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David Stone

Partner, Global Head of Intellectual Property



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David Stone

Partner, Global Head of Intellectual Property



David works with the world’s leading businesses to protect their most valuable asset: their brands. Leading the A&O global IP practice, he is a distinguished IP litigator specialising in trade marks, registered and unregistered designs and copyright.

A solicitor advocate, David also has the benefit of in-house experience having worked in-house with Coca-Cola for a number of years. In 2017, David was authorised to sit part time as a Deputy High Court Judge.

He is regularly sought after to speak, providing unparalleled narrative and advice around the most crucial IP issues. David is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, and teaches IP, including at the Universities of Oxford, Queen Mary and Alicante.

The second edition of David's book, European Union Design Law: A Practitioners' Guide, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2016.

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Admitted as a Solicitor (Republic of Ireland) 2016

Admitted as a Notary Public (England and Wales), 2008

Admitted as a Solicitor Advocate Higher Courts Civil Proceedings (England & Wales), 2005

Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 2002

Admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister (High Court of Australia), 1997

Admitted as a Solicitor (New South Wales), 1996


Graduate Diploma in Notarial Practice, University of Cambridge, 2007

BCL, University of Oxford, 1995

BA and LLB (hons), University of Sydney, 1992

Pro bono 

  • David is a trustee of the Centre for Recent Drawing, an arts charity in Highbury-Islington.
  • Through the firm’s pro bono program, David assists a diverse range of charities with their IP issues, including recently helping Hope and Homes for Children; Black Equity Organisation; Adferiad (mental health); Beam Up (homelessness); GROW (legal mentoring); Reporters san frontiers; The AIRE Centre (EU human rights legal advice); The London Legal Support Trust; and CITY HARVEST (food support).

Published work

  • European Union Design Law: A Practitioners' Guide, Oxford University Press, 2012 (first edition) and 2016 (second edition)
  • A quiet year for the EU Courts – Managing IP, March 2017 
  • A cracker of a year to come in design cases – Managing IP, April 2017
  • Design Law Misplaced in Nintendo AG opinion – Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, July 2017 
  • CJEU embraces forum shopping in Hummel v Nike - Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, August 2017
  • It’s time to amend the Enforcement Directive to ensure all Member States provide for Declarations of Non-Infringement for EUTMs and Community Designs - Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, September 2019 


Awards & accolades

UK IP Practitioner of the Year

Managing IP Awards 2022

Top 10 Inspirational Leader

British LGBT Awards 2020

WIPR Diversity Champion

World Intellectual Property Review