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Martin Noble

Partner | Birmingham

“Martin Noble is a highly capable lawyer in the soft IP field."
Legal 500, 2024

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About Martin

Martin focuses on giving pragmatic and commercial legal advice to businesses and takes the time to get to know them well. Alongside his years of experience advising on a broad range of commercial matters, Martin has a particular focus on intellectual property.

Martin works with a diverse range of commercial clients, providing valued input as a trusted advisor; often asked to give a view rather than a list of options. Martin’s practice covers the technology, manufacturing, retail, education and energy sectors.

Martin’s expertise covers the full range of IP rights: patents, trade marks, designs and copyright. This also includes the protection of goodwill and business and individual reputation. He has helped clients bring and defend cases in the UK courts, UK Intellectual Property Office as well as the Company Names Tribunal and using Nominet’s dispute resolution service. He also has experience of applying for and resisting applications for interim injunctions, where urgent advice is needed. His approach is practical and solution driven; for example, using mediation to reach a negotiated settlement without the need to go to court and where the settlement terms can include outcomes that wouldn’t be achievable in court.

Martin also supports clients and colleagues with transactions that involve IP rights, such as sharing IP through collaboration and licensing arrangements (often with multiple parties involved and in different jurisdictions). This also includes carrying out careful due diligence when buying and selling assets where the IP plays a key role.

Martin recently advised THJ Systems, owned by software developer Andy Mitchell, in a copyright infringement case in the Court of Appeal. Martin led the team at Freeths who took on the case at short notice following the High Court judgment that failed to award an injunction in Mitchell’s favour. The defendants also attempted to overturn the judge’s finding on the subsistence of copyright, which was rejected by the Court of Appeal. It found that whilst the level of creativity was low, Mitchell had still exercised enough of his own intellectual creation in devising how his risk and price charts looked in his options trading software.

Martin Noble is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 (2024 edition).


  • PGDip Intellectual Property Law and Practice (University of Bristol)
  • Level 4 Certificate in Further Education Teaching – Stage One (City & Guilds)

Notable work & expertise


  • “Your outstanding professional approach is enhanced by a natural disposition to put your clients at ease and give practical advice. The diligence t...

    Client testimonial, Business owners

  • “He responds quickly and provides us with advice, but he will not just state it; he will give us the rationale behind it as well, so that we can al...

    Client testimonial

  • “Most importantly, Martin is great to work with - good humoured and professional in equal measure.”

    Client testimonial

  • “Martin's greatest strengths are his legal insights into a case, his management of the evidence, and his focus at all times on the client's needs....

    Client testimonial, Barrister

  • “I was highly impressed with your performance.....Going well above and beyond the call of duty in terms of trial preparation …. You never hesitated...

    Client testimonial, Barrister

  • “Martin Noble has made a lasting impression, and if I ever needed him for anything like this again then I would go back to him for certain. I am im...

    Client testimonial, Customer Care Manager

  • “Martin Noble – very much at the top of his game. Gives sound advice”

    The Legal 500, 2023

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