Christopher Pollard

About Christopher Pollard

Christopher is a Barrister specialising in intellectual property and general commercial law. He initially worked in a magic circle firm and later qualified as both a solicitor advocate and a barrister.

Christopher advises on non-contentious matters, particularly on transactions involving use and exploitation of intellectual property rights. His previous work has included successful negotiation of research contracts valued at over a million GBP (on behalf of commercial and university clients); transactional agreements regarding IP licences (and royalty payments), and manufacture and supply agreements.

Christopher advises on commercial disputes. His previous work includes the preparation and litigation of claims or defences for breach of contract (such as software development failures, enforcement of late payment terms, re-delivery of defective goods), breach of confidentiality (such as previous employees breaching confidence within the biotech industry), and payouts to client’s customers (within the gambling industry).

Christopher advises on intellectual property disputes and previous work has included: patent disputes, involving a European patent dispute regarding American children’s toys designer, UK patent infringement within the aviation industry, and indemnity enforcement regarding infringement of third party patent rights; trade mark disputes, involving enforcement or defence of trade mark rights or passing off; and copyright disputes such as unauthorised use, amendment and authorship of a client’s research outputs, unlicensed sale of unpublished academic papers, and unlicensed use of client owned photographs.

Christopher advises clients generally within the technology, aerospace, software, gaming and life science industries. His expertises extends to data protection issues regarding GDPR compliance, and matters regarding standard-essential patents or FRAND licenses.

Christopher has previously undertaken one-day per week secondments within clients’ offices to provide legal support within a variety of industries.

Christopher provides in-house training and delivers seminars on intellectual property and general commercial law issues.