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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.

David is consistently praised by his clients and peers, described as “an international thought leader on brands and designs” and “one of the United Kingdom’s strongest litigators”, being “a first port of call when meaningful IP issues arise” in the World Trade Mark Review (WTR) 1000 2019. WTR 1000 2018 quote he is: “one of the world’s most legally gifted lawyers in intellectual property”: one client says “if I could clone him in every jurisdiction, I would”.

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.

The gold standard in substantive knowledge and client care.” 
Chambers UK 2020: Intellectual Property (ranked Band 1)

Maintains a standout infringement action practice.” 
Chambers UK 2020: Intellectual Property (ranked Band 1)

One of the best experts in EU design law.” 
Legal 500 UK 2020: Brand Management (Leading Individual)

He is incredibly accomplished and highly intelligent, yet commercial too. He is also a huge champion of diversity in the profession and a global thought leader.” 
World Trademark Review WTR 1000 UK 2020

Trademark and Design Star 
Managing IP: IP Stars UK 2019

News & insights

Publications: 27 APRIL 2020

Issues brand owners need to consider during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic to protect their IP portfolios

Here we assess the difficulties the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic poses to brand owners involved in trade mark registry proceedings and trade mark litigation, what brand owners can do to mitigate the…

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News: 30 MARCH 2020

Paul Keller rejoins Allen & Overy as partner in intellectual property litigation practice

Allen & Overy today announced that Paul Keller has rejoined the firm as a partner in the litigation practice, based in New York. His return underscores Allen & Overy’s commitment to building a premier…

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Publications: 20 MARCH 2020

IP rights in the UK during and after the Brexit transition period

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and is currently in a transition period with the EU. What does this mean for IP rights and what happens to IP protection in the UK at the end of this transition?

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Publications: 04 MARCH 2020

What has been the biggest change in your practice over the last five years?

Global Head of IP David Stone looks back over the last five years and discusses one of the main changes across his practice.

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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 experience

  • David chairs the board of directors of the Centre for Recent Drawing, an arts charity in Highbury-Islington. David also represents a diverse range of charities, assisting them with their IP.


Awards & accolades

Ranked in The Lawyer’s Hot 100, 2018

Published work

  • European Union Design Law: A Practitioners' Guide, Oxford University Press, 2012 (first edition) and 2016 (second edition)