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Professor Frederick Mostert

Professor Frederick Mostert

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Professor of Practice in Intellectual Property Law

Research subject areas

  • Law


Frederick is a Professor of Practice at The Dickson Poon School of Law. He is also a Research Fellow at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, University of Oxford.

He received a ‘Rising Star’ Teaching Excellence Award from King’s for 2017-18 and a King’s Education Award for ‘Expanding Opportunities’ in 2021. Frederick was also inducted into the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame in 2015, which honours those who have helped to establish intellectual property as one of the key business assets of the 21st century. Frederick is a founder of the Digital Scholarship Institute and the Digital Communities Lab (London). He is a co-developer of the international Unicode "Troll" emoji.

Frederick is a Past President of the International Trademark Association and currently the President of the Luxury Law Alliance. He served as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel and Chief Legal Counsel of Richemont, which includes Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, Alfred Dunhill, and Chloe.

His opinion pieces have been featured in the Financial Times and the South China Morning Post.

Some of Frederick’s most notable pro bono legal assistance has been provided to President Nelson Mandela (South Africa) and the Shaolin Monks (China).

He is Of Counsel at Bird & Bird LLP, London. He is also a member of the New York Bar and a solicitor of England and Wales. He has practised corporate law at Shearman and Sterling (New York) and international intellectual property law at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu in New York. Frederick has an LLM from Columbia University School of Law in New York and an LLD from the University of Johannesburg.

Research Interests

Digital law enforcement of intellectual property rights, free speech, internet regulation, data privacy, AI and Blockchain. International aspects of trade mark and unfair competition law, copyright and design rights.


  • Co-drafter of the Aequitas Principles on Online Due Process, May 2021.
  • Op-Ed piece, Financial Times, 17 June 2021, “Social Media Platforms must abandon Algorithmic Secrecy”.
  • Op-Ed piece, Financial Times, 17 May 2021, “Your Day in Court: Social Media Needs a System of Due Process”.
  • Digital Date-and-Time-Stamping: the Evidentiary Value and Practical Significance of WIPO PROOF, WIPO Magazine, January 2021.
  • Op-Ed piece, Financial Times, 18 June 2020, “How to counter deepfakery in the eye of the digital deceiver”.
  • Digital Due Process’: A Need for Online Justice, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, online 11th March 2020. Volume 15, Issue 5, May 2020.
  • Study on IP Enforcement Measures, Especially Anti-Piracy Measures in the Digital Environment, World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, September 2019.
  • Free Speech and Internet Regulation, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 2019, Vol. 14, No. 8.
  • The Internet: Regulators Struggle to Balance Freedom Without Risk, Financial Times, 9 July 2019.
  • Study on Approaches to Online Trademark Infringements, World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, September 2017.


  • Famous and Well-known Marks – An International Analysis, First Edition, Butterworths, 1997, Principal Author with contributions by 18 Specialist Co-authors. Second Edition, International Trademark Association, 2004, Principal Author with contributions by 32 Specialist Co-authors.
  • From Edison to iPod – Protect Your Ideas and Profit, Dorling Kindersley, Published February 2007-2016. International editions published with co-authors – United States, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and South Africa.
  • Great Legal Writing and Writing Your Dissertation, August 2020.
  • Cambridge Handbook on International and Comparative Trademark Law by Irene Calboli and Jane Ginsburg. Contributor on a Chapter – The Protection of well-known marks under the Paris Convention, TRIPS, the WIPO Joint Recommendation Concerning Provisions on the Protection of Well-Known Marks, and FTA provisions, September 2020.
  • The Oxford Handbook of Online Intermediary Liability Edited by Giancarlo Frosio. Contributor on a Chapter - Intermediary Liability and Online Trademark Infringement: Emerging international Common Approaches, May 2020.
  • Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Digital Technologies Edited by Tanya Aplin. Contributor on a Chapter – Digital Tools of Intellectual Property Enforcement – their intended and unintended norm-setting consequences, January 2020.
  • Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age (2007) edited by Peter K. Yu (4 volumes) Contributor: Volume 3, Chapter 10: Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, International Recognition and Protection of Famous and Well-Known Marks, January 2007.
  • International Intellectual Property Law and Policy by Graeme B. Dinwoodie, published 2001. Contributor to a Chapter – Famous and Well-Known Marks. Is Harmony Possible in the Global Village?
  • International Trademark Treaties & Agreements, INTA, November 1998, Editor.