Michael L. Hart

United Kingdom

Baker & McKenzie
100 New Bridge Street
London EC4V 6JA
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 20 7919 1938

Email: michael.hart@bakermckenzie.com
Web: www.bakermckenzie.com

Michael Hart heads the award winning Intellectual Property Department in the Firm’s London office. He has extensive experience in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters, particularly in the areas of copyright, designs, trade marks and trade secrets. He has led a wide variety of high profile litigation cases, winning important cases in the High Court, the UK Supreme Court, the UK Copyright Tribunal and the Court of Justice of the European Union. He also has considerable experience of lobbying on IP issues. Michael is recognised as a leading UK figure in IP law by Chambers and Legal 500.

Michael’s IP litigation cases for many household-name companies have involved issues relating to copyright, design, IP licensing terms, trade secrets and misappropriation of confidential information, personal privacy and trade marks. Michael has also successfully conducted a large number of mediations relating to IP issues.

His non-contentious IP work includes advising on major IP agreements and licenses, and the sale and acquisition of IP rights.

Michael has also acted for leading technology companies, trade associations and consumer groups in connection with several legislative lobbying campaigns on copyright issues, involving both the UK and European Parliaments and the European Commission. He has also advised leading companies on issues relating to legislation and legislative proposals on designs and trade secrets.

  • Representing Meltwater and the Public Relations Consultants Association against the NLA in their successful appeal to the UK Supreme Court and to the Court of Justice of the European Union on the temporary copying exception.
  • Representing a car manufacturer in its high profile disputes with competitors over trade secrets.
  • Representing Universities UK in their successful copyright licence reference against the Copyright Licensing Agency.
  • Representing a consumer electronics industry and consumer interests body in their lobbying campaign in relation to the Copyright in the Information Society Directive 2001.

Managing and protecting intellectual property has become increasingly complex for global companies, which often have huge IP portfolios and operations in multiple jurisdictions with varied IP laws and levels of enforcement. Rapid technological advancements have enabled infringers to become more sophisticated, and the rise of intellectual property as a main driver of mergers and acquisitions has made developing strategies to protect these assets even more important.

Since 1962, we have helped the world’s leading multinational companies in all aspects of the acquisition, protection, enforcement and exploitation of their IP rights. With nearly 400 intellectual property lawyers in 40 countries, we cover the full scope of IP services in more jurisdictions than any other firm. Our global coverage, high-quality work and commitment to client service are reflected in the recognition we receive within the legal industry. Since 2009, our practice has been ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global and we were named “Global Law Firm of the Year” at the 2017 Managing Intellectual Property awards.

With expertise in the automotive, luxury and fashion, fast moving consumer goods, financial services, technology, media and entertainment, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals, life sciences and healthcare industries, we advise clients on brand management, brand enforcement, patent litigation, patent prosecution, copyright, IP litigation, trade secrets, IP transactions, tax and IP advisory, and marketing, advertising and promotions. Based on our long experience in the field, we approach IP management as a strategic issue and have developed the people, processes and technologies to serve as a one-stop shop for protecting the IP assets of global businesses.


“Michael Hart assists market-leading clients with commercial and contentious matters concerned with copyright, trade marks and designs. A client says: He has a great understanding of our business and is excellent at co-ordinating Baker’s international offices.
Chambers & Partners