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The Hon Mr Justice Birss

Full Title: The Hon Mr Justice Birss
Category: Ordinary Bencher
Bench Call Date: 26.7.2011
Call Date: 16.10.1990

Called in 1990, Colin was standing counsel to the Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks from 2003 to 2008 and took Silk in 2008.  In October 2010 he was appointed as both the Specialist Circuit Judge of the Patents County Court and the Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal.  He received a section 9(1) authorisation very shortly after appointment and has already heard a number of substantial matters in the High Court.  He served on the BSB Professional Conduct Committee and was a supporter of the Bar Pro Bono Unit.  He has taught ethics to Middle Temple students, and has interviewed scholarship applicants.