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