David works with the world's leading businesses to protect their most valuable asset: their brands. He is a distinguished IP litigator specialising in trade marks, registered and unregistered designs and copyright.

A solicitor advocate, David also has the benefit of in-house experience having worked in-house with Coca-Cola for a number of years. 

He is regularly sought after to speak, providing unparalleled narrative and advice around the most crucial IP issues. David is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, and teaches IP, including at the Universities of Oxford and Alicante. 

The second edition of David's book, European Union Design Law: A Practitioners' Guide, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2016. David sits on the editorial boards of Managing Intellectual Property, European IP Review and the Oxford Journal of IP Law and Practice.

In addition to his client-facing work, David sits part time as a Deputy High Court Judge, hearing cases in the Chancery Division, including the Patents Court and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC).


Pro bono

David is a trustee of the Centre for Recent Drawing, an arts charity in Highbury-Islington.

Through the firm’s pro bono program, David assists a diverse range of charities with their IP issues, including recently helping Hope and Homes for Children; Black Equity Organisation; Adferiad (mental health); Beam Up (homelessness); GROW (legal mentoring); Reporters san frontiers; The AIRE Centre (EU human rights legal advice); The London Legal Support Trust; and CITY HARVEST (food support).

Published Work

  • It’s time to amend the Enforcement Directive to ensure all Member States provide for Declarations of Non-Infringement for EUTMs and Community Designs - Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, September 2019 
  • Chapter in Developments and Directions in Intellectual Property Law - 20 Years of the IPKat, published by Oxford University Press, May 2023

Speaking Engagements

Complicating Designs: whither the EU reforms, and what impact will Brexit have? IPSOC Design Rights Educational, 25/10/2018 

Assessing Validity and Infringement, Benelux Day of Design Protection, 18/10/2018 

David v Martin - Gloves off for a Design Law Debate (Debate with Martin Howe QC on recent case law on EU designs), TIPLO dinner, 27/06/2018 

3D Trademarks after Rubik's Cube and related rights, INTA Annual Meeting, 22/05/2018 

A suggested New Approach to Design Freedom, EUIPO Case Law Conference, 08/05/2018 

Chair of Judges Panel, 2018 INTA Designs Conference: The Power of Design, 26/02/2018 

Predicting the trajectory of future developments in design law, UCL IBIL Brands Seminar, 14/02/2018 

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

Member, Trade Secrets Committee, INTA 

Former Chair, Designs Committee, INTA 

Former Chair, Programs Committee, INTA 

Former Board Member, INTA 

Former Chair, Designs Team, MARQUES 

Former Member of Council, MARQUES 

Member, AIPPI 

Member, TIPLO 

Member, PTMG 

Member, ECTA

David Stone is an extremely well-known and high-profile lawyer, and in particular he is exceptionally highly regarded as a trade mark and design litigator
Chambers UK 2023: Intellectual Property
What makes this practice unique is David Stone. Multi-talented, all round nice guy, and IP guru, David is at the heart of the firm’s client-driven, multijurisdictional practice. Dealing with the firm is a pleasure
Legal 500 UK 2021: Intellectual property: Trade marks, copyright and design


  • UK IP Practitioner of the Year Managing IP Awards 2022
  • Top 10 Inspirational Leader British LGBT Awards 2020
  • WIPR Diversity Champion, 2021



Republic of Ireland, 2016

Notary Public (England and Wales), 2008

Solicitor Advocate Higher Courts Civil Proceedings (England & Wales), 2005

England and Wales, 2002

High Court of Australia, 1997

New South Wales, 1996


Graduate Diploma in Notarial Practice, University of Cambridge, 2007

BCL, University of Oxford, 1995

BA and LLB (hons), University of Sydney, 1992

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.