Michael Edenborough QC


Year of Call: 1992 Year of Silk: 2010

Michael’s strengths are his wide but detailed knowledge of IP law, and ability to find ways through complex issues. As an advocate, he is calm, measured and clear in his submissions and responses to questions from the bench - one of the best QCs at the IP Bar, particularly for trade mark work.

 

The Legal 500

Practice Overview

Michael’s practice involves advice and advocacy on infringement and validity issues concerning all types of IPRs. As such, he deals with declarations of invalidity, revocation, rectification and cancellation of registered intellectual property rights such as trade marks, registered designs and patents. He is often instructed in cases involving the main unregistered IPRs such as goodwill, copyright, designs and confidential information, and also the more unusual rights such as plant varieties, moral rights, database rights and geographical indications. Further, he has been instructed on matters dealing with title to IPRs, Freedom of Information requests relating to IPRs, data protection, the calculation of the financial relief and what other remedies that might be available.

His forte is finding points of law and practice that can be evoked in order to solve a problem that has arisen for the client (be it lay or professional).

In addition, Michael acts as an expert witness on points of English law in foreign cases, and as a mediator in IP cases - in particular where the parties wish to adopt the facilitative approach for their mutual advantage.

News & Events

  • News

    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

    News

    Congratulations to Michael Edenborough QC, Thomas Elias and Stephanie Wickenden who have all been ranked by The Legal 500 2022 Directory for Intellectual Property law. 

    Congratulations to Michael Edenborough QC, Thomas Elias and Stephanie Wickenden who have all been ranked by The Legal 500 (Legalease) 2022 Directory... Read More

  • Events

    Intellectual Property and Competition Law Webinars

    Location: Live Webinars Read More

    Events

    Software Disputes: a review of the recent law on ownership of copyright, injunctive relief and remedies

    Location: Online Read More

  • “He is technically brilliant, has incredible analytical skills, and is not afraid to deliver difficult messages to make sure the client has the right advice.”

    The Legal 500
  • “A seasoned silk highlighted for his deep expertise in trade mark law. He has additional expertise in patents and design right disputes. He is also often instructed in cases concerning geographical indications, data protection and moral rights. ‘I am always impressed by Michael’s technical skills and frankness on all matters.’ ‘He is very, very good. He’s approachable, always gives considered advice and has a huge range of knowledge.’ ”

    Chambers and Partners
  • “One of the best silks for trademark work, he is brilliantly strategic and tactical.”

    The Legal 500

Education & Qualifications

MA (Natural Sciences), Cambridge.
DPhil (Biophysics), Oxford.

Memberships

Associate Member of CIPA and CITMA
Member of AIPPI and the Royal Society of Chemistry

VAT Number

656914210

Major Publications and Committees

Author of "Contentious Trade Mark Registry Proceedings", CITMA - March 2018
Consultant Editor of "Butterworths Intellectual Property Law Handbook" - 13th edition August 2017, 14th edition September 2019
Contributor to the "Concise Commentary on European Trade Mark and Design Law” - 2011
Revised the chapter on Plant Variety Rights for "Intellectual Property in Europe" – 2nd edition 2002
Author of "Organic Reaction Mechanisms: A Step-by-Step Approach" – 2nd edition 1999
Author of "Lecture Notes on Intellectual Property Law" – 1st edition 1995, reprinted 1997

Member of the UK IPO Marks and Design Forum
Member of the former UPC and Enforcement Framework Review Groups, and of the former Law Commission’s Advisory Panel on Groundless Threats
Nominated for the Bar Pro Bono Award in 2003

In the Press

'Land Rover Defender lacks ‘distinctiveness’, court rules' comments for Intellectual Property Magazine

'The end is nigh for Europe’s central patents court' article for The Times

'End of the Line' article for Intellectual Property Magazine

'Is Europe's unified patent court dead in the water - or can it be revived?' comments for Global Legal Post

'Meghan Markle and Harry BACK DOWN on Sussex Royal brand – trademark application withdrawn' comments in The Daily Express

'Cats and Dogs: A Lesson in Unregistered IP Rights' article for Solicitor Journal

News & Events

  • News

    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

    News

    Congratulations to Michael Edenborough QC, Thomas Elias and Stephanie Wickenden who have all been ranked by The Legal 500 2022 Directory for Intellectual Property law. 

    Congratulations to Michael Edenborough QC, Thomas Elias and Stephanie Wickenden who have all been ranked by The Legal 500 (Legalease) 2022 Directory... Read More

  • Events

    Intellectual Property and Competition Law Webinars

    Location: Live Webinars Read More

    Events

    Software Disputes: a review of the recent law on ownership of copyright, injunctive relief and remedies

    Location: Online Read More