Mark Nichols

Mark Nichols

Senior Associate - IP Solicitor

Mark is an experienced intellectual property solicitor, with expertise across the full range of intellectual property rights.

He has acted for clients in complex trade mark, copyright, patent, design, passing off and breach of confidence disputes, at all stages from pre-action to trial, with experience in settling large, multi-party disputes on terms favourable to his clients.

While he focuses on contentious matters, Mark also has significant experience in advising clients on brand strategy and protection, and in licensing, with particular expertise in trade marks and copyright.

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

Mark regularly writes articles and presents on intellectual property and related subjects. He joined Potter Clarkson in May 2021.



Disputes, licensing, media and creative industries, technology, sport


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 2021-2022


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