Called to the Bar 1993
Took Silk in 2016
Patent, trade mark/passing off, copyright, designs, confidential information, and all other aspects of intellectual property; information technology and computing. Industries covered include electronics, software, television information systems, satellite television, automotive, publishing, MP3 players, DVD, telecommunications (telecoms), pharmaceuticals, animal health, oil and gas exploration and production, energy. shipping, inkjet printers, thermal printers, mechanical engineering, databases, food products, and many consumer products. Experience includes taking evidence abroad for use in the UK and vice versa. He has also acted in a number of confidential arbitrations and mediations.
Douglas is authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in all forms of intellectual property cases, primarily those proceeding in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, or IPEC (appointed February 2015), as a Civil Recorder (appointed October 2010), and as a Crime Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit (appointed December 2014). From 2011 to 2013 he sat in the Patents County Court, the predecessor of the IPEC. He also sits in the Central London County Court (including the Chancery List), Mayor & City of London Court, and in the Central London Family Court. Prior to taking silk he was a member of the Attorney General's Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and in this capacity acted for and/or advised a number of Governmental departments and agencies including the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Home Office, HMRC, the Treasury, the Cabinet Office, the Health and Safety Executive, the Office for National Statistics, and the National Policing Improvement Agency. He has acted as an expert witness on UK intellectual property law in US District Court proceedings in the Southern District of New York. While he was at the junior bar, he was consistently ranked as a leading junior by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 in relation to both intellectual property and information technology law.
A list of Douglas' previous cases can be found on his downloadable cv.
• Gap year 1990-91 teaching English in Kagoshima, Japan; awarded brown belt in full-contact karate; prize winner in prefectural karate tournament for best performance, though losing to a former sumo wrestler; passed Japanese Government language proficiency test (6000 words/1000 characters level).
• Governor, the Contemporary Dance Trust.
Chambers UK 2015 edition says:
“Tenacious, extremely capable and excellent at fighting the client’s position… He's got a very accessible style, is good with clients, clearly knows his area very well and is very engaging and capable."
The 2015-2016 edition of the Legal 500 says:
‘‘An extremely accomplished advocate who has encyclopaedic knowledge of IP law and procedure.”
Academic qualifications and interests
• Scholarship at Hertford College, Oxford University, 1984-88. First Class honours in Chemistry with Distinction in Quantum Chemistry; also placed proxime accessit to the Gibbs prize. Turbott University prize for practical work in Organic Chemistry.
• City University, Diploma in Law, awarded top distinction, 1991-92, Inner Temple Major Scholarship, Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship.
• Maadak prize for European Community Competition Law.
• Pegasus Scholar at Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Solicitors, Melbourne, Australia, from November 1996-February 1997.
• Contributing author to Terrell on the Law of Patents, the leading practitioner textbook on UK patent law: 16th edition (2006), 17th edition (2011), 18th edition (2016)