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Michael Gardner

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Wedlake Bell LLP

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Intellectual property law and dispute resolution.


Partner specialising in disputes involving commercial, IT and in particular intellectual property matters including trade marks, passing off, copyright, databases, designs, patents , confidential information, privacy and disputes involving IT contracts.

Michael is experienced in all forms of IP dispute resolution including litigation in the High Court and IPEC including the obtaining of urgent injunctive relief. His practice includes anti-counterfeiting work (including in the online space) and advising on parallel imports. He also advises on brand protection generally and conduct trade mark prosecution work and domain name dispute resolution.


Michael joined Wedlake Bell in 1993 and qualified as a solicitor in 1995.  He became a partner in 2001 and head of the IP team in 2005.


The Leys School, Cambridge; University of Reading (1986 Hons (2(1)), Modern History and International Relations); University of Westminster (1992 CPE (Commendation)); College of Law, Chester (1993 Law Society Final Examination, 2nd class Honours).


Skiing, golf and shooting.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

The team at Wedlake Bell LLP  ‘punches well above its weight’ and regularly acts for brand-owners in the retail, sports and hotel industries. ‘Extremely diligent’ practice head Michael Gardner  represented Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in a trademark registration dispute against Ritz-Carlton.  Adrian Heath-Saunders combines trademarks and advertising with a commercial approach, his recent clients include Surrey County Cricket and Science in Sport. Jonathan Cornthwaite  is also recommended.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The 'expert and highly knowledgeable' intellectual property team at Wedlake Bell LLP attract praise for being 'reliable and consistent' and 'providing clear friendly and appropriate advice'. The 'smart, intelligent and authoritative' Michael Gardner heads up the department and is leading a team representing Kaboodle in a trade mark infringement claim against Homebase and Bunnings stores. The 'very thorough and responsive' Jonathan Cornthwaite acts for Momondo Group on trade mark matters, including in trade mark opposition proceedings. In another work highlight, the group is acting for YoBike on licensing arrangements relating to its patented YoBike bicycle rental system and mobile app. Lacoste, Tesco Stores and Which? are all clients.

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