Laura Adde

Year called: 2022


Laura specialises in intellectual property law. She joined Chambers in September 2023 following successful completion of pupillage, during which she worked on a range of cases involving patents, copyright, design rights, trade marks, passing off, breach of confidential information, breach of contract, and software.

Recent experience includes:

  • Patents: Patents Court litigation concerning the infringement and validity of telecoms and medical device patents.
  • Software: High Court litigation involving infringement of copyright in software, database rights, and breach of confidential information.
  • Copyright and designs: cases and advisory work relating to the subsistence and infringement of copyright and/or design rights in literary works, characters, sculptures, software, clothing and works of artistic craftsmanship.
  • Trade marks and passing off: oppositions and invalidity applications in the UKIPO including appeals to the Appointed Person and High Court, and trade mark infringement and passing off actions in the High Court and IPEC.
  • Other: breach of contract, mediation and settlement agreements.

Prior to joining Hogarth, Laura was an associate in the IP litigation team at Herbert Smith Freehills. She worked on patent cases in both the telecoms and life sciences sectors, including global pharmaceutical litigation and SPC disputes. She also advised clients in relation to software, copyright infringement, and brands, and spent time on secondment with the disputes team of a multinational technology client.

Laura has a Master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southampton and a distinction from the University of Oxford in Intellectual Property Law and Practice.

You can read about a selection of Laura’s cases below.



Sycurio Limited v PCI-PAL PLC [2023] EWHC 2361 (Pat) – telecoms patent trial in relation to infringement and validity


As a solicitor


Teva UK Ltd and Others v Gilead Sciences Inc (Case C-121/17) – CJEU decision in relation to Article 3(a) of the SPC Regulation


ViiV Healthcare Company v Gilead Sciences Inc [2020] EWHC 615 (Pat) – strike out in relation to intention and the test for the doctrine of equivalents


Pfizer Limited v Hoffmann-La Roche AG [2019] EWHC 1520 (Pat) – decision in relation to Arrow declarations for biosimilars




Newron v Comptroller [2023] EWHC 1471 – appeal in relation to meaning of “product” in the SPC Regulation


Molavi v BBC [2023] EWHC 646 (Ch) – summary judgment in relation to copyright infringement


Ready4S Ltd v Marla International Ltd [2022] EWHC 3532 (Ch) – appeal in relation to judgment in default and set-aside for breach of contract


Lifestyle Equities v Blakely BL O/0280/23 – appeal to the Appointed Person in relation to trade mark opposition


Bollard Proof v Michael Harrison BL/ O/0052/23 – patent revocation


Airbnb v Airtasker O/0543/23 – trade mark invalidity


McDonald’s v Mak Halal O/0296/23 – trade mark opposition


Red Bull v Bullards O/921/22 – trade mark opposition


Yeti Coolers v Yetigel O/0201/23 – trade mark invalidity and strike out




Institute of Space Policy and Law

Qualifications and Regulations

MEng Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace, University of Southampton


Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law


Legal Practice Course, BPP University


Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Distinction, University of Oxford


Laura is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. She is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 76570)

She has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/066). Please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.


“Patent pending: the law on AI inventorship”, Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice


“High Court of England and Wales considers ‘right to be forgotten’”, Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice


“Views on an evolving automotive industry – standards and essential patents”, Lexology


“ICO explores bias and discrimination in AI”, Lexology


“Deepfakes: is seeing still believing?”, Lexology

Human Interest

Laura is a keen sailor and races yachts in both the Solent and the (somewhat warmer!) waters of the Caribbean.

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