Nick Aries

Nick Aries

Partner United States


Nick's dedication, enthusiasm and commercial insight mean he is a trusted advisor to his clients.

Nick is a partner and co-head of our representative (non-US law) office in San Francisco. He advises on and coordinates European and UK IP law matters, as well as connecting US clients with Bird & Bird's European, Middle East and Asia-Pacific legal experts in all practice areas.

Nick is adept at identifying and advising on the IP issues in the digital economy, including copyright and trade mark questions raised by online services and social media. Nick also advises on coordinating multi-jurisdictional IP litigation and strategy. Alongside this disputes and advisory work, Nick's practice covers transactional IP work such as licensing (particularly, trade mark licensing arrangements), and advice on the IP aspects of large scale corporate restructures and reorganisations.

Nick has been recognised by WTR as one of the World's Leading Trademark Professionals.

Nick's UK litigation experience covers trade mark infringement and passing off, breach of licence/coexistence agreement, trade secrets, and designs. Example UK cases include Merck KGaA v Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp & ots, Roger Maier & Assos of Switzerland v Asos Plc & Ltd, Kenexa v Alberg, The Codemasters Software Co Ltd v Automobile Club de l’Ouest and Daimler AG v Sany Group Co Ltd. He also acts in proceedings before the UK IPO and EU IPO.

Nick's design rights experience encompasses filing strategy, international filing programmes, and dispute resolution, including a Europe-wide Customs enforcement project protecting consumer electronics products.

Through client secondments to a large digital communications company in and a major international brand, Nick has acquired valuable insight into the role of legal advice in business decision-making.

Nick chairs the International sub-committee of INTA's Copyright Committee, contributes to a number of legal publications and has been teaching on two university postgraduate IP courses in the UK.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. "With brand value increasing and businesses re-examining old coexistence agreements to look for underlying rights they can enforce, Aries is well placed with his combination of courtroom dexterity and finely honed transactional skills"

    WTR 1000 2018
  2. Nick “understands your business” and is “willing to roll up his sleeves and work incredibly hard”. “He is a real team player and great at interacting with barristers and other lawyers outside his firm, as well as his own colleagues. He asks all the right questions and is legally brilliant, too.”

    WTR 1000, 2017