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Darren Meale

Partner & Deputy District Judge at Simmons & Simmons


Darren is an expert in intellectual property law, with a practice which focuses on trade mark, copyright and design law disputes and advice. He has litigated at all levels in the UK, from the UK Intellectual Property Office to the UK Supreme Court. He has also fought cases at the EUIPO, the EUIPO Board of Appeal and the General Court of the EU.

Darren’s practice takes in a wide variety of sectors, in particular the media, technology, finance and fintech sectors. To give a flavour, he has advised clients on intellectual property rights in relation to everything from cartoon characters to whisky bottles, clothing, knitting needles, lingerie, soft drinks, telecommunications services, television programmes, films and hotels. Darren is a proven innovator having developed ‘Simmons & Simmons Translator’, a software service to help clients deal with EU trade mark law reform (shortlisted for The Lawyer’s 2017 innovation award), along with other tools.

Darren also sits as a Deputy District Judge in both the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and the English County Court. He was named as a “Rising Star” in the UK four years in a row (2014-2017) by Expert Guides.

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