David Perkins

David Perkins

Case Manager
Doug Duzant
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David Perkins has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of contentious intellectual property. Prior to joining JAMS, Mr. Perkins' practice was primarily focused on multi-jurisdictional patent and trademark litigation, with related antitrust issues. He has also handled oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich and references to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg. He has also acted as counsel and arbitrator in numerous arbitrations involving intellectual property rights.

David Perkins has served in major leadership positions in the intellectual property practice area at international law firms. He was a partner at Clifford Chance from 1975–2003 where he headed its European intellectual property litigation practice and subsequently at Milbank Tweed's London office 2003–2009 and Arnold & Porter's London office 2010-2013. He is the author of an extensive list of publications, articles, and conference papers on various aspects of intellectual property law disputes. He is also a frequent participant at international intellectual property conferences.

Mr. Perkins was a Member of the UK Government's former Intellectual Property Advisory Committee (IPAC); a Council Member of the former Intellectual Property Institute (IPI), formerly known as The Common Law Institute of Intellectual Property (CLIP); a Founding member of The Intellectual Property Lawyers Organization (TIPLO); a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) arbitrator and mediator; and a member of all major international intellectual property associations. He has also served as an instructor for WIPO's Annual Arbitration Workshop since 2002.

Areas of Expertise

  • Patent infringement; trademark infringement; copyright infringement; registered design infringement
  • Trade secret, confidential information litigation
  • Disputes concerning agreements involving intellectual property rights (IPRs)
  • European Union Competition and TRIPs aspects of disputes involving the above subject matter
  • Oppositions and Appeals (European Patent Office)
  • References to the European Court of Justice in patent and trademark matters
  • International arbitrations of IPRs
  • IT outsourcing disputes
  • Disputes in the Telecommunications sector

Experience in Mediation

  • Mediation of a multinational trademark dispute - including proceedings in a U.S. District Court, the English High Court, and over 20 international Trademark Offices/Courts - involving two U.S. based multinational corporations (2014)
  • Mediation of trademark and passing off proceedings in the Patents County Court between a Canadian company and a UK company (2013)
  • Mediation of trademark and passing off proceedings in the High Court between two UK entities (2009)
  • Mediation of a dispute involving two arbitrations between U.S. and German entities - one under AAA Rules and the other under ICC rules - resulting from patent litigation in the United States and other jurisdictions (2012)
  • Mediation of High Court (Patents Court) patent infringement case between a German company and a United Kingdom company (2010)
  • Mediation of trademark dispute between two multinational telecom providers - one from the United Kingdom and the other from Asia Pacific (2009)
  • Mediation of patent license dispute between two U.S. companies and a Danish company - first mediation in London (2008) and second mediation in Geneva (2012)
  • Significant involvement in advising on the use of ADR techniques for approaching multi-jurisdictional disputes involving IPRs
  • Counsel in numerous mediations involving patents and trademarks, including (inter alia) counsel for major confectionary manufacturer in mediation of European Cross-Border trademark dispute (2003), counsel for leading manufacturer of medical/analytical apparatus in patent infringement/validity proceedings (2005), and counsel for U.S. financial institution in a multi-jurisdiction (U.S. and Europe) trademark dispute with an international Telecoms provider

Experience in Arbitration

  • WIPO Domain Name Panelist (1999 to date)
  • National Arbitration Forum (NAF) domain name panelist
  • WIPO arbitrator (2003 to date)
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (HKIAC) panel member
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) panel member
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) panel member
  • International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) panel member
  • Sole Arbitrator in WIPO arbitration involving Patent License and Patent Validity (both US and European Patents), (2003-2005)
  • Arbitrator/co-Arbitrator in approximately 150 proceedings under the UDRP
  • Sole Arbitrator in ICC arbitration relating to gTLDs (2013)
  • Sole Arbitrator for the IFTA (Independent Film & Television Alliance); dispute relating to Film Distribution Agreement (2013)
  • Arbitrator in LCIA arbitration relating to patent entitlement/ownership (current)
  • Chairman of ICC Dispute Resolution Board for potential disputes arising from a complex technology transfer (2009-2016)
  • Counsel in four ad hoc arbitrations involving trade secrets/confidential information (1985-1991)
  • Counsel in ICC arbitration involving parties in the computer industry (2006-2007)
  • Counsel in 2 ICC arbitrations in the energy sector (New York 2007-2008)
  • Counsel in two ICC arbitrations in the iron and steel sectors (2009)
  • Counsel in ICC arbitration in the solar energy sector (2010)
  • Counsel in ICC arbitration in the audio/sound reproduction sector (New York 2011)
  • Counsel in three LCIA arbitrations in the telecoms and mining sectors (2008-2009)

Representative Matters

  • Acting for Thetford Corporation in ECJ proceedings involving exercise of national patent rights in a non-discriminatory matter (Articles 30 to 36 Treaty of Rome). [Case C-35/87]
  • Representing (as Counsel) the European Federation for the Pharmaceutical Industry (EFPIA) in the ECJ in relation to the single Trademark Requirement [Case T-123/00]
  • Acted for Catnic Components in House of Lords case establishing the test for evaluation of patent infringement (the Diplock purposive construction test) still applicable under the new law/EPC Article 69 and Protocol; EPC 2000
  • Acted in major cases involving assessment of damages in patent infringement proceedings
  • Acted for Lenzing AG in notorious Judicial Review proceedings seeking reinstatement of Lenzing's EP (UK) following revocation of the EP by an EPO Board of Appeal. Applicability of Art. 32 TRIPS
  • Advising International Industry Groups and the EC Commission on TRIPs in relation to Competition/Anti-Trust Law issues concerning IPRs
  • Appearing as Expert Witness for major companies in U.S. litigation involving patent and trademark issues

Lexis Cases

  • Copyright: Designs
    • Interlego AG v. Tyco Industries Inc. 1989 1 AC 217 (PC)
    • Interlego AG v. Alex Folley (VIC) Pty Ltd 1987 FSR 283
    • Spesi SA v. Benrose UK Ltd. 1986 (HL)
    • Granby Marketing Services Ltd. v. Interlego AG 1984 RPC 209
    • O'Neil & Others v. Paramount Pictures Corp. 1983 (CA)
    • Apple Computer Inc. v. Sirtel (UK) Ltd. 1983
    • Rank Film Distributors & Ors v. Video Information Centre 1982 AC 380 (HL)
    • Roban Jig & Tool Co. Ltd. & Anor v. Taylor & Ors 1979 FSR 130 (CA)
    • Benchairs v. Chair Centre 1972 FSR 397; 1974 RPC 429; 1973 FSR 123 (CA)
  • Trademarks: Passing off
    • Dr Karl Thomae v. Commission [Case T-123/00] [2002] ECR II-5139
    • Sears Plc. v. Sears, Roebuck & Co. 1993 RPC 385 (CA)
    • Rowntree MacIntosh Ltd's Trademark Application (1983), but reported 1993 RPC 217
    • Mars (GB) Ltd. v. Country Petfoods Ltd. (1987)
    • Mars (GB) Ltd. v. Cadbury Ltd. 1987 RPC 387
    • Lego System AB v. Lego M Lemelstrich Ltd. 1983 FSR 155
    • American International Group Inc. v. London American International Corporation Ltd. 1982 FSR 441
  • Patent
    • ImClone/Aventis v. Yeda [2006] EWHC 160 (CH): [2006] EWCA Civ. 1094 and [2007] UK HL 43
    • Nokia Corporation v. InterDigital Technology Corporation [HC 04C0 1952 and HC 05C0 2026]
    • Danisco v. Novozymes [HC 10 CO 2358]
    • Lenzing v. Courtaulds 1997 RPC 245
    • Becton Dickinson v. Greiner [PAT 03092]
    • Strix v. Otter Controls 1995 RPC 607
    • Rediffusion Simulation Ltd. v. Link Miles Ltd. 1992 FSR 195
    • Re Kaken Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd's Patent 1990 RPC 72
    • Intel Corporation v. General Instrument Corporation 1990
    • Thetford Corporation v. Fiamma 1987 FSR 244 (CA) and 1987 3 CMLR 266 (CA) and 1990 1 WLR 1394 (ECJ)
    • Schering Agrochemicals v. ABM Chemicals Ltd. 1987 RPC 185
    • Pharmacia v. Stuart Ltd. (1986)
    • Unilever Plc v. Pearce 1985 FSR 475
    • Schering AG v. Hickson & Welch Ltd. (1985)
    • The Upjohn Company v. T. Kerfoot & Co. Ltd. 1985 FSR 1
    • PCUK's Application 1984 RPC 6
    • Farmos v. Wellcome Foundation 1984 (CA)
    • Catnic Components v. Hill & Smith Ltd. (Enquiry) 1983 FSR 512
    • Catnic Components v. C Evans & Co 1983 FSR 401
    • Hickman v. Andrews 1983 RPC 147 (CA)
    • Catnic Components Ltd. v. Hill & Smith Ltd. 1982 RPC 183 (HL)
    • The Boots Co. Ltd's Application (1981)
    • Mars Incorporated v. PA Management Consultants (1981)
    • Filmline Corporation v. Rank Film Distributors (1980)
    • Illinois Tool Works Inc's Patent: 1975 RPC 98 1975 FSR 37 and 1975 FSR 434
    • Templeborough Rolling Mills Ltd's Application 1975 RPC 511 (CA)
  • Trade Secrets: Confidential Information
    • 1985-1991: Pilkington plc and PPG Industries, Inc.: three UK arbitrations and one U.S. arbitration
    • Kitechnology BV v. Unicor GmbH: UK High Court and Court of Appeal and Nuremberg (Bamberg) and Hamburg District Courts, Germany (1994)

Lectures and Publications

  • Instructor at the Annual WIPO Arbitration Workshops: Geneva, Singapore, Seoul, and New York, 2002 to date
  • Instructor at meetings of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) in association with SIAC and WIPO, 2009-2012
  • Instructor at meeting of The Philippines Patent Office in association with WIPO, Manila 2011
  • Instructor at meeting of the Indonesian Patent Office in association with WIPO, Jakarta 2014
  • Speaker at meeting jointly held by CIArb, SIAC and WIPO, Singapore 2014
  • Speaker and Panellist: Fordham University School of Law Annual Conferences on Intellectual Property Law & Policy, New York and Cambridge, 1992-2012
  • UNION Munich Round Table-"Insufficiency: a new graveyard for patents?", Munich, 24 February 2012
  • UNION Autumn ExCo Meeting, Vienna-"The proposed EU Unified Patent Court", 28 October 2011
  • Premier Cerle-Brussels IP Summit 2010 Arbitration/Litigation: a Choice Criteria Analysis, 2-3 December 2010
  • WIPO/KOWI "Co-Ownership, consequences for breach of contract and dispute resolution - an English law perspective" [David Perkins], Negotiating International R&D and Technology Transfer Agreements - IPRs, Valuation and Dispute Resolution, Brussels, 12 November 2010
  • WIPO Mediation and Expedited Arbitration Scheme for Film and Media Related Disputes [David Perkins, Speaker/Panellist] World Intellectual Property Organization, Singapore, 3 December 2009
  • Panellist at Prague International Arbitration Forum on Resolution of IP Disputes, 23 October 2009
  • "International Arbitration in Multinational IP Disputes" [David Perkins] International Bar Association (IBA) 2009 Conference, Madrid, 8 October 2009
  • Panellist at Dusseldorf International Arbitration School, 21-25 September 2009
  • "Complex Patent Arbitration" [David Perkins] School of International Arbitration and WIPO London, UK, 24 June 2009
  • "Arbitration and Mediation" [David Perkins] Management Forum Successful Patent Litigation in Europe, London, 13-14 October 2008
  • "Remedies available in Europe" [David Perkins ] 41st Congress of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property [AIPPI] Boston, USA, 6-11 September 2008
  • Instructor Singapore-WIPO Sub-Regional Workshop on Arbitration and Mediation in Intellectual Property (IP) Disputes, Singapore, 19-21 August 2008
  • "Patent Litigation in Europe: the ADR alternatives" [David Perkins] University of Siena, The Second Step Securing the Competitive Advantage, Siena, Italy 4-6 July 2008
  • "Contributory Infringement Overview from the United Kingdom" [David Perkins] UNION Porto Congress, Porto, Portugal, 28-29 May 2008
  • "Successful Patent Litigation in the UK and Europe" [David Perkins] Management Forum, London Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation, 17 December 2007
  • "Litigation vs. Mediation: a strategic multi-faceted approach to the selection of the best methods for management and/or settlement of disputes" [David Perkins] Centre for Law and Biotechnology, University of Siena, Siena, 13-15 July 2007
  • "When the domain name is identical or confusingly similar to the Complainant's trademark" [David Perkins] Fifth IDRC International Seminar, Seoul, Korea, 18 May 2007
  • "Avoid and Manage Patent Litigation: the ADR alternative" [David Perkins] Stockholm, 25 April 2007
  • "Patent Trolls: a pejorative or deserved epithet? Examining the phenomenon from both sides" (David Perkins, Chair) for Informa IBC Legal Conferences, London, 8 December 2006
  • "Where to Litigate in Europe and how to get there?-Tactical Considerations and Practical Strategies" [David Perkins, Chair] 15th Annual International Patent Litigation Conference, Knightsbridge, London, 21-22 September 2006
  • "Litigation vs. Mediation: a Strategic Multi-Faceted Approach to the selection of the best methods for management and/or settlement of disputes" [David Perkins] Centre for Law and Biotechnology University of Siena, 14-16 July 2006
  • "Arbitration under the WIPO Rules" [David Perkins] International Law Association-Arbitrating International Intellectual Property Disputes, Toronto, Canada, 4-8 June 2006
  • "Drafting Dispute Resolution Clauses: Options and Common Pitfalls" [David Perkins] WIPO-SIAC Workshop on Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes and on WIPO Domain Name Dispute Resolution, Singapore, 10-12 November 2005
  • "The Uniform Domain Name Policy" [UDRP] [David Perkins] WIPO-SIAC Workshop on Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes and on WIPO Domain Name Dispute Resolution, Singapore, 10-12 November 2005
  • "Litigation vs. Mediation: a Strategic Approach to selection of the best methods for management and/or settlement of disputes" [David Perkins] Centre for Law and Biotechnology, University of Siena, 10 July 2005
  • "Infringement by direct product of patented process: A view from the United Kingdom" [David Perkins] LESI Workshop 4 Munich, Germany, 12-15 June 2005
  • "International Patent Litigation" [David Perkins] John Marshall Law School, Chicago, November 2004
  • "Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Law: Patents (Europe)" [David Perkins] American Bar Association IPL Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 2004
  • "Experimental use Exemption in Europe : a need for clarification" [David Perkins] Fordham University School of Law-Twelfth Annual Conference International Intellectual Property Law and Policy, New York, April 2004
  • "Forum Shopping in Europe-A United Kingdom Perspective" [David Perkins] AIPLA Spring Meeting, Dallas, Texas, May 2004
  • "Intellectual Property and the Essential Facilities Doctrine" [David Perkins and Jay Simon] Licensing Executive's Society [LES], Paris, France, March 2004
  • "European Community Case Law Update on Exhaustion of Rights and Refusal to License" [David Perkins, Marleen van Kerckhove and Christopher Stothers] Practising Law Institute Ninth Annual Institute for Intellectual Property Law, San Francisco, November 2003
  • "European Union Technology Transfer Block Exemption" [David Perkins and Christopher Stothers] Practising Law Institute Ninth Annual Institute for Intellectual Property Law, San Francisco, November 2003
  • "Arbitration of Disputes involving IPRS" [David Perkins] 17th Annual DuPont IP CLE Seminar Wilmington, October 2003
  • "Patent Litigation in the United Kingdom", [David Perkins, Lecturer], Politecnico di Milano, Italy, February 2003
  • "Business Method Patents in Europe", [David Perkins], Cardozo Law School Symposium, New York, November 2002
  • "Patent Litigation in England and Wales", [David Perkins and Justin Lambert], AIPPI United States 2002 Annual Meeting, Washington DC, October 2002
  • "Compulsory Licensing in Europe", [David Perkins], "The Future of TRIPs: Impact of the Doha Public Health Declaration", ICC/APLA Joint Conference, Paris, September 2002
  • "International Exhaustion of IPRs" [David Perkins-Lecturer], Verona Intellectual Property Center, Italy, May 2002
  • "European Patent Law: Recent Developments in EPO Case Law", [David Perkins, Panelist], Fordham University School of Law Tenth Annual Conference on International Intellectual Property Law & Policy, New York, April 2002
  • "The Role of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Patent Disputes, [David Perkins], World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Geneva, March 2002
  • "European Community and Intellectual Exhaustion: Shades of Grey", [David Perkins and Marleen van Kerckhove]: Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, November 2001
  • "Independent Investigations by the Panel, [David Perkins and Alan Limbury], WIPO Domain Name Panelists Meeting, Geneva, September 2001
  • "Third Patent System for Europe? [David Perkins], PricewaterhouseCoopers IPLF (Intellectual Property Leadership Forum), California, February 2001
  • "The Latest Developments in EU Licensing Law", [David Perkins and Marleen van Kerckhove]: Practising Law Institute, San Francisco, November 2000
  • "IP Rights on the Internet", [David Perkins] – Chairman, Euroforum, London, November 2000
  • "Exhaustion of Intellectual Property Rights", [David Perkins – Speaker and Lecturer], Transnational Perspective on Intellectual Property Law and Communications Law, (Session 381), The Salzburg Seminar, Salzburg, Austria, August 2000

Professional Training: Mediation

  • WIPO Advanced Mediation Workshop, May 1997
  • WIPO Training Program on Mediation in Intellectual Property Disputes, May 1995

Professional Training: Arbitration

  • Instructor at Annual WIPO Workshop for Arbitrators, 2002 to present
  • Instructor at WIPO Workshop on arbitration of Domain Name disputes under the UDRP, Geneva 2002
  • Leader at WIPO Domain Name Panelists Meeting, Geneva 2002
  • WIPO Domain Name Dispute Resolution Training Program, Geneva 1998
  • WIPO Workshop for Arbitrators, Geneva 1998
  • Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration, CIArb, 1995
Professional Affiliations
  • The Law Society of England & Wales
  • City of London Solicitors Company†
  • Intellectual Property Lawyers Association†
  • International Bar Association (IBA) †
  • Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (Associate Member) †
  • Institute of Trade Mark Agents (Associate Member) †
  • European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) †
  • Executive Committee Member, Union of European Practitioners in Industrial Property – (Union-IP)
  • International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI) †
  • International Trade Mark Association (Foreign Member) †
  • American Bar Association (ABA), (Foreign Member) †
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) (Foreign Member), Anti-Trust and ADR Committees†
  • Council Member, Intellectual Property Institute (IPI) †
  • Council Member, The Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Organization (TIPLO)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization: listed as WIPO Mediator/Arbitrator
  • UK Government’s former Intellectual Property Advisory Committee (IPAC) †
  • Advisory Board of the Munich IPDR (Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution) Forum.
  • European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW)

† denotes past membership

  • Partner, Arnold & Porter, London, 2009-2013;
  • Partner, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP, London, 2003-2009;
  • Partner, Clifford Chance, 1987-2003;
  • Partner, Clifford-Turner, 1972-1987;
  • Associate, Theodore Goddard & Co, 1967-1972;
  • Qualifying Examination Part II, Law Society of England and Wales, 1969;
  • LL.B., Newcastle University, 1966.




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