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Dr Duncan Curley
Head of Patents
Direct no: +44 (0)20 7936 9280
Direct fax: +44 (0)20 7936 9111
Mobile: +44 (0)7876 594747
Email: duncancurley@innovatelegal.co.uk
Profession: Solicitor
Education: University College, London, BSc, Chemistry (First Class).
University College, London, PhD, Chemistry.
Manchester Polytechnic, C.P.E., Law Society Finals.
King’s College, London, Post graduate diploma in EC Competition Law.
Dr Duncan Curley has a PhD from University College London in biochemistry and synthetic organic chemistry. He trained and qualified as a solicitor in 1995 at the multinational law firm Clifford Chance. He practised for two years at the litigation specialist firm Herbert Smith, before moving to McDermott Will & Emery in 2000 to assist in the establishment of their Intellectual Property Department in London. He was made a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in 2003. Duncan founded Innovate Legal in 2007.

During his career, Duncan has specialised in resolving patent disputes, particularly in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector. He has advised on claims before the Patents Court of the High Court of England and Wales, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court (previously the House of Lords). He also has experience of international arbitration work.

Duncan is a regular contributor to public policy debates on intellectual property issues. He is the author of the leading textbook on the European Patent Licensing Block Exemption Regulation and a Report (for the Intellectual Property Institute) on Supplementary Protection Certificates, (EU patent extensions). He is a Member of the Laws Committee of the Licensing Executives Society (Britain and Ireland) and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
Representative Experience
Pliva Pharma Limited v Eli Lilly and Company (generic pharmaceuticals, gemcitabine – Patents Court)
Bespak PLC v 3M (healthcare, metered dose inhalers, patent revocation (nullity) proceedings)
Sportswear Company SpA and another v Stonestyle Limited (trade mark infringement, parallel imports and competition law – judgment given in favour of Stonestyle Limited, April 2006)
Stanelco Fibre Optics Limited v BioProgress Technology Limited (patent entitlement proceedings in the Patents Court – judgment given in favour of BioProgress, October 2004)
Jonathan Ball v Druces & Attlee (professional negligence case relating to failure to protect the IP rights of the Co-Founder of The Eden Project – judgment given in favour of Claimant, June 2004)
Dowluck Limited v Wicked Clothing Company Limited (trade mark infringement action concerning parallel imports)
Burford v mmO2 (trade mark infringement case)
Sandvik AB v Pfiffner & Others (patent infringement and revocation proceedings)
Callaway Golf v Rata and Rata (registered design right infringement and related contempt of court proceedings)
Lenzing v Courtaulds (patent infringement and revocation proceedings)
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