Richard Davis

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Practice areas:
IP, Patents, Copyright & Design, Trade Marks, IT, Media & Entertainment

"He is creative, has a very strong intellect and is good at cutting through excessive verbiage to get to the point."  Legal 500 2020

"He puts in the time and effort and leaves no stone unturned."​ ​ Chambers & Partners 2019

"He is extremely thorough and prepared to go the extra mile."​  ​Chambers & Partners 2018

"Very good in patent matters."  Legal 500 2017

"He is very helpful, pragmatic and clients have a huge respect for him."  "He is a very user-friendly and very knowledgeable in the IP arena"  Chambers & Partners 2017




Richard specialises in all aspects of intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on patents.  His clients benefit from his unique background, first as an electrical engineer and later as a Chartered and European Patent Attorney. Richard is acknowledged as one of the leaders in his field.

Richard’s patent practice encompasses a diverse range of technologies. These include his specialist field of electronics in addition to mechanical engineering, chemical engineering together with some pharmaceutical and biochemical work. He has particular expertise in the telecommunications sector having advised such giants as Apple, LG Electronics, Nokia, Motorola and Symbian. Recently he has represented the UK Government in the Pregabalin litigation concerning second medical use claims.

His dual qualification as a European Patent Attorney has resulted in him appearing frequently before the European Patent Office. Notable successes include acting for Zipher in respect of patents which had been revoked by the UK courts.

He has particular expertise in cases involving patent and trade mark attorney practice both before the UK IPO and the EPO. This includes unusual and complex areas such as judicial review of IPO decisions made as an International Receiving Office, restitution and actions concerning attorney negligence.

Richard is equally at home with the other intellectual property rights and has carved a niche in designs and ‘difficult’ copyright cases.  He is one of the few counsel to have appeared before the CJEU (General Court) on a designs matter and one of the very few to have appeared before the UK Registered Designs Appeal Tribunal. He has been involved in a number of cases which have pushed the boundaries of what is protectable under the law of copyright and database rights.  

In addition to his IP practice, Richard also advises on a multiplicity of IT matters, in particular in relation to contractual issues involving a technical aspect, the licensing of IP rights and software copyright.

Richard is one of the general editors of the Black Book (CIPA Guide to the Patents Acts). He lectures and tutors regularly on IPRs to patent and trade mark attorneys and solicitors. He is a visiting lecturer of CEIPI on the European patent litigation diploma. 


Directory & Testimonial Quotes

Chambers & Partners 2020
"A very clever lawyer who is good technically in our area." "He provides sound advice and representation."

Chambers & Partners 2019
"I was extremely impressed with his oral advocacy – he was extremely well prepared for the hearing and presented a difficult case very well."  "He puts in the time and effort and leaves no stone unturned."

Chambers & Partners 2018
"He is very good on the details, has an excellent technical background and never shies away from giving difficult advice."  "He is extremely thorough and prepared to go the extra mile."

Chambers & Partners 2017
"He is very helpful, pragmatic and clients have a huge respect for him."  "He is a very user-friendly and very knowledgeable in the IP arena" 

Chambers & Partners 2016
​"Has an excellent grasp of technical subject matter."  "Extremely easy to work with, he's client-focused and very practical."

Chambers & Partners 2015
​"An excellent junior, who is incredibly hard-working, responsive and conscientious."

Chambers & Partners 2014
"A strong patent practitioner who has a particular emphasis on electronics cases. Sources attribute his superb knowledge of the law in that area in part to his being a qualified patent attorney."

Chambers & Partners 2013
“Richard Davis specialises mainly in patents, although he is also a formidable expert on design rights. He is fairly unique in that he is a qualified UK and European patent attorney, and he is also a leading authority on questions of inherent patentability. Solicitors find him a natural choice for European Patent Office proceedings.”

Chambers & Partners 2012
"Richard Davis has that "great scientific knowledge" that proves such an advantage to a patent specialist. He has particular expertise in matters relating to electrical engineering, having worked in that field before being called to the Bar. Recently, he represented Motorola in a series of patent infringement and validity cases against Research in Motion."

Chambers & Partners 2011
“Richard Davis is "excellent for patent work" and has "great experience of appearing in highly technical cases involving electronics and software.”

Legal 500 2021
‘"Quickly arrives at the heart of the issues and is incredibly bright."

Legal 500 2020
‘"He is creative, has a very strong intellect and is good at cutting through excessive verbiage to get to the point."

​Legal 500 2019
​"He has enormous experience, is results driven and easy to deal with."

​Legal 500 2018
"Very good in patent matters."

Legal 500 2016
"An excellent barrister and adviser with considerable advocacy experience"

Legal 500 2015
"He is reliable and client-focused, and has an excellent grasp of technical subject matter."

Legal 500 2013
Richard Davis has "a strong technical understanding of software and electronics."

World Trade Mark Review 2017

"is recommended for his patent and designs expertise in particular, but he is comfortably at home on complex trade mark disputes".

​Richard is regarded in Who's Who Legal 2015


Richard has a first degree in engineering from Cambridge University and joined Marconi as a digital design engineer after graduation.

After his initial training as a barrister, he spent 5 years with a leading firm of patent attorneys in London. During that period he worked predominantly in the electronics and software fields.

He returned to practice at the Bar in 1998.




Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys: Fellow; Elected member of Council.

Institute of Engineering and Technology (formally Institute of Electrical Engineers)

European Patent Attorney

Chartered Patent Attorney

Chartered Engineer


Qualifications and Regulations


MA (Cantab) Engineering.

Chartered Patent Attorney

European Patent Attorney

Chartered Engineer



Richard is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 28984)

He has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/031). Please refer to the BMIF website  for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.




The CIPA Guide to the Patents Acts (The Black Book) - General Editor

Tritton on Intellectual Property in Europe 

Human Interest

In his spare time Richard enjoys flying light aircraft and fiddling with (and occasionally driving) his TVR.