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David Winters

Senior Legal Specialist

Belfast

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David Winters

Senior Legal Specialist

Belfast

David is a Senior Legal Specialist focusing on intellectual property law and technical disputes. He joined Allen & Overy in February 2015. He has a PhD in mathematical physics and is the co-author of six peer-reviewed publications.

After leaving academia, David gained ten years of editorial and project management experience in academic publishing, primarily for the leading science journal Nature and its sister journals Nature Physics, Nature Chemistry, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Photonics and Nature Materials. He is in the process of qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive.

David has worked on a variety of highly technical litigation and arbitration matters. His IP litigation work includes the analysis of patents on heat-not-burn smoking devices, LED and screen display technology, network handover in mobile telecommunication systems, laser countermeasure systems and land management technology, illustrating his ability to utilise his physics background across a wide range of technical fields. He is experienced in producing technical summaries of the patented inventions, identifying and assessing potential prior art, drafting claim and infringement charts, identifying potential expert witnesses in the relevant field, and assisting in the drafting and review of expert reports. Over the past two years he has been heavily involved in the drafting of industry, quantum and delay expert reports in defending an ICSID arbitration claim brought by a Swedish investor in relation to an oil refinery in Morocco.

David has also defended clients in the aeronautical engineering and biomedical device sectors against warranty claims in arbitration and/or allegations of misuse of trade secrets. This involved the analysis of large numbers of complex engineering drawings, technical documents, reports and design specifications.

David is adept in the use of global IP databases in compiling and analysing patent and trade mark portfolios, and led a team handling a trade mark recordal project involving more than 15,000 trade marks across 180 jurisdictions. In this process he developed working relationships with a global network of IP attorney firms. He also has experience of drafting domain name complaints under the ICANN Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy.

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