Aubrey Craig

Call: 1987


Aubrey Craig is a member of the English Bar practising from St Philip’s Chambers in Birmingham. He is also admitted to the New York State and US Federal Bars (1983) and spent ten years in practice in the USA (1977-87). His principal specialisation is Intellectual Property and he is a member of the Intellectual Property Bar Association and of the European Circuit.

Aubrey’s practice covers all aspects of UK, European and US IP Law including Copyright, Database Right, Patents, Design Right, Trademarks, Passing Off and Confidential Information. The Patent practice is limited to mechanical, electrical and software inventions. He has lectured to regional branches of both ITMA (Trademarks) and CIPA (Patents).

Aubrey also acts and advises in relation to:

the law of Information and Privacy
Competition Law (UK and US), in particular the interrelation of Competition law and intellectual property law. He has lectured on the latter topic to the Institute of Trademark Attorneys among others and has been instructed on behalf of respondents in proceedings by the OFT in relation to the enforcement of competition laws.

His practice extends to both contentious and non-contentious work, the latter including the drafting of IP licences both for the UK/Europe and covering North America.

What the directories say:

Aubrey is recommended as an IP Specialist in the 2012 Legal 500.

Reported Cases:

BSKYB V (1) DIGITAL SATELLITE WARRANTY COVER LIMITED (2) NATIONWIDE DIGITAL SATELLITE WARRANTY SERVICES LIMITED (3) BERNARD FREEMAN (4) MICHAEL SULLIVAN & ORS [2012] EWHC 2642 (Ch) Trade Mark infringement, Passing-Off, Infringement of Database Right, Breach of Confidence, Joint Tortfeasor liability.

A+H CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENTS PLC V COX TURNER MORSE LTD AND ANOTHER – [2012] ALL ER (D) 39 (JUN) Libel and slander – Fair comment – Defendant applying for ruling on meaning – Whether words complained of capable of having meaning contended for by claimant.

SCHUTZ (UK) LTD V DELTA CONTAINERS LTD [2011] EWHC 1712 Trade Mark Infringement and passing off, exhaustion of rights.

GARRISON RADIO: POOL FM TRADE MARK NO. 2328312 Opposition Proceedings in the TM Registry O-117-06.

VISMEAD ASSOCIATES LTD V LANNI [2009] EWCA Civ 1579. (Procedure – exercise of discretion by Judge).

STARCOMM LTD V KNAPMAN AND OTHERS – [2008] ALL ER (D) 404 (APR) Restrictive covenants in contract of employment – Director and employees of claimant incorporating competing company –Whether first defendant in breach of contract of employment by retaining claimant’s documents.

ESS PRODUCTION LTD (IN ADMINISTRATION) V SULLY [2005] B.C.C. 435 Insolvency. Prohibited name rules.

CYPROTEX DISCOVERY LTD V UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD [2003] EWHC 1638, [2004] R.P.C. 44 Copyright ownership.

NISBET V SHEPHERD [1994] B.C.C. 91 (Company Law – liability of sole shareholder for debts of insolvent company).

Qualifications and Appointments:

Sheffield University LLB (2.1) 1970


Intellectual Property Bar Association (IPBA)

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