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Robert has extensive experience in dealing with and resolving all types of IP, IT and technology related disputes across a wide variety of sectors, with particular in depth of expertise in luxury brands, food and drink, fashion, oil & gas technologies and pharmaceuticals. Robert has specialised full-time in this area for over 19 years and is an accredited IP specialist by the Law Society of Scotland. He has represented clients in the Court of Session in a wide variety of often high profile and complex matters including patent infringement, validity and entitlement disputes, brand protection cases involving passing off actions for household brands as well as trademark actions including counterfeit, pirated and parallel imported goods, and copyright and design right disputes. He also deals with protecting plant variety rights, trade secrets and confidential information as well as domain name disputes.

Where possible Robert works with clients to avoid disputes arising through the provision of strategic pre-emptive advice, but where that is not possible he aims to resolve matters and achieve the desired commercial objectives as swiftly as possible not only through litigation but also using negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

Robert is an active member of many IP and IT related groups including the Law Society of Scotland IP Committee and IP expert Accreditation Committee, the editorial board of the Oxford University Press & Journal of IP Law & Practice, the Copyright Committee of The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), the Scottish working group of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) and the International Trademark Association (INTA). Robert regularly speaks at IP conferences and is also involved in the Edinburgh University LLM on Managing Intellectual Property, dealing with IP infringement and litigation.

A client says "I always have absolute confidence that Robert has considered all aspects of the matter. He always has comprehensive plans of action for the way forward."

Chambers UK 2019

'Hardworking and very able’ litigator Robert Buchan is ‘commercially minded and a joy to work with’

Legal 500 UK 2018