether the claims were statute barred or estopped.
- MediaCAT v Adams & others  FSR (Patents County Court) Film copyright ownership, infringement, and licensing; P2P (Peer to Peer) use; the meaning of ‘authorising’; ‘discontinuance’ of an action under the CPR; and Norwich Pharmacal orders: The meaning of ‘making available to the public’; the technical evidence required to ground an infringement claim; the ambit of exclusive and non-exclusive licensee’s right(s) to sue; and the joinder of a rights owner as either claimant or defendant in the context of P2P and Wi-Fi router usage.
- Entegris Inc v OHIM  ECR (European Court of Justice, Appeal to the General Court) Community Trade Mark – registerability: Whether likelihood of confusion (OPTIMIZER / OPTIMIZE TECHNOLOGIES).
- Re Breadtalk PBE’s Trade Marks  ITMAR (UKIPO, Appeal to the Appointed Person) UK Trade Mark – revocation for non-use: Whether Internet discussion forum focusing on goods in a specification constituted ‘trade mark use’; and the interrelationship between the Community Trade Mark Regulation and the European Convention on Human Rights.
- British Board of Film Classification (t/a BBFC) v Interactive Software Federation of Europe (t/a ISFE) (2009) (High Court, Chancery Division) Artistic work copyright infringement; Community and UK Trade Mark infringement and passing off: Whether proposed use of certain symbols in connection with the classification of computer games would constitute infringement of earlier rights.
- Danielle Lloyd v Carphone Warehouse & another  EWHC (High Court, Chancery Division) Photographic copyright infringement; privacy; and vicarious liability: Whether employer vicariously liable for employee in relation to copying digital images per se; and whether primary conduct infringed rights in connection with the non-consensual copying of images taken with a mobile telephone camera.
- Re Tom Parker’s Trade Mark  ITMAR (UKIPO, Appeal to the Appointed Person) UK Trade Mark registration procedure: The basis and limits of discretion of the Appointed Person to reserve an appeal to herself in the face of both an application to transfer made by the Respondent and a change of position by the Appellant.
- Euroinvest v BT  (High Court, Chancery Division) Norwich Pharmacal Orders: Whether, in an ex-employee/IT context, there was sufficient evidence that email accounts and computer systems were accessed unlawfully.
- Dearlove (p.k.a. ‘Diddy’) v Combs (p.k.a. ‘Diddy’, ‘P.Diddy’ and ‘Puff Daddy’)  EMLR (High Court, Chancery Division) Passing off and breach of contract: Whether same trade conduit/deception; whether the defendant enjoyed rights in the UK by or under the mark DIDDY; whether a song lyric can serve to advertise goods and services; and whether an artist controls material placed on websites such as YouTube and MySpace by others to whom he is commercially connected.
- Buchan (p.k.a. ‘The Exploited’) v Wondena (t/a ‘Dream Catcher Records’) (2008) (Chancery Division) Music contract: Whether, in an artist/ recording company context, a complex royalty accounting had been conducted properly.
- Beckingham (p.k.a. ‘Bobby Valentino’) v Wilson (p.k.a. ‘Bobby Valentino’ and ‘Bobby V’) & Def Jam Records (2008) (Chancery Division) Passing off; UK Trade Mark infringement; and breach of contract: Whether the nature and effect of recorded lyrics can ground an infringement of rights in record sales and artist’s live performance contexts.
- Atari v Opal  (High Court, Chancery Division) Norwich Pharmacal Orders: Whether, in a P2P (Peer-to-Peer) context, there was sufficient evidence of illicit downloading of video games.
- Omega v OHIM  ECR (European Court of Justice, Appeal to the Court of First Instance) Community Trade Mark registerability: Whether likelihood of confusion (OMEGA/OMEGA).
- Ontex NV v OHIM  ECR (European Court of Justice, Appeal to the Court of First Instance) Community Trade Mark registerability: Whether likelihood of confusion (CURON/EURON)
- Experience LLC v Purple Haze Music & another  EWCA (Court of Appeal) Performers rights: Whether the claimant was able to exploit lawfully certain recordings of the late Jimi Hendrix; and whether fact of a state joining EU has retrospective effect re performers rights.
- Sales v Stromberg & others  FSR (High Court, Chancery Division) Design right infringement: Whether complementary medical devices, designed as jewellery are to be considered ‘commonplace in the design field in question’ given certain ‘ancient’ designs; the meaning of ‘design document’; and whether copying was ‘substantial’.
- Torry v Pink Floyd Music & others (2005) (High Court, Chancery Division) Music copyright authorship, ownership and infringement; limitation; acquiescence; laches, delay and unconscionable conduct: Whether joint authorship / co-ownership of rights in a musical work created extemporarily during a recording session; whether claims statute barred or estopped; and whether conduct of claimant or defendants was unconscionable (‘competing unconscionability’).
- Swan v Bereta & others  EWHC (High Court, Chancery Division) Copyright subsistence and design right: Whether 3D greetings cards were ‘works of artistic craftsmanship’ / articles in which design right subsisted.
- Re Kraft Jacobs Suchard SA’s application  ETMR (UKIPO, Appeal to the Appointed Person) UK Trade Mark registerability: Whether 3D triangular praline box (Toblerone) registerable; the proper basis for the introduction of new evidence on appeal; and whether earlier ‘shape mark’ registration ‘captured’ the later application.
- Re Nordic Sauna’s Application  ETMR (UKIPO, Appeal to the Appointed Person) UK Trade Mark registerability: The nature of an absolute grounds objection and scope of term ‘geographic origin’.
- Nichol and others (t/a ‘Nichol & Dime’) v Shaun Rider  WLR (High Court, Chancery Division) Breach of contract; unreasonable restraint of trade; and undue influence: Whether unlawful conduct in a music business management / artist relationship context.
- Qualifications & appointments
Honorary Board member of the UK Law Students Association
- Professional membership & association
- Intellectual Property Bar Association
- Chancery Bar Association
- International Association of Entertainment Lawyers
- International Trademark Association
- LLB (Hons.)
- Published articles & seminars
- Competing unconscionability comes of age: January / February 2007, Commercial Litigation Journal
- Implications of an Extension to UK Copyright Term: 22 November 2005, LexisNexis Conference, London
- Image & Personality Rights in the UK: 30 September 2005, ITMA Autumn
- Defamation and the Net: Where are we going?  ELR, vol. 15, issue 7
- Defamation and the Net: Where are we now?  ELR, vol. 15, issue 6
- Use of Designs to Create the Brand; 5 May 2003, INTA Annual Conference, Amsterdam
- Recent High Court decisions: 25 June 2002, ITMA London
- Daimler Chrysler v Alavi (‘the Merc case’): 23 April 2002, ITMA, London
- Personal interests
- Classic cars
- Fly fishing