Richard Davis

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Practice areas:
IP, Patents, Copyright & Design, Trade Marks, IT, Media & Entertainment

‘Very good in patent matters.’ Legal 500 2017

"He is very helpful, pragmatic and clients have a huge respect for him."  "He is a very user-friendly and very knowledgeable in the IP arena" Chambers & Partners 2017

"Has an excellent grasp of technical subject matter" Chambers & Partners 2016



Richard specialises in all aspects of intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on patents.  His clients benefit from his unique background, first as an electrical engineer and later as a Chartered and European Patent Attorney. Richard is acknowledged as one of the leaders in his field.

Richard’s patent practice encompasses a diverse range of technologies. These include his specialist field of electronics in addition to mechanical engineering, chemical engineering together with some pharmaceutical and biochemical work. He has particular expertise in the telecommunications sector having advised such giants as Apple, LG Electronics, Nokia, Motorola and Symbian. Recently he has represented the UK Government in the Pregabalin litigation concerning second medical use claims.

His dual qualification as a European Patent Attorney has resulted in him appearing frequently before the European Patent Office. Notable successes include acting for Zipher in respect of patents which had been revoked by the UK courts.

He has particular expertise in cases involving patent and trade mark attorney practice both before the UK IPO and the EPO. This includes unusual and complex areas such as judicial review of IPO decisions made as an International Receiving Office, restitution and actions concerning attorney negligence.

Richard is equally at home with the other intellectual property rights and has carved a niche in designs and ‘difficult’ copyright cases.  He is one of the few counsel to have appeared before the CJEU (General Court) on a designs matter and one of the very few to have appeared before the UK Registered Designs Appeal Tribunal. He has been involved in a number of cases which have pushed the boundaries of what it protectable under the law of copyright and database rights.  

In addition to his IP practice, Richard also advises on a multiplicity of IT matters, in particular in relation to contractual issues involving a technical aspect, the licensing of IP rights and software copyright.

Richard is one of the general editors of the Black Book (CIPA Guide to the Patents Acts). He lectures and tutors regularly on IPRs to patent and trade mark attorneys and solicitors. He is a visiting lecturer of CEIPI on the European patent litigation diploma. 


Directory & Testimonial Quotes

World Trade Mark Review 2017

"is recommended for his patent and designs expertise in particular, but he is comfortably at home on complex trade mark disputes".


Chambers & Partners 2017

"He is very helpful, pragmatic and clients have a huge respect for him."  "He is a very user-friendly and very knowledgeable in the IP arena" 

Legal 500 (2016)

"An excellent barrister and adviser with considerable advocacy experience"

Chambers and Partners 2016

"Has an excellent grasp of technical subject matter"

Legal 500

In Intellectual Property (2015):

"He is reliable and client-focused, and has an excellent grasp of technical subject matter."

Richard is regarded in Who’s Who Legal 2015.

Legal 500

In Intellectual Property (2013):

Richard Davis has "a strong technical understanding of software and electronics."


Chambers & Partners

In Intellectual Property (2014):

"A strong patent practitioner who has a particular emphasis on electronics cases. Sources attribute his superb knowledge of the law in that area in part to his being a qualified patent attorney."

In Intellectual Property (2013):

“Richard Davis specialises mainly in patents, although he is also a formidable expert on design rights. He is fairly unique in that he is a qualified UK and European patent attorney, and he is also a leading authority on questions of inherent patentability. Solicitors find him a natural choice for European Patent Office proceedings.”


In Intellectual Property (2012):

"Richard Davis has that "great scientific knowledge" that proves such an advantage to a patent specialist. He has particular expertise in matters relating to electrical engineering, having worked in that field before being called to the Bar. Recently, he represented Motorola in a series of patent infringement and validity cases against Research in Motion."


In Intellectual Property (2011):

“Richard Davis is "excellent for patent work" and has "great experience of appearing in highly technical cases involving electronics and software.”



Richard has a first degree in engineering from Cambridge University and joined Marconi as a digital design engineer after graduation.

After his initial training as a barrister, he spent 5 years with a leading firm of patent attorneys in London. During that period he worked predominantly in the electronics and software fields.

He returned to practice at the Bar in 1998.




Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys: Fellow; Elected member of Council.

Institute of Engineering and Technology (formally Institute of Electrical Engineers)

European Patent Attorney

Chartered Patent Attorney

Chartered Engineer


Qualifications and Regulations


MA (Cantab) Engineering.

Chartered Patent Attorney

European Patent Attorney

Chartered Engineer



Richard is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 28984)

He has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/031). Please refer to the BMIF website  for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.




The CIPA Guide to the Patents Acts (The Black Book) - General Editor

Tritton on Intellectual Property in Europe 

Human Interest

In his spare time Richard enjoys flying light aircraft and fiddling with (and occasionally driving) his TVR.