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Blake Morgan LLP handles work across the spectrum of non-contentious and contentious IP matters including trade mark, patent, design right and copyright disputes; and transactional IP issues and comparative advertising matters. Clients also benefit from the firm’s dedicated Southampton-based trade mark registration and portfolio management team. Cardiff-based team head Lee Fisher is particularly noted for his contentious IP expertise, and recently settled a trade mark infringement dispute on behalf of Veritas International Consultancy against Veritas Security. Although primarily an IT specialist, Justin Harrington also undertakes some IP-related work including patent licensing. The ‘very experiencedEmyr Lewis also has significant media law knowledge and regularly advises the Welsh government on investments in the creative industries in Wales.

The ‘responsive and very commercial’ two-partner team at Capital Law LLP provides ‘added value’ to private and public sector clients of varying sizes. Its expertise runs the gamut of IP matters, including portfolio management, IP due diligence related to corporate transactions, licensing, and disputes. ‘Hardworking, responsive and approachable’ team head Wayne Beynon covers a broad range of IP litigation and provides ‘advice which is based on sound legal principles and delivered with a realism for the situation at hand’. He recently represented Cardiff ProTides, the owner of a series of valuable patents for cancer drugs, in a dispute concerning its entitlement for payment under the terms of its patent licence agreement with Scottish pharmaceutical company Nucana BioMed. The ‘responsive and commercialNicola McNeely is ‘great at IP strategy’, with an emphasis on assisting start-ups with the protection and commercialisation of their IPR. She recently drafted a template collaboration agreement on behalf of The University of South Wales for use in its Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technologies. Other clients include The Royal Mint, The British Medical Association and Cardiff City Football Club.

Geldards LLP provides a ‘strong service’ to clients in the creative, life sciences and healthcare sectors and handles the full range of IP matters including the commercialisation of their IPR, rights strategies and disputes involving trade marks, copyright and patents. As well as providing discrete standalone advice, the firm has also developed a product – "Scinapse" – which provides a transparent fixed-fee price package aimed in particular at hi-tech and life sciences start-ups. Often working out of the firm’s London office, Michael Lindsey has an excellent reputation for IP litigation; he is representing the Welsh government in copyright infringement proceedings brought against it by Pablo Star Limited in the US and Pablo Star Media in Ireland and Holland. On the non-contentious front, senior associate Karen Collins continues to advise Sofa Brands on the management of its international trade mark portfolio. Team head Ceri Delemore is also recommended. Other clients include National Museum of Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Hoover, and British Board of Control.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a strong reputation for handling an array of non-contentious IP work for clients in the education, financial services, sports and telecommunications sectors. ‘Very knowledgeable and innovative’ team head Matthew Gough handles commercial contract matters for IP-rich clients and is advising Schools Software Solutions on app development, licensing and the protection of its copyright. Gough has also been advising Scansource Europe SPRL on a range of IP-related matters, including software licensing matters and advice in relation to its aspirations to move into the cloud solution space. Principal associate Eve England has particular expertise at the nexus of IP and consumer law, as well as knowledge of the energy sector; she recently advised Enviroactive on the development of a long-term know how and technology licence, as well as an interconnected consultancy agreement to ensure the value of its IPR was protected for as long as possible under the commercial arrangements. Other clients include Admiral Insurance, Liverpool Victoria and Airbus.

Acuity Legal Limited provides a ‘very strong level of service’ to clients from the creative industries and IT sector, and was strengthened on the contentious front by the arrival of the ‘very knowledgeable’ Kerry Beynon from JCP Solicitors in November 2016. A good deal of work handled by the team has come through the firm’s subscription service Acuity Counsel, including advising new client Trinity Brands UK on the protection of its IP and various IP licensing arrangements. Corporate and commercial lawyer Christian Farrow has significant IP expertise, particularly as it relates to transactional work, and has handled numerous IP-related matters for core client Capita arising from its acquisition programme. Rachelle Sellek handles a range of commercial contract work involving IP issues. Other clients include Medaphor, IQE plc and Creditsafe Business Solutions.

Traditionally more focused on contentious IP matters, Hugh James’s merger with MLM Cartwright in November 2016 has broadened the scope of the firm’s offering to include IP-related commercial work, including expertise in IP licensing deals. New team head Aled Walters is particularly focused on IP commercialisation work for clients including major gaming company Novomatic, for which he has handled a considerable amount of work including recently advising it in relation to establishing the licence for the use of the band Queen’s IP, likeness and biography on gaming machines. Tracey Singlehurst-Ward’s IP litigation expertise spans a range of work including copyright and trade mark infringement matters, as well as breach of confidence and passing off disputes. She recently successfully settled a copyright infringement matter brought on behalf of Check Safety First against SGS’s allegations that it substantially replicated the layout of Check Safety First’s website. Other clients include Castle Bingo, Grazing Shed and TCS John Huxley.

Led by Stephen Thompson, Darwin Gray LLP is best known for its work for start-ups and SME’s on the protection and exploitation of their IP rights, including the sale and transfer of trade marks and domain names. Thompson is also noted for his ‘very responsive and commercial’ advice on IP issues and branding, specifically in a franchising context. Donald Gray is well-versed in non-contentious IP matters including those relating to computer software and database rights, while Kempton Rees regularly handles IP disputes as part of his broader commercial litigation practice. Clients include Webbox, Richards & Appleby, and OpenGenius.

Headed by William Barletta, Morgan LaRoche handles IP-related work in the context of corporate transactional work, as well as handling standalone work relating to the exploitation and protection of IPR for clients including Shimano, Roland Group of Companies, and Platinum Controls Group. The team also continues to advise local web designers W3 Webdesigns on copyright, hosting and IT issues. Llyr Davies handles IP disputes as part of his broader commercial litigation capability.

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