Her Honour Judge Melissa Clarke

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Melissa Clarke
Senior Circuit Judge
Judiciary of England & Wales


Melissa Clarke became a circuit judge and deputy High Court judge in 2015, and a senior circuit judge in 2017. She regularly sits in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and the Patents Court, covering IP cases of all types. Her recent cases include Excel-Eucan v Source Vagabond Systems and Shnuggle v Munchkin. HHJ Clarke qualified as a solicitor in 1994 into the IP department of Linklaters and subsequently became co-head of the firm’s internet and e-commerce practice before moving in-house. In practice she focused on copyright, trademarks, media/entertainment, software, and data protection.