Ewan's practice focusses on protecting and enforcing hi-tech or otherwise innovative product design and associated branding in a range of different areas, including medical devices, telecommunications and retail & consumer goods.

Ewan is a Partner in our Intellectual Property practice, based in London.Having acted for clients before the IPEC, High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as the CJEU, Ewan has a particular focus on patent and product design enforcement, often with a cross border element. Examples of Ewan's cases include: Fisher & Paykel v ResMed (CPAP mask design patents), Kenilworth FundingCo LLC v Microsoft Mobile UK Limited, Nokia GmbH v IPCom, Nokia Corp v HTC Corp (all mobile phone patent cases), Semafone Limited v Eckoh, Whitbread (call centre telephony patent), PZ Cussons v Robert McBride Ltd (handwash bottle design), ERT v Upcycle Holdings Limited (recycled plastic moulding patent), Synthon B.V. v Merz Pharma GmbH (memantine, SPC), Monster Energy Company v Gangster Energy Drink Limited (can design), Raytheon Company v Lockheed Martin Corporation (trade mark infringement & misleading advertising), and CDL Vehicle Information Services Limited v Carweb Limited (trade mark infringement & passing off).

As head of the Product Design practice, Ewan has a particular expertise in advising on strategies for protecting product design for both hi-tech and aesthetic products, and advises a large number of high profile clients including medical devices companies, mechanical engineering companies, furniture & homeware and luxury goods designers. As part of this work, Ewan also advises extensively on pan-European enforcement of trade mark and design portfolios and associated Customs and grey market enforcement strategies.

Ewan also co-heads the Product Compliance & Liability group, which advises clients through the complex regulatory design, manufacturing, testing and labelling requirements of product safety legislation.

Ewan has completed secondments within the commercial & regulatory team at AstraZeneca and as Senior Counsel within the trade marks group at Phillip Morris International (with responsibility for the Asia Pacific region).

Ewan is the editor of the firm's design law bulletin, DesignWrites and a member of a number of IP organisations including CITMA, INTA and AIPPI. Ewan sits of the Copyright & Design Committee of the IP Federation and the CITMA working group looking at the impact of Brexit on design law.

Ewan holds a degree in Biochemistry.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. “Ewan’s technical knowledge is excellent, and he applies it in a streamlined and pragmatic way. He is great at giving tactical advice and his recommendations on next steps are well-thought out and easy to follow.”

    WTR 1000 2019
  2. "Ewan Grist has been producing sterling work in the context of multi-jurisdictional design and patent enforcement programmes and has helped to cross-pollinate the firm’s broad expertise through the establishment of a new inter-departmental product compliance team. Sources call him “a responsive partner who is very pragmatic when it comes to infringement assessments”

    WTR 1000 2018