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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 have proved to be a dedicated, knowledgeable and efficient team that we can rely on."
Chambers UK 2021

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.

One of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials 

We provide IP advice to one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials, including preventing misuse of the client's brand and actioning takedowns on various online platforms.

easyGroup

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.

GlaxoSmithKline

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 a major pharmaceutical and medical devices company.

BTG plc

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

Christie's

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.

KPMG LLP

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

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Jezamine Fewins Partner

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

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Alexandra Pygall Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2137
M:  +44 7881 314 566 Email Alexandra | Vcard Office:  London

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