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Intellectual property

We advise our clients on a complete range of IP issues.  Whether you are looking to determine the extent of your intellectual property rights, exploit their value or protect their integrity, we have the expertise and commitment to ensure that your business' assets are nurtured and protected.
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Our team has considerable experience advising clients on both domestic and international issues. We advise on patents, copyright, databases, designs, trade marks, domain names, trade secrets and confidentiality. We have particular strengths in life science and in luxury and consumer brands, building a formidable reputation and client base within these sectors.

Our work is split into three key areas:

IP strategy

  • global IP protection and enforcement strategies
  • IP audits of a company’s existing IP
  • international freedom to operate
  • brand and design clearance and advising on registration of rights

IP exploitation

  • IP licensing, assignments, collaborations, R&D, technology transfers, joint ventures
  • IP in corporate and finance transactions

IP dispute resolution

  • pre-action advice on whether the use of technology, designs and/or brands infringe third party rights and practical steps to avoid legal proceedings
  • IP litigation in the UK and cross-border litigation, alternative dispute resolution options
  • opposition/revocation proceedings before the trade mark and patent registries
  • domain and company name disputes

The team is ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers UK legal guides and has a silver ranking in the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000. Our team members are recognised as leading individuals in anti-counterfeiting, trade mark enforcement and litigation, and both patent and trade mark transactions.

"They're a go-to firm for us. They meet our requirements and more."
Chambers UK 2014

Gap's sole IP counsel in the UK

We lead all actions for Gap in Europe. We advise on its IP portfolio and in particular, its trade mark branding issues (prosecution, oppositions, infringements) and parallel imports.

Combatting copycat products for luxury brands such as Moët Hennessy and Richemont

Our specialist anti-counterfeiting team effectively tackle copycats using a strategy involving criminal as well as civil prosecution and their invaluable network of contacts within law enforcement and service providers.


We provide IP advice to the LEGO Group, including preventing misuse of the client's brand and actioning takedowns on various online platforms.


We regularly act on domain name and trade mark disputes over the "easy" brands. This often involves multi-jurisdictional proceedings and therefore instructing, co-ordinating and managing foreign counsel.


Led on the multi-jurisdictional trade mark and unfair competition claim involving the use of non-traditional trade marks, and successfully registered a 3D trade mark for the distinctive shape of asthma inhalers.

UCB Pharma

Advised in the negotiations and documentation of a technology transfer and the associated exclusive trade mark licence from Johnson & Johnson.

BTG plc

Advising on its acquisition of EKOS Corporation for US$220 million and a patent licence dispute.


Advised on online auction terms and conditions and launch of its audio and visual, real time, online fine art and antiques site "Christies LIVE".

Highview Power

Prepared a licence to exploit patented technology and propriety know-how which would increase the efficiency and decrease the environmental impact of power plants connected to the electricity grid in North America.


Advised KPMG LLP on various copyright licensing and domain name issues.


Jezamine Fewins Partner

T:  +852 2533 2877
M:  +852 6083 5525 Email Jezamine | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong


Eifion Morris Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2347
M:  +44 7827 893 422 Email Eifion | Vcard Office:  London

Latest news & insights

11 Oct 2016

From Insights

Big win for foreign brand owner against cybersquatters in recent Chinese IP Court judgment

The Beijing Intellectual Property Court recently handed down a decision in favour of the famous American department store, Macy’s West Stores, in an unfair competition..


03 Aug 2016

From News

Jonathan Chu joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its intellectual property practice with the addition of Jonathan Chu as a partner, based in its Hong Kong office.


24 Jun 2016

From Insights

BREXIT: What now?

The results of the referendum on whether or not the UK should remain in the European Union are in and the British public have voted to leave. What does this mean?


17 Feb 2016

From News

Stephenson Harwood lawyers named exclusive winners for Shipping & Transport UK and Intellectual Property UK at Client Choice Awards 2016

Stephenson Harwood partners Max Lemanski and Eifion Morris were named winners at the Client Choice Award 2016 for the Shipping & Transport category for the United Kin..


05 Jun 2015

From Insights

Taking action against shadow companies in Hong Kong

We look at the problem of shadow companies, the steps you can take to combat them and how we can assist.


15 Jul 2014

From Insights

Designers 1 - Copycats 0, a victory for unregistered design holders

We look at the recent decision of the CJEU in Karen Millen Fashions Ltd v Dunnes Stores (Case C-345/13) which provides helpful clarification on assessing "individual c..


30 May 2013

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises BTG Plc on $220 million acquisition

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised BTG plc on its $220 million acquisition of EKOS Corporation


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