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Rupert Bent

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Partner and Head of Intellectual Property

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Rupert heads the Walker Morris Intellectual Property Department advising on all types of contentious and non-contentious matters, including a dedicated Trade Marks & Designs team. He has been elected to the Institute of Trade Mark Agents (ITMA) and is a regular published writer for the ITMA Review.

As former Head of IP Litigation for the regions at Pinsent Masons, Rupert advises on the full range of contentious intellectual property matters, including patent, trade mark, copyright, design right and passing-off disputes, as well as non-contentious issues including licensing and branding. With over two decades of experience, Rupert has successfully led high profile litigation for a variety of household name companies, achieving a 100% success rate in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Additionally, Rupert has had the benefit of in-house experience at Marks & Spencer Plc and Arcadia Limited. At Marks & Spencer, Rupert was responsible for protecting, enforcing and advising in relation to Marks & Spencer’s entire intellectual property portfolio. Rupert has also built up a particular expertise in enforcing rights on social media, including trade mark and copyright infringement, the removal of imposter accounts and defamatory comments from Facebook, Twitter and blogs and is a recognised speaker on these topics.

Rupert has been ranked as a Leading Individual by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, the industry guides to legal practitioners, in which he has been described as: “Hugely experienced in IP matters”; “Famous for his litigation and internet work”; “Always impresses with his attention to detail, speed of response and friendly, down to earth attitude”; “Commercial and excels at demystifying complex matters” and having “deep knowledge, excellent customer service and he gets it done.”

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