David Barron Partner Head of Technology Patent Litigation

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1989 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

David Barron

David Barron manages patent issues across Europe, especially complex, multi-jurisdictional technology patent litigation. He has particular experience of patent litigation in Europe for US corporations, and of coordinating global strategy with US counsel.

He has a 90%+ career success rate in patent litigation.

In recent years David has also been heavily involved in arbitrations involving patent issues, with a 100% success rate. He has deep experience of the associated antitrust issues that frequently form part of an overall patent litigation campaign.

David has market-leading experience of the interrelationship between patents and technical standards. He obtains results for clients by being creative, innovative and providing unparalleled service.


David handled the two largest patent litigation cases ever heard in the UK, involving 31 and 35 patents respectively, working with NASDAQ-listed InterDigital against Nokia in a case concerning the interplay between patents and technical standards in the 3G arena.

David obtained the first ever finding in Europe that a patent was essential to a technical standard.


IAM 2014: Named as one of the world's leading patent practitioners "the IP risk management expert does fine work on cross-border spats."

Who's Who Legal – Patents 2014.

David was described by a client who works with the top law firms around the world as the best lawyer he had worked with.

David was recognised as a 'patent star' in the IP Stars guide 2017.


Patent litigation in the following technical areas (and many more!): Mobile telecoms (2G, 3G, LTE and other standards); fixed line telecoms (including billing software, DSL, DSM, VDSL and VVDSL); video compression (MPEG2); flat screen displays; software issues (protocol stacks, financial services (e.g. FX trading)); consumer electronics; consumer goods (vacuum cleaners, fans, numerous other devices); wound dressings; stents; offshore oil and gas exploration and production (downhole tools, pipe-laying technologies).

Reported cases include:

  • Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment Inc v British Telecommunications PLC, 2013 & 2014 (Court of Appeal)
  • Apimed Medical Honey Ltd v Brightwake Ltd, 2012
  • Molnlycke Health Care v Brightwake Ltd (t/a Advancis Medical), 2011
  • InterDigital Technology Corporation v Nokia Corporation, Nokia Siemens Networks, 2008
  • Dyson v Registrar of Trade Marks (European Court of Justice), 2007
  • Nokia Corporation v InterDigital Technology Corporation, 2007
  • LG Philips v Tatung & Viewsonic Europe, 2006 (Court of Appeal)
  • Silver Spring v Concentrate Manufacturing (t/a Seven-Up International), 2002
  • Icon Health & Fitness Inc v Precise Exercise Equipment Inc, 2001
  • Hadley Industries Plc v Metal Sections Ltd, 1999
  • Beloit v Valmet, 1997 (Court of Appeal)
  • Pioneer Oil Tools Ltd's Licence of Right (Copyright) Application, 1997
  • NRDC v Wellcome, 1992

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2019

  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers UK 2019 (IP: Patent Litigation London) - Band 2
  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling (WLG) UK LLP, partner
  • 2015

    • Community
      Mentor to Chief Executive of charity focussing on domestic violence against women
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 1996

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, partner
  • 1990

    • Career
      Bird & Bird, solicitor
  • 1989

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1987

    • Education
      Law Society Finals
  • 1986

    • Education
      Birmingham University LLB Hons