Harris, Paul A

Paul Harris is an intellectual property litigation partner in Pillsbury’s London office with more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property cases. He has worked in contentious matters relating to patents, covering a wide variety of technologies including complex chemical cases, electronics and mechanical patents.

Paul Harris

Most notably, he has handled the successful defence of Black & Decker in an action brought by Electrolux, the outcome of which led to the Patents Court guidelines on experiments and expert’s reports. He was also involved in the erythropoietin litigation (Kirin Amgen) and stent litigation (Boston Scientific).

Harris is particularly noted in trademark matters (registered and unregistered), having successfully litigated the first case under the Trade Marks Act 1994 (Wagamama Ltd v City Centre Restaurants plc). More recently, he was involved (with James Tumbridge) in the latest extended passing-off case: Fage v Chobani.

Harris is also known for his confidential information practice and handled the Dyson v Strutt litigation, relating to misuse of confidential information, and the same litigation on important issues of costs. He also led the successful team in the First Conference v Bracchi case, which included executing an interlocutory search and seizure order against the defendant.

In addition to his litigation practice, Harris’s skill and experience in analysing and solving strategic intellectual property matters is called upon by many international clients. It ranges from trademark problems and licensing strategies to patent analysis and assessment. He has also been instrumental in the negotiation and preparation of international licensing arrangements for patents and trademarks and been involved in many non-contentious dealings including in relation to the sales and licensing of businesses, the preparation of multinational licensing and cross-licensing arrangements (including co-existence agreements), as well as overseeing programmes for the registration of trademarks in many overseas jurisdictions. He also deals with the copyright and design right field and has acted for a management buy-out team in relation to computer software and computer hardware.

Harris has lectured on both patents and trademarks, as well as confidential information. He is well known internationally and has been invited to speak at international conferences as far afield as Bulgaria and Egypt. He also teaches trademark law on the Intellectual Property Diploma Course at the University of Oxford. He has written many articles over the years on both patents and trademark issues.

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This information was originally sourced from the Pillsbury website.