Senior Law Mentor, King's College London
Mark Engelman is head of Intellectual Property at Hardwicke Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn and Master of the Bench of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. He has been in-house counsel to numerous firms and corporates including: Clifford Chance, Denton Wilde Sapte, Dunlop Slazenger International Ltd and The Body Shop International Plc. He has also held board positions on Simon Carter Accessories Ltd, Alexander McQueen’s Autumn Paper Ltd, The Forgiveness Project (a restorative justice charity), Trade Marks and Image Rights Agency, The Globe Theatre (Development Council), The Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry (treasurer and latterly Chairman Elect). He is an elected member of The General Council of the Bar, its current Intellectual Property Bar Representative and previously sat on its Professional Conduct and Education Committees.
Mark is a Senior Law Mentor at King's College London's Law Department, Senior Advocacy Trainer at The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, Visiting Lecturer at Queen Mary and Westfield College.
He has published papers in TMA Review (March/April 2014) and Chartered Institute of Patents Agents Journal (43, 24-25), has appeared on radio and television, and published Engelman’s Intellectual Property Update (Tottle Publishing, 2005).
His key cases include The Christian Science Board of Directors of The First Church of Christ, Scientist v Office For The Harmonisation of The Internal Market (Court of First Instance of the European Union), where he was instructed by the Church to argue for the grant of a monopoly right in the words “Christian Science” before the Court of First Instance for “religious services” and “religious Sunday services”. The decision of the executive body of the European Union that grants registered trade marks for Europe was retracted by that body, and the registered trade mark for “Christian Science” granted to the Church in respect of both religious services and Sunday religious services.
He has also spoken and/or chaired over 60 international conferences including: “Transfer Pricing and Intangible Properties” (26 May 2006, European Commission); European Union Training Mission, Training the Judges Magistrates and Public Prosecutors on Intellectual Property Enforcement (Bucharest, Romania, 9-13 March 2008); “Impact of the European Commission Pharmaceutical Sector Inquiry” (11th International Workshop on the Physical Characterisation of Pharmaceutical Solids, Stamford, Connecticut, USA, 17 June 2009); "Teaching the Taxing Authorities Intellectual Property" (European Commission, Prague, May 2010); Moot Judge of the Pentonville Prison Debate between Oxford University and the Inmates (Judge, 23 July 2013); “The Claim to Damages and Other Final Remedies” (University College London, Intellectual Property Masterclass, 8 March 2013) and is shortly due to speak at The Law Society, Singapore on Intellectual Property and International Arbitration in August 2015, and at VHI’s 'Patents on Life' Conference in Sept. 2015, on Copyright Protection of Gene Sequences.
Mark Engelman joined the VHI as a Research Associate in 2015 to explore the relationship between ethics and Intellectual Property (‘IP’) law with an emphasis on the commonality of reasoning between commercial branding and religious symbolism.