Intellectual property in London
The intellectual property team at Allen & Overy LLP attracts praise for its 'outstanding ability, client awareness and total commitment to the cases it handles'. The group assists with a combination of contentious and commercial matters relating to the full range of IP rights. Recent work highlights include representing Huawei in Conversant’s high-profile claim for a declaration that it has offered FRAND terms relating to its SEP portfolio, as well as acting for Eli Lilly in its appeal to the Supreme Court against an order for the revocation of its patent for its Tadalafil product. Global head of IP, litigator David Stone, has particular experience in EU design law, while Jim Ford heads the commercial IP practice. Other names to note include patent litigator Mark Ridgway, who focuses on the telecoms, pharmaceuticals and biotech industries; life sciences and consumer products patents litigator Marc Döring; Mark Heaney, who has expertise in the hi-tech sector, and life sciences sector specialist Marjan Noor, who 'brings a unique combination of client care and detailed involvement to a case'. Nicola Dagg departed to Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.
David Stone; Jim Ford
‘A top-end practice that, when the need arises, benefits from the in-house support of a worldwide full-service legal firm.‘
‘The specialist IP partners are hugely experienced and, with well-qualified technical associates, are able to provide a bespoke and cost-effective approach to each case.‘
‘Mark Heaney is one of the most experienced electro-mechanical patent experts in the UK, with a real understanding of what will work and what will not; he brings pragmatic strategy to every case.‘
‘Neville Cordell has real strengths in the pharmaceuticals and life-sciences sectors, bringing years of experience in complex and high-value patent litigation to any case.‘
‘Marjan Noor has huge experience as an IP litigator and is one of the stars of the London market.‘
‘Associate Rafi Allos is excellent.‘
‘Jim Ford is an extraordinary commercial lawyer. He is thorough, smart, commercial and tough, but balanced.‘
‘Rafi Alos and Tom Edwards are outstanding associates.‘
Premaitha Health plc
Eli Lilly and Company
Procter & Gamble
Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH
The Coca-Cola Company
Honda Motor Europe
Twentieth Century Fox
Exponent Private Equity LLP
Imperial Brands plc/Fontem Ventures BV
- Instructed by Huawei Technologies in Conversant’s claim for a declaration that it has offered fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms relating to its standard essential patent portfolio.
- Represented Eli Lilly in its appeal to the Supreme Court against an order of the Court of Appeal that its patent for the low dosing regime for its Tadalafil product be revoked.
- Acted for Gillette Company in patent infringement proceedings against Wilkinson Sword and Edgewell Personal Care Company relating to their replaceable razor blade cartridges and shaving razors, which are claimed to fit Gillette’s razor handles.
- Advised GN Hearing on all aspects of its multi-agreement smart hearing collaboration with Cochlear, which included a program for the joint development of application-specific integrated circuits for sound processing and wireless communication intended for hearing aids.
- Successfully represented The Coca-Cola Company in its opposition to Moden Industrial & Trade Company’s EU trade mark application for Master (Spencerian Script) for soft drinks, including three appeals to the Boards of Appeal at the EUIPO and two appeals to the General Court.
Bird & Bird LLP's intellectual property team has broad capabilities across the full range of rights, with a strong reputation for patent and trade mark disputes in the technology, communications, life sciences, and media and entertainment sectors. The team recently represented Actavis PTC and Actavis UK before the Supreme Court in a revocation action against two Eli Lilly patents relating to the erectile dysfunction drug, Tadalafil; and acted for Merck in a trade mark dispute against Merck Sharp & Dohme relating to the use of the word Merck. Katharine Stephens, who handles patent litigation in the electronic, computer technology and engineering sectors; and Robert Williams, who focuses on multi-jurisdictional patent litigation and trade secrets disputes, jointly head the practice. The team also includes patent litigator Morag MacDonald, Peter Brownlow, who is a key name for trade mark, copyright and design law; Richard Vary, who focuses on standard-essential patent litigation; Mark Holah, who handles brand protection instructions, and litigator Ewan Grist. Eleanor Root was promoted to the partnership, while Graham Smith is now of counsel.
Katharine Stephens; Robert Williams
Other key lawyers:
‘Bird & Bird are an important IP advisor to our company, and have run one of our most important design litigation cases with significant success. They are premier advisors in the IP field, and have strong capabilities across the IP spectrum, including clearance, portfolio management and enforcement.’
‘Katharine Stephens is a formidable IP expert and trusted adviser to our business. She can be trusted to deal with the most nuanced and complex IP issues with commercial alacrity.’
‘Ewan Grist is a talented IP litigator, with an impressive expertise in designs. He was the lead partner on a groundbreaking design infringement case that delivered a significant win for our business.’
Take-Two Interactive Studios
Johnson Matthey Group
- Representing Allergan in high-stake proceedings relating to a patent for a key glaucoma drug.
- Successfully acted for Actavis in the Supreme Court in a revocation action against two Eli Lilly patents relating to the erectile dysfunction drug, Tadalafil.
- Acting for MADE.com in ongoing trade mark infringement proceedings against a fashion brand MADE CLO in relation to the MADE trade marks.
- Defending Merck KGaA in an appeal by Merck Sharp & Dohme relating to the use of the world Merck.
- Defending Arcadia Group’s Topshop against a claim by luxury fashion house Daks Simson, regarding unusual trade mark rights.
With specialisms in the the technology and life sciences sectors, the intellectual property team at Bristows LLP provides 'a first-class service at a real-world cost' and clients praise it as 'the best all-round IP team in the UK'. The group has broad expertise and 'excels not only in UK IP litigation but also in pan-European IP matters'. Brian Cordery and the 'hugely experienced' Myles Jelf, who 'successfully brings first-class strategy and oversight to cases, whilst inspiring and harnessing the abilities of the firm's fantastic associates', jointly head the patent litigation team, while Matthew Warren, Simon Clark and Ian Gruselle lead the commercial IP team, brands practice and trade mark portfolio group respectively. Other names to note include Andrew Bowler and Robert Burrows, who handle a range of contentious IP matters; telecoms and high-tech patent litigator James Boon; Liz Cohen, Dominic Adair and Gemma Barrett who focus on life sciences patent litigation; Richard Pinckney, who acts in IP disputes in the TMT, engineering and electronics sectors; and brands expert Jeremy Blum.
Brian Cordery; Myles Jelf; Matthew Warren; Simon Clark; Ian Gruselle
Other key lawyers:
‘Bristows has a market leading life sciences practice and is very knowledgeable in this area.‘
‘All of the partners are at the top of their fields, and are assisted by first-rate associates.’
‘Unlike some of the boutique IP firms, Bristows benefits from being a full-service firm, drawing on experience, when required, from non-IP departments including the commercial and competition groups.‘
‘It has a great network with a number of excellent law firms across Europe, which allows Bristows to provide the best legal advice with respect to pan-European IP strategy.‘
‘Matthew Warren is very sensible and provides sound advice.’
‘Laura Anderson works in a very responsive, collaborative and pragmatic way and works with life sciences sector clients to achieve results clients can feel good about.‘
‘Myles Jelf is an undoubted star among IP solicitors.‘
‘Richard Pinckney offers a strong and confident service with brilliant strategic direction, especially in the electro-mechanical sphere.‘
‘Andrew Bowler is a pleasure to work with, bringing well-honed and realistic strategic direction to any case.‘
‘Dom Adair is prompt, highly reliable, and a great pleasure to work with.‘
Johnson & Johnson
Cadbury (Mondelez International)
McDonalds International Property Company
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd
Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy
The Financial Times
Monsoon / Accessorize
Fondation de France
- Acting for Vectura in a patent case regarding the validity of five of its EP (UK) patents and an infringement by GSK’s series of Ellipta inhaler patents.
- Instructed by Edgewell Personal Care and Wilkinson Sword to defend allegations of patent infringement made by Procter & Gamble and Gillette relating to Gillette’s Mach 3 razors.
- Representing ZTE Corporation in FRAND litigation brought by Conversant.
- Acting for Novartis Pharma in several patent disputes.
- Advised Genomics England on all aspects of its collaboration with IQVIA including the IP issues arising out of combining its clinical and genomic datasets with IQVIA’s analytical tools.
The intellectual property team at Powell Gilbert LLP is recognised for its strength in patent litigation, but also has brand protection expertise and trade mark and copyright experience. The group's sector expertise encompasses the life sciences and biotechnology, telecoms and electronics, chemicals, engineering, energy, consumer goods and media and entertainment industries. In recent high-profile matters, the group defended Actavis against patent infringement allegations brought by Warner-Lambert relating to the use of Pregabalin, and represented Huawei in high-profile standard essential patents litigation including FRAND elements. The 'absolutely stand out' Penny Gilbert heads up the practice and focuses on patent litigation in the life sciences sector, while Simon Ayrton leads on trade mark and copyright matters. Name partner Tim Powell specialises in multi-jurisdictional litigation, particularly relating to patents; Ari Laakkonen has telecoms and technology sector expertise, and Alex Wilson handles strategies for exploiting and enforcing IP rights across Europe. Peter Damerell and Bethan Hopewell are also key names for IP litigation focusing on the technology and life sciences sectors respectively.
Penny Gilbert; Simon Ayrton
‘The very experienced Penny Gilbert offers very sensible advice in multinational litigation.‘
Procter & Gamble
- Represented Actavis in a long running battle with Warner-Lambert regarding the blockbuster drug, Pregabalin.
- Acting for Edwards Lifesciences in the UK element of an international patent dispute relating to percutaneous implantable heart valves.
- Defending Garmin against patent infringement allegations brought by Norwegian company Navico regarding marine sonars.
- Acted for Huawei Technologies in a dispute relating to standards essential telecoms patents with Unwired Planet.
- Instructed by The Procter & Gamble Company on brand protection matters including multiple actions against various traders of counterfeit, parallel traded, and lookalike goods.
Gowling WLG's intellectual property team is spread across the firm's London and Birmingham offices and has expertise across contentious and non-contentious patent, brand and design matters, particularly in the life sciences and advertising and marketing spaces. Other sector specialisms include the telecoms and IT, retail, automotive and aviation engineering, and food and drink industries. Practice head Gordon Harris focuses on engineering and technology patent disputes, David Barron is highlighted for his SEP expertise, Paul Inman handles life sciences litigation, and Alexandra Brodie is 'developing a niche strength in telecoms work'. In Birmingham, key names to note include transactional IP specialists Patrick Duxbury and Luke Kempton, and head of brands and design, Kate Swaine, while, in London, 'stand out' director Matt Hervey is 'absolutely superb' for patent disputes. The group has continued to add to its team with the recruitment of the 'very able, responsive and commercially minded' Huw Evans and 'very experienced patent litigator' Jonathan Ball from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Other key lawyers:
‘Birmingham-based partner Luke Kempton is a commercial genius and always delivers.‘
TQ Delta, LLC
Alpha Animation & Toys Limited
Hexatronic Group AB
- Acted for GSK in the UK element of an international dispute relating to the technology used for making very fine powders for use in certain inhaler products.
- Representing TQ Delta in a patent infringement claim against Zyxel and a related a FRAND declaration regarding the proposed licensing terms of a patent, which is essential to broadband internet specifications.
- Acting for Hexatronic, a global leader in fibre-optic cable technology, in a patent infringement dispute brought by Emtelle.
- Instructed by Dyson to manage infringement issues in 51 territories.
- Advising Azumi on its worldwide restaurant name, Zuma, being used as part of a new dog food brand.
The intellectual property team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is 'commercially focused and able to provide concise advice under pressure' and combines substantial commercial IP expertise, spanning transactions, projects, risk management and strategic advisory work, with notable strength in patents, trade marks and copyright disputes. Practice head Joel Smith handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, with particular experience across the consumer, retail, media, technology, agribusiness and energy sectors, while global head of intellectual property Mark Shillito focuses on the life sciences, TMT and consumer goods industries. Other names to note include pharmaceutical patent litigators Sophie Rich and Sebastian Moore (Moore splits his time between London and Milan), and hi-tech patent expert Andrew Moir.
Joel Smith; Mark Shillito
‘Andrew Moir is a technical expert, and able to provide confident, concise legal advice, that is both practical and commercial.‘
‘Andrew Moir understands technology, and this enables him to give tailored advice that reflects the real underlying issues.‘
‘The team is very commercial. It understands the issues facing clients and gives practical advice, that still has the requisite amount of detail.‘
Ariosa Diagnostics Inc.
Hoffman La Roche AG and Roche Products Ltd
IKOS CIF Limited, IKOS AM Limited
Atticus Limited Liability Company
- Defending Ariosa, a member of the Roche group, in patent infringement proceedings relating to its Harmony non-invasive prenatal test.
- Acting for Unilever against a claim by a former employer for compensation regarding inventions made during the course of his employment.
- Defended Gilead in a revocation action started by Teva UK, in which the judge made a preliminary reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union on an issue relating to SPC law.
- Acted for Abbvie in patent proceedings against Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Co, Biogen and Samsung relating to AbbVie’s Humira product.
- Defending Hoffmann La-Roche and Roche Products against Pfizer’s claim in the High Court for ‘arrow declarations’ relating to pending European patent applications owned by Roche.
Hogan Lovells International LLP attracts praise as 'one of London's patent litigation powerhouses'; according to clients it is 'very experienced at running telecoms patent disputes, which include FRAND issues' but also has experience assisting clients across the life sciences, consumer goods and automotive sectors. Practice head Paul Brown is highlighted as 'the pre-eminent mobile phone litigator in the UK'; Daniel Brook is 'the sort of person you would want to defend a difficult case' in the life sciences sector, and 'fantastic tactician' Stephen Bennett 'brings a steady hand to the tiller in any complex multi-jurisdictional technology case'. 'Standout' counsel Emma Fulton is another key name to note for patent litigation in the life sciences and electronics industries, while Sahira Khwaja is highlighted for brand protection matters in the consumer goods and TMT sectors.
‘The team has a strong focus on strategy and obtaining a good commercial result for the client, together with excellent legal and technical abilities.‘
‘Companies who are used to large ‘full service’ commercial firms will feel at home with Hogan Lovells, and enjoy the 24/7 teaming.‘
‘It is good on the technical issues in FRAND litigation and extremely thorough and hardworking.‘
‘Stephen Bennett will descend into the detail when necessary but also always retains a commercial perspective.‘
‘Stephen Bennett is sensible, pragmatic and experienced.‘
‘Paul Brown steps up to the plate when clients want to push the litigation boundaries and trample their opponents underfoot.‘
‘Jemma Trainor is a really good associate who rolls up her sleeves and gets on with the job.‘
The 'highly knowledgeable' practice at Taylor Wessing LLP 'provides practical business solutions and advice' across trade mark and design, patent and copyright matters, with particular experience in the consumer goods, fashion and luxury brands, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, technology and media sectors. Niri Shanmuganathan heads up the group and has particular experience assisting media and entertainment sector clients, while Nigel Stoate leads the patents practice, Mark Owen heads up the trade mark, copyright and designs team and Graham Hann leads the transactional IP team. Other names to note include Simon Cohen and Matthew Royle for life sciences sector patents disputes, 'formidable strategist' Charles Lloyd and Roland Mallinson, who specialises in soft IP.
Niri Shanmuganathan; Nigel Stoate; Mark Owen; Graham Hann
‘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.‘
‘Senior associate Adam Rendle attracts praise for his exceptional work ethic and knowledge.‘
‘Jason Rawkins and associate Jocelyn Clarke both provide outstanding service.‘
‘The intellectual property team is a pleasure to work with and is always thinking outside of the box to solve client problems.‘
Accord Healthcare Limited
Oxford BioMedica plc
Europcar Mobility Group
- Advised Oxford BioMedica on the exclusive worldwide licence of its gene therapy treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.
- Representing Mylan in the long-running Pregabalin patent litigation.
- Acting for Cisco in a claim against the directors of broker Gen-X IT, which traded substantial quantities of counterfeit and grey Cisco-branded products.
- Instructed to manage American Airlines’ trade mark portfolio work in the UK, France, Russia, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and certain Caribbean countries.
- Advising Asus and its subsidiary companies on its patent litigation strategy across Europe regarding patent infringement actions brought by Philips relating to its mobile phone technology.
The 'knowledgeable, personable and efficient' team at Baker McKenzie has a breadth of expertise across brand protection matters, patent litigation and transactional advice, with particular experience in the consumer goods and retail, TMT, healthcare and industrials sectors. The team also benefits from a strong media and technology practice, led by Ben Allgrove, which handles copyright and online provider liability issues. Practice head Michelle Blunt assists clients with a range of IP transactions, while recently promoted partner Jessica Le Gros leads the trade mark team. Other names to note include Michael Hart , who handles soft IP matters, and patent litigator Hiroshi Sheraton, who focuses on the healthcare and life sciences sectors.
‘The team is knowledgeable, personable and efficient’
JCB (J. C. Bamford Excavators Ltd)
- Instructed by JCB in an infringement claim for three patents relating to safety systems applied to telescopic handlers, against French competitor Manitou.
- Advising Hitachi on a multi-billion dollar co-branded technology joint-venture in the power industry.
- Defended L’Oréal in patent infringement proceedings brought by Liqwd relating to its Smartbond hair bonding product range.
- Instructed by a large international bank on several matters including global brand strategy and licensing work, image rights and sponsorship issues.
- Assisted a digital business service provider with several technology-heavy acquisitions including the acquisition of an AI start-up and a robotic process automation company.
CMS 'always delivers high-quality advice' across contentious and non-contentious matters, and is noted for being 'good on complex multi-jurisdictional trade mark issues'. Following Joel Barry's departure, trade mark specialist Sarah Wright heads up the IP team, which includes Gareth Morgan, who leads the group's patent litigation offering; head of patent prosecution Robert Stephen, and co-head of the firm's international group Tom Scourfield, who 'is user friendly, technically sound and very good on strategy'. 'Excellent, technical and very commercially savvy lawyer' Joel Vertes is also recommended and has 'a robust and decisive approach to franchising, breach of confidence and technology cases'.
Sarah Wright; Gareth Morgan; Robert Stephen; Tom Scourfield
Other key lawyers:
‘The intellectual property team has the ability to get to the nub of an issue for clients quickly.‘
‘Joel Vertes is a powerhouse of skill and focus.‘
‘Senior associate Oscar Webb is a very able and on top of the detail.‘
Dentsu Aegis Network
BAE Systems plc
JTi (Japan Tobacco)
- Acted for Silence Therapeutics in patent infringement and revocation proceedings brought against Alnylam Pharmaceuticals.
- Successfully defended Sandoz against patent infringement proceedings and a regulatory challenge initiated against its pharmaceutical product authorisations, and continues to act in a cross-undertaking in damages against Napp Pharmaceuticals.
- Acting for Microsoft in wide-ranging litigation across copyright, anti-piracy and wider IP enforcement actions.
- Defending Euro-Pro Europe against High Court proceedings bought by Dyson alleging that a comparative advertisement run by Euro-Pro in 2017, which claimed an advantage over a Dyson product, was misleading and infringed Dyson’s trade marks.
- Advised Queensberry Promotions and BT on an application for a live blocking injunction under section 97A of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act.
DLA Piper's 'practical and solution-orientated' team provdes 'pragmatic and commercial advice that is clear and concise' and 'a multi-jurisdictional approach to IP advice and enforcement'. The group assists with a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, particularly relating to trade marks, copyright and transactions. Ruth Hoy heads up the practice following the departure of former practice head Claire Bennett to FiveAI; Hoy has a particular focus on fashion and retail-related matters. Other key individuals include litigator Simon Levine and Bonella Ramsay, who focus on the media, sports and entertainment industries, and life sciences sector respectively; and legal director Désirée Fields, who is a trade mark and brand protection specialist.
‘The team has excellent technical know-how.‘
‘Ruth Hoy is strategic and clear in her advice and is a trusted adviser.’
The Football Association Premier League Limited
BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited
Cantel Medical (UK) Limited and Cantel (UK) Limited
Bajaj Auto Limited
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (“ICE”)
Reed Business Information Limited (“RBI”)
NLA Media Access Limited
International Airlines Group/ British Airways
The Asian Football Confederation
Department for International Trade
Universal International Music
- Acting for Nike in a trade mark and passing off dispute with Frank Industries relating to Nike’s ‘Nothing Beats a Londoner’ advertising campaign.
- Advising Bajaj Auto, the India-based manufacturer of motorcycles and three-wheelers, on various trade mark acquisition and prosecution matters in the automotive sector and related commercial transactions.
- Acted for Cantel Medical in UK patent revocation and non-infringement proceedings, and EU registered and UK unregistered design right litigation, against Arc Medical Design.
- Instructed by student loan company, Future Finance, to advise on its trade mark matters in the UK and EU, in particular the enforcement of its rights relating to the mark, Future Finance.
- Advising the Premier League on the extension of a court order requiring the UK’s major internet service providers, including Sky, BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Plusnet and EE, to block servers that host illegal streams of Premier League matches for the 2018/2019 season.
Boutique IP firm EIP 'hits far, far above its weight' and is comprised of 'experienced and expert IP litigators' who are recognised for medical device, life sciences and mobile telecoms patent disputes. The team is 'involved in some of the highest profile IT disputes on both technical and legal issues' and is instructed by Unwired Planet International in standard essential patent litigation against Huawei, which includes complex competition and FRAND licensing considerations; it is also advising Conversant Wireless Licensing on similar litigation against Huawei and ZTE. 'Very savvy IP litigator' Gary Moss heads up the practice, which includes Robert Lundie Smith and Matthew Jones. The team also benefits from the addition of managing associate Tom Brazier from Allen & Overy LLP.
‘The firm has done more than any other to shape the law in FRAND disputes and make the UK the primary forum for such matters.‘
‘The firm has a forward-thinking mindset, it is great in the details but doesn’t forget the big picture either.’
- Acted for Conversant Wireless Licensing in litigation against Huawei and ZTE for a declaration that Conversant has made a FRAND offer to license its SEP portfolio.
- Successfully represented Unwired Planet International in FRAND litigation against Huawai before the Court of Appeal.
- Acted for Amgen in pharmaceuticals patent litigation against Accord Healthcare.
- Defending an orthodontic medical device manufacturer in a four patent infringement and validity dispute before the High Court against Align.
- Acting for PanOptis in a claim against Apple alleging the infringement by Apple of four separate patent families owned by PanOptis, and requesting that the court sets the terms of a FRAND licence.
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's practice combines 'technical proficiency, commercial insight, legal depth and excellent organisational capacity' and utilises the 'remarkably seamless cooperation between the team in London and US colleagues'. The arrival of the 'fantastic' Nicola Dagg and her team, including Katie Coltart and Daniel Lim, from Allen & Overy LLP 'created a new force in what is actually quite a small pool of choices at the top level in London' for patent litigation. Since their arrival, the group has continued to be instructed in high-profile disputes, particularly in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors; it is instructed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in an upcoming Supreme Court patent claim against Kymab relating to its proprietary transgenic mouse platform for therapeutic antibody development. The practice also benefits from transactional IP expertise led by Emma Flett; it is advising a consortium led by EQT and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority on the acquisition of Nestlé Skin Healthcare. Newly promoted partner Jenny Wilson is recommended for transactional IP and technology matters.
Nicola Dagg; Emma Flett
‘The Kirkland team always has an eye on the big picture strategy and is really good at coming up with novel and creative approaches for achieving the ultimate commercial and strategic aims.‘
‘This is the team that you want running your most complex and strategic cases.‘
‘The group always takes a very strategic and commercial approach — including in finding the right leverage for settlement along the way.‘
‘Backed by Kirkland & Ellis’ considerable resources and ambition from the US side, Nicola is already building a sizeable team.‘
‘Nicola Dagg is extremely strategic and laser-focused on getting the right result for her client.‘
‘Nicola Dagg drives the technically strong and client-focused approach.‘
‘Jin Ooi is renowed for his ability to master knotty issues and has famed round-the-clock responsiveness.‘
‘Nicola Dagg is a phenomenal client handler and strategist and gets the best out of the team below her.‘
‘Jin Ooi is brilliant on detail and in plotting out the future stages of litigation.‘
‘Katie Coltart has experience way beyond her years, and is likely to be a star partner of the future.‘
‘Steve Baldwin is superb, with particular expertise in SPC matters.‘
‘Nicola Dagg is highly experienced in life sciences IP litigation at the highest levels, and excellent at managing large multi-disciplinary and multinational teams of experts.‘
‘Katie Coltart will be a star in the next generation of top UK IP litigators.‘
Procter & Gamble
Vista and portfolio company Advanced
- Represented Pfizer in second medical use litigation relating to its pain medicine, Lyrica, spanning claims in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The team also assisted with the co-ordination of parallel litigation across Europe and globally.
- Advising a consortium led by EQT and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority on all the intellectual property aspects of its acquisition of Nestlé Skin Healthcare.
- Acted for Regeneron in patent litigation in the Court of Appeal against Kymab relating to its proprietary transgenic mouse platform for therapeutic antibody development. The team is also instructed in the appeal, which is set to be heard in the Supreme Court in 2020.
- Acted for Premaitha in its defence and counterclaim of invalidity against claims brought by Illumina.
- Representing TCL Corporation in an SEP and FRAND licensing dispute brought by Philips.
Osborne Clarke LLP
The 'pro-active and transparent' IP team at Osborne Clarke LLP has a 'very sensible approach to IP problems, with excellent knowledge of the law and sound advice'. It has the capabilities to handle a range of patent, passing off, and trade mark infringement litigation, as well as brand management portfolios, with particular experience in the technology, media and communications, retail and consumer, and financial services sectors. The group was instructed as co-counsel for Unwired Planet in the high-profile SEP litigation and the FRAND licensing issues. 'Fantastic lawyer' and group head Arty Rajendra has been 'revitalising the firm', particularly for patents and trade mark disputes; Rob Guthrie has a broad practice spanning litigation, trade mark portfolio management and non-contentious advice, and Tamara Quinn focuses on commercial IP transactions. The group has further bolstered its team with the arrival of patent litigator Will James from Marks & Clerk Law.
‘Osborne Clarke provides a very quick reaction time, a quick building of a team of experts and all necessary information to the next steps and transparency to costs and budget.‘
‘Key strengths of the IP team include being very quick in replying to emails, proactive and good communication skills.‘
‘All lawyers provide very professional legal advice in very short time frames and are able to understand the complex factual background of a case very quickly.‘
‘Arty Rajendra is recommended for her friendly yet very professional nature, and importantly her technical and strategic expertise.‘
Unwired Planet LLC
The Publishers Association
JPMorganChase (We Pay)
The Groucho Club
WW (Weight Watchers)
My 1st years
- Acted as co-counsel for Unwired Planet in a landmark case against Huawei concerning SEPs and FRAND licensing.
- Successfully acted for Frank Industries (which operates under the brand LNDR) in litigation against Nike, which was using the sign LDNR.
- Instructed to manage the global trade mark portfolio of WePay, the payment API provider which is now part of JPMorganChase.
- Acted for Lola VFX in passing off allegations and a counterclaim against Lola Post relating to the use of Lola and Lola VFX in a visual effects service.
- Represented Caesars Entertainment in a trade mark dispute.
The 'excellent' and 'commercially astute' practice at Simmons & Simmons attracts praise for its 'fantastic legal and technical knowledge' and capabilities in national and international disputes and transactions, particularly in the healthcare, life sciences and technology, media and telecoms sectors. Practice head Michael Gavey is a healthcare and life sciences sector expert, while Angus McLean focuses on the fintech industry. Other names to note include patent litigators Michael Burdon, Richard Binns and Andrew Hutchinson; Scott Parker, who frequently acts for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and Darren Meale, who 'is well-versed in UK and EU trade mark law'.
Other key lawyers:
‘Darren Meale is well-versed in UK and EU trademark law and has significant experience in handling prosecution and contested proceedings.‘
‘The team is composed of very knowledgeable, smart and reactive people, who are not afraid to take a stance and provide timely advice on how to react to challenging situations.‘
‘The group provides a great quality of service and is able to adapt to clients’ profile and corporate culture.‘
‘Michael Burdon gives careful consideration to all aspects of the case.‘
‘Superb associate Priya Nagpal is fantastic on the technical details and provides brilliant support.‘
‘Associate Lydia Torne is really fantastic; she is so sharp and has such deep expertise of her sector.‘
‘Positively impressed by Darren Meale’s efficiency, reactivity and availability to his clients.‘
Boston Scientific Corporation
Alzheimers’ Research UK
OGCI CI LLP
Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation
The Institute of Cancer Research
Eli Lilly and Company
- Instructed by Boston Scientific Corporation to act in a multi-jurisdictional patent dispute against Edwards Lifesciences to protect patents relating to transcatheter aortic replacement (TAVR) technology.
- Defending Gilead in revocation proceeding brought by Teva, Accord, Lupin and Mylan relating to Gilead’s supplementary protection certificate covering blockbuster HIV drug, Truvada.
- Instructed by GSK to advise on strategic research collaborations.
- Representing Hugo Boss in registry oppositions and enforcement actions against infringers in the UK.
- Successfully acted for Bose in an action against Freebit for revocation of a patent relating to in-ear headphones and an associated declaration of non-infringement by Bose’s StayHear earphones.
The 'first-class' practice at Wiggin LLP is highlighted for its expertise across brand and online content protection and design law matters, in addition to its experience in patent litigation and commercial IP advice. 'Trade mark expert' Anna Carboni heads up the team and handles a range of trade mark, design and copyright disputes and strategic advice. Litigator Sara Ashby combines design law expertise, significant experience in patent disputes and knowledge of parallel imports, while Simon Baggs focuses on the protection of online content. Other names to note include commercial IP partner Simon Chalkley, and Rachel Alexander, who 'has an in-depth knowledge of UK and EU jurisprudence in the area of copyright'.
‘The Wiggin IP team members deserve their reputation as copyright experts; all members are engaged, responsive and hard working..‘
‘Rachel Alexander is agile and accommodating when it comes to being available to discuss and address issues that crop up during the course of a case.‘
‘Rachel Alexander has an unflappability, which is very reassuring in litigation. She has the ability to be in the detail, while also keeping strategic oversight.‘
‘Victoria Gyles is very bright, diligent and pragmatic.‘
Endemol Shine Group
Motion Picture Association
Warner Music UK Limited & Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
- Representing Warner Music UK and Sony Music Entertainment UK in High Court proceedings against TuneIn.
- Representing Cartier International, Montblanc-Simplo and Richemont International in an appeal to the UK Supreme Court brought by BT and EE relating to two website blocking orders.
- Acting for Endemol Shine Group on its centrally managed portfolio of trade marks worldwide.
- Defended MacGregor Healthcare in patent infringement proceedings relating to medical devices, particularly urinary catheters.
- Acted for Hozelock in patent infringement and validity proceedings against Blue Gentian.
The team at Fieldfisher is noted for its soft IP experience, and is jointly led by trade mark and brand protection expert Leighton Cassidy and Nick Rose, who handles enforcement of rights including copyright, trade mark, passing off and trade secret litigation. Other name to note include John Linneker, who handles a range of trade mark, copyright, patent, design and confidential information disputes; while 'super focused IP litigator' Beatriz San Martín has particular expertise in the life sciences and disruptive technologies industries.
Leighton Cassidy; Nick Rose
Harbottle & Lewis LLP 'has an excellent understanding of the media industry and the client's commercial needs'. The group handles a range of contentious matters including brand protection and copyright enforcement work, as well as non-contentious issues relating to corporate transactions, licensing and other agreements. The team is jointly led by the 'simply brilliant' Shireen Peermohamed, who handles a range of brand management matters; and Andy Millmore who focuses on disputes. Senior associate and litigator Kostyantyn Lobov, who counts technology and entertainment among his sector specialisms, is also a name to note.
Shireen Peermohamed; Andy Millmore
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm takes the trouble to understand the client’s business objectives and provides very good advice.‘
‘The work is overseen by partners with excellent knowledge in intellectual property and media law.‘
‘The group works to co-ordinate and manage multi-jurisdictional input on matters of international relevance.‘
‘Andy Millmore and Kostyantyn Lobov are both extremely knowledgable in their field.‘
‘Shireen Peermohammed’s knowledge and experience are second to none and her client care is also exemplary.‘
‘Sharon Daboul is extremely responsive, diligent and pro-active as well as having an excellent knowledge of trade mark law.‘
Glasswall (IP) Limited
Virgin Holidays Limited, Virgin Enterprises Limited
Phil McIntyre Entertainment Limited (and others)
- Acting for Glasswall in an opposition to a patent invalidity action relating to antivirus software brought by a competitor.
- Acting for Virgin Holidays and Virgin Enterprises as two of 162 defendants in a large-scale copyright infringement claim relating to the use of photographs.
- Advised Universal Pictures on the negotiation of rights for the production of the feature film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
- Defending Phil McIntyre Entertainment in a passing off, economic tort and defamation claim.
- Acting for Chappell Music in a termination of licence claim, and a claim relating to British reversionary rights.
The practice at Lewis Silkin LLP is recognised for its expertise across contentious IP matters, trade mark and design portfolio management work, commercial and transactional mandates, and domain name management issues; and has notable sector specialism in the retail, technology, media, entertainment, manufacturing and engineering industries. The group is jointly led by Jo Farmer, who handles a range of non-contentious matters including advertising and marketing issues; trade mark practice head Dominic Farnsworth; Simon J Chapman, who heads up the dispute resolution team, and brand management expert Giles Crown. Chris Hayes departed to an in-house role at GW Pharmaceuticals.
Jo Farmer; Dominic Farnsworth; Simon Chapman; Giles Crown
‘Lewis Silkin’s advice is both protective of the client’s interests, and pragmatic.‘
‘Jeremy Summers is personable, supportive, strategic.‘
‘Alan Hunt is exceptionally adept at advising on music rights across all international territories.‘
Madison Sports Group Limited
Omnicom (TBWA, BBDO)
Haymarket Media Group
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Vue Entertainment Limited
- Acting for Dyson in a comparative advertising and trade mark infringement dispute against Euro Pro, makers of Shark cleaners, relating to a Shark advertising campaign in the UK.
- Acting for Superdry in a trade mark infringement and passing off claim brought against Bio-Synergy and its director relating to Superdry’s trade mark, Super7.
- Acted for Lush in a trade mark infringement and passing off against claim Nordstrom.
- Instructed by Britvic to advise on a range of intellectual property matters including worldwide trade mark and design portfolio management, commercial and contentious IP work and advertising and marketing issues.
- Defended Asos in three international design and copyright disputes, which covered Holland, China and Norway.
Linklaters LLP has a breadth of experience across contentious and non-contentious matters encompassing a range of sectors including the healthcare, telecoms and technology, consumer goods, financial and insurance, and industrials arenas. Practice head Ian Karet, who attracts praise for his 'unique intellectual focus', has expertise spanning patent and trade mark disputes and commercial transactions, while Nemone Franks focuses on transactional and advisory work. Recently promoted counsel Natalie Ellerby is a name to note for trade mark disputes and licensing issues. Nigel Jones retired.
‘Ian Karet can quickly review a complex situation and come up with a concise, often imaginative, solution or proposed course of action.‘
‘Natalie has a great attention to detail and appears to be excellent with managing the internal associates and day-to-day management of cases.‘
‘Linklaters intellectual property team provides a first-class service, which is faultless.‘
Merck & Co., Inc.
- Advising Sanofi and Regeneron as co-defendants in a complex, high-value UK patent litigation action brought by Amgen relating to monoclonal antibodies.
- Advised on the IP elements of Takeda Pharmaceutical’s $62bn takeover offer for Shire.
- Instructed by Merck & Co. to defend a long-running, high-profile trade mark infringement and breach of contract dispute against German-based Merck regarding the use of the ‘Merck’ name online.
- Advised Unilever on the high-profile auction sale of its global baking, cooking and spreads business to KKR.
- Assisting Dialog Semiconductor with the licensing of its power management chip technology and the transfer other assets to Apple.
Marks & Clerk Law
Marks & Clerk Law has been highlighted by clients as 'one of the leading IP boutiques in the UK' and attracts praise for its 'broad range of sector expertise that other IP firms struggle to compete with'. While primarily recognised for its strength in intellectual property disputes including patent and trade mark litigation, the team also has experience in non-contentious matters. Mike Gilbert leads the life sciences sector group, while Kirsten Gilbert is head of the trade mark and brand team, Michael Moore heads up the commercial IP offering and Dafydd Bevan leads the TMT practice. Other key practitioners include patent litigator Graham Burnett-Hall and recently promoted partner and brand protection specialist Gina Lodge. William Cook stepped down from the partnership to take a senior counsel role and Will James departed to Osborne Clarke LLP.
Mike Gilbert; Kirsten Gilbert; Michael Moore; Dafydd Bevan
‘Marks and Clerk are always quick to respond and able to give an initial opinion before going in to further research.‘
‘Dafydd Bevan has an exceptional talent for explaining the most complex issues in plain English.‘
F. Hoffman-La Roche
Chivas Holding (IP) Limited, part of the Pernod Ricard Group
Manitou BF & Manitou UK limited
- Acted for AstraZeneca in an action brought by Astex Therapeutics relating to a potential claim for payments due under a collaboration agreement.
- Instructed by F Hoffman-La Roche in an action brought by Takeda to invalidate Roche’s patent relating to antibodies with a particular glycosylation profile, which are important for the development of safe and effective therapeutic antibodies.
- Acted for AbbVie in two separate actions brought by Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics and Ares Trading regarding its dosing regimen patents for the anti-TNF antibody, Humira.
- Representing Manitou in a patent infringement and validity action brought by the patentee JCB.
- Defended a client against allegations of trade mark infringement and passing off relating to the use of an everyday English word.
Mishcon de Reya LLP's team has experience across patent, trade mark, design and copyright disputes, and also advises on non-contentious matters. The group has particular expertise in the technology, automotive, pharmaceuticals, betting and gaming, sport, retail, fashion, media, and food and beverage industries. Practice head Jeremy Hertzog handles a range of IP protection and enforcement matters and counts anti-counterfeiting issues among his specialisms. 'Robust and experienced litigator' David Rose is recommended for trade mark litigation, while Sally Britton heads up the brands team.
‘Jeremy Hertzog and Cassandra Hill are very knowledgeable.‘
‘Jeremy Hertzog is very client-focused.‘
‘Associate Jonathan Sharples is very smart and proactive and is very helpful when dealing with challenging IP disputes.‘
Ladbrokes Coral Group plc
- Instructed by Sky to act in allegations of trade mark infringement and passing off brought against SkyKick.
- Acting for Iceland Foods in a high-profile trade mark dispute with the Icelandic government.
- Assisting Matchroom Boxing with boxing’s first ever $1bn commercial arrangement.
- Representing Top Optimized Technologies and Tot Power Control in claims against Vodafone and Huawei concerning patent infringement issues and the misuse of confidential information.
- Advising the rights holder of an iconic children’s TV series on brand protection and commercial matters.
Pinsent Masons LLP is instructed in contentious and transactional matters with a particular strength in life sciences work and further experience in the technology, media, telecoms, financial services and retail sectors. Practice head Clare Tunstall is 'impressive in patent litigation, particularly for generics pharmaceutical companies', while Iain Connor leads the soft IP team, which specialises in software copyright disputes. Charlotte Weekes and Deborah Bould handle patent disputes in the life sciences and technology sectors respectively; Catherine Drew is a life sciences patent and regulatory expert, and Florian Traub focuses on trade mark and brand protection matters. The team has added life sciences patent attorney capabilities with the addition of legal director Nick Finnie who joined from Novartis.
Other key lawyers:
ZyXEL Communications A/S, ZyXEL Communications UK Limited
Zodiac Seats UK Limited (rebranded to Safran Seats GB Ltd)
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited
Accord Healthcare Limited
JUUL Labs Inc
Safestyle plc HPAS Limited (trading as Safestyle UK)
Cath Kidston Limited
The Knowledge Academy
British Generic Manufacturers Association
Medicines for Europe
Flynn Pharma Limited
IBSA Farmaceutici Italia
- Acting for ZyXEL Communications UK in a FRAND litigation relating to two patents for ADSL2, ADSL2+ and VDSL2 technology used in WiFi routers and networking equipment, brought by TQ Delta.
- Acting for Magnesium Elektron in a patent infringement dispute against five subsidiaries of Neo Performance Materials.
- Instructed by Teva as one of four claimants in a challenge to the validity of two of Eli Lilly and ICOS Corporation’s patents for tadalafil; one low dosing regime patent and one formulation patent.
- Acted for Accord Healthcare against Celgene Corporation in the revocation of three patent families covering the blockbuster cancer drug Revlimid.
- Defending merchandising company VR Music against a copyright infringement claim brought by the estate of the photographer, Brian Duffy.
The 'extremely capable' intellectual property group at RPC is 'strong all round', with capabilities across a range of disputes and transactional work and particular experience in the retail, food and drink, technology, media and sport sectors. The 'dedicated and hard-working' team is led by Jeremy Drew, who handles both contentious and non-contentious matters; and includes the 'very clever, thorough and thoughtful' David Cran, food and drink sector specialist Ciara Cullen, and Paul Joseph, who 'provides clear targeted advice, which is delivered quickly even in complicated situations with many uncertainties'. The team has further strengthened its practice with the addition of commercial technology and IP lawyer Paul Joukador, who joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP. Legal directors Ben Mark and Georgia Davis are also highlighted; Mark specialises in trade marks and passing off issues, while the 'conscientious and detail-oriented' Davis has a particular focus on trade mark and design litigation.
‘The team takes the time to understand the commercial strategy behind agreements and directly implements that as part of its legal advice.‘
‘The team is on top of the latest case law and is very easy to work with.‘
‘The group’s commerciality sets it apart.‘
‘The team is exceptionally far-sighted about how decisions taken on one issue may affect the client’s position further down the line.‘
‘The team approaches cases in a commercially robust way that is sympathetic to the client’s needs and objectives.’
‘Jeremy Drew, David Cran and Henry Priestly are all very easy to work with and are willing to go the extra mile when required.‘
‘David Cran is very clever, thorough and thoughtful; and can chart a clear strategic line through complex litigation.‘
Champagne Louis Roederer (Cristal)
House of Fraser
Sports Direct International plc
Pernod Ricard SA (including G.H. Mumm, Jameson, Monkey 47 and Malibu)
SSP (Millie’s Cookies,Upper Crust, Caffe Ritazza)
Crabtree & Evelyn
Japan Tobacco International
Newcastle United Football Club
- Successfully represented Sports Direct in two separate High Court actions concerning a trade mark and IP licence with Rangers Football Club relating to Rangers FC replica shirts and related products.
- Defending Brands Max, a discount retailer of designer brands, against allegations of trade mark infringement by the owner of high-street retailer TK Maxx.
- Instructed by The British Standards Institute (BSI) to defend against trade mark invalidity proceedings brought by one of BSI’s licensees, Omega Flex.
- Representing BetConstruct in High Court proceedings issued by Sportradar relating to allegations of database right infringement.
The 'very reliable' practice at Stephenson Harwood has 'excellent legal skills and sharp commercial awareness' and 'excels at coordinating multi-jurisdictional litigation'. With 'excellent strength and depth in life sciences and pharmaceuticals work', the team attracts praise for being 'unique in its ability to switch its approach from big pharma to small biotech'; other strong sectors for the group include the retail, luxury brands, oil, gas and shipping industries. 'Stand-out litigator' and 'formidable negotiator' Eifion Morris is 'absolutely brilliant strategically' and leads the practice alongside the 'technically and legally superb' Alexandra Pygall. Rob Jacob has 'exceptional practical experience coupled with a commercial approach' and handles a combination of contentious and non-contentious matters for life science and energy sector clients, while recently promoted partner Naomi Leach focuses on transactional matters in the life sciences sector.
Eifion Morris; Alexandra Pygall
‘A group of top-quality solicitors providing commercial advice and a personable and timely service for value for money.‘
‘Alexandra Pygall exudes excellence and instills confidence in her clients, even in difficult situations.‘
‘Alexandra Pygall is an excellent lawyer. She is technically gifted with significant expertise in relation to complex licensing matters in the life sciences sector.‘
‘Rob Jacob boasts very detailed knowledge, and is able to plan effective strategies in the most complex of cases.‘
‘Associates Beth Williams and Anne Stoffels have great attention to detail, which can be very critical in an IP case, and both take a very thorough and detailed approach to their cases.‘
‘Rob Jacob is an eminent expert of the product market and in implications of multi-jurisdictional proceedings; he has impressive ideas and finds excellent solutions.‘
‘Eifion Morris and Rob Jacob are eminent analysts and strategists in litigation that often turns in unpredictable directions.‘
Cell Medica Ltd
Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd
Lucozade Ribena Suntory
Jack Wills Limited
Shield Therapeutics Plc
Philex Electronic Limited/Philex Hong Kong Limited
Smart Reamer Drilling Systems Limited
Daewoo Shipping & Marine Engineering
Eureka Shipping Limited
MGA Entertainment Inc.
Celltrion Healthcare Limited
Beam Suntory Inc
Distribrands Cosmetics BV
- Acting for the Blue Power group of companies in a breach of confidence claim against Eni and two of its subsidiaries.
- Instructed by GlaxoSmithKline as lead counsel in a multijurisdictional trade mark and passing off action against Sandoz and its licensor Vectura regarding the use of the colour purple for asthma inhalers.
- Advised Shield Therapeutics on an exclusive out-licensing arrangement negotiated with Norgine for the right to commercialise Feraccru, a product for the treatment of iron deficiency, in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
- Advised easyGroup on consolidated applications for the revocation of the UK registrations for the mark easyOffice.
- Acted for Lucozade Ribena Suntory in its defense of a compulsory licence application by Pixley Berries.
The 'excellent team of litigation specialists' at Carpmaels & Ransford LLP has 'access to the top-flight patent attorneys, which is particularly beneficial for technical cases'. The group handles a wide range of patent and trade mark litigation as well as non-contentious advice, and has particular expertise in the life sciences sector. David Wilson handles patent disputes in the pharmaceutical and telecoms sectors, while managing partner Richard Jackson has experience advising on engineering and technology sector patents. Camilla Balleny is 'a superb life sciences litigator'; Ian Kirby is instructed in multi-jurisdictional disputes, Roger Lush heads the trade mark practice, and Jake Marshall is the name to note for transactional matters. Clients also praise senior associate and 'excellent litigator' Jennifer Antcliff, who focuses on biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent litigation and 'is already a star and has a phenomenal future ahead of her'.
Richard Jackson; David Wilson; Roger Lush; Jake Marshall
‘Camilla Balleny combines real technical understanding with excellent people qualities that make her an excellent person to get the best out of her team.‘
‘Camilla Balleny forges close relationships with the client, ensuring she comes to understand and share its priorities so that she can best tailor the litigation to its needs.‘
‘Jennifer Antcliff is brilliant, efficient and warm: a combination that clients respect and opponents rightly fear.‘
‘Kit Carter is another excellent litigator; she rapidly learns to understand the client and its priorities, then fights incredibly hard for them.‘
Pacific Biosciences, Inc
Arc Medical Design Limited (owned by Norgine plc)
Align Technology, Inc
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
Sidley Austin LLP
Janssen Biotech, Inc.
Foundation Hubrecht Organoid Technology
- Acting for Celgene in two patent revocation actions relating to the blockbuster product Revlimid brought by Accord.
- Representing Align Technology in four patent infringement and revocation actions involving clear dental aligners against ClearCorrect and Your Smile Direct.
- Advised Foundation Hubrecht Organoid Technology on a worldwide patent and know-how licence agreement with JSR Corporation.
- Instructed by Manzanita Capital to coordinate a global anti-counterfeiting strategy.
- Acted for Janssen Biotech in a patent revocation action brought by Lilly relating to a patent covering anti-IL23 p19 antibodies.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's department is singled out for its brand management and disputes expertise, which spans soft IP matters including trade marks, copyrights, designs and internet and advertising issues. Practice head Mary Bagnall has developed notable expertise in the protection and enforcement of non-traditional trade marks including colour or shape marks; she is advising Cadbury on its efforts to protect 'Cadbury purple' as a registered trade mark. Other names to note include Nick White, who excels in the sports, food and beverage, and retail sectors, and Jennifer Pierce, who focuses on technology and brand issues. Trade mark expert Kate O’Rourke left to Mewburn Ellis LLP.
Essity Hygiene and Health (formerly SCA)
Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG
Vindavinci Beverage Company
Australian Manuka Honey Association
Howard de Walden Estates
- Advising Cadbury on obtaining protection for ‘Cadbury Purple’ as a registered trade mark.
- Advised The National Pharmacy Association on a written intervention to the Supreme Court in Warner-Lambert v Mylan and Actavis.
- Assisting Essex Bio-Technology with a global co-development agreement and a licence agreement for Greater China and Singapore.
- Advising Moore Stephens on its trade mark programme and global brand licensing matters.
- Defending Formica in cancellation proceedings relating to its VirrVarr EU trade mark, brought by the creator’s estate on the grounds of bad faith.
Cooley (UK) LLP has the capacity to handle a range of contentious and non-contentious instructions, with particular expertise in trade mark matters. Practice head Nick Bolter is a key name to note for trade mark, copyright and advertising work; and Chris Coulter is highlighted for his transactional advice, particularly in the technology sector. Nicola Maguire and John Wilkinson focus on life sciences issues.
D Young & Co LLP's 'dedicated and careful team' has 'notable depth of insight and experience in IP' and is highlighted for its litigation expertise. The group counts a number of large corporates among its client roster and is also 'a perfect partner for cost-conscious mid-sized TMT companies'. The group benefits from its ability to handle a range of intellectual property disputes; practice head Tamsin Holman and recently promoted partner Anna Reid 'always provide solid and clear advice' on contentious trade mark, passing off, copyright, design and domain name matters; while Antony Craggs is a name to note for patent litigation.
‘The team’s strengths are its accuracy, while at the same time avoiding unnecessary formalities or ‘red-tape’.‘
‘With a mixture of solicitors and patent attorneys, D Young is able to assist clients with all their patent prosecution, maintenance and litigation needs at very cost-effective London rates.’
‘D Young & Co is very professional yet approachable and never ceases to impress with its technical knowledge and strategy in tricky situations.‘
‘Antony Craggs is very conscientious and friendly to work with; he has a great eye for detail.‘
‘Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid both stand-out from their competitors.‘
‘Antony Craggs loves getting right on top of the detail of a case and ensuring that nothing is missed.‘
‘Antony Craggs has no hesitation in squaring up to the big guns and providing his clients with strong and robust representation.‘
‘Antony Craggs makes addressing patent litigation much less daunting and seemingly easier.‘
‘Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid are highly specialised in international design and trade mark disputes, providing excellent legal and commercial to the point advice in a timely fashion.‘
Babcock International Group Plc
Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd
Guinness World Records
Lifestyle Products LLC
Procter & Gamble
Radiator & Bathroom Gallery Ltd
Turner Entertainment Network
Wykamol Group Ltd
- Acting for Munchkin in the defence of a registered and unregistered design infringement claim brought by Shnuggle relating to a baby bath, and the related counterclaim for the revocation of the relevant rights.
- Succesfully defended Asid Reignz Enterprises against an opposition brought by EasyGroup to a UK trade mark application for the mark MR EASY for entertainment services in Class 41.
- Acting for Guardia Gold in its claim for the infringement of its trade mark Auro by Auromoney.
- Instructed by Wykamol in Safeguard Europe’s claim for infringement of its patent for a method of treating concrete and masonry and a counterclaim for the revocation of the patent.
- Advised various clients in the fashion industry on the upcycling of their branded goods by third parties.
The 'proactive, friendly and knowledgeable' team at Dechert LLP provide 'a strong commercial view' and 'clear answers and solutions' to intellectual property matters. The 'commercially astute' Paul Kavanagh heads up the practice and has a breadth of experience in contentious and non-contentious matters, while 'first-rate associate' Nathan Smith focuses on litigation.
Other key lawyers:
‘The IP team at Dechert is quick to respond, professional and personable.‘
‘Paul Kavanagh is a hugely experienced partner, calm under pressure and very focused.‘
‘Nathan Smith is extremely competent and has a proactive approach, which makes the decision-taking process much easier.‘
The practice at Dentons handles the full range of litigation, advisory, transactional and prosecution matters, and benefits from the ability to leverage the firm's extensive global network in international matters. Patent litigator Campbell Forsyth heads up the team, which also includes separate patent and trade mark prosecution teams led by patent attorney Justin Hill and Anna Copeman respectively. Other key names include associate James Marsden, who focuses on patent and trade mark litigation.
Campbell Forsyth; Justin Hill; Anna Copeman
Other key lawyers:
‘Although they are working within the largest law firm in the world, there is never any feeling that Campbell Forsuth, James Marsden and the team are unavailable or distracted from the individual cases.‘
‘Campbell Forsyth is an enthusiastic leader but never gets carried away or ruffled by events.‘
‘Associate James Marsden provides an excellent point of contact and source of guidance as a right hand to Campbell.‘
Twentieth Century Fox (National Geographic)
Virtual IP Assets (“888” gaming company)
A&E Television Networks
- Representing Emtelle UK in infringement and validity patent claims against Hexatronic UK, Hexatronic Cables & Interconnect Systems and Hexatronic Group relating to fibre optic-related technology.
- Acting for Lottoland in a High Court trade mark infringement action brought by Camelot.
- Advising Twentieth Century Fox on the use of its brand by various expedition and tour operators, which are using the National Geographic name.
- Acting for Hasbro on international IP licensing matters including the use of its brand on merchandising and games.
- Instructed to manage Virtual IP Assets’ European trade mark portfolio and the enforcement of its rights relating to its 888 brand.
Jones Day is strong in IP-related disputes with notable expertise in the pharmaceutical, biotech and chemicals sectors; it also has experience assisting with transactional matters. Practice head Alastair McCulloch is a key name for patent litigation, while Rebecca Swindells focuses on trade mark and copyright matters in the technology, media, telecoms, retail and financial services sectors. Associate Indradeep Bhattacharya is also singled out for his knowledge of contentious issues in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, consumer technology and electronic industries.
Penguin Random House
Educational Testing Services (“ETS”)
NewDay Cards Ltd.
Scapa Group plc
- Instructed by Celgene to assist with the protection of its blockbuster product, Revlimid, from generic competition, which includes acting in three high-profile patent revocation cases brought by Accord Healthcare.
- Representing Lufthansa Technik in an international patent infringement and validity action against suppliers of cabin electronics and aircraft seating manufacturers relating to power supply technology for use in the passenger cabins of commercial aircraft.
- Instructed by NewDay Cards to handle brand prosecution and enforcement matters.
- Representing Hi-Level Enterprises in a database right infringement and breach of contract claim against Hendler Wholesale and two individual defendants. .
- Advised Scapa Group on the IP aspects of its acquisition of Systagenix Wound Management Manufacturing.
Kemp Little LLP
Technology boutique Kemp Little LLP 'demonstrates outstanding market and sub-sector knowledge' and has the ability to provide 'commercially pragmatic and considered legal advice' in intellectual property matters. The team is noted for its expertise in software and data licence disputes, handling patent strategies for tech businesses, and design disputes. Practice head Paul Garland focuses on complex patent and software disputes, Jeremy Harris specialises in copyright and database right infringements relating to software and data licences, and senior associate Emily Nuttall-Wood is a name to note for trade mark disputes. Litigator Rachael Barber, who has a particular focus on the luxury, fashion and retail sectors, joined the team from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. Rebecca Halford-Harrison joined Keystone Law.
‘Kemp Little’s IP team is highly commercial and truly understands an in-house legal budget.‘
‘Kemp Little demonstrates outstanding market and sub-sector knowledge, and provides commercially pragmatic and considered legal advice.‘
‘The lawyers are well-versed in technology and demonstrate innovative approaches to legal coverage and integration with LawTech solutions.‘
‘Rachael Barber is outstanding and a stellar IP litigator.‘
‘Outstanding individuals include Paul Hinton, Chris Hill and Rich Folsom.‘
Leaf Group (formerly Demand Media) t/a Saatchi Art
SITA SC and SITA Information Networking Computing UK Limited
- Advised Jimmy Choo on a number of significant design right cases.
- Acted for luxury beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury in a trade mark infringement and passing off claim against a competitor.
- Acting for Ferrari on the production of kit cars, which are designed to replicate Ferrari vehicles.
- Acting for PulseOn in a claim against Garmin involving registered design infringement, UK unregistered design infringement, and copyright infringement issues relating to its heart rate monitor design.
- Defending Base London against a trade mark claim made by Ferragamo.
Reed Smith LLP
The group at Reed Smith LLP has 'an extremely high level of service and advice' and 'works hard to understand client's needs and craft legal solutions accordingly'. Gregor Pryor focuses on the digital media industry while the 'very bright and engaged' Jonathan Radcliffe has experience handling patent ligation and strategies for life sciences, medical devices, high-tech, and manufacturing clients. 'Clever and resourceful' litigator Michael Skrein is frequently instructed in a range of intellectual property disputes, and Carolyn Pepper, who is 'excellent with clients', has notable media sector expertise and handles trade mark, copyright and breach of confidence disputes.
‘Michael Skrein has a tremendous reputation and his unique but practical advice is highly desired for complex cases.‘
‘The group provides extremely high levels of service and advice.‘
‘Michael Skrein a true legend in his space.‘
Slaughter and May is 'always on top of the legal issues' and benefits from 'an excellent network of foreign advisers, who are able to provide top-notch support in multi-jurisdictional cases'. Practice head Susie Middlemiss has experience in contentious mandates, particular in the technology and life sciences sector, while David Ives and Cathy Connolly focus on commercial IP arrangements and transactional advice. Newly promoted partner Duncan Blaikie also assists clients in the technology and life sciences industries with strategic commercial matters.
‘David Ives leads his team very well, and has very clear strategic thinking.‘
‘Senior associate Richard McDonnell and associate Dan Owen are ones to watch for the future.‘
‘David Ives is very commercially minded and always tuned in to the client’s requirements as a business.‘
‘Associates Richard McDonnell and Dan Owen are both technically excellent and commercially driven.‘
‘Cathy Connolly and her non-contentious team consistently deliver clear, pragmatic, high-quality legal judgement and business savvy advice that cuts to the heart of any issue, thus avoiding unnecessary time wasted internally or in external negotiations on untenable or weak positions.‘
Marks & Spencer
- Advised Richemont on the structuring, ownership and licensing of its IP, which is a key aspect of the proposed joint venture of its subsidiary Yoox Net-a-Porter with Alibaba.
- Advising Tottenham Hotspur on the short- and long-form versions of a long-term kit supply and sponsorship agreement with Nike.
- Advised The Restaurant Group on its acquisition of the restaurant chain Wagamama and the related IP elements.
- Advising Whitbread on the IP aspects of its sale of Costa Coffee to the Coca-Cola Company.
- Instructed by Marks & Spencer to advise on the licensing of its brand and proprietary know-how to its international network of more than 40 franchisees and joint ventures.
The intellectual property litigation team at WilmerHale has an 'incredible wealth of experience in high-value patent litigation' and complex trade mark disputes, and attracts praise for its 'understanding of the law and ability to work with expert witnesses of the highest caliber'. Key names to note include group head Justin Watts, Anthony Trenton and Matthew Shade, who all have particular expertise in the life sciences, pharmaceuticals and technology industries.
‘The team is both deep and wide in global legal practices – think of it as ‘one-stop shopping’ but with experts.‘
‘Many of the partners bring a blend of industry or government experience along with their years of being at at WilmerHale or other legal firms, giving them a unique perspective.‘
‘Justin Watts stands out for the enthusiasm and energy that he brings. He is tremendous fun to work with, of course without any compromise on the quality of the work that emerges.‘
‘Matthew Shade is extraordinarily diligent and puts in huge amount of effort into research and just-right drafting.‘
- Representing Swatch in significant litigation against Samsung relating to the use of trade marks on smart watches.
The ‘results-oriented’ digital economy team Ashurst is highlighted for its expertise in intellectual property litigation, particularly relating to trade mark and copyright issues, and knowledge of licensing matters, transactional IP work and portfolio management mandates; it also has notable strength in the technology sector. The team was enhanced by the arrivals of the ‘sharp and practical’ David Wilkinson, who leads the group, and ‘bright and knowledgeable‘ senior associate Don McCombie from Clyde & Co LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘David Wilkinson is assembling a top-drawer IP team at Ashurst.‘
‘David and team has the depth of experience across the full spectrum of IP to act in the most complex and heavyweight matters.‘
‘David Wilkinson is someone you would want in your corner.‘
‘Don McCombie is very effective in mediation and in knowing which levers to push and pull so as to achieve the best possible outcome for his client.‘
Iluka Resources Limited
Assicurazioni Generali SpA
Johnston Press plc
The Big Issue
- Advised Johnston Press, a major newspaper publisher, on the IP issues related to its potential sale and subsequent pre-pack administration.
- Representing Tommy Hillfiger in a cross-border trade mark dispute with online retailer Missguided.
- Advised insurance company Generali on the IP aspects of the €409m sale of Generali Worldwide and Generali Link.
- Acted for US educational institution Regent University in a long-running dispute with Regent University London concerning the Regent trade mark for educational services.
- Represented Iluka Resources in a trade mark dispute against a UK company, which incorporated a company with an identical name.
Baker Botts (UK) LLP
Baker Botts (UK) LLP's intellectual property and litigation practice acts in disputes and handles strategic non-contentious IP matters for clients in the energy, natural resources and technology sectors. Practice head Neil Coulson is 'an excellent , intelligent and practical lawyer' with experience across the oil and gas, engineering, chemicals, electronics, and pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries.
‘Baker Botts’ IP team provides responsive, intelligent and pragmatic advice promptly and efficiently.‘
‘Neil Coulson is a fantastic counsellor. He is thorough and provides advice that is well thought out and timely.’
Concordia International RX (UK) Limited
Liberty Media Corporation
Royal National Institute for Blind People
Zix Corp Systems Inc.
- Instructed by Concordia to advise on all its trade mark portfolio protection and management work.
- Represented Zix in opposition proceedings before the European Union Intellectual Property Office relating to a third-party trade mark application, the use of which would infringe upon Zix’s trade mark rights under its core brand in the European Union.
- Acted for the Royal National Institute for Blind People on its character marketing initiatives, new logo and rebranding.
Intellectual property boutique Briffa is well-placed to assist individuals and small to medium-sized businesses with a range of contentious matters and non-contentious and strategic advice. The group has particular experience in design right protection and enforcement work and counts fashion and product designers among its clients; it is also instructed by technology sector businesses and start-ups for brand protection and commercial advice. Margaret Briffa, who has experience across design, patent and trade mark disputes and anti-counterfeiting operations, heads up the practice alongside recently promoted partners William Miles and Éamon Chawke.
Margaret Briffa; William Miles; Éamon Chawke
- Acting for 11 street artists whose work was used by boohooMAN in its national advertisement campaign to promote a new range of clothing created in collaboration with footballer Dele Alli.
- Defending the creator and operator of online file-sharing website zippyshare.com in a dispute, brought by ten major record labels in their capacity as representatives of other British Phonographic Institute members, alleging that he allowed the site to be used for systematic infringement of copyright in musical works.
- Defended artist Andrew Mania against an infringement allegation brought by actor Timothée Chalamet relating to a shirt, designed and created by Mania and worn at the Oscars, that featured Chalamet’s face.
- Advising set and stage designer, Jed Skrzypczak, on the termination of his agreement with a US-based agency.
- Acting for Christine Robertson, who was the manager of punk band The Slits, in claims for 25% commission of royalties which were owed to the band for past exploitation.
Brown Rudnick LLP's team assists clients with a range of matters encompassing strategic commercial advice and disputes. Mark Lubbock has particular expertise in the life sciences, IT, hotel, gaming and leisure sectors, while Steven James focuses on new technologies and innovation, predominantly in the financial services, technology and media spaces. Former practice head Alexander Carter-Silk joined Keystone Law with associate Claire Blewett.
The team at Browne Jacobson LLP is 'very knowledgeable in all aspects of IP, giving strong sound advice' and has particular retail sector expertise; it also has significant experience in the automotive, construction, telecoms, banking and engineering sectors. Declan Cushley leads the team and has a notable focus on brand work, while Giles Parsons handles a range of trade mark and patent litigation. Former head of patents Kathleen Murphy Fox joined EIP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Browne Jacobson has a willingness to engage with clients to understand the concerns in a wider context, addressing these concerns while providing sound legal advice.‘
Gamelink International Ltd
Heatherwick Studio Ltd
KIKO UK Ltd
Triumph Motorcycles Ltd
KLK Forte Industry Inc (t/a Honey Punch)
QMS Holdings Limited
Iconic London (Holdings) Limited
- Acted for Ericsson in FRAND litigation.
- Instructed by Goodyear Dunlop to advise on its IP portfolio.
- Defended design studio Heatherwick Studio against an allegation of infringement brought by a well-known fashion designer relating to a dress design.
- Assisted Triumph Motorcycles with a global deal with the famous street artist D*Face, by which he created three bespoke bikes with imagery that Triumph licensed from him.
- Instructed by QMS on all aspects of its brand strategy and commercial relationships globally.
Burges Salmon LLP provides 'London-quality representation from its Bristol base'. The group has an impressive client base including well-known national and international brands, and has particular experience advising on trade mark, passing off and copyright matters. Jeremy Dickerson, who handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, jointly leads the team with commercial partner Helen Scott-Lawler.
Jeremy Dickerson; Helen Scott-Lawler
‘Jeremy Dickerson has been there done that, and is always calm and eloquent when delivering advice.‘
Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Discovery Communications, LLC (owner of Discovery Channel)
Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management, Inc.
FILA Luxembourg S.à.r.l
- Instructed by the BBC and BBC Studios to advise on brand protection and IP matters including all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations.
- Advised the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on IP matters relating to the formation of the United Kingdom Research & Innovation organisation.
- Assisting Discovery Communications with IP and brand protection matters including managing its UK trade mark portfolio and handling the international trade mark clearance and protection aspects of its acquisition of Eurosport.
- Advising Starbucks on UK and EU trade mark matters including managing its entire UK trade mark portfolio.
Clifford Chance LLP provides advice that is 'good value for money' across a range of transactional and contentious IP matters with a particular strength in handling UK and EU trade mark invalidation and opposition matters. With 'a breadth of experience and high-quality business acumen in the field' Stephen Reese has 'a commercial appreciation of the risks combined with a solid grasp of the issues when set in the legal framework'; he is notably active in the life sciences sector. Reese jointly heads up the practice with Vanessa Marsland, who focuses on brand matters in the technology, media and consumer goods sectors.
Vanessa Marsland; Stephen Reese
‘The team always uses innovative and efficient approaches to produce outcomes which meet the clients needs without delay even if the request is at short notice or urgent.‘
‘While a large City firm, an experience with Stephen Reese and his team is one akin to that of a boutique firm which focuses on commercial reality as much as legal interpretation and risks.‘
‘The team is able to deal with a variety of matters, utilising the firm’s network in collaboration with foreign lawyers.‘
‘Stephen Reese is able to breach the legal firm and in-house divide; a rare gift!‘
Fruit of the Loom
The Absolut Company
Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics
- Acted for Astex Therapeutics in an appeal to a decision relating to whether it is entitled to financial compensation following AstraZeneca’s development of a pharmaceutical product, which was derived from research in which Astex was involved.
- Defended Police Mutual Assurance Society (PMAS) in a passing off allegation brought by The Military Mutual in the IPEC relating to PMAS’s use of the word ‘mutual’ in its trading name.
- Assisted Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics with the creation of a complex patent, know-how and data licence with Mylan.
- Advised Pfizer on a complex global licensing transaction relating to mRNA-based flu vaccines.
- Advised The Coca-Cola Company on the IP aspects of its acquisition of Costa Coffee.
The 'flexible, professional and reliable' practice at Clyde & Co LLP provides 'sensible and pragmatic advice' on patent disputes in the life sciences sector. Patent litigator Ralph Cox heads up the practice, which includes legal director Rebecca Costen, who focuses on IP litigation and brand protection matters and counts retail, hospitality and e-commerce among her sector specialisms. David Wilkinson joined Ashurst.
Other key lawyers:
‘Ralph Cox offers wonderful client care and fantastic knowledge of all aspects of patent litigation.‘
‘Rebecca Costen’s legal advice is well-thought through and sound, and the commerciality of that advice is particularly valued.‘
‘Rebecca Costen goes the extra mile for her clients.‘
The Doctors Laboratory Ltd/TDL Genetics Ltd
Fameccanica Data SpA
- Instructed by TDL Genetics and The Doctors Laboratory to defend a series of patent infringement actions and appeals with revocation counterclaims.
- Acting for a generic pharmaceuticals company in a dispute concerning second medical use patents and skinny labelling.
- Defending a packaging company against allegations of design right infringements relating to plastic containers.
- Represented a pharmaceuticals client in a dispute regarding the validity and infringement of a second medical patent.
- Acting for a retail client in a trade mark and copyright infringement dispute relating to counterfeit goods and connected IP and insolvency matters.
Collyer Bristow LLP's departent is comprised of commercial lawyers and 'excellent all-round IP litigators, with a particular strength in trade mark work'. The team is led by Patrick Wheeler, who has 'exceptional experience' in soft IP disputes, while Tim Bamford, who has 'encyclopaedic knowledge', focuses on patent litigation. Charles Braithwaite is a key contact for commercial IP matters including licensing issues.
‘The IP team has in-depth experience in IP litigation spanning decades, a can-do approach, and excellent client handling skills.‘
‘Tim Bamford knows what he is talking about and can guide clients through the maze of litigation.‘
‘With extensive experience in IP litigation, Tim Bamford has the ability to create innovative and effective strategies.‘
‘Tim Bamford is tenacious in achieving the best results for clients.‘
‘Chandni Rani is a star associate who is clearly going to be an effective partner.‘
‘Chandni Rani is extremely impressive; she is personable, efficient, effective and self-starting.’
‘Tim Bamford cuts through to the key issues like a legal Sabatier.‘
Regen Laboratories SA
CS Medical Limited
UK Prosper Limited
Global Design & Innovation Ltd
Takasho Co Ltd.
- Acted for Regen Laboratories in infringement and validity proceedings against Estar Group relating to a patent for a kit used for separating blood and isolating active components for use in wound healing.
- Acted for CS Medical and its directors in defense of allegations of copying, misuse of confidential information and breach of employee’s duty of fidelity.
- Instructed by Wirth Research to advise on the IP aspects of an innovative aerodynamic device to control airflows in open faced refrigerators.
The 'practical, realistic, efficient and trustworthy' practice at Edwin Coe LLP has experience in a range of transactions and disputes. Simon Miles, who has particular experience handling trade mark disputes, leads the team, which also includes the 'extremely responsive and knowledgeable' Nick Phillips, who focuses on the IT sector, and trade mark attorney Maggie Ramage.
‘Edwin Coe has a good depth of knowledge, listens well and understands the issues clients face as a business.‘
‘The individuals are brilliantly responsive and experts in their field.‘
‘The practice is highly professional and always demonstrates the highest level of capability.‘
‘Simon Miles is sharp and a great communicator.‘
‘Nick Phillips takes time to understand the client’s business and the challenges faced and looks for realistic solutions; he is a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Simon Miles offers commercial advice, which is delivered rapidly.‘
Paddington and Company Limited
Kout Food Group Limited (Little Chef, Cha Cha Moon)
Venntro Media Group
Silvergate Media Limited (Octonauts)
- Acting for EasyGroup in an EU trade mark infringement dispute and related passing off issues relating to the Netflix original series Easy.
- Acting for five defendants including Greenwich Polo Club and The Copyrights Group in trade mark infringement and passing off claims brought by Lifestyle Equities CV and Lifestyle Equities BV.
- Instructed by Hardware Labs in a trade mark dispute with Nvidia.
- Advising Paddington and Company on a number of trade mark matters including several oppositions, invalidity claims and cancellations in China.
- Assisting Silvergate Media with the management of trade mark, design and copyright portfolios relating to the children’s book and television series, Octonauts.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's IP team, which is particularly experienced in trade mark matters, portfolio and brand management, and advertising issues, counts well-known national and global brands among its client roster. Andrew Terry, who focuses on brand protection issues, heads up the team, which includes individuals across its national office network including Cambridge-based Adrian Toutoungi, who specialises in trade mark and patent litigation, and Manchester-based legal director and trade mark attorney Kate Ellis. Neil Mohring left to an in-house role at Apple Corps and Harrisongs.
John Lewis Partnership
Holland & Barrett International Limited
N Brown Group
- Assisting the John Lewis Partnership with intellectual property matters and the management of the John Lewis and Waitrose worldwide trade mark portfolios.
- Acted for easyGroup in litigation against W3 and EasyRoommate relating to allegations of unjustified threats and trade mark infringement.
- Advising Apple Corps (The Beatles company) on a range of IP matters including on all aspects of a new Beatles film.
- Acting for Holland & Barrett International in a dispute with General Nutrition Investment Company (GNC) relating to the terms of a trade mark licence under which Holland & Barrett uses the GNC trade mark in the UK for its chain of sports nutrition shops and e-commerce platform.
- Advised Coca-Cola on several advertising and promotional campaigns.
The 'smart, timely, efficient, responsive and creative' team at Fox Williams LLP is noted for its capabilities in copyright and trade mark strategy, licensing matters and disputes, with particular experience in the fashion, retail, consumer and technology sectors. Practice heads, Simon Bennett and Stephen Sidkin, are 'outstanding lawyers'; Bennett counts design law among his specialisms, while Sidkin focuses on IP licensing matters. Other names to note include Sarah Redmond for trade mark portfolio management, prosecution and opposition work; and senior associate Alex Woolgar, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP and provides brand management advice.
Simon Bennett; Stephen Sidkin
‘Fox Williams has a great reputation for intellectual property work and is on top of all deadlines.‘
Superdrug Stores plc
Fenix Outdoor AB
Glanbia Nutrition Inc.
Bentley Clothing Limited / Brandlogic Limited
Miura Systems Ltd
Gordon Bennett International (t/a Marc Darcy)
Holland Cooper Clothing Limited
Lord Sugar and companies founded by winners of The Apprentice (including Tom Pellereau)
Plexus Holdings plc
Gino Cerruti (UK) Limited
- Representing Bentley Clothing in a High Court trade mark infringement claim against Bentley Motors.
- Defended Advantage Learning in a High Court claim for trade mark infringement and malicious falsehood.
- Acted for StylIdeas and its shareholder, Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau, in a design infringement claim against The Dezac Group and others.
- Instructed by Fenix to advise on its trade mark portfolio, and brand protection and anti-counterfeiting strategy, including issues relating to the Kånken backpack.
- Defending Miura against a contractual claim brought by PayPal regarding a patent infringement action in the US.
Howard Kennedy LLP's department, which is recognised for its representation of clients in the media and entertainment and creative arts industries, handles a range of trade mark and copyright matters including brand management work, disputes and licensing issues. Robert Lands heads up the practice and assists clients in the technology and creative industries. Other names to note include Mark Stephens for media and regulatory work, defamation, privacy and data protection advice; Jonathan Sellors for IT, software and media regulatory work, and Daniel McClean, who frequently assists artists and photographers with IP agreements and disputes.
Strada Italian Restaurants
Condé Nast International Limited
Yolana and AYU London Limited
Association of Illustrators
ePlus Technology Inc. (Nasdaq listed IT company)
Micad Systems (UK) Limited
Royal Geographical Society
- Advised Sirva on the IP aspects of the multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Team Relocations and the simultaneous acquisition of Sirva by Madison Dearborn Partners.
- Assisted Royal Geographical Society with a catalogue licensing agreement with Getty images.
Irwin Mitchell is a key name to note for international brand management and IP strategy advice and litigation, with particular experience in the media and entertainment, professional and financial services, food and drink, and retail and leisure sectors. Practice head Georgie Collins handles a range of cross-border instructions relating to the full breadth of intellectual property rights, with a focus on risk and reputation management issues.
‘Irwin Mitchell is pragmatic and part of the client’s team, with sensible recommendations and timely reminders.‘
White Winston Select Assets Funds, LLC
Sweaty Betty (Lady of Leisure Ltd)
Lily’s Kitchen Limited
Conan Doyle Estates Limited
British Chamber of Commerce
Giles Long/Lexicon Decoder Ltd
Beauty & the Boutique
International Broadcasting Convention
Globe Business Publishing (Apply 4 Law & Lexology brands)
- Instructed by Capita to manage its global trade mark portfolio and brand and reputation management worldwide.
- Assisted Sweaty Betty with its global trade mark portfolio and handled brand and reputation management issues worldwide.
- Acting for Lily’s Kitchen on a range of intellectual property matters including the clearance of new product names and designs, trade mark and design registrations, brand protection work and enforcement issues.
- Instructed to advise Beauty and the Boutique on brand protection and enforcement matters including strategic website take downs and the removal of offending online content.
- Advising the International Broadcasting Convention on all aspects of the protection of its intellectual property, particular brand and digital content matters.
K&L Gates LLP
The 'pragmatic, creative and business-oriented' intellectual property practice at K&L Gates LLP is strong across a range of brand management, copyright, design law and trade mark matters and is regularly instructed by a range of high-profile clients. 'Outstanding lawyer' Arthur Artinian heads up the practice and has particular expertise in the fashion, luxury goods, design, architecture, consumer electronics, food and beverage industries.
‘The team is straight to the point, outstanding in quality and expertise, has a great sense for business, and understands what a case needs.‘
‘It has a great knowledge of trade marks, in both the UK and the EU.‘
‘The team is able to deliver on time, even when deadlines are very demanding.‘
‘Arthur Artinian and Serena Totino are experienced professionals with a deep knowledge of IP law. ‘
General Mills (Yoplait, Haagen Dazs, Green Giant, Cheerios, Betty Crocker)
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
- Instructed by Paris-based architecture firm, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, on a range of cross-border intellectual property matters for large projects including licensing work and brand structuring issues.
- Advising Sanrio Global on IP clearance and pre-publication issues for the iconic Mr Men and Little Miss franchise, as well as other Sanrio assets globally including Hello Kitty.
- Advised TripAdvisor on a range of matters including advertising and branding campaigns, and acted in a dispute relating to the TripAdvisor owl logo.
- Instructed by BMI on global IP management issues.
- Advised General Mills on a range of international IP matters including a franchise agreement in Brazil and a licence agreement in New Zealand for the Yoplait bran.
Keystone Law‘s team benefits from ‘a great roster of talent’ and provides ‘responsive, cost-effective advice and robust litigation support and execution‘; the group's expertise spans a range of disputes, non-contentious matters and transactions. Anthony Misquitta is a name to note for SME companies and software, technology, fashion, media and entertainment sector clients, while Jeremy Schrire is highlighted for his commercial IP expertise. The team has been bolstered by the arrival of the ‘outstanding’ Rebecca Halford-Harrison, who focuses on patent litigation for chemical industry clients, and ‘absolutely excellent‘ trade mark specialist Karen Fong; they joined from Kemp Little LLP and Collyer Bristow LLP respectively.
Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord LLP has the capabilities to advise on a range of commercial, advisory and contentious IP matters, with particular experience assisting clients in the technology and AI, financial services, consumer goods and life sciences industries. Practice head John Olsen is singled out for his trade mark expertise, while Ben Hitchens focuses on trade mark and copyright disputes. Andrew Shindler is noted for his experience in the commercialisation of life sciences IP assets.
WWRD (Waterford Wedgewood)
Nina Campbell Limited
- Represented a leading technology company in multi-jurisdictional opposition, cancellation and infringement proceedings.
- Defended a leading technology company in cancellation actions brought on the grounds of non-use against 120 EU trade mark registrations.
Norton Rose Fulbright leverages its position as 'a high-quality international law firm with global reach' with a 'technically strong' intellectual property team. Michael (Mike) Knapper is a key name to note, particularly for commercial arrangements involving intellectual property elements, while Clare Jackman, who is qualified as a lawyer and a chartered trade mark attorney, specialises in brand and trade mark portfolio management. Jonathan Ball and Huw Evans left to Gowling WLG.
Other key lawyers:
Hitachi Nuclear Engineering
- Advising Delta Airlines on the spin-off of the Virgin Atlantic loyalty programme activities into a new company, Virgin Group Loyalty Company.
- Advised Turkish beer company Anadolu Efes on the IP elements of its 50:50 joint venture with AB InBev.
- Advising LumiraDX on the acquisition of patents and other IP rights relating to a competitor’s diagnostic platform technology.
- Acting for UBS, Bank of Montreal, Caixa Bank, Commerzbank and Erste Group on the development of a global trade finance platform, Batavia, powered by blockchain technology.
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has particular experience in trade mark and design rights matters, with clients spanning the technology, retail, consumer goods, food and drink, and education sectors. Anna Frankum and dual-qualified solicitor and trade mark attorney Christopher Shelley jointly lead the team and are based in London and Bristol respectively. Frankum focuses on non-contentious matters, while Shelley has experience across the full range of trade mark, design and brand protection matters. Alexander Fox is a name to note for IP disputes in the technology, manufacturing and retail sectors.
Anna Frankum; Christopher Shelley
Other key lawyers:
All Saints Retail Ltd
CHT Germany GmbH
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Joseph Giles Ltd
Needle & Thread Design Holdings Limited
Retail Equipment Ltd
Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce Ltd
Tech London Advocates
TNQ Books & Journals Private Ltd
- Instructed by All Saints Retail to advise on brand protection matters including a range of contentious trade mark, design right and copyright matters.
- Acting for Joseph Giles in numerous disputes regarding registered community design right infringement, community unregistered design right infringement and UK unregistered design right infringement.
- Advising Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates on brand portfolio issues and licensing strategies.
- Representing TNQ Books & Journals in a copyright infringement and breach of confidential information dispute.
- Advising Roots’ Reggae Reggae Sauce on its international trade mark portfolios including filing new applications and oppositions to defend the marks.
The 'approachable, pragmatic and commercially-aware' Guildford-based practice at Stevens & Bolton LLP acts for national and multinational companies and start-ups, with particular expertise in the technology and life sciences sectors. The team handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters spanning all IP rights. 'Outstanding lawyer' Tom Lingard heads up the practice and focuses on contentious work, while the 'bright and sparky, and very able' Charlotte Tillett handles issues in the life sciences sector. Senior associate Elaine O'Hare is a name to note for brand management work in the fashion and retail sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Charlotte Tillett; Elaine O’Hare
‘Stevens & Bolton provides consistently first-rate advice on all matters relating to IP.‘
‘Tom Lingard has the ability to explain complicated legal problems in a very user-friendly way. He is super-quick, knowledgeable and friendly to boot.‘
Sonardyne International Limited
Rock Rail Holdings Limited
Cayman Islands Shipping Registry
Bunzl UK limited
Bright Publishing Limited
UCC Coffee UK Limited
Jefferies International Limited
Saunders Markets Limited
Volution Group Limited
Thursdays (UK) Limited, T/A TGI Fridays UK
Day Group Ltd
The Astrid Lindgren Company
The SR Group (UK) Limited
McLaren Automotive Limited / McLaren Group Limited
Accord Healthcare Limited
Chas A Blatchford & Sons
Antonio Puig S.A.
Lonza Biologics plc
Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies Limited
Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited
Alternative Airlines Limited
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
Crazy Aaron Enterprises Inc
T.M. Lewin & Sons Ltd
Passion Pictures Ltd
Healthy Retail Ltd
Future Publishing Limited
Rocket UK Limited
PA Photos Limited T/A PA Images
FGX Europe Limited
Compassion in World Farming
Kia Motors (UK) Limited
Bunzl Catering Supplies
Tyrrell Promotions Limited
Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies Limited
Rieker Schuh AG
Stackhouse Poland Holdings Limited
James Purdey & Sons
Slater and Gordon Group
Exclusive Networks Limited
Papa John’s (GB) Limited
Links of London
Diebold Nixdorf Ltd
Vestey Holdings Limited
Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited
M Science LLC
Condor Group Limited
Immersive Games Lab Ltd
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Prax Petroleum Limited
- Represented Italian luxury chocolate manufacturer and retailer Icam in trade mark infringement proceedings in the IPEC against Vanini 1871.
- Assisted Lonza Biologics with the preparation and negotiation of licences out and licences in relating to gene expression technology patents and know-how.
- Advised Tyrrell Promotions on a license it has granted for the design and plans for the iconic P34 racing car for the manufacture of new reproductions.
- Advised the Astrid Lindgren Company on a publishing agreement with Oxford University Press for several of the key Astrid Lindgren titles.
- Acting for a global electronics manufacturer in a trade mark infringement dispute relating to the parallel import of products by an independent distributor.
The practice at TLT provides 'exemplary' advice on IP matters relating to software, technology and digital rights. Other areas of specialism include assisting with IP strategy, particularly for healthcare and fintech sector clients, and handling brand management and enforcement matters across a range of industries including the retail, consumer goods and leisure sectors. 'Superb' practice head Nick Fenner specialises in IP and technology disputes, while Daniel Lloyd focuses on commercial matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘The TLT team provides excellent, cost-effective legal services.’
‘Nick Fenner is a very bright attorney who tackles complex legal issues both conventionally and by thinking outside the box.’
‘Liz Lowe is an excellent intellectual property attorney – she is always on top of all deadlines and proposes successful solutions to problems.’
‘Debbie York is very responsive to our needs and provides us with top notch legal advice.’
Ulfcar Production AS
British Telecommunications (BT Sport)
Provexis PLC (neutraceuticals)
Federation Against Software Theft
Simon Harrison Limited
TUI Travel Limited
Camden Dining Group
Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (the Metropolitan Police Force)
- Instructed by a London-based public sector organisation in a dispute arising out of the development of bespoke software applications for a mission-critical system.
- Assisting BT Sport with the development and implementation of a system which will bring enforcement actions for copyright infringement against commercial premises that show BT Sport without the appropriate commercial licence.
- Advising Starling Bank on a range of IP issues relating to new products launched in new markets; and also managing its IP portfolio.
- Instructed by BGL to handle all its trade mark portfolio issues and the management of Compare The Market across all territories.
- Acted for Against The Grain on a strategy involving multiple oppositions and cancellations brought against US corporation Against The Grain Gourmet Foods.
'Excellent IP boutique' Waterfront Solicitors LLP 'punches well above its weight' in IP litigation. The group is instructed by its impressive client roster in a range of contentious matters spanning licensing disputes, passing off actions, and copyright, trade mark, design right and patent infringement disputes. Matthew Harris, who 'always give his all'' and attracts praise for 'doing a lot of the heavy lifting and analysis' in litigation, jointly heads the team with Piers Strickland.
Matthew Harris; Piers Strickland
‘Waterfront Solicitors is a niche IP firm, which provides an outstanding service at a cost that very few London firms can match.‘
‘Waterfront Solicitors is exceptionally good at the detail but also big picture strategy.‘
‘It is not a big firm but handles all cases as well as any bigger firm would.‘
‘A small firm, where the partners come from first-rate firms.‘
‘Piers Strickland is a first-class litigator, with good instincts for the arguments which appeal and strong client management skills.‘
‘Matthew Harris is a tough opponent.‘
The Financial Times
Integrated Supply Network LLC (“ISN”) and JS Products Limited
TRATON (previously formerly Volkswagen Truck & Bus AG)
The Union of European Football Associations
PMS International Group Plc
Banijay Rights Limited
Andover Norton International Limited
Workable Technology Limited
- Successfully defended Austrian company GAT Microencapsulation against a $16.4m claim brought by the Hong Kong agrochemical conglomerate Rotam.
- Acted for The Financial Times in a trade mark infringement claim relating to one of its publications, The Investors Chronicle and the associated registered trade mark.
- Defending Integrated Supply Network (ISN) and its subsidiary, JS Products, in a High Court trade mark action brought by Monster Energy seeking a pan-European injunction in respect of ISN’s Monster Tools products.
- Represented Andover Norton International in a copyright dispute relating to design drawings for the iconic Norton motorcycle range.
- Acting for MyOptique in anti-counterfeiting issues and in pursuing various IP infringement actions including actions to take down several websites.
The ‘committed and reliable’ team at Wedlake Bell LLP has experience advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP; its expertise includes trade mark prosecutions, strategic advice and opposition and infringement proceedings. Practice head Michael Gardner is a name to note for IP disputes, while Adrian Heath-Saunders focuses on commercial and transactional matters and Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite handles a range of non-contentious IP and IT advice.
Other key lawyers:
Adrian Heath-Saunders; Jonathan Cornthwaite
‘Wedlake Bell is always on hand to provide the right expertise for any issue that clients face.’
‘Wedlake Bell stands out for its attention to detail and willingness to properly understand the commercial dynamics to not only effectively advise but also support the client on a personal level.‘
Tesco Stores Ltd
Stars Group (t/a PokerStars)
The Carlton Tower Ltd (t/a Jumeirah Carlton Tower)
Four Marketing Ltd
Fuller, Smith & Turner plc
Surrey County Cricket Club
Construction Skills Certification Scheme Ltd (t/a CSCS)
Neals Yard (Natural Remedies) Ltd
SHL Group Ltd
Science in Sport Plc
Fears Watches Ltd
David Nott Foundation
- Represented Aigle in a trade mark opposition dispute against American Airlines.
- Acted for Kaboodle in a trade mark infringement claim against Homebase.
- Advised Fullers on the IP aspects of its multi-million pound acquisition of several London bars.
- Acted for Jumeirah Carlton Tower in a trade mark opposition dispute with Ritz Carlton.
- Represented Workday in a trade mark infringement claim against a recruitment company, which was misusing the Workday name.