Brian has a degree in Chemistry from Bristol University, and trained to be a patent agent before qualifying as a solicitor in 1982. He joined Baker & McKenzie’s IP and IT Department in 1991, leaving to become a founding partner of Gordons in 1994.
Brian specialises in intellectual property rights (IPR), mostly undertaking IPR litigation – in particular where design innovation or trade marks / passing off are truly in issue. He also undertakes some commercial IPR transactions and general commercial litigation, particularly where technical expertise is required. Brian has a particular penchant for defending small and medium sized businesses against allegations of infringement by larger competitors. Brian’s advice also encompasses the practical and commercial aspects of IPR, whether in a contentious environment or otherwise, and includes, for example, enforcing the UK trade-mark portfolio of multinational companies.
Brian has genuine patent expertise, founded on initial post-graduate years spent drafting and prosecuting patent applications. Since becoming a solicitor he has fought a number of patent actions for SMEs, taking an approach that is becoming increasing relevant to larger undertakings as the Courts seek to bring the costs of Patent litigation under control.
Not every IPR dispute can be solved by licensing or redesign and Brian’s direct, forthright and practical advice is appreciated by his clients:
"Brian acted for us in a worrying and complicated patent dispute. He gave sound advice, explained our options very clearly, was ever helpful and resourceful, and saw us through."
Owen Blake, Managing Director, Standen Engineering Ltd.
"Brian Turner has been handling our IP work for more than 10 years. His advice has proved to be well reasoned, commercial and legally sound."
Paul Beverley, PMS International Group plc
Brian is based in our London office.