John Linneker, Partner, Intellectual Property
I am a leading intellectual property lawyer with over 25 years experience.
I specialise in intellectual property disputes in the fields of trade marks, copyright, patents, designs and confidential information. I have acted on some of the most high profile intellectual property disputes to come before the English courts in recent years, including the recent February 2018 trade mark judgment in Sky plc v SkyKick Inc  EWHC 155, the Supreme Court patent decision in Schütz GmbH v Werit UK Limited  EWCA 6 and a dispute on the ownership of the "Lotus" brand in Formula One Motor racing Group Lotus plc v 1 Malaysia Racing Team  EWHC 1366. My practice also includes reputation management including defamation disputes and advice, advertising, transactional IP work, EU sanctions work and disputes in the media, sports and IT and technology sectors.
I am recognised as a leading intellectual property lawyer in the Legal 500 and Chambers. Client testimonials include "one of the best trade mark lawyers we work with", "immensely practical" and "admired for his clear communication skills and likeable manner". Chambers 2010 "highly motivated diligent and charismatic" and "has the ability to give a commercial answer without it being obscured by the minutiae". ". Last year's Chambers quoted "highly regarded for his expertise in trade marks" and clients described him as 'pleasant to work with'.
I lecture on intellectual property law at Oxford University as part of the post-graduate IPLA Intellectual Property Diploma course. I write and speak regularly on intellectual property matters and in 2018 co-authored an article for INTA entitled "Assessing the UK's IP Enterprise Court".