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Practice Summary

Geoffrey Hobbs QC is an advocate and advisor specialising in intellectual property law and related aspects of competition and commercial law. Winner of the IP/IT Silk of The Year 2012 Award at the Chambers Bar Awards, he is recommended as a Leading Silk by both Chambers UK (IP) and The Legal 500 (IP, Information Technology and Media, Entertainment & Sport).  He is the senior Appointed Person hearing Appeals from the UK Registrar of Trade Marks under s76 Trade Marks Act 1994.  He has acted as Arbitrator in both ICC and LCIA proceedings.

Comments in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500:

"Geoffrey is an icon in the world of IP and in particular has an encyclopedic knowledge of trade marks." "He is a phenomenally clever person who thinks creatively and has a broad way of looking at complex legal issues." "He is really good at simplifying everything and reducing it to the absolute bare essentials, and then walking you through it. He inspires enormous confidence." Star Individual. (Chambers and Partners 2021)

 ‘A standout silk and a titan of trade mark work and every European nuance of it.’ (Legal 500 Ranked: Tier 1)

An exceptionally talented IP litigator, particularly highly thought of for his work in trade mark disputes. His recent activity includes advising on judicial reviews, online advertising and multi-jurisdictional infringement claims. He also practises in patent cases and has experience acting for pharmaceutical companies in matters arising from the marketing of 'skinny label' products.

"He is a superbly clever and wonderful advocate." "He is erudite as well as being able to master the big picture." (Chambers & Partners 2020, Intelllectual Property)

 "... There is nothing he doesn't know about trade marks. He is the man for a case where points of law are unsettled, particularly if there is a digital slant to it." "A strong lateral thinker."  (Chambers & Partners 2019, Intellectual Property )

‘He is a master advocate on points of black letter law and EU interpretation.’  (Legal 500 2018, Intellectual Property)

At the very summit of excellence and experience with regard to trade mark law. He is a lawyer with a keen eye for strategy and a truly original mind, who is often the first port of call for solicitors who have complex and potentially market-changing brands disputes. "Fluent, urbane and charming with clients." (Chambers & Partners 2016, Intellectual Property)

An experienced IP practitioner who is regularly instructed in trade mark issues which overlap with media and entertainment matters. He was recently involved in the highly publicised case of Rihanna v Topshop. "He is one of the best trade mark lawyers in England. Allied to that he's an overall brilliant lawyer and forceful advocate." (Chambers & Partners 2016, Media & Entertainment)

A walking legal lexicon on trade mark law; he knows the law inside out and upside down.’ (Legal 500 2015, Intellectual Property)

Variously lauded for his “stellar” and “encyclopaedic” knowledge of trade mark law, and also its application to the internet. He is particularly sought after for representation before the higher courts. “Provides strategically focused advice and has a very high technical understanding of the issues as well as outstanding advocacy skills.” “Fluent, urbane and charming with clients.” (Chamber & Partners 2015, Intellectual Property)

‘Unparalleled knowledge of trade mark case law’ (Legal 500 2014, Intellectual Property)

‘Even judges defer to his knowledge of the law.’ (Legal 500 2014, Media and Entertainment)

‘His IT practice benefits from his market-leading expertise in soft IP matters.’ (Legal 500 2014, IT and Telecoms)

Remains one of the top go-to-barristers at the IP Bar for complex trade mark and passing-off work, and has a wealth of experience and a mastery of the area that few can match. Outstanding advocacy and strategic advice are guaranteed with him, according to sources. “The absolute first choice for the most difficult trade mark cases.” “Imperious when presented with difficult facts and law” (Chambers & Partners 2014, Intellectual Property)