Sam Carter

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


Sam practises in all areas of intellectual property law, and has experience in cases concerning patents, copyright, design rights, trade marks, passing off, confidential information and competition law. He has appeared in the High Court, IPEC, EUIPO, UK IPO, and before the Appointed Person.

Sam was a scholar of Harris Manchester College, Oxford, where he achieved a double 1st in Law. Before studying law, he gained joint honours in Physics and Philosophy at the University of Bristol. Following completion of the BPTC, Sam worked as a legal assistant at a leading intellectual property law firm, performing legal, technical and commercial research tasks, predominantly for the purposes of patent litigation.

Sam commenced pupillage at Hogarth Chambers in September 2015 and accepted an offer of tenancy in September 2016.Since accepting tenancy, he has gained valuable experience on secondment to a leading intellectual property law firm assisting in a patent case relating to automatic lawn mowers, amongst other matters.

Sam is a contributor to the CIPA Guide to the Patents Act, and to Copinger and Skone James on Copyright. Sam can also accept public access instructions.



IP Bar Association

Chancery Bar Association


IPSoc (the society for junior IP practitioners)

Qualifications and Regulations


BA Law, University of Oxford, 2013
BSc Physics and Philosophy, University of Bristol, 2010
BPTC, City Law School, 2014


Sam 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: 62430)

He has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/061). Please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.


CIPA Guide to the Patents Act (“the Black Book”), 8th ed. – Contributing editor (ss7-13)

Copinger & Skone James on Copyright. Contributing editor.

Product-by-process claims: clarification from the UK court in Hospira v Genentech E.I.P.R. 2015, 37(5), 314-320

Human Interest

Sam enjoys theatre and live music, and also runs a small record label.