Richard is recognised as one of the UK’s leading Intellectual Property specialists with over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP law, with particular emphasis on dispute resolution, relating to patents, trade marks, copyright, passing off and confidential information.  His clients include Asda, BASF,, JD Sports, Regus and EMAP.

As the former Practice Group Head of the Addleshaw Goddard’s Intellectual Property Group, his range of work to date has been extensive and often high profile. Examples include:

  • successfully acting for Asda in the first supermarket look-alike case to go to trial, the United Biscuits v Asda proceedings, which became known as the Penguin v Puffin case;
  • acting successfully for IBM in the first Community Trade Mark infringement and revocation case in the UK, in IBM v Web-Sphere;
  • obtaining for BASF, and simultaneously, 37 interim injunctions for patent infringement (a UK record) against 19 companies at the BCPC International Crop Science Exhibition in Glasgow, the world’s largest agrochemicals fair.

Richard is a member of The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, (CIPA), The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA), The International Trade Mark Association (INTA) and is ranked by Chambers/Legal 500 as extremely bright, “positive and terrific”, extremely knowledgeable and calm under pressure, intelligent, knowledgeable and a lateral thinker, incredibly well organised and efficient, innovative, proactive, practical, a sagacious star partner who doesn’t sit on the fence, a leading individual in the intellectual property field”, nationally recognised as one of the field’s most eminent practitioners, seen as having a down to earth manner and there being considered to be, for IP disputes, no finer practitioner in Yorkshire.

As a result of Richard’s recognised expertise, he has been interviewed for television and Radio by (amongst others) BBC News 24, Radio Leeds and Panorama.

Partner: Richard Kempner

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  •   nationally recognised as one of the field's most eminent practitioners  
  • Chambers/Legal 500