Michael Hart heads the award winning Intellectual Property Department in the Firm's London office. He has extensive experience in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters, particularly in the areas of copyright, designs, trade marks and trade secrets. He has led a wide variety of high profile litigation cases, winning important cases in the High Court, the UK Supreme Court, the UK Copyright Tribunal and the Court of Justice of the European Union. He also has considerable experience of lobbying on IP issues. Michael is recognised as a leading UK figure in IP law by Chambers and Legal 500.
Michael's IP litigation cases for many household-name companies have involved issues relating to copyright, design, IP licensing terms, trade secrets and misappropriation of confidential information, personal privacy and trade marks. Michael has also successfully conducted a large number of mediations relating to IP issues.
His non-contentious IP work includes advising on major IP agreements and licenses, and the sale and acquisition of IP rights.
Michael has also acted for leading technology companies, trade associations and consumer groups in connection with several legislative lobbying campaigns on copyright issues, involving both the UK and European Parliaments and the European Commission. He has also advised leading companies on issues relating to legislation and legislative proposals on designs and trade secrets.
Representative Legal Matters
Representing Meltwater and the Public Relations Consultants Association against the NLA in their successful appeal to the UK Supreme Court and to the Court of Justice of the European Union on the temporary copying exception.
Representing a car manufacturer in its high profile disputes with competitors over trade secrets.
Representing Universities UK in their successful copyright licence reference against the Copyright Licensing Agency.
Representing a consumer electronics industry and consumer interests body in their lobbying campaign in relation to the Copyright in the Information Society Directive 2001.
- England & Wales~United Kingdom (1983)
- College of Law at Chancery Lane (L.S.F.) (1981)
- Oxford University (Exeter College) (B.A.) (1980)
He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars and contributes to various legal and personnel publications.