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Tel +44 (0) 20 7300 7081 Fax +44 (0) 20 7300 7100 Email Roland Download vCard
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London EC4A 3TW
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DX 41 London

Roland is a partner in the IP & Media group and is head of the Brand Management practice in London. He has over 20 years' experience specialising in national and cross-border contentious and non-contentious "soft" IP matters, including trade mark, designs and copyright disputes and litigation, lookalikes, anti-counterfeiting, domain name and content infringements, trade mark clearance, prosecution, oppositions and strategic portfolio advice, comparative advertising and all types of commercial transactions involving these rights.


Since 2006 Partner at Taylor Wessing
1992 - 2006 Partner at Linklaters


1995 Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from University of Bristol
1994 Qualified as a Lawyer in England & Wales
1992 Law Society Finals at College of Law, London
1991 Common Professional Examination at College of Law, London
1989 BSC (Hons. First Class) Civil Engineering from University of Edinburgh


Colour combinations: getting back to WYSIWYG – Managing IP, October 2016
Protection of design classics and iconic 3D shapes in English courts – Intellectual Property Magazine May, 2016
Intellectual property issues relating to employees and consultants – PLC Updated Practice Note
Trade mark litigation in the High Court – LexisPSL Practice Note
Madrid International Trade Mark System – LexisPSL Practice Note
Parallel Imports – LexisPSL Practice Note
Overview of the Community Trade Mark System – LexisPSL Practice Note
Anti-Counterfeiting and Customs Procedures in the UK – LexisPSL Practice Note
Tablet teachings: learning points from the latest Apple v Samsung decisions – World Trademark Review, 1 March 2013
Of Purple Haze and Scrabble Plays: appeal court says “no” to fuzzy trade mark descriptions – IPKat blog, 6 October 2013

Memberships & Associations

Member of governing Council of MARQUES (the European Trade Mark Owners Association)
Member of the City of London Law Society Intellectual Property Sub-Committee
Member of the International Trade Mark Association
Member of the Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation
Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
Member of the Law Society's Intellectual Property Sub-Committee
Consultant on intellectual property matters at the Warner Textile Archive

Awards & Recognition

Regularly identified as a leading IP lawyer in Legal 500, Chambers (UK and Global), Legal Business's Legal Experts, Who'sWhoLegal and Super Lawyers.

"IP Star" awarded by Managing Intellectual Property's World IP Survey (2015 and 2016).

One of only two lawyers in UK top ranked in all of the categories of Enforcement & Litigation, Prosecution & Strategy and Anti-Counterfeiting by World Trade Mark Review's WTR1000 directory of the world's leading trade mark lawyers (annually since 2011).

Described as:

  • "a 'consistently brilliant'  trade mark lawyer with 'uncommon expertise'" (WTR1000)

  • "In-house counsel trust his judgement, recognise his experience and love working with him; he’s a wonderful communicator and you’ll get his gut feel, rather than just the black-letter law, which is particularly valuable” (WTR1000)

  • "outstanding IP knowledge" (Legal 500)

  • "the pick of the bunch in London" and "a great brands lawyer" (Chambers)



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