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Paul Carlyle

Paul Carlyle



  • Intellectual Property
  • Business of Sport
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

WSG Boad of Directors
Director 2021/ 2022
WSG Regional Council
Past Member
DealMaker Group
Patent Law Workshop Group
WSG in Europe Group
WSG Main Group
WSG Nominations Committee
WSG Recruitment Committee
WSG Technology & Innovation Committee
INTA Group
Intellectual Property Group
Patent Law Group

Paul heads the firm's Media and Technology team and divides his time between our London and Edinburgh offices. Paul specialises in intellectual property law and advises clients in all sectors from high technology to branding and media clients. Paul and his team are dedicated to delivering simple, workable solutions in a complex and changing area of law. Paul also sits on the intellectual property law reform committee of the Law Society of Scotland. According to client research carried out by Chambers 2012, Paul "shows good judgement of how aggressively to pursue a case whilst giving us all the options we need".

Admitted in Scotland.

Areas of Practice

Business of Sport | Intellectual Property | Technology, Media and Telecoms

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Law Society of Scotland
Law Society of Scotland Intellectual Property Committee
Patent Office Software Patents Committee
Licensing Executives' Society


McDonald's: No Longer the Big Cheese after Losing Big Mac Trade Mark Battle with Supermac's
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2019

In a landmark decision, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (‘EUIPO’) has ruled that McDonald’s, one of the world’s largest fast food chains, will lose its EU trade mark for “Big Mac”...

Beware Geeks Bearing Gifts - Why Sports' Rights Holders Need to Think Carefully Before Moving Away from 'Traditional' Broadcasters
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2018

Two significant events this week raised eyebrows in the lucrative world of live sports broadcasting. Firstly, Facebook agreed an exclusive deal to show La Liga to users in Asian territories including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It will live stream all 380 matches this season for free to its 348 million users in the region. The move fits with Facebook's ambition to grow use of its social networking platform outside markets that have reached saturation...

Additional Articles

Regulation and Markets Beyond 2000 - Ashgate 2000 (Ed Macgregor, Prosser & Villiers) - Co-author of Chapter on Telecommunications Regulation

Law and the Internet (2nd Ed) - Hart 2001 (Ed Edwards & Waelde) - Author of Chapter on Telecommunications Law

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