Steven James is the Lead Partner for UK and European Intellectual Property at Brown Rudnick. Steven practices in intellectual property, technology, and commercial law, with a focus on new technologies and innovation. His experience includes advising clients on both contentious and transactional intellectual property and commercial matters, predominantly in the tech, financial services, life sciences, retail and media sectors. He advises on the full spectrum of IP rights, including trade marks, passing-off, copyright, designs, patents, confidential information, and domain names. Steven counsels clients on the development of comprehensive IP and branding strategies, and formulates strategic approaches for the licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights. He also has experience of advising on defamation, privacy and data protection matters, and on the intellectual property, technology, and data protection aspects of a wide range of commercial and corporate transactions.

Steven has been “recommended” for TMT and Intellectual Property law in The Legal 500 UK, is listed as a “Notable Practitioner” in Managing IP’s IP Stars, and has been awarded a Distinction in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Oxford. Steven has conducted matters before the UK Intellectual Property Office, the EU Intellectual Property Office, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, the High Court and Court of Appeal, and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Steven is a Solicitor-Advocate with rights of audience in all civil proceedings in the higher courts of England and Wales.



Some of Steven's notable engagements include:

Wirex Limited & Ors -v- Cryptocarbon Global Limited & Ors [2021] EWHC 617 (IPEC): Successfully represented Wirex, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency payment platforms, on a trade mark infringement action against various defendants in respect of the trade mark, CRYPTOBACK.

Advising World-Leading COVID Rapid Test Provider Excalibur Healthcare Services on a ground-breaking Licence and Development Agreement with Sensyne Health in respect of the use of Excalibur’s lateral flow diagnostic tests with Sensyne Health’s clinical AI software, ‘MagnifEye’.

Acting for an international drug development company on a High Court breach of confidence action against an employee.

Novaerus Patents Limited v Quest International (UK) Limited [2016] EWHC 95 (Ch): Represented medical technology provider Novaerus in a summary judgment claim in a complex contractual dispute about the sale of various patents and subsequent cross-licensing.

Acting for a software development company on a High Court Technology & Construction Court dispute with a global retail bank.

Acting for a electrical wholesaler on a passing off action against a listed building merchants’ business.

Acting for an online fashion retail platform in respect of parallel trade mark infringement proceedings in the UK and United States.

Acting for an advertising services company on various technology agreements in respect of their business-critical replacement clearance system, and the transitioning of the services from the incumbent supplier.

Interflora Inc v Marks & Spencer plc (Case C-323/09): Acting for Interflora on a high profile trade mark infringement case relating to the use of keywords on Google’s AdWords program, which was referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Orion Publishing Group Ltd v Novel Entertainment Ltd [2012] EWHC 1951 (Ch): Acting for a major commercial publisher in relation to a dispute over a royalty verification clause in a publishing agreement.

*Some of the above matters were handled by Steven prior to joining Brown Rudnick.


University of Oxford – Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, 2012
BPP Law School, London – Legal Practice Course, 2005
BPP Law School, London – Postgraduate Diploma in Law, 2004
University College London – M.A. (English), 2002
University College London – B.A. (English), 2001

Bar Admissions

Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings)
Solicitor, England & Wales
Co-author, "Victoria Plum Limited v Victoria Plumbing Limited & Ors," Cecile Park Media - Leading Internet Case Law (February 2017)
Steven is a regular contributor of articles for E-Commerce Law & Policy and The Reporter (in association with Calleja Consulting).
Steven has published articles on various IP, media, branding, music, e-commerce and online media issues in publications including The Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, The Lawyer, Managing Intellectual Property, and The Press Gazette.
Author, "Twentieth Century Fox and Others v. Sky UK and Others," E-Commerce Law Reports - volume 15 issue 03 (June 2015)
Speaking Engagements
Organising and speaking at various client training and networking events.
Speaking engagements at Bookseller’s Children’s Conference 2012 and CLT conferences on IP issues.
Awards and Honors
Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2020-2021
The Legal 500 UK, TMT (technology, media and telecoms), 2021. The team was described as "open, transparent, honest, fair and so important these days, human!"
The Legal 500 UK, Intellectual Property, 2016-2020. He was described as a “clear-thinking individual working as part of a team praised for its clear approach and excellent industry knowledge”.
Steven co-created and launched a series of seminars in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh with a digital marketing agency on the commercial and legal issues relating to mobile apps and co-authored a number of reports and articles on this topic. The seminar series was shortlisted for an award at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2013 and "highly commended."