“‘is good on all counts,’ according to solicitors, who further deem him to be ‘bright, sensible and easy to get on with.’”
- Chambers & Partners 2011
Nicholas Saunders specialises in commercial, EU and intellectual property law.
Before joining Brick Court he practiced for a number of years in a specialist intellectual property set. His intellectual property experience includes major patent disputes such as Nichia v Seoul Semiconductors, Interdigital v Nokia and Nokia v IPCOM, confidential information cases involving departing employees, trade mark infringement cases such as Jacobson v Globe, and numerous copyright and designs cases. He has particular expertise in the relationship between competition law and intellectual property and in cases involving conflict of laws issues.
He has appeared a number of times before the courts in Luxembourg unled and is currently involved for the intervener in a case before the ECJ concerning the counterfeit goods regulation and free movement of goods.
His major commercial cases include HM Revenue & Customs v EDS, a dispute concerning the IT implementation of the tax credits system; O2 Holdings v Fujitsu; and other disputes arising from mergers and acquisitions and company restructuring. He has also been involved in disputes concerning credit default swaps and other financial instruments.
- Case C-495/09, R v HM Revenue & Customs, ex parte Nokia, INTA intervening.
- Case T-136/08, Aurelia Finance v OHIM.
- Case T-92/09, Strategi Group v OHIM
- Case T-507/08, Psytech International v OHIM
- Case T-272/09, Pineapple Trademarks v OHIM
- Cases T-36/07 and C-394/08, Zipcar v OHIM
- HM Revenue & Customs v Electronic Data Systems
- Software Cellular Network v Tomlinson and others
- O2 Holdings v Fujitsu
- Xerox v Manor House
- Global Coal v London Commodity Brokers
- Philips and others v Amino
- GPS Industries v Prolink and Elimina Iberica
- Linpac Materials Handling v Polymer Logistics
- Nokia v IPCOM
- Nichia v Soeul Semiconductors and others
- Kitfix Swallow v Great Gizmos
- Interdigital v Nokia
- World Wide Fund for Nature v THQ Inc
- Neuralstem v Reneuron Limited (California)
- Frontier Limited v Atari Inc
- Sixtem Life Inc v Diomed Developments and others
- Aspinal of London v Kiki James Ltd
- Microgenix Technologies v Extechnology Limited
- Liffe v Pinkava
- Jacobson v Globe
- Richard Dearlove v Sean Combs
MA, PhD (Cantab); CPE/Diploma in Law (2000); Bar Vocational Course (2001). Harmsworth and Queen Mother Major Scholar, Middle Temple.
- Copinger and Scone James on Copyright (specialist editor and contributor)
- The Trade Marks Handbook (contributor - trade marks and the internet)
- The Encylopedia of E-Commerce (contributor - IP and e-commerce)
- The Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents (contributor - e-commerce volume)
- The Modern Law of Patents (contributor - conflict of laws)
Nicholas is listed in each of the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading junior in intellectual property and information technology law.
- " "is good on all counts," according to solicitors, who further deem him to be "bright, sensible and easy to get on with." " (Chambers & Partners 2011)
- "the "solid" Nicholas Saunders, who "always does an excellent job" and has a practice that spans IP and IT." (Chambers & Partners 2011)
- "Nicholas Saunders' ‘rise has been stellar'. He is rated as a ‘fantastic junior' and ‘an extremely safe pair of hands', and acted in Interdigital v Nokia" (Legal 500, 2009)
- "good because he has a brain the size of a planet but is also pretty down to earth.' Saunders is favoured by sources as he is "skilled at interviewing witnesses and can translate technical jargon into lay terms." (Chambers and Partners 2010)
- "a fast rising individual with a big future." (Chambers and Partners 2009)