About Me

I am a partner in our Intellectual Property practice based in London, specialising in IP enforcement and litigation across a range of rights including patents, trade marks, designs and confidential information. I frequently act in complex litigation (often with a cross border element) before the IPEC, High Court, Court of Appeal and CJEU, as well as in proceedings before the EUIPO/UKIPO. I also advise on international customs enforcement programmes and detentions.

I am head of our International Product Design group, specialising in protecting and enforcing innovative or high tech product design and associated branding. I have extensive experience of advising clients throughout the product lifecycle on many aspects of product design creation, protection and enforcement. This work often relates to products and technologies in areas as diverse as medical devices, mechanical engineering, consumer goods, aviation, automotive and luxury goods, and frequently involves a range of different IP rights.

I also lead our International Product Compliance & Liability group, guiding clients through the often complex regulatory regimes for conformity testing, marking, labelling and market surveillance requirements for new products to be lawfully placed on the market in the EU and UK.

My experience has been bolstered over the years with secondments in the commercial and regulatory team at AstraZeneca and as Senior Counsel in the trademarks group at Phillip Morris International, with responsibility for Asia Pacific.

I am editor of our design law bulletin, DesignWrites and a member of IP organisations including CITMA, INTA and AIPPI. I also serve on the Designs & Copyright Committee of CITMA.
Experience
  • I am a partner in our Intellectual Property practice based in London, specialising in IP enforcement and litigation across a range of rights including patents, trade marks/passing off, designs, confidential information and domain names. I frequently act in complex litigation (often with a cross border element) before the IPEC, High Court, Court of Appeal and CJEU/General Court, as well as in proceedings before the EUIPO/UKIPO. I also advise on international customs enforcement programmes and grey market issues.
  • My clients are drawn from a diverse range of sectors including large retailers, airlines, medical device companies, engineering consultants, luxury goods & fashion houses and machinery manufacturers.
  • I am co-head of our International Product Design group, specialising in protecting and enforcing innovative or high tech product design and associated branding. I have extensive experience of advising clients throughout the product lifecycle on many aspects of product design creation, international filing and enforcement.
  • I also lead our International Product Compliance & Liability group, guiding clients through the often complex regulatory regimes for conformity testing, marking, labelling and market surveillance requirements for new products to be lawfully placed on the market.
  • My experience has been bolstered over the years with secondments to AstraZeneca and Phillip Morris International.
  • I am editor of our design law bulletin, DesignWrites and a member of IP organisations including CITMA, INTA and AIPPI. I also serve on the Designs & Copyright Committee of CITMA.
  • Advising a leading international supermarket retailer on their IP issues, including acting in enforcing and defending infringement claims before the High Court and advising on IP clearance checks.
  • Advising a major international flag carrier airline and tourism authority on their IP portfolio, including managing their international trade mark and design portfolio, and advising on enforcing and protecting their rights both at IPOs and courts around the world.
  • Advising an international machinery/defence manufacturer on regulatory/product compliance and IP issues
  • Advising a major DIY manufacturer on managing the threat of fraudulent websites
Cases
  • Fisher & Paykel v ResMed (CPAP mask design patents)
  • Nokia GmbH v IPCom, Nokia Corp v HTC Corp (mobile phone patent cases)
  • Swiss Pharma International v Biogen Idec (monoclonal antibody dosing patent)
  • Massimo Osti v Global Design & Innovation (trade mark, breach of licence)
  • DAKS v Top Shop/Top Man Limited (trade marks)
  • CDL Vehicle Information Services v Carweb Limited (trade mark, passing off)
  • Betafence, Guardiar v Zaun Limited (Community design)
  • Philip Morris v Shenzhen Shunbao Technology (Community design, interim injunction)
  • Xyfil Limited v Dinner Lady Fam Limited (confidential information)
  • Philip Warren Limited v Lidl (retail & consumer, passing off)
  • Lidl v Tesco (retail & consumer, trade mark & copyright infringement)
  • PCO v Par-Pak (packaging, design infringement)
  • Rothy's Inc. v Giesswein Walkwaren (fashion, design infringement)
  • National Tourism Council of Qatar v Teymur Mehdiyev (domain name, WIPO UDRP proceedings & passing off)
  • NiftyLift v JLG Industries (access machinery patent)
  • Legal & General plc v Got You Covered Ltd (insurance services, trade mark)
  • Philip Warren Limited v Lidl (retail & consumer, passing off)
  • Lidl v Tesco (retail & consumer, trade mark & copyright infringement)
  • PCO v Par-Pak (packaging, design infringement)
  • Rothy's Inc. v Giesswein Walkwaren (fashion, design infringement)
  • National Tourism Council of Qatar v Teymur Mehdiyev (domain name, WIPO UDRP proceedings & passing off)
  • NiftyLift v JLG Industries (access machinery patent)
  • Legal & General plc v Got You Covered Ltd (insurance services, trade mark)
Education

Studied

  • University of Bristol, BSc Biochemistry
  • College of Law, LPC (Distinction)
  • University of Bristol, Diploma in Intellectual Property Law (Distinction)

Admissions

  • The Law Society of England & Wales in 2006
  • The Law Society of Ireland in 2017
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Testimonials

'Ewan Grist is a talented IP litigator, with an impressive expertise in designs. He was the lead partner on a ground-breaking design infringement case that delivered a significant win for our business.'

Legal 500 UK 2020

'IP litigator Ewan Grist is a genuine expert on regulatory and technical requirements for the manufacturing, testing and labelling of products'.

WTR 1000 2020

'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.'

WTR 1000 2019

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