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Maucher Jenkins has built a team of outstanding professionals, recognised experts in intellectual property law, science and technology, working across multiple industry sectors and legal jurisdictions.

David Musker

Consultant - Designs

Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
Higher Courts Litigator
Registered Representative before the Unified Patent Court

LLM (Distinction) Intellectual Property Litigation, Nottingham University; BSc (Hons) Materials Science, Imperial College, London University



David worked in-house in government and the telecommunications industry before joining Maucher Jenkins, where he was a partner for many years.


He specialises in registered and unregistered designs, but also has patent expertise in a number of sectors in cluding communications, signal processing, computing and business-oriented subject matter. He is also a qualified trade mark attorney.


He has extensive experience of practice and advocacy before the UK and European Patent Offices.


David is a Professor of International Design Law at Queen Mary University of London, and has lectured at Oxford and Bristol Universities, ETH, Zurich; and CEIPI, Strasbourg.


He is a former Chairman of CIPA's Designs and Copyright Committee, and former President of UNION's Design Commission.


He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (JIPLP) and European Copyright and Design Reports.




David is author of two books on design law, and a number of articles and conference papers, including:


'Additional Subject-Matter and Claim Broadening', [1995] EIPR, 594.


'Procedural law of the OHIM', Trademark World December/January 1995/1996, 29.


'Reverse Engineering', given at IBC Conference on Intellectual Property in Electronics, 10 June 1998, referred to in the Gowers Report.


'The Design Directive' (CIPA, 2001, ISBN 0 903932 12 1).


'Community Design Law - Principles & Practice' (Sweet & Maxwell, 2002, ISBN 0421790601).


'The Great Free Beer Debate, or What Ales the Patent System?', Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice Advance Access published on November 21, 2007. doi:10.1093/jiplp/jpm186.


'Agreement in Principle? - The Harmonisation of Principles of Procedural Law of European Industrial Property', prizewinning article, UNION 40th Year Commemorative Yearbook 2001.


'Design crime: back to the future or forwards to the past?', Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice published December 2, 2014. doi: 10.1093/jiplp/jpu163.


Interests outside work:


David enjoys fencing and occasionally plays keyboards.


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