James Robey

M.Sci. (Dunelm) CPhys MInstP


With over 25 years’ experience in the profession, James Robey is a highly regarded IP expert. James has been with Wilson Gunn since 1996 and was made a partner of the firm in 2004. He has qualifications and experience in patents, trade marks, designs and copyright and works on a wide range of IP matters.


James’s patent practice lies mainly in the engineering and electronics sectors, including automotive, hydrocarbon extraction, scientific and medical equipment, instrumentation and software inventions. He has wide experience of patent prosecution including direct advocacy at the European Patent Office in both ex-parte and inter-partes proceedings and he also routinely advises on patent enforcement. He is a tutor for the University of Strasbourg training course for European Patent Attorneys.

Trade Marks

James also manages a number of international trade mark portfolios for major brands. He advises on all aspects of trade mark protection and much of his trade mark work involves contentious matters.

Designs & Copyright

James is the firm’s lead attorney in design and copyright work. He has experience in using registered designs creatively to maximise protection of products and has dealt with many cases of design and copyright infringement.


University of Durham – M.Sc. Physics


Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney


“Key lawyer”
The Legal 500, 2024

“Patent star”
Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars, 2023

“Key lawyer”
The Legal 500, 2023

“Key lawyer”
The Legal 500, 2022

“James Robey and Mark Jolly are great communicators, easy to contact, and they always provide timely and detailed feedback. I particularly appreciate their clear guidance in reviewing new inventions”
The Legal 500, 2021

“James Robey is an out-of-the box thinker and problem solver – he has a real IP brain and always adds significant value to the cases on which I am working with him”
The Legal 500, 2020

“James Robey is ‘highly strategic’ with ‘the added gift of being able to translate that for the client into extremely sound commercial and practical advice’”
The Legal 500, 2019

“James Robey [is] highly recommended”
The Legal 500, 2017

“James Robey gives ‘straightforward advice indicating the strengths and weaknesses of client’s position’”
The Legal 500, 2016

James Robey: “frighteningly clever”
The Legal 500, 2015

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LEGAL 500 Recommended lawyer
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The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2020
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The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2017
The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2016
The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2015
The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2014
The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2013
The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2012

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