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David Webb

David Webb


David specialises in patent litigation and advising on commercial IP matters. 



David joined Herbert Smith Freehills in 2016 and was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2018.  With a master's in Natural Sciences David advises on technical aspects of a wide range of patent matters. 

He has experience in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, and has worked on high profile patent litigation in the English High Court, particularly in the pharmaceutical field and involving highly technical expert evidence. David also has a particular interest in disputes around fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing and has written a number of articles in this area. 

David has worked in the Herbert Smith Freehills Seoul office and continues to maintain ties with the Korean practice. He also has experience of in-house practice, having spent time on secondment to Transport for London.

Alongside his practice in IP, David is actively involved in a range of pro bono matters. In particular, he supervises a legal advice clinic with matters ranging from housing to employment law. 

David's experience includes advising: 

  • Ariosa on a patent dispute concerning its Harmony® non-invasive prenatal genetic test, including validity and infringement proceedings and a subsequent declaration of non-infringement
  • A global financial services firm on potential employee inventor compensation claims under the Patents Act 1977
  • A global pharmaceutical company on multi-jurisdictional coordination
  • A gaming company on potential copyright and trade mark infringement claims
  • A telecoms company on restructuring its IP licence portfolio



David graduated from University College London with a first class master's degree in Natural Sciences, with a focus on physics and chemistry. In 2020 he was awarded a distinction in the Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from Oxford University.

David is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and in Ireland.