Richard is a Partner in Osborne Clarke’s intellectual property team. He is an expert in all aspects of brand protection and IP disputes, with an emphasis on trademarks, copyright and designs, covering various sectors with a focus on tech, gaming, retail and life sciences.

Richard is a dual qualified solicitor and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and has a unique blend of in-house (British American Tobacco, Diageo and B&Q) and private practice (boutique IP and full service law firm) experience, which gives him a real client-focused edge.  He offers a genuinely integrated brand protection and IP disputes practice, combining the management of large global portfolios with representing clients in the High Court, IPEC, UKIPO and EUIPO.  He has expertise in obtaining protection in difficult markets such as China, Russia and the Middle East.

Richard May is knowledgeable, always available and always up to date with our portfolio. He recently represented us at the UKIPO against a huge third party. His handling of the matter and his performance at the hearing was exemplary and we won on all grounds, together with a costs award.

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Richard May is aggressive and smart.

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Represented Shell in a trade mark dispute over the term Shell Go+. Read more. 

PA Consulting

Represented PA Consulting in a trade mark dispute over the tag line Bringing Ingenuity to Life. Read more.

BNP Best Natural Products

Represented BNP Best Natural Products against the Indian government in a trade mark dispute over the Khadi cosmetics brand. Read more.