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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.

News & insights

Blurred lights moving past building

Publications: 23 NOVEMBER 2021

What's the impact of the new IPO Tribunal Practice Notice

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has issued a new Tribunal Practice Notice setting out the legal changes being made to transitional arrangements following the end of the Brexit implementation…

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Publications: 04 NOVEMBER 2021

Ferrari S.p.A. v. Mansory Design - partial designs can be protected as unregistered Community designs

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) found on Thursday, 28 October, that even when only an overall product has been made available to the public, individual parts of it may still be…

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Publications: 02 JUNE 2021

Cryptocurrency and the value of trade marks

Wirex, a leading cryptocurrency company, has succeeded in its trade mark infringement claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London in respect of its CRYPTOBACK mark – used in relation…

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Publications: 12 JANUARY 2021

Brexit certainty at last? An overview of the new EU-UK trading relationship

Following months of protracted negotiations and coming four and a half years after the UK voted to leave the EU, 24 December 2020 saw the EU and UK finally agree the shape of their future…

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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

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 

Pro-bono experience

  • 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).


Awards & accolades

Shortlisted: Champion of the Year

Inspirational Women in Law Awards 2020

Top 10 Inspirational Leader

British LGBT Awards 2020

WIPR Diversity Champion

World Intellectual Property Review