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Sir Hugh Ian Lang Laddie (15 April 1946 - 28 November 2008 [1]) was a British High Court judge, lawyer, professor, and a specialist in intellectual property law.[2][3][4] He was considered one the leading English judges and academics in the field of intellectual property law.[5] He was co-author of the Modern Law of Copyright (1980).[6]

Laddie was educated at Aldenham School and St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He studied medicine but changed to law.[5] He became a barrister in 1969.[5] He is credited with having invented the Anton Piller order[7] while still a junior.[8] After 25 years at the IP bar, he was appointed as a High Court judge in April 1995,[9] and joined the Chancery Division, mainly hearing cases in the Patents Court.

He resigned from his post as a judge in 2005 "because he found it boring" and felt isolated on the bench.[9] He became a consultant for Willoughby & Partners, an IP boutique and UK legal arm of Rouse & Co International,[4][10] a move which was criticized by some.[11] He is thought to be the first High Court judge to resign voluntarily in 35 years, and the first to subsequently join a firm of solicitors.[4] No one since Sir Henry Fisher, in 1970, had resigned from the bench.[2]

He was appointed to a Chair in Intellectual Property Law at University College London, with effect from 1 September 2006.[12] He founded there the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law.[6]

Hugh Laddie was born in 1946 in London.[5] He married Stecia Zamet in 1970.[6] He died of cancer on 28 November 2008.[3]

References and notes

  1. ^ According to The Guardian and Bloomberg, he died on 28 November 2008 (The Guardian, Obituary, 2 December 2008, and Caroline Byrne, Former Judge, London Law Professor Hugh Laddie Dies at 62,, December 2, 2008.).
  2. ^ a b The Guardian, obituary.
  3. ^ a b Caroline Byrne, Former Judge, London Law Professor Hugh Laddie Dies at 62,, December 2, 2008. Consulted on December 2, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c Joshua Rozenberg, 'Bored' High Court judge resigns, The Daily Telegraph, 22 June 2005.
  5. ^ a b c d The Times, obituary.
  6. ^ a b c Daily Telegraph, obituary.
  7. ^ See, e.g., UCL News ("he is credited with having invented the 'Anton Piller' (search and seizure) order and was described by Lord Denning as the 'enterprising' Mr Laddie."); Rouse ("He is widely credited as being the founding father of the Anton Piller Order."); Howard Knopf ("It was he as a young barrister at the age of 29 who developed the remedy known as the 'Anton Piller order' and won the landmark appellate ruling in a judgment written by Lord Denning confirming its historic place in legal history.").
  8. ^ He took silk in 1986. TimesOnLine; UCL.
  9. ^ a b Frances Gibb, Definitely no regrets: there is life beyond the High Court, The Times, 16 May 2006.
  10. ^ A Tribute to Professor Sir Hugh Laddie QC, Rouse & Co.
  11. ^ John Walsh, John Walsh: Tales of the city. Where will it end? Ambition, ties and socks are all being left behind in the pursuit of fun, The Independent, 23 June 2005.
  12. ^ UCL press release, 16 May 2006

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