Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design in London

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP’s IP team has impressive expertise in the field of trade secrets litigation, as evidenced by Neville Cordell and Marc Döring’s multijurisdictional defence concerning complex medical formulas in the life sciences sector . Practice head and 'IP guruDavid Stone and Cordell handle big-ticket contentious matters in the digital sphere, including domain name disputes, digital copyright litigation and trade mark infringement proceedings against video game developers. Stone is also a go-to name for EU design law. Jim Ford and Nigel Parker head the commercial IP practice, handling high-value joint ventures and commercial agreements involving extensive brand name rights and licensing terms. The global client base comprises well-known names in the fast food, FMCG, media and entertainment, sports, travel and consumer electronics industries.

Practice head(s):

David Stone; Jim Ford

Testimonials

Allen & Overy have significant pedigree and depth’

What makes this practice unique is David Stone. Multi-talented, all round nice guy, and IP guru, David is at the heart of the firm’s client-driven, multijurisdictional practice. Dealing with the firm is a pleasure.

Key clients

Manchester United

News UK

Marks & Spencer

Warner Bros

McDonalds

Epic Games

James Bond

Gibson Brands

Refinitiv

BNP Paribas SA

The Coca-Cola Company

Grünenthal

Work highlights

  • Advising Manchester United on the infringement of its trade marks and unregistered rights in connection to Sega’s use of indicia relating to the club in its Football Manager game.
  • Advising on all UK trade mark and design work for The Coca-Cola Company, including managing its portfolio, clearing and filing new marks and designs, customs enforcement and advisory work. This includes opposition work, including for Coca-Cola’s well-known brands, and Company Name Tribunal disputes.
  • Advising Marks and Spencer on its 50/50 joint venture with Ocado Group plc.

Bird & Bird LLP

Spearheaded by Peter Brownlow, Bird & Bird LLP’s trade mark practice handles high-profile litigation, as indicated by its handling of Merck’s breach-of-contract trial in the Court of Appeal. Ewan Grist’s product design group provides enforcement and protection services to a diverse client roster spanning fashion and luxury brands as well as tech-forward names in the medical devices, aviation and construction sectors. Phil Sherrell is a key name for contentious and non-contentious copyright services. He has a strong focus in the fields of media, sports and entertainment. Rebecca O’Kelly-Gillard is a stand-out partner for global brand protection and enforcement strategy in the digital sphere, while Toby Bond provides cutting-edge knowledge pertaining to the copyright and protection of AI-generated works. The innovative ‘Fibonacci’ project-management tool helps clients streamline their litigation projects.

Testimonials

‘The team is super-experienced in the copyright and licensing areas  – both at analysing and advising on very technical commercial and legal issues, and also in strategising and leading us through complex disputes. ‘

‘Phil Sherrell is a very knowledgeable expert in copyright and music licensing issues. He is user-friendly and inspires confidence. Phil is a true innovator when it comes to the delivery of legal services, devising creative solutions to provide his clients with the service they require and with cost structures that provide certainty and value-for-money.’

‘Peter Brownlow leads the soft IP litigation team and is a top-notch litigator who clients enjoy working with.’

‘Rebecca O’Kelly-Gillard and Hilary Atherton are both up-and-coming associates in the soft IP contentious team.’

‘Ewan Grist has been steadily building profile in relation to design law.’

Key clients

Monster Beverage Corporation

TuneIn

Merck KGaA

Take Two Interactive Software Group

Philip Morris Group

PRS for Music Group

Daily Mail and General Trust Group

S C Johnson

Made.com

Lidl

Work highlights

  • Acting for TuneIn on a UK copyright test case brought by Warner Music UK Limited and Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited against TuneIn for copyright infringement. The litigation is centred on the lawfulness of the “making works available to the public” right in copyright law in light of recent CJEU decisions.
  • Providing strategic advice to Philip Morris International around numerous aspects of various new reduced-risk products and brands/sub-brands.
  • Acting for Merck KGaA in a complex appeal by Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) against a finding of trade mark infringement and breach of contract (under German law) against MSD. The case related to the use of the word MERCK.

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP is a premier name for copyright, design and digital disputes. Recent work highlights have seen co-head Simon Clark secure favourable results in design litigation for fashion and footwear clients, while Jeremy Blum has been involved in advancing and defending passing-off claims for luxury goods, jewellery and giftware companies. Other sector focuses include TV and media, with the team involved in devising an IP enforcement strategy for national networks. Paul Walsh, co-head Ian Gruselle and Paul Jordan takes on all manner of brand protection and trade mark enforcement engagements. Co-head Matthew Warren and newly made-up partner Claire Smith have a market-leading commercial IP practice, tailored to global clients in the food and drink, FMCG, consumer electronics, media and life sciences sectors.

Testimonials

A top-tier practice.

Key clients

Novartis

ZTE

Philips

Google

Johnson & Johnson

Cadbury (Mondelez International)

McDonalds International Property Company

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy

UCB Pharma

Heineken

Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi AS (KGJS)

Mondelez International (brands include Cadbury, Kraft, Oreo,

Kenco, Carte Noire, Milka and Halls)

Vice Media

Fidelis Underwriting Ltd

Vectura Group PLC

Telefonica Brasil SA (VIVA)

NIO NEXTEV Ltd

GTech

The Guardian News and Media

WPP Group

BAFTA

FatFace

Diageo

The Financial Times Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Vectura in a 14-day passing-off trial initiated by GlaxoSMithKline concerning the design of inhalers.
  • Successfully represented Telefonica Brasil in an opposition initiated by a company owned by entrepreneur Michael Gleissner.
  • Instructed by Cartier to conduct an enforcement program across the UK to tackle ‘lookalike’ jewellery.

CMS

CMS’ IP team boasts an extensive bench and a large client roster cutting across all major sectors. UK practice head Sarah Wright handles trade mark, design and copyright litigation including non-traditional trade mark enforcement for colours and 3D shapes. The firm is involved in cutting-edge anti-piracy work,  with global IP co-head and 'worthy adversaryTom Scourfield and senior associate Tom Reid obtaining innovative blocking orders against six ISPs on behalf of UEFA, while Joel Vertes has experience bringing high-value online infringement litigation before the High Court for global clients. Louise Gellman, David Parrish and of counsel Neeraj Thomas are all highly recommended for brand protection and enforcement matters across the TMT, FMCG, electronics, media and entertainment sectors. The team handles a high volume of European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Wright; Tom Scourfield

Testimonials

An extremely professional, capable team.

CMS have an outstanding team, providing heavyweight, cross discipline advice and support.

At the top of their game.

Joel Vertes is a highly intelligent, charming lawyer who provides clients with enormous confidence and support. A real big-picture thinker who, at the same time does not miss any of the detail.

What is most remarkable about Caitlin Heard is her business acumen and ability to understand her clients. Her support to UK tech start-ups industry has been remarkable in many ways.

Key clients

Microsoft

Booking.com

UEFA

BT

Dentsu Aegis Network No

Oracle

Sky

H. Young

Levi Strauss

The Crown Estate

Deliveroo

AXA

Federation Against Software Theft

University of the Arts, London

BAE Systems

Work highlights

  • Secured a live blocking injunction for UEFA for a period of two years against the six leading UK ISPs to prevent UK customers from accessing particular targeted servers which were streaming illegal transmissions of UEFA games.
  • Instructed by Microsoft on anti-piracy, cybersecurity, copyright litigation, customs notifications, trade mark and patent prosecution and many other IP matters.
  • Instructed to commence three new sets of trade mark infringement proceedings for Sky in the UK.

Fieldfisher

In a formidable trial win for Fieldfisher’s intellectual property team, co-head John Linneker represented SkyKick before the European Court of Justice in trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Sky, securing landmark judgments on ‘bad faith’ trade mark filing strategies. Nick Rose is a leading name for copyright and database infringement litigation. Co-head Leighton Cassidy ('one of the finest intellects in this area of law') has secured a raft of infringement and passing-off injunctions for household-name clients including Google. The extensive bench, which also includes Harriet Seymour, James Seadon and Hastings Guise, provides robust trade mark, copyright, database and design protection and enforcement services on a daily basis for global clients across the media, consumer goods, fashion, technology and restaurant sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Linneker; Leighton Cassidy

Testimonials

Fantastic partners and  associates. This is a firm where you can rely on the whole team to be really excellent, not just one individual.

Excellent firm with a very pragmatic and commercial approach. Partners really take time to get to know clients and their particular needs. Lawyers clearly bring a lot of thought to issues but advice is always practical. The firm’s presence across the UK can make them a very cost-effective option.

Very thorough and strategic. They are friendly and a real pleasure to work with; you really feel like you are working as a team.

Leighton Cassidy’s team covers the entire range of IP needs for international clients. Their advice is always commercial, in the sense that they understand the market and what clients are trying to obtain from their use of IP. They always seem to have experience of what a client thinks is its unique problem, which gives clients confidence that the lawyers are not learning at the expense of the client.

Miryam Boston has an eye for detail and will chase down every point. Really knows her stuff and is a great team player.

James Seadon and Joshua Marshall are both incredibly hardworking and thorough. They really go the extra mile for the client and are a huge help to counsel.

Leighton Cassidy has one of the finest intellects in this area of law and unsurpassed experience across the widest range of IP issues. He is one of Europe’s top IP lawyers and is always solution orientated. He makes the legal analysis of commercial problems seem easy and straightforward, which is a real gift.

Nick Rose has an amazing ability to spot the best point and achieve the commercial result the client needs.

Key clients

Samsung

Forbes

Lulu Guinness

Take-Two Interactive Software

Caffè Nero

Oasis

Live Nation

The Publishers Association (and its members)

Goop

Wilkin & Sons

SkyKick Ltd

Ordnance Survey

Dixons Carphone

Work highlights

  • Acted for Skykick in Sky v Skykick before the CJEU, securing landmark judgments on bad faith.
  • Secured a judgment confirming the enforceability of database rights in relation to mapping data for Ordnance Survey.
  • Providing global trade mark support to Sazerac Company (owner of Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Southern Comfort and Fireball) including high-volume prosecution matters and High Court litigation.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

With a 'top of the league' team led by Jeremy Hertzog and featuring top-tier litigator David Rose, Mishcon de Reya LLP’s intellectual property practice has a solid reputation for handling trade mark and copyright litigation before all levels of the UK and European courts. Recent engagements have involved invalidity proceedings, infringement and passing-off actions, claims of unlawful parallel imports and innovating website blocking injunctions.  Utilising its innovative MDR Brand Management product, Sally Britton and Lewis Cohen deliver full-scope strategic IP, commercialisation and licensing services to global brands in all sectors, from luxury goods and fashion to consumer electronics. The team is also highly active in the sports, media and entertainment fields. Other recommended lawyers include Cassandra Hill .

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Hertzog

Testimonials

The team I have worked with are very focused and straight into the detail. They picked up my business issues and fully understood the complexity in a very short period of time. At all times I have had total confidence in them to make the correct decisions for me and provide me with guidance over our legal proceedings’

‘ Mishcon are definitely a force to be reckoned with, I wanted to go to the best law firm for my legal case and they are without question playing at the top of the league.

They are my first choice when referring for UK litigation.

Cassandra Hill is approachable and knows her stuff.

David Rose is truly a superb lawyer. He not only knows the law and has an imaginative and analytical mind, he’s very practical and really understands the business aspects of clients’ legal problems, which enables him to craft approaches that solve problems quickly and cost effectively. He knows which fights are worth fighting and which the clients should avoid. I deal with dozens of lawyers also skilled in EU law and practice and he is by far the most knowledgeable, especially with regard to how new developments impact clients’ rights and strategies.

Jeremy Hertzog is straight talking, and this was exactly what I wanted- he adapted well to me and understood my needs. As a partner he has remained always in the legal proceedings and is always available at the end of a phone. My kind of lawyer.

Chloe Hamilton is a real future star in the legal world. The sharpest mind I have seen, dedicated, customer focused and detailed.

Key clients

Sky

Nintendo

Ladbrokes Coral Group plc

GVC

Netflix

Hewlett Packard

Iceland

bet365

Global

eBay

Alexander McQueen

Gucci

WeWork

NBC Universal

Ralph Lauren

MagicLab (Badoo)

Capco (Covent Garden)

424 on Fairfax

The Wombles

Sanofi

Third Space

Grant Thornton

Dua Lipa

Lion Capital

Foxtons

Levi Strauss

Huel

Christian Louboutin

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sky in Sky v SkyKick, involving  proceedings before the CJEU.
  • Acting for Nintendo in obtaining a novel website blocking order from the High Court in relation to websites selling piracy-enabling circumvention devices.
  • Advising on a range of IP protection and enforcement issues for Global, one of the world’s leading media & entertainment groups.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s IP team comprises expert practitioners with substantial experience across a wide range of industries. On the contentious side, the team handles the full suite of litigation before all tiers of the UK and EU courts. Copyright and trade secrets disputes are spearheaded by Michael Hart, while trade mark litigation and brand enforcement engagements are tackled by Jessica Le Gros and of counsel Rachael Wilkinson-Duffy. Ben Allgrove is retained by an impressive set of social media and digital technology clients which instruct him on cutting-edge digital copyright issues and cross-border litigation. The team also provides business-critical IP support on global corporate transactions, with team leader Michelle Blunt heavily involved in M&A deals.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Blunt

Testimonials

‘International reach; strong knowledge base.’

‘Professional and commercial advice. Personal touch.’

‘Bakers have a knack for knowing exactly what you’re looking for in advice, even if you don’t know yourself. Obviously the content is always bang on, but the level of detail, tone and presentation is what sets them apart. It’s pragmatic and always tailored to the product/situation/risk tolerance. They’re a pleasure to work with’

Ben Allgrove is a true guru, who exists on a whole other plane of knowledge and skill.’

‘The leadership of the team is particularly strong and they are willing to work with clients on solutions, including lower cost/value add options for appropriate services from their Belfast and Manila global IP service centres. The Manila operation is truly unique in trade mark service providers.’

‘Michelle Blunt provides a calm and steadying hand as the overall leader of the IP team. Jessica Le Gros is an excellent leader of the trade mark team and works well with clients setting up new processes and teams.’

Key clients

Christie’s

Cochlear

CSL/Seqirus

Dropbox

Eli Lilly

Google

HIT Entertainment

Hitachi

HSBC

Ingredion

JCB

Jones Lang LaSalle

Jumeirah

MagicLab

L’Oréal

Novartis

Novo Nordisk

Pinterest

Planet Hollywood

Rio Tinto

SAP

Sony

Sovereign Films

UBM/Informa

Unilever

Warner Bros

Work highlights

  • Providing brand advisory and brand protection services to Unilever, one of the largest brand owners in the world, including an exclusive mandate to handle brand protection and disputes in the UK and EU (as well as globally). Recently advised on a number of complex trade mark disputes, brand roll outs and deals.
  • Acted for Japanese conglomerate Hitachi on its $11bn energy joint venture with Swiss engineering group ABB – the largest deal by Hitachi to date and the largest ever deal by a Japanese industrial company.

DLA Piper

Media, sports and entertainment is a key sector for DLA Piper's IP team. The 'technically brilliant' practice head Ruth Hoy, Simon Levine, John Wilks and legal director Claire Sng are leading names for anti-piracy, copyright and design protection, trade mark licensing and database rights enforcement in this field. In the retail and FMCG sectors, the team regularly advances and defends infringement and passing-off actions for copyright and trade mark assets, while legal director Désirée Fields often assists with exploitation and commercialisation strategy for fashion and luxury goods brands. Parallel import litigation is also a strong point.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Hoy

Testimonials

Great partners who are very user friendly, hands on and commercial.

Ruth Hoy is an excellent lawyer and strategist, who has a wealth of experience in soft IP, particularly copyright, database rights and trade marks.

DLA provides a global team of commercially-minded lawyers that assist with work across a variety of practice areas and territories. They genuinely try to operate as an extension of the in-house team and provide clear recommendations and advice.

Désirée Fields is a real expert in IP matters, particularly trade marks and designs in the EU and with the EUIPO. She is thorough and comprehensive, with valuable experience and knowledge in IP.

Leigh Martin provides useful advice in IP and brand protection strategies on a global basis coordinating advice across multiple territories.

Claire Sng provides great expertise and detailed knowledge on advertising matters.

Ruth Hoy is dedicated, diligent, always available, technically brilliant.

Key clients

The Football Association Premier League Limited

BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited

Nike

Emirates Airlines

Bajaj Auto Limited

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (“ICE”)

Papa Johns

Toshiba

Reed Business Information Limited (“RBI”)

Brewdog plc

NLA Media Access Limited

Merlin Entertainment

International Airlines Group/ British Airways

Duracell

UEFA

FIFA

La Liga

The Asian Football Confederation

Future Finance Loan Corporation

Nikon

NOCO

Karium

Serie A

Bundesliga

Ligue de Football Professionel

Mondelez

Work highlights

  • Advising international governing bodies of football and football right owners, including FIFA, UEFA, and Premier League on ground-breaking anti-piracy work and on contentious trademark and passing off matters.
  • Advising Emirates Airline and companies in the Emirates Group on a number of matters relating to protecting the Emirates brand (including use of the brand by third parties on unauthorised websites and domain names) and representing the Emirates Group in litigation.
  • Assisting Mondelez in drafting and negotiating a global master trade mark licence agreement with Unilever.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG has a particularly robust brand and design management service for household names in retail, consumer electronics, high-tech, FMCG, leisure and automotives. Kate Swaine, John Coldham and advertising law expert Dan Smith manage global trade mark and design portfolios, handling exploitation, enforcement and commercialisation matters for clients. Recent disputes work has involved initiating and defending infringement and passing-off claims in the UK courts and before the CJEU. Associate Khemi Salham is a key name in this field. Leveraging the firm’s Birmingham footprint, the team was appointed as official legal adviser for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, encompassing IP protection, enforcement and licensing projects.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Harris

Testimonials

John Coldham and Khemi Salham are totally reliable, exceptionally knowledgeable and thorough. John provides sound, realistic advice backed up by Khemi’s exceptional research, making a formidable team.

John Coldham is one of the sharpest minds I have ever worked with and he manages to pull it off with simple, direct and prompt communication.

Key clients

Pear Technologies

The Entertainer and Addo Play

Shnuggle

Weetabix

Pandora

Hovis

Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Freddy

Volkswagen Group UK Limited

Carlsberg UK Limited

Premier Foods

Dyson Technology Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Pear Technologies in its dispute with Apple in the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Advising the Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games on all aspects of brand licensing, enforcement and sponsorship.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Contentious copyright and design form part of the strong skillset housed within the IP team at  Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Practice head Joel Smith and senior associate Victoria Horsey have been involved in multi-jurisdictional music copyright disputes for household-name publishers, and novel infringement claims revolving around font types. Mark Shillito – the firm’s global head of IP – is a leading name for long-running, cross-border trade mark infringement litigation. Andrew Moir meanwhile heads up the cutting-edge cybersecurity practice, which is ideal for highly technical counterfeiting litigation involving software and IT assets. Ongoing highlights for Moir –who is regularly assisted by senior associate Heather Newton – involve complex algorithmic trading software. Smith also heads up the transactional practice, encompassing commercial IP deals, M&A support, licensing and collaboration agreements.

Practice head(s):

Joel Smith

Testimonials

‘A truly global, solutions-focused team, with a high degree of consistency in quality of work and service, no matter where you are around the globe. With HSF you always feel like your matter is the priority. Not sure how they do it.’

‘The level of experience and depth and breadth of resources within the IP team at HSF is outstanding. They have the resources to deal expertly with any IP matter. Their legal knowledge is superb, but the communication and commercial skills of the team are unrivalled. I have also found their resourcing of matters to be excellent.’

‘Joel Smith is very high quality and a very smart guy.’

‘Herbert Smith work hard to exceed expectations. This means they provide prompt and commercially appropriate advice.’

‘Andrew Moir has a great understanding of technology, and is balanced and commercial in his advice.’

‘Joel Smith was exceptional. He went above and beyond. Technical excellence is expected, but thinking ahead and taking care of the routine and uninteresting for the client is an appreciated value add that results in ongoing work. ‘

‘Joel Smith is outstanding. He is at the top of his game. He has an exceptional knowledge of law and practice within the IP field and is superb with clients. He can distil complex legal issues into a succinct and clear report and delivers his advice in a calm and reassuring manner.’

Key clients

Casio Computer Co., Ltd

Ball Corporation

Treasury Wines

British Land

Byron Hamburgers Limited

Kin and Carta Plc

Power Corporation of Canada, Inc.

Three Hills Capital

Atticus Limited Liability Company

Warner Music / Chappell Music Limited

IKOS

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully settled two enforcement matters in Belgium, Turkey and Saudi Arabia on terms favourable to Casio, both involving third parties that were infringing Casio’s trade marks or registered designs relating to calculators.
  • Advised Ball Corporation, a US-listed beverage packaging company, on the successful resolution of a long-running, multijurisdictional trade mark dispute.
  • Advised Warner Music and Chappell Music Limited on impending infringement of copyright in its music catalogue by Spotify AB, by virtue of Spotify’s plans to launch in India using copyright works owned by Warner Music (without a licence).

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP’s IP disputes practice is retained by a roster of global clients using the firm for a range of contentious work. Practice head Arty Rajendra has been involved in handling ICC arbitration to determine the scope of name rights for a luxury brand, and acting on trade mark infringement proceedings for clients across the automotive, financial services and consumer electronics sectors. The team also handles trade mark and digital  copyright matters for its TMT client base (ranging from games developers and social media platforms to digital media distributors), with Robert Guthrie playing a key role in this work. Associate director Richard May further enhances the team’s brand protection and enforcement capacity.

Practice head(s):

Arty Rajendra

Testimonials

Huge knowledge and expertise in the relevant areas, always available when needed and ready to offer expert advice and guidance. Fast and accurate responses to queries which are frequently pressing from a time perspective.

Osborne Clarke has outstanding legal knowledge and expertise. They are able to provide practical advice by considering the different culture of the clients.

Richard May is knowledgeable, always available when needed and always up to date with our current portfolio. He recently represented us in court in what had become a protracted and difficult negotiation with a huge third party company. His handling of the matter and his performance in the court was exemplary, and we won the case on all grounds, together with a costs award.

Mark Foreman has a huge knowledge of our company’s IP portfolio and an instant recall of matters if raised.

Richard May and Arty Rajendra are brilliant attorneys.

Mark Foreman is a master of strategy.

Richard May is aggressive and smart.

Arty Rajendra is the best and most intelligent trade mark litigator in the UK in my view.

Key clients

PopSockets LLC

Reckitt Benckiser

Harley-Davidson

Facebook

Juul Labs Inc

Dreams

JPMorganChase (We Pay)

Ubisoft

LolaVFX

McLaren Construction

Compliance Online

Infinity Reliance

my 1st Years

Quack

Autodoc

TLG

FreemarketFX

Bristol Water

Howdens

Mobike

Miniclip

Spartan Race

PA Consulting

Pegasus Life

AEG Presents

Bridges Fund Management

World First

IMVU

Global Student Accommodation

The Groucho Club

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lola VFX, one of the film industry’s leading post production visual effects firms, in a trade mark dispute with a UK-based visual effects company using the name Lola Post.
  • Acting for Harley-Davidson in trade mark infringement proceedings in the IPEC in relation to unauthorised merchandising.
  • Acting for Juul Labs Inc, the leading e-cigarette business, on a number of contentious trade mark matters including the sale of third party accessories, domain name, and brand enforcement disputes.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons  IP co-heads Adrian Smith and Darren Meale handle trade mark and design matters with 'masterful efficiency' . An impressive set of tech-forward global clients retain the team to handle all contentious and non-contentious matters, from brand portfolio management, exploitation and enforcement in the financial services sector, to infringement and passing-off litigation in the fashion, retail and travel sectors. The firm is also incvolved in design litigation and bet-the-company trademark infringement defence in the High Court. Recently promoted partner Priya Nagpal spearheads the copyright and trade secrets offering, which includes data base rights litigation, software infringement claims and breach-of-contract disputes in the TMT, fintech and medical devices sectors.

Practice head(s):

Darren Meale; Adrian Smith

Testimonials

The team at Simmons & Simmons provides excellent, timely and comprehensive advice and services for trademark matters. They handle our worldwide trademark portfolio including trademark clearance searches, new trademark applications, trademark-related agreements, and trademark oppositions. Each of these is handled professionally, and we are kept well-informed of options, tactics and status. Their engagement with us and their understanding of our business needs, sets them apart from other firms we have worked with.

I go to Darren Meale on really difficult or novel trade mark issues. He is the most creative thinker I know in the profession. He is an entrepreneur himself and combines that creative flare with immense technical discipline to clearly and precisely navigate a path through very murky waters.

The Simmons & Simmons IP team are very impressively skilled. They have strength and depth in IP law and have impressive technical and legal qualifications.

Darren Meale is very easy to work with. His enthusiasm is infectious and his efficiency masterful. His judicial and commercial experience combine with his trade mark expertise to create a very potent recipe for winning strategies and client friendly solutions.

Darren Meale is the stand out lawyer in the team and if there is someone more knowledgeable about trade mark matters, I have yet to meet them.

Benjamin Thomas produces very impressive work indeed.

Elsa Glauert has a gift for understanding the bigger picture.

Key clients

JUUL Labs

Legal & General

Eastfood A/S

Secure Trust PLC

Thrive Global

GSK

Monzo

4Finance

The Collective (Living) Limited

Abercrombie & Fitch

Etsy

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc

Middle Earth Enterprises/SZC

Aphria Inc

Hugo Boss

E&J Gallo Winery

The TJX Companies Inc

Greenwood Spirits

Warner Bros.

Roland Europe

Work highlights

  • Establishing and enforcing Monzo’s powerful brand portfolio as the bank has risen from a few hundred thousand customers to over four million.
  • Continuing to advise and assist Hugo Boss on a large number of significant opposition and enforcement issues.
  • Advising Roland Europe, the prestigious brand of musical instruments and synthesizers, popular with famous popstars and DJs, on a variety of IP issues.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP provides a full-scope brand protection service encompassing trade mark, design and domain name disputes, global enforcement and exploitation strategy and corporate IP acquisitions. Practice heads Niri Shanmuganathan and Mark Owen have a focus on the IP-rich sectors of media and entertainment, TMT, pharmaceuticals, consumer foods and retail, while Jason Rawkins offers sector-specific expertise in fashion and luxury brands. The team handles litigation in the High Court involving infringement and passing-off claims of logo designs, product shapes and company names. Roland Mallinson (who heads the trade mark prosecution practice) is also a key name for portfolio management. Adam Rendle is a leading name for copyright matters for software, media and technology clients. The team also regularly provides strategic advice concerning neighbouring rights, licensing deals, disputes and copyright litigation.

Practice head(s):

Niri Shanmuganathan; Mark Owen

Testimonials

The team is highly knowledgeable and provides practical business solutions.

Taylor Wessing has an impressive group of trade mark attorneys, who each have a niche within the practice.

The intellectual property team is a pleasure to work with and is always thinking outside of the box to solve client problems.

Key clients

KMPG International

Perfumes Christian Dior

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

Planet Art

Orange

Amobee

Informa

Burberry

MCPS

Cambridge University Press

The Publishers Association

Audio Network

Altibox

Dame Vera Lynn and the Dame Vera Lynn Charitable Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising Orange in relation to the management of its portfolio
  • Advising PlanetArt LLP, owner of the FreePrints photo printing app, in connection with litigation in the UK against Photobox.
  • Advising Burberry on the protection of its fashion and luxury brands, including the iconic Burberry Check, in the UK/EU.

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP’s IP practice enjoys a strong reputation in the media sector. Rachel Alexander and senior associate Victoria Gyles advise on matters including digital copyright litigation for global music publishers, while Anna Carboni and senior associate Joanne Gibbs 's practice includes trade mark infringement and passing-off litigation in the life sciences sector. Practice head Sara Ashby handles brands, design and confidential information disputes for fashion, engineering products, medical devices, gardening equipment and automotive clients. Simon Baggs is a leading name in online IP protection for major Hollywood film studios while John Colbourn takes on parallel import matters. Key names for brand enforcement, exploitation and commercial IP transactions in the film and TV, consumer goods, sports and retail sectors include Michael Browne, while the team was boosted in summer 2020 by the hire of Barclays global IP head Calum Smyth.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ashby

Testimonials

Strategic, customer focused and able to pivot easily from high level/big picture to detail.

Peter Dawson stands out – practical, smart and quick thinking.  Great client care.

Wiggin’s team is of exceptional quality, whether it is the media, copyright, litigation team or the trade mark law team. They offer the best services of the highest level, for top-tier clients. They have the best expertise and knowledge of their sectors.

To my mind, Wiggin is the best all-around copyright and trademark firm in the UK. They combine excellent legal skills with legal tech through their start-up INCOPRO. Their impressive range of clients includes major copyright holders and brand owners. They are strong on both domestic UK law and also in international law, often leading cross-border projects in copyright and trade mark law such as worldwide site blocking campaigns for copyright holders or online brand protection strategies.

Rachel Alexander is an excellent partner in copyright for coordinating international cross-border work.

Anna Carboni is a very experienced and highly-reputed trademark lawyer, working on complex infringement issues.

Key clients

3M

Addison Global

Celon Pharma S.A

Endemol Shine Group (format titles including Peaky Blinders,

Big Brother, MasterChef, Deal or No Deal, Pointless, Black

Mirror)

Epic Games (publisher of Fortnite)

Gucci

HarperCollins

Hiscox Insurance

Holding SOCOTEC

Honeywell

Hozelock

Life Water

Microsoft Corporation

Motion Picture Association

Netflix

Oxford University

PRS for Music

Richemont

Vans Inc.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc

Warner Music UK Limited

Sony Music Entertainment UK

Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Warner Music UK Limited & Sony Music Entertainment UK in a ‘test case’ concerning copyright infringement in the online environment.
  • Represented Celon Pharma in High Court proceedings brought by GSK against Celon and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals for registered trade mark infringement and passing off in relation to the shape of Celon’s generic version of GSK’s Accuhaler product.
  • Managing Endemol Shine Group’s worldwide trade mark portfolio and providing associated legal services in respect of brand clearance, strategic portfolio advice and registry matters, including advising on a range of contentious matters.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is frequently engaged on notable trade mark infringement and passing-off disputes, with practice head Emma Armitage frequently advising in this area. Ongoing mandates include litigation proceedings before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and High Court for leading names in high street fashion, beauty, FMCG and luxury goods. David Engel is the key partner for domain name disputes and digital brand protection. Brand licensing deals and joint ventures are handled by Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta, Fiona Ghosh and Leeds-based Georgina Powling.

Practice head(s):

Emma Armitage

Key clients

Primark

Associated British Foods

British Airways

Canon

Ted Baker

MoneySuperMarket

Battersea Power Station

Volkswagen

National Grid

PZ Cussons

Work highlights

  • Acted for Associated British Foods in a High Court passing-off claim against Warburtons in relation to the “MIGHTY WHITE” brand.
  • Acting for Primark against Vans in a trade mark infringement claim and counterclaim for trade mark invalidity in respect of the “Old Skool” Vans shoe.
  • Advised Volkswagen in relation to its major global alliance with Ford.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP handles trade mark and brand portfolio work for an international roster of FMCG, cosmetics, media and entertainment, luxury goods, advertising and sports clients. Practice leader Declan CushleyAlex Watt and associate Faye McConnell advise on work ranging from transactional support and copyright licensing, to global trade mark and design enforcement and protection. An impressive litigation bench includes Giles Parsons  and Birmingham-based Mark Daniels, whose recent highlights have involved breach-of-confidence, passing off, and infringement disputes before the EUIPO and IPEC, and injunction proceedings before the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Declan Cushley

Testimonials

Highly responsive, at the top of their game in terms of legal and practice knowledge and very commercial in their application. They are a young, engaging and enthusiastic group and I have been impressed with their client handling and communication skills. I wouldn’t have any doubt in recommending them on any IP matter.

An excellent strategic understanding and significant experience in the IP field. They are not afraid of using a common sense approach to most questions.

The team is a unique one that focuses on how to provide value at each step and anticipate issues. The team partners with its clients and helps the client strategise optimal outcomes, in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Alex Watt is extremely switched on and entrepreneurial in his approach. He takes time to fully understand the client’s needs and goals, questioning instructions to ensure the best possible outcome for the client.

Declan Cushley is a wise team head who brings out the best in people.

Giles Parsons is experienced and responsive.

Mark Daniels is one the best UK litigators and patent specialists. knowledgeable and tough.

Faye McConnell is a very knowledgeable, commercial and client friendly lawyer who has proved an invaluable member of our team.

Key clients

Miles-Bramwell Executive Services Limited (Slimming World)

Accounting for Energy

Iconic London Limited

QMS Holdings Limited

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Billion Dollar Boy

Triumph Motorcycles Limited

PZ Cussons

Mace Group

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

LVMH

Lotus Cars

The Bollin Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in a copyright claim. The claimant had sought an injunction preventing the club from using its iconic club badge.
  • Advising fashion brand Bestseller, which includes Jack Jones and Vero Moda, on its trade mark portfolio.
  • Advising PZ Cussons on a retainer basis on a range of issues including advertising, influencers and competitions.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a highly experienced contentious IP practice under the leadership of Andrew Terry, who advises on matters including high profile trade mark infringement litigation. The exceptionally broad client roster includes well-known names such as easyGroup, Coca-Cola and Bentley Motors. The firm also handles a range of non-contentious matters, with legal director Kate Ellis’ brand protection practice encompassing trade mark and design protection and exploitation strategy for global, consumer-facing brands. Ongoing copyright work includes advising on worldwide product launches on streaming platforms.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Terry

Other key lawyers:

Kate Ellis

Testimonials

A strong practice.

Key clients

Apple Corps (The Beatles’ company)

Coca-Cola

easyGroup

John Lewis Partnership

Avon Cosmetics

Holland & Barrett International Limited

UK Intellectual Property Office

IATA

Work highlights

  • Sole adviser to Apple Corps (The Beatles company) on the enforcement and protection of all its IP rights, with an obvious focus on copyright and trade mark rights in music, film and merchandise across the world.
  • Acting for easyGroup in relation to a major piece of trade mark litigation against W3/EasyRoommate in relation to allegations of unjustified threats and trade mark infringement.
  • Advised Coca-Cola in relation to numerous ongoing advertising and promotional campaigns across its entire product range. This includes advice on the use of creative IP rights, commissioning advertising, TV programming and brand extensions.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is a strong name for trade mark, copyright and design services in the digital media, publishing and entertainment spheres. Brand management, exploitation, anti-counterfeiting and IP enforcement issues are routinely handled by practice head Shireen Peermohamed, who regularly works for clients including film studios, authors, designers, luxury goods and videogames companies. Andy Millmore and senior associate Kostyantyn Lobov take on IP litigation, including copyright and design infringement, domain name disputes, passing-off actions and IPO oppositions.

Practice head(s):

Shireen Peermohamed

Other key lawyers:

Andy Millmore; Kostyantyn Lobov

Key clients

Virgin Holidays / Virgin Enterprises

Queen Productions Ltd (the band Queen)

Electronic Arts Inc (video games)

McIntyre Entertainment Group Ltd

Jonathan Church Productions

Work highlights

  • Providing IP advice to Dunmanifestin, owner of the IP for the estate of best selling author Sir Terry Pratchett.
  • Managing Electronic Arts’ trade mark portfolio in the UK and EU.
  • Acting on behalf of Virgin Holidays and Virgin Enterprises, two of 162 defendants in a matter relating to the infringement of copyright in photographs.

Marks & Clerk Law

IP firm Marks & Clerk Law works with a diverse pool of clients , from heavy industry, software and technology names to entertainment, high street and FMCG suppliers. Design rights expertise includes Dafydd Bevan’s defence of infringement proceedings before the IPEC for fashion brands and Graham Burnett-Hall’s entitlement proceedings in the High Court. Brand protection head Kirsten Gilbert provides enforcement and exploitation strategy through the entire brand lifecycle, with a particularly extensive roster of food and drink clients. Gina Lodge and of counsel Vicky Butterworth offer strong trade mark, copyright and database protection capabilities, while IP audits are also handled.

Practice head(s):

Kirsten Gilbert

Key clients

Bridgestone

The House of Bruar

Cansonic

Marketforce Business Media

Work highlights

  • Acting for the House of Bruar, the UK’s leading Scottish country clothing specialist, in defence of registered Community design and UK unregistered design infringement proceedings brought in the IPEC by Fairfax and Favor.
  • Acted for Cansonic Co (a Chinese company) in registered design (both UK and Community design) litigation against Portable Multimedia (a UK company) in the UK High Court. The case involved car dashboard cameras.
  • Acting for Marketforce Business Media, one of the UK’s leading B2B marketing and events companies, in trade mark and passing off litigation proceedings brought in the IPEC by Triangle Management Services Limited.

RPC

RPC’s IP group enjoys a strong reputation across the media (both traditional and digital), publishing, sports, TMT and retail sectors. The breadth of contentious issues are handled by practice head Jeremy Drew, David Cran, Ciara Cullen and recently promoted partner Ben Mark, including trade mark, copyright and design infringement, licensing disputes and breach-of-confidence defence. The team handles the full suite of IP licensing and transactional issues for world-leading news publications and digital media companies. Clients can also draw on RPC Automation, an in-house-developed contract automation drafting service.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Drew

Other key lawyers:

David Cran; Ciara Cullen; Ben Mark

Testimonials

 

RPC is a firm composed of very bright lawyers, each of whom has diverse experiences in different industries. The attorneys are very collaborative and focus on problem-solving whether the matter at issue is a transactional matter or a litigation matter. They don’t send lengthy memos. The firm’s capabilities in different areas of the IP and IT is tremendously helpful for clients that are looking for the full range of IP advice and assistance.

Ben Mark is a rising star at RPC. He has experience advising clients in a broad range of industries from retail to fashion to financial services to restaurants. He is very responsive, has extensive knowledge with respect to IP matters, and is very pragmatic. I think his greatest strength is his ability to understand the business needs of our mutual clients and his pragmatic and timely approach. He also is very bright and thoughtful.

Ciara Cullen is very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Her litigation experience comes in handy when negotiating complex agreements.

David Cran is very personable and tactical in his approach. I really appreciate his creative approach to problem solving and attention to detail.

Excellent knowledge of subject matter. Clear and decisive legal advice delivered at speed.

Ben Mark has superior knowledge of IP protection and enforcement issues.

Key clients

Sports Direct

UCL Business

The British Standards Institute

Telegraph Media Group Limited

Champagne Perrier-Jouët

Jack Wills

News UK & Ireland Ltd

Google Inc

Pernod Ricard

Work highlights

  • Advising Sports Direct in relation to the longstanding and high-profile dispute with Rangers FC involving an IP licence agreement for the supply of RANGERS branded products and kits.
  • Advising Brand Max in relation to allegations of trade mark infringement and passing off by the owner of high street retailer TK Maxx.
  • Instructed by the Telegraph in its successful defence to a claim of copyright infringement brought by a number of claimants based in both the USA and Singapore.

Shoosmiths LLP

Consumer bands, fashion and retail are the sectors of focus for Shoosmiths LLP’s IP practice under the leadership of the 'very experienced and knowledgeable' Gary Assim. Copyright and design litigation, exploitation and international enforcement are strong points; Assim and Mark Kramer have recently been involved in cross-border litigation concerning ‘legal fakes’, while Anastasia Fowle has defended copyright infringement claims before the IPEC. Digital IP advice – including database rights – also provided by Sherif Malak. Impressive names in auto racing also retain the team for full-scope IP advice including image rights ownership and copyright licensing.

Practice head(s):

Gary Assim

Testimonials

The team at Shoosmiths, in particular Mark Kramer, have been exceptional in advising on contractual agreements and in general advice on how to operate, setting out clear frameworks to operate within, whether that be in the form of clear contracts or responding in an extremely timely manner to enquiries even when this has been out of hours has been prompt and professional.

They have a great mix of experienced and young and hungry attorneys.

The team are helpful, thoughtful and knowledgeable. They think widely as well as deeply and engage additional expertise from across various disciplines as required.

Gary Assim is very experienced and knowledgeable both in the pure legal area as well as knowing the industry and client needs. I’ve worked as an in-house counsel for 20 years and I have never met a lawyer that picks up what I want as fast as Gary does.

Mark Kramer: If you leave something with him, you can be sure it’s in safe hands and you can expect to get it back in as good as shape as it could be.

I really enjoy working with Sherif Malak, who is always patient and cheerful.

Key clients

H&M Hennes & Mauritz GBC AB

easyGroup Ltd

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Lee James Simmons Ltd

Rixo Limited

Thomas Cook & Late Rooms Limited

Kurt Geiger Limited

Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts Limited

Mercedes-Benz Limited

TJX Europe T/A TK Maxx

Ann Summers Ltd

The White Company (UK) Limited

Grey and Company (Wembley) Ltd

Krispy Kreme U.K. Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a defendant to criminal charges brought by the American brand “Supreme” in relation to the defendants’ brands “Supreme Italia” and “Supreme Spain”.
  • Representing easyGroup as the claimant in trade mark and passing-off proceedings against a Colombian airline in relation to the services, marketing of the services and application of livery to the planes as part of a global strategy.
  • Representing vintage fashion label Rixo Limited against a claim brought in the IPEC for copyright infringement.

Stephenson Harwood

Cross-border trade mark litigation is a key area of focus for Stephenson Harwood's IP team, indicated by Rob Jacob’s handling of litigation seeking validity and enforcement of 3D shape and colour marks for global names in life sciences and the travel sector. Other contentious highlights for Jacob and practice head Alexandra Pygall have included design passing-off claims, copyright and trade mark infringement disputes, trade mark oppositions before the EUIPO and multijurisdictional brand enforcement strategy for global names in retail, fashion and consumer goods. Litigation concerning residual goodwill is also a strong point for the team.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Pygall

Other key lawyers:

Rob Jacob; Eifion Morris

Testimonials

A team with fantastic energy and a real drive to get the best results for their clients.

Stephenson Harwood is a leading firm in multijurisdictional IP litigation.

The highest quality of work I have encountered so far in my career, with unprecedented back office support. A pleasure to work with.

Eifion Morris takes time to really understand the client’s business and needs. Effectively uses litigation as a tool to get the best results for clients.

Alexandra Pygall is a real pleasure to work with; very bright with excellent knowledge of trade mark law.

Rob Jacob is a solution-seeker, an open-minded and proactive lawyer with a great sense of client need.

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline plc

BTG Plc

UCB

Cell Medica Ltd

easyGroup

Gap, Inc

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Blue Power

Shield Therapeutics Plc

Kymab Limited

Moet Hennessy

Net-a-Porter

Philex Electronic Limited

Smart Reamer Drilling Systems Limited

Oxford Biomedica plc

Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Katjes Fassin GmbH & Co.kg

Piasten GmbH

MGA Entertainment

Daewoo Shipping & Marine Engineering

Work highlights

  • Lead counsel for GlaxoSmithKline in a multijurisdictional claim which is running in over 20 countries worldwide against multiple defendants in relation to the enforcement of GSK’s rights in its DISKUS inhalation product, specifically the shape.
  • Acts for easyGroup IP Licensing Limited, the owner of the ‘easy’ brands including easyJet, which is licensed to the famous airline of the same name. Currently advising in relation to eight separate proceedings before the UK High Court.
  • Exclusive UK IP counsel for Gap. Includes advice on brand strategy, trade mark clearances, potential oppositions of trade mark applications by third parties, oppositions in the UKIPO and EUIPO, and negotiating settlement agreements where appropriate.

Brandsmiths

Brandsmiths fields an 'agile, unstuffy and lethal' IP team which acts for high-profile clients on trade mark and copyright matters. On the contentious front, 'cunning, strategic and aggressive' practice head Andy Lee, founding partner Adam Morallee and Manchester-based Michael Forrester handle complex passing-off, counterfeited software and infringement disputes for a range of clients across the automotive, software, fashion, media and construction industries. The firm has devised a proprietary brand searching system to assist with brand protection and domain name strategy.

Practice head(s):

Andy Lee

Testimonials

Andy Lee and Samual Flack’s enthusiasm and belief in is the reason I chose to work with them. They saw something in me and my business’ potential and for that I am eternally grateful. I approached them with a complicated licensing deal; Brandsmiths didn’t bat an eyelid and got on with the job in hand. Brandsmiths continue to impress me. I feel that my business is in a strong position because I know I have a law firm who has my back whatever the legal situation may be.’

They understand the commercial needs of their clients and advise accordingly. They do not have the infrastructure of larger organisations which makes them considerably more flexible in their approach to fees and case management. I would recommend their services to any client with a trade mark or marketing issue.

Brandsmiths are very quick to response, and have great knowledge of case law, and great use of outside counsel. I believe that their key strength is in their capacity for difficult litigation.

Agile, unstuffy and lethal.’

Extremely competent and effective litigators and advisers on IP, particularly trade marks which has been the subject of our work together.

Andy Lee is thoughtful, incisive and responsive to the needs of the client.

Amy Brooks is extremely hardworking and always around to help with what’s needed. Very easy to work with, very open and honest, and good at calming me down when needed.

The key individual is Andy Lee. Andy has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law in relation to IP (and privacy/defamation) and is incredibly easy to work with: his manner belies his skills and he does not have the same self obsession of many in the profession. He is cunning, strategic and aggressive. If I were in a pickle I would use him.

Matt Green has always provided good service as an associate.

Adam Morallee has a killer instinct and loves to win! You want him on your side.

Key clients

Trivago

Pliteq

BMW

Microsoft

Speedo

Beverly Hills Polo Club

iSmash

Umbro

Kickers

Mini

Dun & Bradstreet

EzBraid

Imagination Workshop

Sir Mo Farah

Work highlights

  • Representing Pliteq Inc in trade mark and passing-off proceedings.
  • Representing Sir Mo Farah in passing-off proceedings relating to an advert of a vaping company placed on London Buses.
  • Defending Imagination Workshop in a copyright claim brought by Shazam relating to the scripts of the Only Fools and Horses show.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters led out of its Bristol office. Co-head Jeremy Dickerson and director Emily Roberts have recently obtained favourable results in trade mark litigation for clients in the cosmetics, high-end fashion, media and entertainment fields. Practice co-head Helen Scott-Lawler and senior associate Georgina Shaw manage substantial trade mark portfolios for retail and FMCG clients, encompassing brand management, enforcement and transactions matters. Indicative of its national scope, the team handles the full range of IP matters for the BBC.

Other key lawyers:

Emily Roberts; Georgina Shaw

Key clients

BBC/BBC Studios

JET Petrol Stations (Phillips 66)

Discovery, Inc. (owner of the Discovery Channel)

Starbucks Corporation

Yeo Valley

John Lewis & Waitrose

Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management, Inc.

Virgin Group

Scottish Professional Football League

VMIC (Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Benefit Cosmetics in its successful defence of trade mark infringement proceedings brought by online retailer Beauty Bay.
  • Acting as sole UK trade mark counsel to Starbucks.
  • Advising the BBC and BBC Studios on all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations as sole counsel.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's IP focus cuts across the sports, retail and technology sectors, offering advice on brand protection and exploitation strategy to start-ups and established clients under the guidance of practice head Mary Bagnall and Nick White. Recent stand-out engagement include global branding work for sporting tournaments, the protection and enforcement of clothing designs and the protection of distinct colours as trade marks. Recent disputes for the team have concerned trade mark and copyright infringements in the IPEC for software clients.

Practice head(s):

Mary Bagnall

Other key lawyers:

Nick White

Testimonials

Each team member is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and confident with his/her advice. We are located in the United States and no matter what time of day it was, a team member was always available and responsive to our inquires.

Mary Bagnall is wonderful.

Key clients

Actis

Essity Hygiene and Health (formerly SCA)

Cadbury

Sandvik

Moore Global (network of accountants) – Formerly Moore Stephens

Hachette

Wahaca

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli AG

ITV

Rapha Racing

Gulf Air

wagamama

Formica

Childrensalon Group

Vindavinci Beverage Company

Australian Manuka Honey Association

World Rowing

Honest Burgers

itsu [grocery]

Howard de Walden Estates

Spotlight Sports Group Limited (publishers of the Racing

Post)

Fitbit International Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the Australian Manuka Honey Association in opposing a UK trade mark application for a certification mark for MANUKA HONEY made by the UMF Honey Association Incorporated, a body representing the interests of the New Zealand Manuka honey industry.
  • Continuing to represent Cadbury in its quest to protect its iconic colour purple as a trade mark.
  • Advising FIFA on ticketing enforcement and related IP infringement issues in relation to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019.

D Young & Co LLP

Intellectual property firm D Young & Co LLP is a growing name in the field of IP litigation, alongside its top-rated filing and prosecution offering. Indicative matters include co-head Tamsin Holman’s defence of noteworthy gaming and clothing brands in trade mark and design infringement disputes and co-head Jeremy Pennant’s advancement of infringement proceedings on behalf of global food and drink corporates. Helen Cawley is the key name for oppositions and cancellation actions before the UKIPO and EUIPO.

Practice head(s):

Tamsin Holman; Jeremy Pennant

Other key lawyers:

Helen Cawley; Anna Reid

Testimonials

Jeremy Pennant and his team provide excellent, business-friendly advice. They take heed of the client’s budgetary and other constraints in provide counsel. They achieve excellent results. They communicate as needed and succinctly, providing useful advice. Overall, I have been working with Jeremy for over a decade and have been consistently pleased with his performance and that of his team.

They have a problem-solving and cost-effective approach, which always satisfies the client.

‘Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid are exceptional IP lawyers of the highest calibre. They always deliver high-quality legal work and advice at a very reasonable price. They are very practical, know our business well, and are extremely responsive to our needs. We would highly recommend them (and their colleagues) for whatever IP-related matters you have in the UK.’

Key clients

AkzoNobel

Al Futtaim

Burger King

Ceuta Group

Crockett & Jones Shoes

Dabur India Ltd

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Grays of Cambridge

Groupe Canal+

Hard Rock International

Jo Loves Limited

Johnson & Johnson

Marriott Hotels

Metro Bank

Naked Juice

Qualcomm

Skechers

Sony Music Entertainment

SOP International Limited

Sunseeker International

The Dow Chemical Company

Tropic Skincare Ltd

Turner Entertainment Network

UPS

Teva

Work highlights

  • Representing Sega and Sports Interactive in a High Court trade mark dispute brought by Manchester United.
  • Represented Hard Rock Cafe in preventing a third party in a different industry using the Hard Rock logo and name.
  • Successful in overcoming an objection at the UKIPO for Genomic Health Care.

Dentons

Dentons' dedicated trade mark and soft IP practice is led by practice head Anna Copeman. Transactional IP is a point of focus; private equity houses engage the team on portfolio acquisitions, disposals and investments in IP-rich companies. Copeman and Campbell Forsyth, who co-heads the Europe patent litigation practice, have substantial litigation experience involving unlawful streaming, digital copyright and pass-off disputes for online gambling, telecoms, sports, automotive and FMCG clients. Licensing and brand protection strategy is also routinely handled by the team, with assistance from associates James Marsden and Anna Brown.

Practice head(s):

Anna Copeman

Key clients

BNF Capital Limited

Emtelle UK Limited

KKR

LGC Science Group Holdings Limited

Lottoland Holdings Ltd

Seraphim Space Camp Accelerator Ltd

SkyKick

Virgin

Positec

Zentiva

Kohlberg & Company LLC

Sainsbury’s

Warner Music

Virtual IP Assets (888 gaming company)

Caudwell Properties (109) Limited

BM PolyCo Limited

Upfield (previous Unilever margarine and spreads Flora

group)

Work highlights

  • Acted for BNF, a financial services provider, after it became aware of the operation of a clone website purporting to be it and attempting to defraud members of the public. Successfully obtained an injunction mandating the removal of the website in the High Court.
  • Advising Cavour Limited and Lottoland Holdings Ltd in relation to numerous complex IP disputes, including: (i) defending Cavour Limited’s rights in respect of its high valued domain name, lotto.com, in UDRP proceedings brought by a German lottery provider; and (ii) national and EU opposition proceedings relating to trade marks, as both applicant and recipient.
  • Serving as Virgin Group’s go-to lawyers for trade mark licensing and intellectual property-related disputes.

Farrer & Co

Trade mark, copyright and database rights litigation at Farrer & Co is handled by the 'well connected' Ian De Freitas, who has recently represented third sector, education and gaming clients in a range of infringement and passing-off disputes, including IPEC proceedings. 'Outstanding' practice leader Peter Wienand has a niche in advising museums and galleries on IP protection and exploitation, notably for the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery and National Galleries Scotland. Copyright advice is also a strong point for Wienand, who works with impressive names in media and publishing. Associate Natalie Rimmer regularly assists with commercial IP matters

Practice head(s):

Peter Wienand

Testimonials

Farrer & Co’s TMT team is pleasant, knowledgeable and effective. Partners and associates visibly work together to get the job done and they do so in an open and pragmatic way.

Farrer & Co operates a highly professional team and provides a very competent service to a range of high-profile clients in the public and charity spheres.

Peter Wienand has an excellent balance between technical legal knowledge, commercial acumen and an ability to explain in an easily understandable manner which non-legal colleagues could understand.

Peter Wienand is outstanding. A consummate professional, always providing robust and clear legal advice with practical and often creative observations and solutions. Has an uncanny ability of taking apart seemingly complex and unresolvable problems to arrive at incisive and most useful advice.

Natalie Rimmer, Antonia Lyne and Anisha Birk all are strong researchers and most capable.

Paul Jones and Natalie Rimmer helped us in one particular IP joint venture contract negotiation spanning several jurisdictions. They were not only insightful, friendly and helpful, but their advice was spot-on and clear. Natalie Rimmer made sure we were supported at every turn, making herself available whenever needed.

Ian De Freitas has a deep knowledge of his areas of expertise (IP, data and technology), is very well connected internationally, responsive, pragmatic and a solutions-finder.

Key clients

The Natural History Museum

The Economist

Spyscape / Cipher Corp Limited

The Kennel Club

Rhodes Trust

East London Liquor Company

Drumond Park

Priva Holding BV

Lumos Foundation

National Galleries Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Natural History Museum in IP licensing negotiations relating to a major collaboration with Warner Brothers to produce a blockbuster exhibition, ‘Fantastic Beasts The Wonder of Nature’.
  • Advising The Economist on a range of IP matters, including pre-publication content issues across its print editions, Economist Radio and Economist Films, such as IP advice on front covers, music licensing for podcasts, and licensing/fair dealing advice for radio and film content, as well as recently advising on the Economist Group’s Copyright Guide for Journalists.
  • Acting successfully for The Kennel Club – the UK’s largest charitable organisation dedicated to the welfare of dogs – in major IP litigation arising from a claim for the payment of a debt, which led to a cross-claim by Micro-ID (the leading supplier of microchips for pets) for database rights infringement.

Fox Williams LLP

The IP litigators at Fox Williams LLP have recently obtained favourable results in trade mark and design infringement litigation on behalf of a range of fashion, automotive and retail clients. Practice head Simon Bennett, who leads on the majority of proceedings, also has expertise in trade mark cancellation appeals before the EUIPO. The team is also providing defence in the IPEC on a copyright infringement claim concerning wedding apparel.

Practice head(s):

Simon Bennett

Testimonials

Strong team presence, keep us updated on a range of issues and very professional.

Efficient and commercially aware.

Key clients

Glanbia Performance Nutrition

Bentley 1962 Ltd and Brandlogic Ltd

Séraphine Limited

Mycoskie LLC (t/a TOMS shoes)

Tesla, Inc.

Gordon Bennett International Limited (t/a Marc Darcy)

Superdrug plc

Aden + Anais, Inc

Gino Cerruti (UK) Limited

Cambium Networks

California Pizza Kitchen

Work highlights

  • Obtained a successful High Court judgment for Bentley Clothing in its trade mark infringement claim against Bentley Motors. The dispute concerned whether the use by Bentley Motors of the BENTLEY mark either on its own or in conjunction with its famous “wings” logo infringed Bentley Clothing’s trade mark BENTLEY.
  • Acting for Séraphine Limited in its High Court design infringement claim against JoJo Maman Bébé for unregistered EU and UK design right infringement.
  • Handling a High Court claim on behalf of Glanbia Performance Nutrition against The Hut Group Limited and The Hut.com Limited for registered trade mark infringement and/or passing off in relation to its dietary and nutritional supplements.

Hansel Henson

IP and digital media boutique Hansel Henson has longstanding relationships with an impressive roster of clients, acting as IP counsel for the full span of trade mark, copyright and design issues. In contentious matters, founding partners David Hansel and Thomas Henson regularly handle trade mark infringement defence for IP-rich clients, including museums, fast food chains, breweries, telecoms and retail businesses. The firm is often instructed to handle the IP aspects of corporate M&A and restructuring deals.

Practice head(s):

David Hansel; Thomas Henson

Other key lawyers:

Justine Flockhart

Testimonials

‘Hansel Henson are true specialists – they’re business savvy and highly skilled.’

‘David Hansel has been our legal go-to man for over a decade. He knows our business sector inside out and the daily challenges we face when it comes to IP and copyright and as such, he’s an integral part of our overall offering.’

‘We work with Justine Flockhart the most and couldn’t be happier. She is very thorough and not a pushover. When we have the upper hand in a case she uses it but not in a brash or overly aggressive manner.  She assesses situations very well. We also work with Tom Hansel and he embodies the same type of approach as Justine does.’

‘A great team to work with as as small business owner, who think more like entrepreneurs than just another law firm. Pragmatic, effective and efficient.’

‘Justine Flockhart is a stand-out attorney.  She is an expert in trade mark claims and disputes and is highly responsive and practical in her advice.  A highly trusted go-to attorney who we can recommend without reservation.

‘Tom Henson is a highly effective partner.  He has guided our technology company from inception in how to safeguard our intellectual property rights, and we have an impressive suite of rights which have facilitated our international expansion. Tom is highly knowledgeable and adapts his advice to the needs and requirements of the business.  Highly engaged and a trusted adviser. ‘

‘They are always prepared to go the full mile for the client. They are especially good at “out of the box” thinking and at finding creative solutions. Their turnaround time, even for non-urgent matters, is excellent. Partners and associates are easily reachable and are always available by email or unscheduled telephone calls.’

‘David Hansel is intelligent, quick to spot issues, an effective communicator – he gets results.’

Key clients

Subway IP Inc.

GTT Communications

Steinhoff UK Retail Limited

Truman’s

Scribbler

Berthold Types Ltd

Beds and Bars plc

States of Jersey

Quality Nonsense Limited

Science Museum Group

Work highlights

  • Serving as UK IP counsel to Subway IP Inc, dealing with numerous UK trade mark infringement matters for this client over the years, primarily relating to its iconic “Subway” brand.
  • Representing GTT Communications in High Court litigation brought by easyGroup in relation to the client’s use of “Easynet”.
  • Acting as IP counsel to Steinhoff UK Retail, owner of many household-name brands including Bensons for Beds, Harveys and product ranges such as Relyon and Slumberland.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides trade mark, copyright and design litigation and opposition expertise alongside brand licensing, exploitation and all other non-contentious engagements. Practice head Sahira Khwaja has a focus on the consumer, luxury brands and TMT sectors. Recent work highlights have included representing a major online retailer in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the use of third-party brands.

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP’s IP team has seen impressive growth recently with the additions of Joanna Conway from Norton Rose Fulbright and senior associate Alex Woolgar from Fox Williams LLP, hires which have expanded the firm’s online brand protection and enforcement capabilities for a range of impressive clients in the technology and financial services sectors. Rachael Barber handles trade mark disputes and commercialisation strategies for international retail and high street companies, while practice head Paul Garland is the key name for litigation in the technology sector. Recent highlights for the latter have involved copyright and design infringement work in the wearable tech and software sectors.

Practice head(s):

Paul Garland

Key clients

SITA

Islestarr (“Charlotte Tilbury”)

Ferrari

TJX UK (“TK Maxx”)

PulseOn Oy

Travellers Exchange Corporation Ltd (t/a Travelex)

Princess Yachts Limited

Micro Focus

Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Ltd

Newcross Healthcare Solutions Ltd

Warpaint Cosmetics (2014) Limited

Badgequo Limited

Trayport

Allocate Software

Work highlights

  • Running appeal in PulseOn’s claim against Garmin for alleged infringement of two community registered design rights.
  • Bringing a claim for Islestarr against Aldi for copyright infringement in respect of its release of a copycat product that reproduced the distinctive artwork used on the outer packaging of one of the client’s hero products.
  • Proceedings on behalf of TK Maxx against Sportsdirect.com for trade mark infringement and passing off in relation to Sportsdirect’s use of the marks “BRANDSMAX” and “BRAND MAX” for retail services.

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP has a 'down-to-earth team who roll their sleeves up and get stuck in', providing a full-service IP offering to a range of global brands across retail, technology, sports, media and luxury goods. Practice head Dominic Farnsworth handles the licensing, commercialisation, exploitation and enforcement of trade mark, copyright and design portfolios, while also offering prosecution services as a registered trade mark attorney. Domain name disputes, breach-of-confidence litigation, anti-counterfeiting, trade mark litigation, design infringement claims and other contentious applications emphasising global brand protection are routinely handled by Simon Chapman and Adam Glass.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Farnsworth

Testimonials

Excellent commercial focus and very strategic thinkers.

Adam Glass is brilliant with clients. An extremely commercial and impressive lawyer.

Oliver Fairhurst has excellent knowledge of IP issues and great commercial focus.

Great knowledge of IP litigation, but at the same time they are a down-to-earth team who roll their sleeves up and get stuck in. They fight their client’s corner really hard.

Adam Glass is a tireless fighter with good tactical nous. Clients always know he is in their corner. He is a great collaborator.

Adam Glass and Dominic Farnsworth are both knowledgeable, commercially minded and hugely experienced in litigation and registry matters.

Key clients

Enterprise Holdings Inc

The Arsenal Football Club Plc

Dyson

Sainsbury’s

Chess Limited

Ecotricity Group Limited

Three

Trailfinders Limited

Ascot Racecourse Limited

The Arsenal Football Club Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting as Enterprise Holding’s IP adviser for the UK and Europe.
  • Acting for Dyson in a number of high-profile infringement cases.
  • Handling trade mark and other IP matters for Sainsbury’s.

Powell Gilbert LLP

Patent litigation powerhouse Powell Gilbert LLP also provides robust copyright, design rights and copyright enforcement and protection services led by Simon Ayrton, Ari Laakkonen and Alex Wilson. Ayrton's design rights enforcement in the retro furniture space is particularly noteworthy. Clients from the FMCG, media, electronics, fashion and retail sectors engage the team on infringement and invalidity actions, passing-off litigation, royalties disputes and copyright disputes involving competitor’s advertising. Recent work has also included opposition proceedings before the UKIPO.

Practice head(s):

Simon Ayrton

Other key lawyers:

Ari Laakkonen; Alex Wilson

Testimonials

The Powell Gilbert team have become our in-house IP litigation team. They are trusted advisors who accept the commercial realities of any situation and understand that risk mitigation and preparedness are of paramount importance to industry. They combine this with a wealth of legal knowledge, humour and availability! I could not do my job without them.

Simon Ayrton is clear, concise and focused and always gives advice speedily and specific to the commercial realities of the situation.

Tom Oliver is technically perceptive and quickly grasps any complicated or involved situation and provides detailed and focused advice.

Key clients

The Procter & Gamble Company

Gillette Company LLC

Ocado

Edwards Lifesciences

Omega Engineering Inc and Omega Engineering Limited

Illumina Inc.

Tensixtwo Limited

Vitra, Casina and Fritz Hansen

Simon Gudgeon Sculpture Limited

Garmin

Prada

Spectris

Fratelli Campagnolo

Work highlights

  • Acting for Procter & Gamble in multiple actions against various traders involving counterfeit, parallel trading, and lookalike goods.
  • Handling disputes concerning unauthorised replicas of Vitra, Casina and Fritz Hansen’s famous mid-20th century furniture designs.
  • Handling a dispute over Gillette’s registration of the trade mark SUNNY. Societe BIC opposed the registration before the UKIPO relying on three of its trade marks, each of which include the element SOLEIL, alleging a likelihood of confusion and that Gillette’s mark takes unfair advantage of BIC’s marks.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May’s IP practice provides a robust brand licensing and IP transactions service to high-calibre clients across the sports, fashion, retail, restaurants and FMCG industries. Regular instructions encompass trade mark and design licensing agreements, IP joint ventures and strategic portfolio acquisitions. David Ives is now the main contact following the retirement of former practice head Susie MiddlemissRob Sumroy and Duncan Blaikie are also key members of the team. Typical contentious instructions include oppositions, cancellations and parallel import disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Ives

Other key lawyers:

Rob Sumroy; Duncan Blaikie

Key clients

Richemont

GlaxoSmithKline

ASDA/Walmart

Marks & Spencer

Burberry

Tottenham Hotspur

ARM

ITV

Yoox Net-a-Porter

John Lewis/Waitrose

Work highlights

  • Established a joint venture between Richemont International SA and Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd for online luxury retail in China. Negotiated complex brand licensing arrangements for the licensing of the Richemont brand and the arrangements for making its Net-A-Porter websites, apps and extensive portfolio of luxury brands available on the Net-A-Porter platform, including Cartier, Piaget and Vacheron Constantin.
  • Advising The Restaurant Group on its proposed acquisition of the restaurant chain Wagamama, comprising approximately 200 restaurants across the UK, Europe, US, the Middle East and New Zealand.
  • Advised GlaxoSmithKline on the IP aspects of its joint venture with Pfizer in respect of its combined consumer healthcare businesses.

Stobbs IP

Stobbs IP is a rapidly growing trade mark and brands boutique with offices in Cambridge and London, headed up by founding partner Julius Stobbs. High-profile sports, entertainment, gambling, fashion and retail names turn to the firm for trade mark and copyright infringement and passing-off litigation, brand licensing disputes, trade mark enforcement strategy and commercial IP matters. The firm's in-house investigations team, Brand Intelligence, assists with online infringement, anti-counterfeiting, takedowns and all other digital brand enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Julius Stobbs

Testimonials

‘Stobbs is, in my opinion, the most stacked trademark firm in the UK. For a small firm, it packs a huge punch. The depth and variety of experience provided by each attorney there is unparalleled. The client service is incredibly personal; Julius Stobbs set the tone.’

‘Not only is Julius Stobbs incredibly smart, he has very good judgement in how to handle an enforcement situation in a strategic and practical manner. There is no one else I would trust more to handle a complicated situation than Julius. He provides sound, thoughtful advice in every situation.’

‘This team is amongst the most innovative and dynamic groups of IP lawyers in the country. Despite their operations primarily being in Cambridge, they have a client base which is the envy of every City firm – they are a phenomenal success story.’

‘Easy to use, commercial and accurate.’

‘A close knit team with an outstanding grasp of trademark law. The team works quickly to support our needs.’

‘Up-and-coming firm that acts for top brands and is appearing with increasing frequency in big ticket litigation. Stobbs has developed a tightly run team of exceptional quality, built on a base of ex-Magic Circle specialists. With standout flexibility, Stobbs delivers excellent results for its stellar list of big-name brands both in trademark litigation and in commercial disputes.’

‘Stobbs are integral in understanding some of the issues we face from an enforcement perspective.’

‘Stobbs IP are excellent at providing creative, cost-effective solutions and advice. They are prepared to invest time to properly get to know a client’s business, and are both responsive and pragmatic.’

‘Julius Stobbs is a first rate adviser. As well as being extremely knowledgeable, he approaches IP issues in a creative and bespoke manner.’

‘Stobbs is a unique and innovative practice. They are ahead of their competitors when it comes to new trends and technologies in the IP field, as well as all-round flexibility.’

‘Julius Stobbs is an excellent businessman and lawyer at the same time. He intuitively understands the needs of big IP holders and does everything he can to support them.’

‘Stobbs IP is one of the most creative and cutting-edge IP firms. They’re a boutique, making them very approachable, from routine questions to escalations. They’re also quick to pivot and to find innovative approaches to novel issues. This is primarily due to their leader, Julius Stobbs.’

Key clients

7-Eleven

ABInBev (Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona, Becks,

Hoegaarden, Leffe, etc)

AG Barr (Irn Bru)

ASOS

Balfour Beatty

Barclays

Beiersdorf (Nivea etc)

Boots

BullGuard

Brown Forman (Jack Daniels etc)

Cambridge University

Canada Goose

Cancer Research UK

Channel 4

Citco Converse

DKNY

Eton College

Faber & Faber

Facebook

Federal Mogul

Ford Models

Garrard & Company (jewellers)

Glencore

GoPro

Grandmaster Flash

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)

Iglo Foods (i.e. Birdseye, Findus, etc)

Informa Plc

Instagram

Just Eat

Orla Kiely

LADBible

McDonalds

MacMillan Publishers

Marshall Amplification

Mars Wrigley

Meyer Bergman

Monster Inc

Mothercare

Nike

O2

Oculus

PepsiCo

PurpleBricks

Quintessentially Group

Sanrio (Mr Men)

Snap Inc (Snapchat)

SSAT (The Schools Network)

Ted Baker

Tottenham Hotspur FC

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Work highlights

  • Acting for Liverpool FC in its successful defence of a High Court (Commercial Court) claim brought by New Balance disputing whether a matching provision within that kit sponsorship agreement had been satisfied.
  • Acting for Tottenham Hotspur FC in relation to its global brand strategy and enforcement matters, including particular projects around the new stadium and reaching the Champions League Final.
  • Managing the global brand portfolio of GVC Holdings, a FTSE 250 company and of the world’s largest sports betting companies (owning Ladbrokes, Coral, Owin, Sporting Bet, Betboo, party poker, Foxy Bingo, Gala amongst other brands). Includes over 1,200 active trade marks over 70 territories, with over 30 active disputes.

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

Boutique firm Waterfront Solicitors LLP is a go-to name for IP litigation for an impressive set of clients. Co-heads Matthew Harris and Piers Strickland regularly appear in the High Court, IPEC and IPO in trade mark, copyright and design infringement and passing-off disputes, with current engagements for clients in the agrochemicals, food and drink, publishing, eyewear and professional services sector, with a broad set of sector knowledge. Harris also has expertise in domain name disputes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Harris; Piers Strickland

Testimonials

Across the board, a deep knowledge of the law, tactically and commercially astute, cost effective legal services, with the ability to find quick resolution when appropriate, as well as fighting hard for the client.

Waterfront is always present and quick in providing advice. Comprehensive and sharp.

Piers Strickland is an incredibly pragmatic and knowledgeable practitioner who delivers a great product for his clients at a very reasonable price point.   They give senior attention to matters for all clients, and are very comfortable about internal referrals to deliver service to clients.

A first class IP boutique.

Piers Strickland is a highly experienced partner with a specialist practice providing a highly personal service and detailed attention to clients.

Matthew Harris is analytic, pragmatic and highly competent.

Matthew Harris is outstanding on details. Very firm grasp of a case and very good understanding of IP.

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Waitrose Limited

GAT Microencapsulation

The Financial Times

CMC Markets

Integrated Supply Network LLC (“ISN”) and JS Products

TRATON (previously formerly Volkswagen Truck & Bus AG)

MyOptique Group

Scratch Meals

The Union of European Football Associations (“UEFA”)

PMS International Group Plc

Banijay Rights Limited

Haribo

PM Connect

Andover Norton International Limited

Workable Technology Limited

Vertical Leisure

Work highlights

  • Defending Integrated Supply Network and JS Products Limited in High Court trade mark litigation brought by the Monster Energy drinks company. The UK litigation formed part of litigation in multiple jurisdictions including the United States and Canada.
  • Acting for serial and well-known IP litigator PMS (of Supreme Court, Trunkie case fame) in various pieces of litigation including the Beverly Hills v PMS case referred to the CJEU in October 2019.
  • Acting for Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Scratch Meals in registered trade mark and passing off proceedings in relation to the trade mark FIT KITCHEN.

AA Thornton

The IP litigation department at specialist firm AA Thornton works with a broad client base on contentious and commercial matters. Practice head Geoff Hussey (who 'puts the intellectual into intellectual property') handles trade mark and design enforcement proceedings before the High Court and EUIPO for venture capital, food and drink, engineering and building supplies clients. On the non-contentious side, Hussey advises on IP strategy, audits, due diligence and ownership and licensing negotiations. Recent team growth has included the arrivals of barrister Dan Byrne and Simon Spink (previously of Bristows LLP), enhancing the firm's litigation capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Geoff Hussey

Other key lawyers:

Dan Byrne; Simon Spink

Testimonials

First-rate service, thoughtful and bespoke advice, amazingly proactive team. I know that AA Thornton will understand the issue I am trying to solve and deliver great advice in the desired timeframe.

Geoff Hussey is a go-to man for all issues on IP. He puts the intellectual into intellectual property.

Key clients

Virgin Enterprises Limited

Cambridge Quantum Computing

Admiral Group

Jimmy Choo Limited

Associated British Foods

Robert Bosch

Primark

Work highlights

  • Acted for Virgin Enterprises Limited in a successful High Court appeal of a UKIPO opposition decision in relation to the proposed mark “VIRGINIC”. This was the first UK trade mark case concerning adjectival suffixes.
  • Handling a breach of contract and breach of confidence High Court case for Cambridge Quantum Computing involving complicated technology of quantum computing and quantum chemistry.
  • Acting for Poul Chang Metal Industry in a declaration of non-infringement of a registered design in the UK court. Also successfully resisted an application for a stay concerning related proceedings ongoing in Germany.

Ashurst

Ashurst provides contentious and non-contentious trade mark expertise to a global, bluechip client base. Practice head David Wilkinson and associate Anouska Fabes lead on trade mark oppositions, infringement and passing-off litigation while senior associate Don McCombie is a key name for commercial matters including IP support on high-profile liquidations (he is acting for Thomas Cook in liquidation). Highlight sectors include consumer goods, IT, media, telecoms and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

David Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Anouska Fabes; Don McCombie

Testimonials

As a full-service firm, Ashurst brings a wealth of experience to any commercial dispute. In TMT and IP disputes the firm benefits from having strong commercial support teams readily at hand to assist with complex but important peripheral issues. The firm as a whole is very commercially aware, experienced and offers excellent cost efficiency and makes appropriate use of experienced senior associates and other teaming decisions to ensure diligent yet cost effective management of every case.

Ashurt is a top-flight City firm with clients to match. They always put in a first-rate performance in whatever they do and are always very pleasant to deal with.

High-quality, experienced team. Good at managing and earning the trust of difficult clients, while managing their expectations. I have found the advice provided by Ashurst to be clear, straightforward and importantly, practical taking into account the circumstances of the cases we have worked on together. This includes an inherent cost/benefit assessment of the situation measured against the scale of the problem which is appreciated by attorneys and clients alike.

David Wilkinson is an extremely experienced intellectual property litigator who is readily able to address complex and novel situations to find sound commercial solutions to advance his client’s case.

Don McCombie is a diligent, hardworking and talented litigator who is able to take real responsibility for complex litigation.

David Wilkinson is an extremely well-known IP practitioner with an adherent practice, and with his move to Ashurst I am sure has put the firm very much on the IP map.

Dom McCombie is first rate and incredibly knowledgeable, and a pleasure to deal with.

Key clients

NEX International Limited

Agilitas

Ewald Dorken AG

AUTOMAT (American Brasserie)

Thomas Cook Group plc (in liquidation)

McLaren

NCR

Goldman Sachs

Work highlights

  • Advised the liquidators of Thomas Cook on the sale of all of the group’s IP assets to a variety of bidders following an auction process.
  • Advised McLaren, the F1 racing team, in relation to litigation with its former merchandise distributor, Fanatics (International) Limited, arising out of a brand licence agreement.
  • Representing NCR, the world’s leading provider of ATMs and payment solution technologies, in defending an injunction application relating to one of NCR’s best-selling self-service checkout products.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP’s IP practice is led out of Liverpool by Colin Bell. As such, leading names in software, sports and the creative industries with a strong presence in the north west retain the team for brand protection, enforcement and exploitation exercises. Commercial and strategic trade mark advice is a focus for the team, including licensing and cooperation deals in the media and entertainment sector. On the contentious side, infringement, passing off and oppositional proceedings are often advanced in the IPEC.

Practice head(s):

Colin Bell

Testimonials

Brabners have a very strong team, particularly Colin Bell, who brings a lot of experience to help our business. I have experience with a number of other people within the firm and have found all of them to be very professional.

Key clients

Travel Jigsaw Limited t/a rentalcars.com and Priceline.com

TJ Morris Limited

Greenberg Traurig and Winston & Strawn

Regatta Limited

Craghoppers Limited

Hawkshead Outdoor Limited

James Hall & Company Limited

Revolution Foods Limited

Simply Design Group Limited

Citadel LLC

FAUN Trackway Limited

Prevayl Limited

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to FAUN Trackway Limited, a leading supplier to the defence, access, environment and engineering sectors, in relation to a trade mark infringement action in the IPEC (claimant).
  • Ongoing advice on all intellectual property-related matters to high-profile, successful outdoor clothing clients including cross-border matters, such as a Customs Office matter in Poland and formal registry opposition proceedings.
  • Advice to Climbtop Limited (t/a Farmer Teds and Farmaggedon) in relation to a license and business deal with Aardman Animations (Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Creature Comforts, Chicken Run) following an approach for consent to use Climbtop Limited’s IP in a film name.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s IP practice regularly advises on IP-rich global transactions involving sizeable trade mark portfolios in the FMCG, retail, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. Practice co-head Vanessa Marsland regularly assists with corporate acquisitions and disposals, investments and trade mark protection and licensing projects. Co-head Stephen Reese takes on trade mark litigation, with recent matters involving invalidity defence of 3D trade and design marks and the advancement of parallel import litigation.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Reese; Vanessa Marsland

Other key lawyers:

Leigh Smith

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge about the subject matter. Very efficient and focused on adding value to the business, not just explaining the legal matters.

They took time to understand what we were trying to achieve and then provided options for moving before forward. Once we made our decision on how to proceed they they provided an invaluable plan of practical steps that needed to be taken whilst they drafted the appropriate documentation. Clear explanations meant we were not bogged down in the legal documentation necessary to achieve our goals.

We were particularly impressed by Leigh Smith, who led the process in an efficiently structured and practical manner. He was always available when needed and turned the work around quickly and efficiently.

Key clients

Bowmore UK 3 Limited (Infracapital)

Cami NYC

Cyprus Government

Fruit of the Loom

Imagination Technologies

Invictus Games

ISS Group Holdings Ltd

Legal & General Group plc

L’Oréal

Mastercard

Melrose plc (GKN Limited)

Mondelez

Pfizer

Receivers of British Steel Limited

Schroders

Synamedia

Syncona

The Absolut Company

The Invictus Games Foundation

Tyson Foods

Work highlights

  • Drafted and negotiated key agreements for the 2022 Invictus games.
  • Advising a global blockchain company on the process of launching a new blockchain solution and social media platform, both of which have a heavy IP content across patents, copyright and trade marks. Includes advising on IP structuring in respect of its software.
  • Advising the Cyprus Government on protecting and enforcing rights in certification and collective trade marks against third parties applying for trade mark protection for, or using, the mark HALLOUMI (or confusingly similar marks) without being authorised to do so.

Clyde & Co LLP

Led by Ralph Cox, Clyde & Co LLP’s IP practice tackles trade mark infringement and passing-off litigation, design infringement defence, collaboration arrangements (including subsequent disputes) and IP due diligence on corporate transactions. Cox has also recently advised on complex IP ownership questions relating to algorithms. The team's broad client roster features sectors as diverse as recruitment, food packaging, electronics, digital streaming and architecture.

Practice head(s):

Ralph Cox

Testimonials

A highly commercial soft IP team.

Ralph Cox is the standout partner I have worked with. Ralph is technically a brilliant lawyer so, while his main focus is patents, he is also a very safe pair of hands when it comes to trade mark and copyright advice advice and disputes, and indeed related contractual, licensing and confidential information disputes. Ralph always has his eye firmly on the client’s commercial objectives, and tailors advice and litigation strategy accordingly. He is a highly impressive operator in this field.

Edwin Coe LLP

London firm Edwin Coe LLP handles the breadth of trade mark, copyright and design matters for a broad client base that includes automotive, beauty products, IT, consumer electronics and media companies. Practice head Simon Miles and Nick Phillips handle oppositions before the UK courts and the EUIPO, commercial IP deals, trade mark litigation concerning brand names (most notably for easyGroup) and all other brand protection and exploitation issues. Phillips is also a go-to name in the field of domain name disputes.

Practice head(s):

Simon Miles

Other key lawyers:

Nick Phillips

Testimonials

Simon Miles has a very good practice.

Key clients

easyGroup

Garmin

Studiocanal

GroupM

Noble Automotive

Paddington and Company Limited

Kout Food Group Limited (Little Chef, Cha Cha Moon)

Maxicorp Limited

Silvergate Media Limited (Octonauts)

FilmOn.com

Parity Consultancy Services Limited

Physique Management

Work highlights

  • Advising easyGroup on a number of brand protection matters up to the High Court including actions against Easyvoyage SAS and Netflix.
  • Handling IP protection for a number of properties including Paddington Bear, Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, Fungus the Bogeyman and Greenwich Polo Club. Most notably, managing the international trade mark portfolio for Paddington Bear and dealing with any related brand protection and exploitation issues.
  • Acting for Garmin on numerous ongoing trade mark/brand protection matters, including overseeing the EU trade mark portfolio and including opposition and invalidation work at the EUIPO.

gunnercooke LLP

gunnercooke LLP’s IP lawyers handles instructions on contentious issues including trade mark and copyright infringement, passing off, entitlement and breach-of-distribution allegations. The rapidly growing team welcomed three new partners – Rosie Burbidge, Robert Taylor and Nick Berry – who offer expertise in the sectors of media and entertainment, professional services, FMCG, entertainment and leisure. Oppositions and invalidity actions are also routinely handled.

Key clients

Pinup Graphic Design Ltd

The Department of Brands

Roger Pike Associates Ltd

Plu&m Ltd

Space Ape Ltd

Swoon Editions Ltd

Safe-t-systems Ltd

Crafty Counsel Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Pinup Graphic Design as one of 20 defendants being sued by Mo Farah for passing off on the basis of an alleged false endorsement.
  • Acting for Tecnolumen in an IP dispute in relation to the iconic Bauhaus design for the Wagenfeld Lamp.
  • Acting for Roger Pike Associated in  proceedings against TP ICAP claiming copyright infringement by sharing a tender document.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Recent non-contentious work for Howard Kennedy LLP’s IP practice has included advising on copyright licensing deals and global exploitation exercises for trade mark and domain name assets. Disputes handled by practice head Robert Lands have involved complex 3D shape trade marks, copyright invalidity proceedings in the UKIPO and multijurisdictional anti-counterfeiting actions. Technology, art, entertainment, fashion and retail are sectors of focus for the team.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lands

Testimonials

Robert Lands’ considerable knowledge and expertise in intellectual property and commercial law makes his advice particularly valuable as he is able to assess the situation with regard to both of these legal areas. Robert focuses on the best outcome for the client which results in him providing very pragmatic advice. He’s highly personable and is able to discuss complex areas of law in a way that makes them easy to understand.

Key clients

Pandora Jewellery

Condé Nast International Limited

Yolana and AYU London Limited (Alan Yau companies) – founder of Wagamama and Yamabahce

Association of Illustrators

Calzedonia

The Tate

ePlus Technology Inc.

Micad Systems (UK) Limited

Royal Geographical Society

Work highlights

  • Acting for a US musical instruments manufacturer in a trade mark infringement dispute.
  • Advised the owners of a global consumer brand on the commercial exploitation of its trade marks, domain names and other IP rights following the high-profile administration of its stores.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s IP and media team is retained by clients across the sports, technology, financial services and FMCG sectors for trade mark, copyright and design protection and enforcement issues. Practice head Georgie Collins regularly handles EUIPO opposition proceedings, recently for Conan Doyle Estates in relation to the Sherlock Holmes brand. Online infringement is also a strong point for the team, including website suspension and domain name disputes.

Practice head(s):

Georgie Collins

Testimonials

Georgie Collins is always deeply committed to her clients’ cause, hard-working, determined, commercially minded and with loads of experience across the sector.

Key clients

SkySync, Inc

Lily’s Kitchen Limited

Sweaty Betty (Lady of Leisure Ltd)

Whispering Smith Limited

Conan Doyle Estates Limited (Sherlock Holmes)

Capita plc

Giles Long/Lexicon Decoder Ltd

The British Chambers of Commerce

Beauty & the Boutique

Globe Business Publishing (Apply 4 Law & Lexology brands)

Industrie Clothing

International Broadcasting Convention

Cotton On

Bombas

Project Management Institute

Micheldever Tyre Services

Worldgift.com

Simply Brands

Uniplaces

Stevie Wonder

Waterloo Air Products plc

Work highlights

  • Protects, manages and enforces Sweaty Betty’s global trade mark portfolio, dealing with related issues such as domain name, copyright and design right disputes and broader issues of reputation management.
  • Acting for ethical pet food provider Lily’s Kitchen on all IP requirements, having secured protection for over 300 trade marks in 30 jurisdictions over the past two years.
  • Handling a variety of IP rights issues for Whispering Smith, creator, importer, wholesaler and distributor of innovative fashion clothing for all major high street stores and e-retailers across the globe.

K&L Gates LLP

Leading names in the creative and high-end fashion sectors turn to K&L Gates LLP’s IP practice for brand management and dispute resolution services. Practice leader Arthur Artinian devises licensing, brand enforcement and exploitation strategy for trade mark, copyright and design portfolios, and has expertise in invalidation and infringement proceedings before the UK and European courts. Architecture is a niche field of expertise, with firms (including 'starchitects' such as Renzo Piano and Frank Gehry) engaging the team on international IP projects including museum openings.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Artinian

Testimonials

The partners at K&L Gates are proactive and very prompt in actioning matters and always provide sound advice and assistance.

Nothing is ever any trouble for Arthur Artinian. He is polite, thoughtful, articulate, responsive, honest and very professional but also fun. Arthur is the most proactive attorney I have ever met, regularly sending us articles or updates on IP matters, legal cases, Brexit, GDPR – anything which he thinks might be of interest to our business as a whole (not just IP).

Key clients

Nike

General Mills (Yoplait, Haagen Dazs, Green Giant, Cheerios)

Thomas Pink

Furla

Coty

Renzo Piano Building Workshop

TripAdvisor

Belkin International

Sanrio/Mr Men

Le Creuset

Work highlights

  • Handled Nike’s appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union (and the hearing at the General Court) regarding the invalidation of the iconic Converse sole design.
  • Handled Coty’s $600m global licensing and collaboration deal with Kylie Jenner.
  • Handled Mr Men’s global licensing and collaboration project with the Spice Girls and the launch of Little Miss Spice Girls.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's recruitment of Nick Bolter from Cooley (UK) LLP, along with a team of associates, has handed the firm a greatly enhanced presence in the IP field. The team’s strength lies in trade mark and design protection and enforcement for brands in brands in retail, luxury, and apparel, as well online retailers and technology and automotive companies.

Practice head(s):

Nick Bolter

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s IP practice is headed up by Mike Knapper, who focuses on transactional, trade mark, copyright and design exploitation, and strategic IP matters for a clients across a diverse range of sectors, most notably financial services. Recent work highlights for Knapper have included large-scale trade mark licensing and ownership projects across various EMEA jurisdictions. In a boost for the firm's contentious offering, Paul Joseph – a recommended litigation and arbitration expert across the full spectrum of IP types – recently joined from RPC.

Practice head(s):

Mike Knapper

Other key lawyers:

Paul Joseph

Testimonials

Mike Knapper is professional, skilled, pleasant and easygoing.

Key clients

Saab Seaeye Limited

Arla Foods Amba

Esso Petroleum Company Limited (Esso)

Delta Airlines

Renishaw plc

Lucozade Ribena Suntory Limited / Schweppes International

Honda Motor Europe Ltd

Accolade Wines

Vispring

Schweppes International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a large international airline on a complex dispute over the ownership and licensing of computer programs for its online (and mobile) booking system.
  • Advising Arla Foods on branding and commercial aspects of the acquisition of the Kraft branded cheese business in Middle East and Africa, as well as a subsequent negotiation with Kraft Foods of a trade mark licence extension. This work involved various complex brand and know-how assignment and licensing aspects.
  • Advising Lucozade Ribena Suntory on the licensing and ownership of a digital experience platform.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Anna Frankum and Chris Shelly head the IP practice at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, which recently advised on brand enforcement and opposition strategy for high-profile retail, fashion, food and drink celebrity clients. Clients in the automotive and architecture sectors also engaged the team on brand and design safeguarding, IP rights transfers and infringement claims. A solid list of technology clients retains the team for IP advice relating to software, data and algorithms.

Practice head(s):

Anna Frankum; Chris Shelley

Testimonials

‘The team is technically excellent, and backs this up with strong commercial judgement and advice. They have a real can-do attitude. The team is very user friendly.’

‘Anna Frankum is calm, authoritative and sound in her advice.’

Key clients

All Saints Retail Ltd

Barfoots of Botley

CAB International

Compass Box Delicious Whisky Ltd

Finance & Leasing Association

First Law P.C.

General Practitioner’s Defence Fund

Gordon Murray Design Limited

Home Smart Home Ltd

Joseph Giles Ltd

Needle & Thread Design Holdings Ltd

Norbar Torque Tools Ltd

Root’s Reggae Reggae Sauce Ltd and Levi Roots

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Tradecraft Tools Ltd

Thatcham Research

TicketSocket

Senseye Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised General Practitioner’s Defence Fund on its trade mark strategy and co-branding agreement with the British Medical Association.
  • Assisted All Saints Retail Ltd with its brand enforcement, including settling design disputes to its satisfaction.
  • Advised Gordon Murray Design Limited on the IP aspects of its corporate reorganisation, including IP strategy and drafting various IP assignments.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP’s IP team works in tandem with the firm's media and entertainment lawyers to provide the full range of contentious and non-contentious copyright services to clients in that field. Jonathan Radcliffe handles substantial copyright litigation in the High Court while Carolyn Pepper, Stephen Edwards, Michael Skrein and practice head Gregor Pryor advise on IP licensing deals and copyright disputes for broadcasting and music industry clients. The team also works with clients in the retail, IT and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Pryor

Testimonials

‘They tackle complex copyright disputes with aplomb. A great team who combine first-rate legal analysis with a commercial outlook.’

‘Jonathan Radcliffe is brilliant to work with: very bright, commercial and a team-player. He’s keen to discuss all aspects of a case with the wider litigation team at an early stage which facilitates the best outcomes for clients.’

‘Carolyn Pepper and Michael Skrein form a great team and both are absolutely excellent in a crisis.’

‘Carolyn Pepper is fantastic technically; astute and great with clients. She grasps issues quickly and there is no flannel.’

‘Michael Skrein is exceptionally experienced and probably the best IP lawyer in London.’

Taylor Vinters

Taylor Vinters' brand protection practice head Louisa Dixon is retained by  a diverse client portfolio (featuring impressive names in technology, automotives and entertainment) to advise on international IP protection and enforcement strategy. Gareth Dickson leads on contentious instructions before the domestic and international courts, with recent matters involving anti-counterfeiting, cybersquatting, trade mark infringement and trade mark opposition proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Louisa Dixon

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Dickson

Key clients

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

The Estate of Professor Stephen Hawking

Go Ape

Meridian Audio

World Trade Centers Association

Luton Town Football Club

Hoge Fenton

Meaco

The Royal Society of Chemistry

Escape Fitness

Work highlights

  • Advised Bridgestone on the strategic clearance of product names in Europe.
  • Advised Go Ape! on the international protection and enforcement of its trade marks.
  • Acted for the World Trade Centers Association in relation to multiple opposition proceedings before the EUIPO in relation to the WORLD TRADE CENTER brand.

Taylor Vinters

Taylor Vinters' brand protection practice head Louisa Dixon is retained by  a diverse client portfolio (featuring impressive names in technology, automotives and entertainment) to advise on international IP protection and enforcement strategy. Gareth Dickson leads on contentious instructions before the domestic and international courts, with recent matters involving anti-counterfeiting, cybersquatting, trade mark infringement and trade mark opposition proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Louisa Dixon

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Dickson

Testimonials

‘The team understands the constraints on clients’ time and budget, so they tailor their services to be both highly responsive and practical from a budget perspective.’

‘Louisa Dixon is simply fantastic to work with because she combines three rare attributes all in one: extensive expertise, highly responsive and budget sensitivity.’

Key clients

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

The Estate of Professor Stephen Hawking

Go Ape

Meridian Audio

World Trade Centers Association

Luton Town Football Club

Hoge Fenton

Meaco

The Royal Society of Chemistry

Escape Fitness

Work highlights

  • Advised Bridgestone on the strategic clearance of product names in Europe.
  • Advised Go Ape! on the international protection and enforcement of its trade marks.
  • Acted for the World Trade Centers Association in relation to multiple opposition proceedings before the EUIPO in relation to the WORLD TRADE CENTER brand.

TLT

TLT is a go-to firm for digital IP enforcement and protection, particularly in regards to infringing website takedowns and domain name recoveries. Key partners in this line of work are practice head Nick Fenner and Daniel Lloyd. Legal director Andrew Cave has expertise in parallel imports and anti-counterfeiting actions. The team's diverse client base includes names in leisure, retail, manufacturing, digital media and fintech.

Practice head(s):

Nick Fenner

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Lloyd; Andrew Cave

Testimonials

The team at TLT have a great understanding of how legal issues effect commercial outcomes. Their approach to legal questions centres around achieving realistic and practical solutions that benefit the client’s commercial interests.

A strong IP team.

Key clients

BGL (comparethemarket.com)

Ulfcar Production

British Telecommunications

Provexis PLC

Starling Bank

Federation Against Software Theft

Simon Harrison Limited

TUI Travel Limited

Camden Dining Group

Goliath Games

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

Work highlights

  • Advising Starling Bank on a range of IP issues as it launches new products to markets as well as managing Starling Bank’s IP portfolio.
  • Instructed by Danish Company Ulfcar Production to pursue a claim against a rival business alleging theft of core and valuable trade secrets relating to an industrial process and the subsequent worldwide exploitation of that information.
  • Handling all trade mark portfolio advice and management for Compare The Market across all territories.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Caroline Hayward leads Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s IP practice, which has strength on both the contentious and non-contentious sides. The team handles revocation appeals in the life sciences sector, as well as anti-counterfeiting measures in the financial services sector. The team also has extensive branding expertise in relation to commercial property transactions, particularly for IP-rich hotel and shopping centre businesses, as well as dealing with trade mark infringement actions.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Hayward

Other key lawyers:

Alice Gould

Testimonials

The team acts as a one-stop-shop, focal point and legal resource for all matters related to trade marks, copyrights and designs. They are able to filter information and take initiative. In addition, the team is solution-oriented, always offering recommendations and solutions to every problem/challenge that arises. They understand our business, culture and industry and this makes a lot of difference in how they deliver their service. For this reason, they are our go-to firm for this practice area and are quick to recommend them to third parties when recommendations are sought.

Alice Gould has a wealth of experience, across multiple jurisdictions- she has been the lead for a portfolio that spans across more than 40 jurisdictions. She is able to advise on legal, technical, administrative, commercial and practical aspects. A quality that I truly value is her ability to provide information and advice in a simple and concise manner, with sufficient detail to assist decision-making.

Key clients

ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company)

ADNOC Distribution PJSC

CFA Society of the UK

Protec International Limited

ExCeL (London International Exhibition Centre Plc)

MGAP

Apache Capital Partners

Diesel Emission Control

Origin Housing Group

Swan Group

Platform Housing Group

Currie & Brown International Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Pharmanutra in revocation appeal proceedings in the High Court against a competitor, Iron Therapeutics AG (now called ‘Shield’).
  • Continuing to advise on and coordinate a worldwide filing and protection programme for client ADNOC’s trade marks. Originally focused on dealing with ADNOC’s house marks and other existing marks, the programme has now expanded to encompass new product lines and marks.
  • Acting for Origin Group in UKIPO Opposition proceedings and an EUIPO revocation action.

Venner Shipley LLP

IP specialist firm Venner Shipley LLP provides contentious services alongside its well-reputed IP prosecution offering. Paul Harris and practice head James Tumbridge handle trade mark and copyright infringement and passing-off disputes for a diverse client base; recent instructions have come from clients in the food processing, gambling, entertainment, packaging and autotech sectors. The team has also recently negotiated IP licensing contracts for a key consumer electronics client.

Practice head(s):

James Tumbridge; Paul Harris

Testimonials

This firm is well acquainted with TMT issues and is a first-rate patent attorney firm. The legal team has that technological support available at all times.

James Tumbridge is very able to coordinate a technology response whether contentions or non-contentious.

Key clients

Mental Health First Aid England

Equine America

Barry Callebaut

Brooke (Greville) Casino

Roarr Norfolk Dinosaur Park

Epicurean Dairy & Others

FIVE PERCENT NUTRITION LLC

THE PROJECT BAND LTD

SPECCHIASOL S.R.L. –proprietor of EU TM VERADENT

Stockeld Park

Work highlights

  • Advised Equine America on a dispute regarding an EU registered trademark for the name CORTAFLEX, which is used as a brand name for a type of equine nutritional supplement.
  • Advised FIVE PERCENT NUTRITION, the company of the late Rich Piana, a famous bodybuilder who developed his own brand of nutrition and supplements, on a trade mark dispute.
  • Advised Epicurean Dairy & HECK Food in their complaints of passing off and trademark infringement against Aldi, which sought to ape the clients’ successful brands with own-brand variations.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

In mid-2019 Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP expanded its IP capabilities with the acquisition of Leeds-based IP boutique James Love Legal. James Love and senior counsel Patrick Cantrill offer strategic trade mark and design exploitation advice and representation in oppositions, enforcements and invalidations. Sectors of focus include FMCG, manufacturing, technology and hospitality and leisure.

Practice head(s):

James Love

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Cantrill

Testimonials

‘Strong technical skills combined with commercial approach and a can-do attitude makes this my go-to team for contentious and non-contentious matters. Advice is always practical and solutions to problems meet our business needs.’

‘They get things done while avoiding the overly aggressive approach without purpose encountered at some of their competitors.’

‘James Love is highly responsive, offering technically adroit and clear commercial advice. He delegates well to his team and gives excellent value for money.’

Key clients

TomTom International

Geofabrics Limited

Egton Medical Information System (EMIS Health)

English Heritage / Historic England

Drax Group Plc

ME+EM Limited

Merian Global Investors (previously part of Old Mutual Group)

Immediate Media Company Limited

Centrica Plc

Work highlights

  • Provided advice to TomTom International  in connection with IP and cross-border contractual issues, and handled various disputes before the UKIPO and EUIPO.
  • Provided trade mark protection services for the various marks in the UK and overseas on behalf of Egton Medical Information System, including the PATIENT mark, which relates to the medical website and is a leading independent health platform.
  • Responsible for the management of English Heritage’s UK and European trade mark portfolio, protecting the logo central to the public’s mind in identifying English Heritage-operated sites and properties.

Acuity Law

Acuity Law provides clients with the full scope of brand protection and contentious trade mark services through a team led by Cardiff-based Rehman Noormohamed. Ongoing disputes include trade mark oppositions before the IPO Tribunal being defended by Cordelia Payne (the key London contact), and successful appeals to oppositions in the UKIPO and EUIPO. Noormohamed is routinely engaged on IP exploitation, protection and licensing matters. Copyright and domain name disputes are also handled.

Practice head(s):

Rehman Noormohamed

Other key lawyers:

Cordelia Payne

Testimonials

Cordelia Payne was a perfect person to deal with my lack of knowledge on the IP and trade mark subject and showed patience and understanding of the predicament I found myself in.

Straightforward to work with, sensible advice to get things done with minimum fuss.

Knowledgeable, practical, understandable and relevant.

Key clients

University of Bath

University of Bristol

Laduma Limited

Trinity Brands

Isokon Limited

Progressive Technology Solutions Limited

Jurassic Fibre Limited

LiberalCoins

One Rebel

HF Trust

Work highlights

  • Providing legal advice to the University of Bath in relation to its new global Centre of Excellence Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS), a research and innovation initiative to support collaborative research with the automotive industry to develop future generations of ultra-low emissions vehicles.
  • Provides ongoing support and day-to-day advice on all matters relating to the business operations of Trinity, including reviewing its contract pack with a view to protecting the IP owned by the brands under Trinity’s umbrella and advising on various IP licensing arrangements.
  • Defending immersive technology company Laduma Limited in a protracted trade mark opposition claim over a period of 12 months and which reached the IPO Tribunal.

Briffa

Briffa has recently expanded with the acquisition of the client list from Chancery Trade Marks, a deal which has boosted the firm's headcount and also gifted the firm a number of new household name clients. The firm's work includes advising on international brand protection strategies, global IP and trade mark strategy, and representing clients in trade mark disputes, passing off claims and copyright infringement disputes. The core team comprises managing partner Margaret Briffa, senior partner Ralph Wehrle, 'skilled and knowledgeable' IP disputes head William Miles, and 'commercially focused' non-contentious IP head Eamon Chawke.

Other key lawyers:

Ramsay Monime

Testimonials

‘Very professional, very efficient and very comprehensive. They are excellent compared with other firms.’

‘A truly unique firm. From the location of their offices to the personalities, approachability and expertise of individual members of the team. They are extremely modern and forward-thinking at the same time as being real specialists in their field.’

‘One of the best SME services across the whole of the TMT/IP sector in the UK today.’

‘Cost-effective, pragmatic and talented, Briffa is the first port of call for many SME clients who need solid and reliable specialist advice at realistic prices from a firm who understands SMEs.’

‘Briffa combines the best aspects of a Magic Circle firm and a scrappy, laid-back startup. Their people are professional, highly responsive and business minded.’

I was very impressed by Eamon Chawke’s professionalism. He is very dependable.’

‘Ramsay Monime is extremely passionate about his work. He is also very knowledgeable and an excellent lawyer which means that he manages to retain a number of very well-known clients who would normally go to much bigger firms. He gives 100% to his work and at the same time is personable and great fun to work with.’

‘William Miles is a delight to work with, skilled, knowledgeable and able to deliver real results for his clients in an efficient and pragmatic manner.’

‘Eamon Chawke has been our key point of contact and relationship manager since we came on board with Briffa. He embodies everything we enjoy about working with Briffa. In addition to exceptional service , what sets Eamon apart is his egalitarian demeanour. We have been with Briffa since Eamon was an associate and we noticed no change in our level of service as he moved from associate to partner.’

‘Eamon Chawke is on top of the law, as you would expect, but more importantly he is commercially focused with the client’s aims in mind. He is also lovely to work with.’

‘Will Miles always helpful and provides key advice in a timely manner.’

‘I value Ramsay Monime’s straightforward thinking and ability to communicate ideas effectively. He is a great networker and respective of the contributions of members of a co-panel team.’

Key clients

Ann Summers

Financial Conduct Authority

Bodum

Chestertons International Estate Agents

Tom Dixon

Farfetch

OKA

Marsh

Armorgard

Exterion Media UK (now Global Outdoor Media)

Work highlights

  • Advising Farfetch on its international brand protection strategy for the following brands: Farfetch, Browns, Dream Assembly, ASAP54, For The Love Of Fashion, Store of the Future and Style.
  • Handling global IP strategy for international design studio Tom Dixon.
  • Advising Heathcote & Ivory on its global trade mark strategy and managing its global trade mark portfolio. 

Locke Lord LLP

US firm Locke Lord LLP's London team provides both contentious and non-contentious trade mark services for a diverse client roster comprising names in consumer goods, engineering, life sciences, financial services and the hi-tech sectors. Practice leaders John Olsen and Ben Hitchens advise on brand protection and exploitation, licensing agreements and subsequent breach-of-contract disputes. Further contentious work includes trade mark infringement, passing off and breach-of-confidence disputes.

Practice head(s):

John Olsen; Ben Hitchens

Testimonials

The team at Locke Lord implement creative and business-appropriate trade mark strategies and make the process seamless in terms of reviewing their advice and making the appropriate decisions.

Great and responsive team and service.

Ben Hitchens is friendly, responsive, competent and I believe he genuinely does his best to minimise the cost to us of legal work. There are firms that do their best to increase fees so I was pleased to see the opposite here.

Key clients

AerFin Limited

Regis Inc

Metex Novista

Terrain Studios

Nicox SA

Metabolic Explorer SA

Nina Campbell Limited

Percy and Reed Product

Treehill Associates

Work highlights

  • Advised a luxury shoes supplier on the options available under the parties’ licence agreement regarding renewal, termination and breach, and negotiated a further agreement regulating the parties’ ongoing relationship and addressing the disposal of surplus stock.
  • Representing an additives producer in relation to a breach-of-confidence action currently being argued before the English courts.
  • Undertaking a comprehensive worldwide search, filing and enforcement program for a high-profile product design company in order to protect its new trade mark.

Memery Crystal LLP

City firm Memery Crystal LLP continues to expand its commercial, intellectual property and technology (CIPT) practice, which covers contentious and commercial IP, working with a broad client base. Niche instructions include trade mark and software licensing in the online gambling sector, media and marketing collaborations, and comparative advertising advice for FMCG clients. Recent contentious work has seen practice head Carl Rohsler handle successful trade mark oppositions against global online retail and high street corporations.

Practice head(s):

Carl Rohsler

Other key lawyers:

Robin Fry; Jonathan Riley

Testimonials

Complete understanding of our business and our needs.

The team has a wide spread of clients and applies a personal touch, combined with rigorous legal and commercial analysis. This is often lacking in larger law firms.

A small but effective team, led by experts in their fields and advice delivered in a clear, friendly way. You can tell it is personal for them and they care about what they do.

Robin Fry has the ability to find ways to give us the answers we want. He is able to clearly explain and simplify complicated legal points. He is always available and always responds very quickly.

Carl Rohsler has always gone the extra mile, and knows when to reach out to others to complement his encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and practice. He is reliable, amenable, amicable, approachable and has a very robust but nuanced approach. My impression is that he always wants to do the best for a client and will apply a commercial gloss so that the end result is what the client wants. He is also very charming and has a good sense of humour. You can’t say that about many lawyers!

Carl Rohsler leads the group, and has been involved in a number of significant pieces of IP litigation over the years. He always has a unique viewpoint on problems and is a strong legal brain but is also tactically tough.

Jonathan Riley has helped on data protection issues, on which he is practical and pragmatic, cutting through to the key points.

Key clients

Telegraph Media Group

Aramco Overseas Company

Carabao

Manolo Blahnik

Gaming Realms Plc

Hanx

PURE VPN

Good Skin Days Limited

Krow Communications

Nutraformis Limited

Mile High Laboratories

Imperial Pharma

CP Management

Ingenta

Halo Group

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales

Rush Athletics

The Office of Qualifications and Examination Regulations

Avantage Entertainment LLC

Immerse Learning

Kite Power System

Sustainable Marine Energy

Work highlights

  • Providing IP advice for Aramco Overseas Company’s R&D IP holding company, advising on a variety of different projects relating to the protection of Aramco’s oil and gas and engineering patents and knowhow.
  • Advising on a sponsorship deal in relation to a number of celebrities including Andy Murray and Eva Carneiro regarding a joint-relief product by Nutraformis.
  • Advised Mile High Labs on a suite of trade mark opposition proceedings against Amazon and Whole Foods Market, in relation to Mile High’s 365 CBD brand.

Simkins LLP

Simkins LLP’s IP specialist Jim Dennis has a strong reputation for trade mark litigation. Recent work has included infringement and opposition proceedings before the UK courts and the CJEU for clients in media and entertainment (the firm’s focus sector), recruitment and consumer goods.

Practice head(s):

Jim Dennis

Testimonials

Jim Dennis is proactive, strategic and quick to respond to queries.

Key clients

Rude Health Foods Ltd

KPMG LLP

Lonza, Inc.

Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co LLC (Estate of David Bowie)

Ali-A Entertainment Ltd

Frank Recruitment Group Services Ltd

APCOA Parking (UK) Limited

Crystal Team Ltd

Interhealth Neutraceuticals Inc

Work highlights

  • Advising Frank Recruitment Group Services in its long-running global dispute with Pearson over the PEARSON FRANK trade mark.
  • Advised Jones/ Tintoretto Entertainment on a dispute over the trade mark rights to the artwork on David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane LP with the descendants of the photographer Brian Duffy.
  • Advising the YouTuber Ali-A on registering his name as a trade mark in the face of oppositions filed by a number of third parties.

Simons Muirhead & Burton

Simons Muirhead & Burton’s IP practice is highly active in the copyright-rich sectors of sports, media and entertainment; as such, the team regularly handles copyright infringement proceedings and licensing deals, often in a cross-border context. Practice head Maninder Gill is also retained by high street fashion and third sector clients for trade mark enforcement and oppositions.

Practice head(s):

Maninder Gill

Testimonials

The team is welcoming and approachable, making it easy to ask questions – even though everybody is busy, they always have time for you.

Maninder Gill is probably one of the best IP experts around, with great commercial and legal experience within private practice and big businesses.

Key clients

AlphaCharlie (trading as ALEXA CHUNG)

Lisa Eldridge (and the Lisa Eldridge group of companies)

Alexa Chung

Mr Black Spirits Pty

Muslim Aid

Alan Walker

Immediate Media Limited

Crossroads Concert LLC

Cage Warriors

Professional Squash Association

Work highlights

  • Advising the eponymous fashion brand represented by television personality and model Alexa Chung on negotiation of the label’s collaboration with Barbour (the famous British luxury brand).
  • Acting for Cage Warriors in its three-year broadcasting deal with the UFC under which Cage Warriors fights will be broadcast exclusively on the UFC Fight Pass global TV platform.
  • Acting for Muslim Aid in its ultimately successful application for a trade mark for the words ‘MUSLIM AID’.

Squire Patton Boggs

Co-heads Carlton Daniel and Kerry Lee lead the IP offering at Squire Patton Boggs. With a focus on the key sectors of media, advertising, travel, food and drink, fashion and entertainment, the team handles trade mark and copyright infringement claims, IP licensing and issues pertaining to database rights. Daniel is based in London while Lee divides his time between Manchester and Brussels.

Practice head(s):

Carlton Daniel; Kerry Lee

Testimonials

‘The key strength of this team is that they really care about what is the best for their clients and they are willing to go extra mile to make sure of the best outcome. They are good at helping me to fully understand the risk, implications so I can make the best informed decisions for my business. Their team clearly have very strong working relationship between them across different function and area of expertise, as they can always bring different experts into the conversation when it’s needed.’

‘Kerry Lee is highly effective and also very pragmatic. Throughout the process, he explained things in great detail so I got the full picture of all pros and cons. He would actively bring suggestions to me which could benefit my business. He also understood the importance of cost control for my business and was always willing to suggest cost-effective ways to achieve our business goals.’

‘Kerry Lee clearly has a real passion for IP law. He is very proactive and offers clear advice. He has a focus on what is right for the client, rather than what produces the largest invoice. I have rarely come across a lawyer who is so passionate about their particular discipline.’

‘The team is reliable, effective and easy to work with. They accommodate and understand our needs with a can-do approach. Whenever something comes up, I know I can count on them to help me better deal with the issue at hand.’

‘Kerry Lee’s deep knowledge of IP combined with his in-house experience provides him with the empathy and strategic view that general counsels love to see in law firm’s partners.’

Key clients

WPP Group

Sony

Telegraph Media Group

Yum Brands

Google

Live Nation

AIA

Scott Dunn

Avery Dennison

C. & J. Clark International Limited

Harves

Work highlights

  • Responsible for the global trade mark portfolio of Threadology.
  • Managing the trade marks and designs for footwear brand C. & J. Clark International Limited.
  • Managing the global rollout of the Planet Holding Limited’s new brand PLANET SMART CITY.

Wedlake Bell LLP

The team at Wedlake Bell LLP handles a range of both contentious and non-contentious matters, including IP litigation, trade mark prosecution, and licensing, distribution and agency agreements. IP and commercial head Michael Gardner is described 'an excellent, hands-on partner', working alongside Adrian Heath-Saunders - who 'always hits the commercial issues bang on the head' - and Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite, who recently completed a doctoral thesis on the subject of IP law and the internet.

Practice head(s):

Michael Gardner

Testimonials

‘Wedlake Bell is one of those firms where you know that the partner will take the lead and not pass down the work to a junior associate. Wedlake Bell has great in-depth knowledge of IP and litigation tactics.’

‘Excellent technical skill on the commercial side. Great at getting the right level of resourcing for the issue so you aren’t overspending. Good at giving accurate quotes and billing transparently.’

‘Mike Gardner is an excellent, hands-on partner whose ability to craft letters which set exactly the right tone and balance makes me always recommend him.’

‘Adrian Heath-Saunders’ contracts are a model of clarity.’

‘Logical, responsive, commercial thinking. Nothing is too much effort for them.’

‘Adrian Heath-Saunders is particularly good at explaining complex legal issues in simple terms, always hitting the commercial issues bang on the head.’

Key clients

Tesco Stores Limited

Stars Group (t/a PokerStars)

Jumeirah Group

Lacoste

Which?

Major Political Party

Surrey County Cricket Club

Aigle

Pangaea Laboratories

SHL Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for French outdoor brand AIGLE in a trade mark opposition proceeding against American Airlines, relating to the application by American Airlines to register their Eagle logo for clothing which AIGLE opposed on the basis that it clashes with the AIGLE “Eagle” logo.  
  • Acting for Which? in relation to a variety of matters including contentious IP advice; including reviewing potentially infringing domain names incorporating Which? and advising on actions; reviewing publications; and taking actions against infringers of the Which? trade mark.