Douglas Campbell

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Called to the Bar 1993

Practice Areas
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 was appointed a Recorder in October 2010.  From January 2012 to September 2013 he regularly sat as a Judge of the Patents County Court, and since October 2013 he has also sat as an Enterprise Judge of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. He is a member of the Attorney General's Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and in this capacity has acted for and/or advised a number of Governmental departments and agencies including the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Home Office, HMRC, the Treasury, the Cabinet Office, the Health and Safety Executive, the Office of 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.  He has been 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.

Personal interests
• 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 2014 edition says:

"A fine reputation amongst his peers as an accomplished cross-examiner with a very sharp mind. Practises in a diverse range of areas and handles patent, copyright and trade mark cases.  Expertise: "I've come across few others at the Bar with such an obviously fierce intellect. He's extremely analytical."


The 2013-2014 edition of the Legal 500 says:

Douglas Campbell is ‘very commercial and focused’

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 Patents (ed. Richard Miller QC), published 2011