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Tom Scourfield

Co-Head of the international IP Group and UK Chair of the Consumer Products Sector Group

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00-113 Warsaw
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Tom Scourfield is Co-Head of the international IP Group at CMS and UK Chair of the Consumer Products Sector Group. He is a Solicitor Advocate (England and Wales), with an Irish solicitors qualification.

Tom advises businesses on their commercial IP assets. This includes helping find the best strategy for the creation, identification, registration and capture of those assets, to their realisation through commercial agreements and licensing, and their protection and enforcement through litigation and other dispute resolution. He also advises on related fields to IP, including advertising and marketing, consumer law, media, data protection, cyber breaches and IT issues.

As a Solicitor Advocate, Tom is particularly well known for his IP enforcement work and has helped clients achieve their strategic goals in all forms of IP dispute resolution. He has led cases at all levels of UK courts (civil and criminal) as well as OHIM, the CJEU and beyond in multi-jurisdictional disputes. His practice focuses on those industry sectors where IP assets are most critical to commercial success, including Consumer Products, TMC, Life Sciences & Healthcare and Energy, among others.

Post-Brexit, Tom will continue to hold representation and audience rights before the EUIPO and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Tom is English and Irish qualified, and he will operate his EU trade mark and design practice from our Polish office.

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"He is one of the most formidable lawyers I have ever come across. His expertise is incredible, and he manages his team extremely well, so there is always prompt comeback with the requisite level of detail."

Chambers, 2018

“The London-based team also includes co-head of the firm's international IP group, Tom Scourfield, who is highlighted as being “thorough and practical, with a great sense of humour”

Legal 500, 2018

"Scourfield is a renowned enforcement and litigation maestro who moves into the WTR 1000 gold tier this year”

World Trademark Review, 2019

"great leadership of matters, fantastic availability and very good understanding of the client's business culture and how that drives decisions."


"CMS’ team is ‘managed very well’ by the ‘personable, practical and hands-on’ Tom Scourfield"

Legal 500

"pragmatic and business-minded, a preferred choice for many of the world’s biggest brand owners"

WTR 1000

Relevant experience

  • A major broadcaster on enforcement strategy for its exclusive content.
  • The manufacturer and license holder of a celebrity fragrance brand.
  • Pharmaceutical patent infringement in relation to SEROXAT, CITALOPRAM and other compounds.
  • A multi-jurisdictional patent infringement dispute in the oil and gas sector.
  • Datacard v Eagle Technologies (patent and trade mark infringement and invalidity).
  • Blackberry on its European anti-counterfeiting program.
  • United Airlines on its successful trade mark infringement against United Airways.
  • Intel on the INTELMARK case, the leading European case on trade mark dilution.
  • Nestlé in relation to the Kit Kat shape trade mark, the leading case on acquired distinctiveness.
  • A leading insurer on its cyber breach insurance product and support to all of its insured clients.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Associate Member: Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
  • British Brands Group
  • Marques: Famous and Well Known Marks Committee
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  • Commentary on Community Trade Mark Regulation: A Commentary (Kooperationswerke Beck - Hart - Nomos) published 2015
  • Commentary on Community Design Regulation: Kooperationswerke Beck - Hart - Nomos) published 2015
  • Trade Marks Handbook (Sweet & Maxwell)
  • European Patents Handbook (Sweet & Maxwell)
  • Lexis PSL – various practice notes on IP
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  • 2005 – Solicitor Higher Rights of Audience, The College of Law, London
  • 2003 - Intellectual Property Diploma, University of Bristol
  • 1998 - LLB Hons law with American law, University of Nottingham/University of Texas at Austin
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