Paul A. Harris#1967

Paul A. Harris

Paul Harris is the senior partner (IP Litigation) at Venner Shipley with over 35 years of experience in IP cases. He has worked in contentious matters relating to patents, covering a wide variety of technologies including complex chemical cases, pharmaceuticals, electronics and mechanical patents. Notably, he handled the successful defence of Black & Decker in an action brought by Electrolux, the outcome of which lead to the Patents Court guidelines on experiments and expert's reports.

He was also involved in the erythropoietin litigation (Kirin Amgen) and stent litigation (Boston Scientific). Paul is also particularly noted in trade mark matters (registered and unregistered), having successfully litigated the first case under the Trade Marks Act 1994 (Wagamama Ltd v City Centre Restaurants plc). More recently, he was again successful for Stanley Black & Decker in enforcing its trade marks against a former distributor, as well as being involved in the extended passing off case: Fage v Chobani. Paul's skill and experience in analysing strategic IP matters is often called upon, from trade mark problems and licensing strategies, to patent analysis and assessment.

Paul enjoys his commitment to lecturing new IP practitioners on trade mark law for the Oxford University IP Graduate Diploma course.

Contributed to


Practice Area


  • Case Analysis Panel
  • Q&A Panel

Qualified Year

  • 1987


  • Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • AIPPI, UK Council Member
  • INTA Committee Member
  • Royal Society of Chemistry

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