Mark Nichols

Mark Nichols

Senior Associate - IP Solicitor

Mark is an experienced intellectual property solicitor, with a focus on contentious matters covering the full spectrum of IP rights.

He has particular expertise in brand protection and enforcement, from brand strategy and protection through to litigation and trial, and everything in between. He is an expert in online brand protection, and has acted on behalf of multinational car and motorcycle brands, fashion houses, and bands and film and TV studios in protecting their rights in the UK and internationally. He has been to trial in matters including LVMH v Polistas and The London Taxi Company v Frazer Nash.

Mark’s brand expertise ties in closely with his work in copyright; he has been heavily involved in a long-running highly complex copyright infringement and breach of confidence dispute, and has previously acted in copyright infringement disputes in the creative industries, each in relation to high-profile properties. Mark understands that, often, high-profile rightsholders seek to avoid public disputes, and is well versed in progressing matters towards favourable and confidential settlements. Mark’s understanding of copyright has led towards him being heavily involved in the firm’s activities in the burgeoning AI market.

In addition to his activities on brand and copyright disputes, Mark is an experienced patent litigator. He has acted as the lead associate in a multinational pharmaceutical dispute, acted for Astellas in its dispute with Akebia/Otsuka, and been to trial in disputes including Trailerlogic v Roftek and American Science & Engineering v Rapiscan.

Mark regularly writes articles and presents on intellectual property and related subjects, and has led the development of the firm’s AI Hub from the solicitor side.

Prior to his career in law, Mark worked in digital marketing and project management for a successful publishing startup.



Disputes, media and creative industries, AI and computing


Mark studied philosophy at the University of York, graduating in 2008, before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course in 2013 and 2014. He obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from Oxford University in 2017.


BA (Hons), GDL, LPC, PGDip 



Awards & recognition

Mark is an active member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and in 2020 won a prize for his contribution to the AIPPI’s study question on the descriptive use defence to trade mark infringement claims.

MIP IP STARS - Rising Star, MIP EMEA Awards 2024 - UK Rising Star of the Year


Mark enjoys running, cycling, tennis, climbing, and any other outdoor pursuits he can get his hands on. Inside, he enjoys reading and video games.