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David Stone

Partner, Global Head of Intellectual Property

London

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David Stone

Partner, Global Head of Intellectual Property

London

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.

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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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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Publications: 19 FEBRUARY 2020

What will be the biggest change to A&O’s brands practice over the next year or over the next five years?

Global Head of IP David Stone talks about the future of his practice – where in particular we will see the biggest changes and why.

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Publications: 03 FEBRUARY 2020

How will AI and other tech advances affect A&O’s brands practice in the coming years?

Global Head of IP David Stone discusses where AI will come of use to us and our clients in certain trade mark and design tasks.

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Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

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


Academic

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.

Recognition

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)