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Neville Cordell



Cordell Neville
Neville Cordell



Neville specialises in all areas of IP litigation and advisory work. He has wide experience of patent, trade mark, passing off, internet domain name, copyright, design and confidential information disputes. His experience includes: proceedings before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court; in arbitration; before Trade Mark Registries; under internet domain name; and company name procedures.

Chambers 2017 states that “Neville Cordell has a comprehensive IP practice which takes in transactions, litigation and due diligence involving all core rights. One client says: ‘He is extremely knowledgeable, has an excellent understanding of the law and is very good on tactics’”. WTR1000 2016 describes “litigation and advisory ace Neville Cordell” as “‘a shining star in an excellent group’. ‘He runs things well and provides really strong leadership.’ A pristine track record helps him to hammer out exceptional deals during settlement negotiations". IAM Patent 1000 2016 adds that he “has faultless common sense and adds a lot of value. Clients really trust him”.

Neville is a partner in the team that was awarded ‘IP Law Firm of the Year’ and ‘Patent Law firm of the Year’ at the 2011 Intellectual Property Magazine Awards.

Patent and Trademark star 
Managing IP: IP Stars UK 2019

He did an ‘outstanding job’ on a recent case.” 
Chambers UK 2020 Intellectual Property (ranked Band 1)

Both a lovely person and a top-notch practitioner.” 
World Trademark Review WTR 1000 UK 2020

He is incredibly professional to have on the other side; he will not misunderstand your argument and focuses only on the things that really matter. Sensible, knowledgeable, reasonable, intelligent and personable – a genuine star in the firm’s excellent IP group.” 
World Trademark Review WTR 1000 UK 2020

Superb experience and likeability.” 
IAM Patent 1000 UK 2019

A seasoned professional, able to keep a steady hand on the tiller and effortlessly sail home to victory.” 
IAM Patent 1000 UK 2019

Real strengths in the pharmaceuticals and life-sciences sectors, bringing years of experience in complex and high-value patent litigation to any case.” 
Legal 500 UK 2020: Intellectual Property (Leading Individual)

News & insights

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Blog Post: 07 MAY 2021

How protected are your drug formulations in your transactions?

Drug formulations are incredibly valuable to pharmaceutical businesses; however, they often get overlooked during transactions.  This can create risk for both the seller and buyer of the assets. For…

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Publications: 07 MAY 2021

The perils of giving video evidence

If evidence is to be given remotely, via video link, from another country, be sure to check that this is permitted by the laws of that country.

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Publications: 20 MARCH 2020

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

The UK has left the EU and is currently in a transition period with the EU until 31 January 2020. What happens to IP protection in the UK at the end of this transition?

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Publications: 29 JANUARY 2020

Trade mark owners need not amend broad specifications following Sky v SkyKick

Today, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in Sky v SkyKick (C-371/18) has declined to follow the Advocate General and held that trade mark specifications that cover broad terms such as “computer…

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Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1996


BEng (first class honours), Aerospace Systems Engineering, University of Southampton

LLM (with distinction), Intellectual Property, King's College London

CPE (with distinction)

Law Society Finals (first class honours)

MSc, Structural Molecular Biology, Birkbeck College, University of London

Published work

Cordell, N., Woolgar, A. (2014) “Review of the year: trademarks”, Intellectual Property Magazine

Cordell, N. (Editor and author of UK chapter) (2014) "Intellectual Property and the Internet", Globe Law and Business

Cordell, N., Bridgman Baker, P. (2014) "Copyright comment: ISPs and site blocking orders", Intellectual Property Magazine

Practical Intellectual Property, a looseleaf publication, editing and updating the chapters on passing off and patent law

Editor, Informa Professional Academy course in Brand Protection

Articles on various Intellectual Property issues for PLC magazine, Patent World, Trade Mark World, Copyright World and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice

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