Mr
David
Potter

Partner & Head of Trade Marks

Leeds Office

Trade marks

Telephone. +44(0) 113 233 0100
Mobile. +44(0) 796 657 0781
Email. [email protected]

Experience

David heads up the Trade Mark team at HGF.

He advises his clients on the strategic protection and management of their trade mark portfolios, encompassing all aspects of trade mark protection from clearance searches, prosecution and registering of trade marks, to advising on infringement enforcement issues.

He is involved in the protection of many household names in the entertainment and retail fields and has been an expert witness in criminal proceedings against CD counterfeiters and bootleggers.

David has many years experience before the UK and European IP Office.

He joined the trade mark profession in 1994 and qualified as a registered Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in 1996. He moved in 1998, where he became the Head of Trade Marks for a firm of solicitors. In October 2003 he joined HGF, becoming a Partner in May 2004.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

Specialisms

  • Trade marks

Industries

  • Creative, media & entertainment icon Creative, media & entertainment
  • Food & drink icon Food & drink
  • Retail icon Retail

Services

  • Advertising
  • Designs & design rights
  • Due diligence
  • In-house legal support
  • Searching & competitor monitoring
  • Strategy
  • Trade marks
  • Transactional IP & commercial support

Qualifications

Trade Mark Attorney

Chartered (UK)


BA

Business Studies and German

Recognition

WTR 1000

"Head of trademarks David Potter hoists the standard aloft in Leeds. Having joined the profession in 1994 and HGF Ltd in 2003, he is amply experienced in the field and has been instrumental in shaping the way in which the outfit operates"

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MIP Star

MIP Star for Trade Mark Strategy and Counselling, Trade Mark Protection

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Legal 500

Publications

WTR 1000 2021

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MIP IP Stars 2020

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WTR 1000 2020

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Special Report - Brand Protection Beyond Brexit

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Brexit and Trade Mark Protection in the UK

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HGF continue to be highly ranked in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020 rankings

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Brexit Delay Agreed - Update on EU and UK Trade Mark Protection

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The Intellectual Property Report

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WTR 1000 2019

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An update on Brexit and its implications on EU and UK Trade Mark Protection

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