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Intellectual property

Index of tables

  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

The 'extremely knowledgeable and professional'¬†DWF¬†advises on the full spectrum of intellectual property rights, with notable experience in the development, commercialisation and protection of brands and technology. Ed Meikle¬†leads the team and is known for providing ‚Äėthe highest quality and quickly delivered advice' for national and multinational businesses. His team includes associate Alison Evans, who has particular expertise in the retail and consumer products sectors.

Practice head(s):Ed Meikle

Other key lawyers:Alison Evans

Testimonials

'The firm's reaction time is always fantastic'

'The team is quick to respond to issues and questions as and when they arise and understands that business moves fast paced'

'They do not just offer legal advice but also offer a commercial perspective which is really useful'

'Ed Meikle is very knowledgeable, professional and always willing to be of help. His response times for queries put his way are first class'

'Ed Meikle is a stand out professional. Nothing is too much trouble and he provides excellent customer service'

'Paul Attwood and Melanie Kay are also very competent lawyers whose advice has been invaluable to us'

Key Clients

Panasonic

Newcastle United

Morrisons

Lidl

MySale Group

Tangle Teezer

Arriva

Village Hotels

Swizzels Matlow

The Co-op

Work highlights

  • Provides strategic advice to Newcastle United on all its intellectual property, brand protection and brand management issues, helping the Club to protect its history and heritage for future generations of fans, advising on numerous issues including anti-counterfeiting, trade mark disputes, copyright claims, domain name disputes and IP licensing.
  • Provides strategic advice to Village Hotels on all its intellectual property, brand protection and brand management issues, advising on numerous issues including trade mark disputes, copyright issues and domain name disputes.
  • Provides Swizzels Matlow with strategic brand protection advice to defend and protect its valuable portfolio of brands.
  • Provides strategic brand protection advice to Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, protecting the Morrisons brands, as well as defending the company against any claims of infringement and passing off.
  • Provided strategic brand protection advice to Panasonic.

Niche intellectual property practice McDaniel & Co. focuses on advising businesses that have intellectual property as their core asset. The team advises clients on a range of issues from the protection of ideas through to enforcement, including the securing of rights, their protection and ownership and the contractual arrangements for licensing, distribution, franchising and sale. IP specialist Niall Head-Rapson leads the practice and his team includes Kelly Hudson, who is a qualified trade mark attorney experienced in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Niall Head-Rapson

Other key lawyers:Kelly Hudson

Testimonials

'Kelly Hudson is a pragmatic lawyer with a strong client service ethos'

 

The ‚Äėuser-friendly and responsive‚Äô Muckle LLP¬†IP practice specialises in tech, media, sport and charity, in contentious and non-contentious matters. Alex Craig¬†leads the team and has experience advising on a range of non-contentious IP matters. He can call on the expertise of George Festing, who focuses on contentious IP, and associate Jill Dovey, who has a particular specialism in the technology area.

Practice head(s):Alex Craig

Other key lawyers:George Festing; Jill Dovey

Testimonials

'City quality lawyers based in the North East'

'The approach taken by the team is very commercial and provides a good cross-team mix across the different aspects of the sector'

'Strong individuals that work together well as a team and provide a pro-active rather than reactive service wherever possible'

'Alex Craig is an excellent commercial lawyer. Clear, concise and a true expert'

'Associate Jill Dovey is an excellent data lawyer who is all any company needs'

'Anthony Evans provides a knowledgeable focus to the corporate aspects of any transaction, displaying a no-nonsense approach to document negotiation'

'George Festing is commercial, smooth and analytical'

'Giles McCourt is proactive and advises on relevant changes, and their implications for the client when required'

Key Clients

Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)

Robert Barton (re Iron Maiden)

Parkrun Limited

England Athletics

Caribbean Premier League

Zytronic Displays Limited

QPR in the Community Trust

Liverpool FC Foundation

Work highlights

  • Acted for Zytronic Displays Limited in defending a complex claim in the Patents Court.
  • Acts for Andy Taylor on matters arising from the litigation between the members of Duran Duran and Gloucester Place Music Limited, part of Sony/ATV.
  • Acted for Robert Barton in a claim brought by Barry McKay against him and members of the band Iron Maiden for copyright infringement in relation to the Iron Maiden songs 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' and 'The Nomad'.
  • Advises the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property rights issues.
  • Represents England Athletics in relation to a wide range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property rights issues.

Franchising and licensing expert Mincoffs Solicitors LLP¬†is known for ‚Äėintegrity, expertise and innovation‚Äô as well as a particular expertise in technology, gaming, digital media and manufacturing industries. The firm acquired niche technology practice Particular Legal¬†to consolidate its position in the sector. ‚ÄėStand out partner‚Äô Antony Hall¬†leads the team and specialises in advising on the intellectual property rights that exist in software. Also notable is Matthew Rippon, founder of Particular Legal, who joined the team as a consultant.

Practice head(s):Antony Hall

Other key lawyers:Matthew Rippon

Testimonials

'The practice understands small business'

'The team offers affordable and effective services'

'The team is very responsive. They are happy to be involved in offering new businesses straightforward information and guidance about IP matters'

Key Clients

Lingotot Limited

Nolii Limited

Danieli Holdings Limited

Lixir Ltd

Work highlights

  • The licensing of intellectual property in the context of franchising for Lingotot Limited.
  • Intellectual property rights in new product ranges developed by Nolii Limited.
  • Advising on the intellectual property assets of a marketing joint promotion agreement between Daniele Holdings Limited and Global Radio Services Limited.
  • Advising Lixir Ltd on the management and exploitation of their intellectual property portfolio.
  • Advising the client on the licensing of video game entertainment property.

Best known for supporting high-growth technology start-ups, entrepreneurs and creative people, Ward Hadaway has experience advising businesses from the early stages through to establishment and the development and exploitation of their IP. The firm specialises in acting for universities, notably in trade marks and contentious IP cases. Alex Shiel works with clients who supply or purchase IT systems, develop or license software and work in the creative industries. He leads the team with Judy Baker in Newcastle and registered trade mark attorney Bill Goodwin, based out of Leeds.

Practice head(s):Alex Shiel; Judy Baker; Bill Goodwin

Key Clients

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Teesside University

ScS

The Brooke Hospital for Animals

Newcastle Building Society

PCCA Limited (formerly The Specials Laboratory)

Snorkel Europe

Tech Nation (previously Tech City UK)

Northumberland National Park Authority

Immunodiagnostic Systems (IDS) plc

Work highlights

  • Acts for Tech Nation Group through carrying out a wide range of intellectual property work, including handling trade mark registrations, sponsorship agreements, publishing agreements and contracts relating to the various products which Tech City has developed, including Digital Business Academy, the Tech Nation report and Tech Immersion.
  • Acts for PCCA Limited, a major manufacturer and supplier of pharmaceutical products, including specials and generics.
  • Provides legal support to start-up businesses being supported by Teesside University's Launchpad Programme.
  • Acted for the management teams of AMLo Biosciences and Apix Nutrition, two companies that have successfully spun out from Newcastle University. In each case the spin-out company has been licensed patented technology by the university.
  • Provides advice on a range of IP-related matters for The Brooke Hospital for Animals, including campaign creation media contracts, sponsorship agreements, merchandising  and social media development.

Hay & Kilner has particular IP expertise in the fashion, automotive and food industries. The firm has experience in software development, use and protection issues, including complex arrangements relating to background and foreground IP. Martin Soloman specialises in claims relating to trade marks, copyright and designs. He leads the team with Lucy Gray, who focuses on IP licences, assignments and development agreements.

Practice head(s):Martin Soloman; Lucy Gray

Key Clients

Indigo Software Limited

Hyperdrive Innovation Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a software developer throughout the development of a highly innovative new platform and prepared documents to exploit that platform once complete.
  • Advice to a supplier of branded fashion accessories relating to an intimated claim for trade mark and copyright infringement.
  • Advising the owners of a new restaurant whose launch was threatened by an intimated claim for infringement of copyright and trade marks.
  • Represented the authors of a national publication in negotiations with publishers, regarding ownership and exploitation of copyright and trade marks.
  • Advising client regarding intellectual property rights in a new and innovative medical implant.


IT and telecoms

Index of tables

  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • David Cox - Mincoffs Solicitors LLP

Rising stars

  1. 1

Ward Hadaway advises IT providers, developers and customers from both public and private sectors. Colin Hewitt leads the team that includes Judy Baker, who specialises in software contracts and IT projects work, as well as data protection. Also notable is Alex Shiel, who works with clients that supply or purchase IT systems, develop or license software, do business over the internet and work in the creative industries.

Practice head(s):Colin Hewitt

Other key lawyers:Judy Baker; Alex Shiel

Testimonials

'The team always provides excellent and timely advice'

'Highly recommended'

'They provide down to earth, cost effective pragmatic advice'

'They deliver on commitments and are very responsive'

'Alex Shiel is an extremely knowledgeable, pragmatic and highly experienced lawyer. A pleasure to work with'

Key Clients

KCOM plc

Sage Global Services Ltd

A Share & Sons Ltd t/a ScS

Isagenix International LLC

Tyne & Wear Passenger Executive t/a Nexus

JumpDEMAND Inc. t/a ActiveDEMAND

Dealogic Ltd

Swiftpage International Ltd

Heartscan Ltd

Soundbitelearning UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted KCOM plc with contracts covering the digitisation of its business processes.
  • Advised Sage Global Services Ltd on the risks of using an open source licence for a third-party database product.
  • Advised A Share & Sons Ltd (trading as ScS) in relation to the roll out of electronic proof of delivery software.
  • Supported Isagenix UK's GDPR project.
  • Advising Nexus on its proposed delivery of virtual travel cards on mobile devices.

The Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP team is experienced in complex and high-value technology-related matters. Practice head Caroline Churchill specialises in complex technology transactions with a focus on the internet of things, data and cloud solutions. She regularly advises customers and suppliers and has a particular focus on cyber security.

Practice head(s):Caroline Churchill

Testimonials

'Experience with the relevant service providers'

'Caroline Churchill is practical, available, and responsive'

Key Clients

Phoenix Software Limited

Data Ventures Europe BV

Noble Energy, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Phoenix Software with updating and developing its suite of business-critical customer contracts.
  • Assisted Data Ventures Europe BV, a Dutch vendor headquartered in the US, with a strategically important agreement for the licensing and maintenance of its data analytics tool for use by a leading fuel supplier in its petrol station convenience stores across the UK.
  • Advising, negotiating and drafting an HR and payroll outsourcing agreement for a US petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company in its migration from one supplier to another.

The ‚Äėstand out‚Äô Mincoffs Solicitors LLP¬†acts for high-profile technology companies. The firm strengthened its offering by acquiring niche technology practice Particular Legal. The ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô Antony Hall¬†leads the team and is ‚Äėavailable and responsive to clients.‚Äô He can call on the expertise of IT specialist David Cox, who joined in 2018 from facilities management company Carillion and is ‚Äėable to apply his knowledge of the sector to legal matters‚Äô. Also notable is Matthew Rippon, founder of Particular Legal, who joined the team as a consultant.

Practice head(s):Antony Hall

Other key lawyers:David Cox; Matthew Rippon

Testimonials

'Mincoffs commercially and strategically they have great insights that allows for effective negotiations'

'The individuals within the team have an in-depth understanding of the technology sector and the specific challenges it can face from a business and legal perspective'

'They give a valuable service to technology start-ups and entrepreneurial new entrants' 

Key Clients

IT Professional Services Limited (ITPS)

Taopix Limited

Perfect Image Limited

Unified Software Limited

AMPLYFI Limited

Home Group Limited

Intelligence Fusion Limited

Komodo Digital Limited

Vuwbo Ltd

Steamforged Games Limited

Work highlights

  • Implementation of the General Data Protection Regulations and numerous contract negotiations for IT Professional Services Limited.
  • Advising Taopix Limited on a software collaboration with a Singapore-based entity.
  • Supporting Perfect Image Limited on contractual negotiations.
  • Commercialisation of a new product offering for Unified Software Limited.
  • Contract negotiations for AMPLYFI Ltd.

Muckle LLP specialises in non-contentious commercial arrangements as well as contractual structures and documentation for technology procurements. Practice head Alex Craig is particularly experienced in IT and trade mark work. His team includes George Festing, who has a contentious IT and IP background, and associate Jill Dovey, who has in-house technology and data experience.

Practice head(s):Alex Craig

Other key lawyers:George Festing; Jill Dovey

Key Clients

Fairstone Group Limited

Intelligent Services Group

LDC Private Equity

Pivotal Networks Limited and Specialist IT Services Group Limited

Newcastle United Foundation

Troo Limited

XQ Digital Resilience Limited

England Athletics

Mercia Fund Managers

Transforming Training with Technology Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Fairstone Group Limited in relation to IT strategy including logistical issues that arise from acquisitions.
  • Advising LDC Private Equity on secondary buyout of Synova Capital in Mandata.
  • Advises Pivotal Networks Limited and Specialist IT Services Group Limited in relation to a range of issues relative to the company’s provision of infrastructure, telephone and virtualisation consultancy and services including in relation to GDPR.
  • Advising Troo Limited, a tech start-up in the energy buying market, on all legal matters since incorporation.
  • Advising XQ Digital Resilience Limited, a tech company operating in the cyber security sector, on a wide range of legal issues.

Watson Burton LLP advises technology companies and larger corporates on technology projects, as well as raising finance for development and growth. The practice also acts for venture capitalists and accelerator programmes which are focused on technology businesses. Corporate transactions specialist Duncan Reid leads the team that includes Paul Wigham, who is known for supporting fast-growing technology businesses on important strategic transactions, including commercial agreements, partnerships and investments.

Practice head(s):Duncan Reid

Other key lawyers:Paul Wigham

Key Clients

Northumbrian Water Group

I.T. Professional Services Limited

Salecycle Limited

Accelerated Digital Ventures

Utilitywise plc

Maven Capital Partners

Hedgehog Lab Limited

Northstar Ventures

Altitude Angel

Ignite 100

Performance Horizon

Zerolight

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Northstar Ventures Limited (NVL) to undertake legal due diligence, and prepare the investment paperwork documenting the terms of NVL’s investments, such as investment agreements, convertible loan agreements and articles of association.
  • Advising Accelerated Digital Ventures and BGF Ventures on their investment in CareSourcer Limited.
  • Acted for leading technology business SaleCycle Limited (an online shopping cart recovery business) to facilitate an investment of £11.5m from BGF.
  • Advising Orchid Software Limited in relation to an investment by funds managed by Maven Capital Partners UK LLP and Northstar Ventures Limited.
  • Acted for Altitude Angel Limited to facilitate an investment of £3.4m from Seraphim Space, ADV and Frequentis AG.


Media and entertainment

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP advises on a range of matters for magazine publishers, radio and broadcasting companies, gaming companies, musicians, celebrities and prominent sportsmen and women. The firm particularly specialises in celebrity videogame endorsements. Antony Hall leads the team and has expertise in interactive media, computer games and creative industries.

Practice head(s):Antony Hall

Key Clients

Steamforged Games Limited

I2Media Limited

The TV Agency

Telenomics Limited

Kite Optics Limited

Pebbletree Limited

Hamir Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Steamforged Games on the licensing of the Horizon Zero Dawn video game entertainment property.
  • Advising the client on the licensing of video game entertainment property.
  • Acting for the client in relation to trade mark matters.
  • Advising on contractual arrangements and obligations for client.
  • Application for development funding.

Muckle LLP¬†specialises in music and sport matters, notably image rights. The firm advises on high-value matters for clients in the entertainment industry ranging from Premier League footballers and football clubs, to international music artists. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô practice head George Festing¬†is ‚Äėthe ideal person to speak to in a crisis‚Äô. His team includes John Devine, who is an expert in sports matters.

Practice head(s):George Festing

Other key lawyers:John Devine

Testimonials

'There is a strong understanding of the industry and of the rather unique relationships and complexities that go with it'

'They maintain a highly professional approach with clients'

'An out of London firm that has in-depth music litigation knowledge'

'Muckle always has someone who can assist, no matter the issue'

'George Festing is a calm and considered lawyer offering sensible, commercial advice'

'Tony McPhillips has the ability to get things done'

Key Clients

Performing Right Society Ltd (PRS)

Caribbean Premier League Limited

North Music Trust

Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)

Robert Barton (Iron Maiden)

Tyneside Cinema

England Athletics Limited

Magnetic North East

Durham County Cricket Club

Sunderland AFC

The Football Association

The Northumbrian Pipers Society

Work highlights

  • Acts for Andy Taylor on matters arising from the litigation between the members of Duran Duran and Gloucester Place Music Limited, part of Sony/ATV.
  • Acted for Robert Barton in a claim brought by Barry McKay against him and members of the band Iron Maiden for copyright infringement in relation to the Iron Maiden songs 'Hallowed Be Thy Name' and 'The Nomad'.
  • Represents the Caribbean Premier League in relation to a wide range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property rights issues.
  • Represents England Athletics on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property rights issues.
  • Advised a football club on all legal issues arising from the hosting, staging and live broadcasting by Sky TV on Sky One of a charity match.


Sport

Index of tables

  1. Sport
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Muckle LLP has expertise in club structures, tax status and complex facilities projects, as well as a particular speciality in contentious regulatory and football related matters. John Devine leads the team and works exclusively for clients in the sports sector, handling commercial IP issues, advertising and image rights. He is experienced in advising professional clubs, footballers, rugby players, boxers and intermediaries on a range of matters.

Practice head(s):John Devine

Key Clients

The Football Association

England Athletics

parkrun Global

The Caribbean Premier League

Chelsea FC Foundation

The EFL Trust

The Premier League Charitable Fund

Sport England

Newcastle United Football Club

Durham County Cricket Club

The Rugby Players’ Association

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised the Football Association, from concept to realisation, on a project of national significance.
  • Advised a football club on all legal issues arising from the hosting, staging and live broadcasting by Sky TV on Sky One of a charity match.
  • Various advice to England Athletics including event sponsorship and commercial rights and governance issues.
  • Advises on parkrun's activities throughout the UK and across its global networks.
  • Advises annually on the organisation, hosting and delivery of the Caribbean Premier League.


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