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Simon Bennett

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Fox Williams LLP

Work Department

Commerce and technology; intellectual property.

Position

Simon advises clients in a variety of intellectual property matters ranging from patents, trade marks and passing off to copyright and designs and breach of confidence in sectors including fashion, new media, financial services and IT. He is experienced in many types of dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation, High Court, Court of Appeal, Copyright Tribunal, Trade Marks Registry and European Patent Office. In addition he has extensive experience advising clients in relation to their IP rights, including the drafting of commercial agreements relating to these rights. He has also advised clients on their IP portfolios and strategies to further enhance and protect existing rights. Simon has particular expertise in advising clients in the fashion industry on infringements of their designs. Simon co-authored ‘The User’s Guide to Design Law’, published by Bloomsbury Publishing. He recently won a design right dispute in the UK High Court for client Superdry against Animal and his approach has been described as ‘ferocious’ (‘The Evening Standard’ 15 February 2011) and a ‘consummate professional who is also pragmatic and wise’ by WTR 2015. Simon has never lost a domain name dispute.

Career

Solicitor, Denton Wilde Sapte 1994-2004; counsel, Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP 2004-10; partner, Fox Williams LLP 2010. Publications include ‘User’s Guide to Design Law’ (Bloomsbury Professional, April 2010).

Languages

Italian.

Member

Law Society of England and Wales; Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association (2007-2011); Related Rights Committee of the International Trademark Association (2011 to present); Supervisory Board AIESEC International.

Education

The London Oratory School; University College Swansea (1992 first class degree, hons, Politics and Russian Studies); University of Westminster (1993 CPE Dip Law commendation); College of Law (1994 LPC commendation).

Leisure

Skiing, tennis, music.


London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

The ‘extremely responsive, knowledgeable and thoughtful’ team at Fox Williams LLP advise fashion and technology sector clients on IP and brand management issues. Simon Bennett  count Superdry and AS Watson (Superdrug Stores) as clients. Rosie Burbidge and Amanda Leiu worked with Fenix Outdoor AB to stop the sale of counterfeit Kanken backpacks. On the trade mark side, the team manages the global IP portfolio of Glanbia Performance Nutrition. Burbridge is recommended for soft IP disputes, as is Sarah Redmond for trade mark and design work.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The 'superb' intellectual property department at Fox Williams LLP provides 'proactive but practical advice'. The group advises Plexus on IP licensing matters in relation to the sale of the company's exploration wellhead business to TechnipFMC. It also acts for Hardy Aimes on the management of its global trademark portfolio. 'Smart and focused' practice head Simon Bennett is considered a 'mastermind' in intellectual property matters. 'Extremely competent' senior associate Rosie Burbidge is another key name to note.

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