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Intellectual property

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Praised for its ‘unparalleled industry knowledge’, the team at DWF is ‘excellent in all factors’ and advises on the full spectrum of the development, commercialisation and protection of brands and technology. Longstanding clients include Newcastle United, for which the team handles various brand protection and brand management issues including anti-counterfeiting matters, trade mark and domain name disputes, copyright claims and IP licensing. Ed Meikle heads the team and is best known for his sector expertise in retail, sport, food and consumer products; he continues to assist Poundworld Retail with claims against third parties and routinely defends the client against threats of IP infringement, while also advising new client Village Hotels on a number of trade mark and copyright disputes as well as non-contentious copyright issues.

McDaniel & Co.’s ‘very strong’ team is a respected player in the market and assists private and public sector clients, most notably from the furniture, textile, homewares, jewellery and garden sectors, with all matters pertaining to the identification, protection, exploitation and commercialisation of IP including contentious work. In the trade mark arena, the team led by Niall Head-Rapson continues to assist J Barbour & Sons with all its trade mark matters including application, prosecution, anti-counterfeiting and general enforcement issues, in addition to licensing and portfolio management. It also acted for Talking Tables in trade mark infringement allegations against a large national retailer. On the patent side, the team is acting for Pro Kaddy in a patent infringement claim related to battery operated golf carts, and assisted Embryonix with patent licenses. Recent significant work in the copyright and design sphere includes acting for LSA in obtaining an interim injunction for copyright infringement, and assisting Raft Furniture with unregistered design right infringement matters. Director Kelly Hudson is another name to note.

Rated for its ‘excellent level of service’, Muckle LLP handles various contentious and non-contentious trade mark and copyright mandates and has particular expertise in the music, entertainment, sports and charity sectors. George Festing is a ‘pleasure to work with’ and provides ‘sensible and pragmatic advice’, ‘going beyond the call of duty for his clients’; he continues to act for Andy Taylor in copyright matters pertaining to the ongoing litigation between the members of Duran Duran and Gloucester Place Music, and continues to handle a number of trade mark issues for IMMAT, including trade mark opposition proceedings concerning the registration of the trade mark Attractiontickets.com, which was opposed by ATD Travel Services. The ‘tough and clear’ Alex Craig heads the team and is the key contact for non-contentious instructions.

With a focus on technology-related IP work, Ward Hadaway is best known for advising high-growth technology start-ups and entrepreneurs, while also having particular expertise assisting spin-out companies from the university sector and pharmaceutical clients. Team head Alex Shiel continues to advise Tech City on a number of IP matters including trade mark registrations, sponsorship agreements and other contracts concerning various products the client has developed. The practice also acted for Imperial Pharmaceuticals on brand licensing matters and on its trade mark protection and enforcement strategy. In the university sector, the team acted for start-up businesses supported by the Teesside University’s launchpad programme, which included assistance with trade mark and design registrations, IP ownership agreements and licensing. Other noteworthy individuals include data protection expert Judy Baker and litigators Tim Toomey, Robert Glassford and Peter Hornsey. Motac Neuroscience and the Pacifica Group are also clients.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a team of ‘excellent individuals’, who are adept at advising clients, particularly from the chemical, manufacturing, technology and financial sectors, on patent, design and trade mark filings and prosecutions as well as entitlement and infringement matters and copyright work. The team continues to manage Bellway’s trade mark portfolio, while also advising the client on clearance searches and the prosecution of trade mark registrations.

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP’s IP group sits within the firm’s commercial department and is led by Antony Hall. Providing ‘practical and pragmatic advice’, the team is particularly active in the technology, gaming, digital media and manufacturing industries, and advised cycle-wear manufacturer and retailer GRN Sportswear on various IP protection and exploitation matters. In other work, Hall assisted Kite Optics, a manufacturer and retailer of designer eyewear, with trade mark filings in various jurisdictions, and Steamforged Games received assistance with licensing arrangements for its gaming brands. Stewart Irvine is the main contact for contentious IP.


IT and telecoms

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    • Lucy Cook - Sintons LLP

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Ward Hadaway’s clients include IT providers and developers alongside public and private sector customers. Judy Baker assisted Newcastle International Airport with contract negotiations for the supply, support and maintenance of airport check-in systems and self-service check-in kiosks, and advised Bannatyne Fitness on a contract with Navarino Services with regards to the client’s hotel booking system. In other work, she advised a national retailer on website compliance issues, and assisted a software house with liability provisions pertaining to the public procurement for IT software and services. Team head Alex Shiel advised a major port operator on a contract for the implementation of a new automated gate entry system. Colin Hewitt, Phil Tompkins, IT disputes expert Tim Toomey and Dean Murray are other names to note.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has particular expertise in advising clients from the financial services, manufacturing, transport and retail industries alongside public sector bodies. Main contact for the North East Caroline Churchill has a focus on non-contentious commercial, technology and data protection work, with an emphasis on technology transactions pertaining to the internet of things as well as data and cloud solutions. She routinely advises customers and suppliers and has particular expertise in manufacturing sector-related cyber security instructions. Andrew Scott left the firm in 2017.

At Mincoffs Solicitors LLP, the ‘very experienced, knowledgeable and responsive’ team provides ‘practical advice’ and ‘goes above and beyond to provide additional assistance’. Much of its work pertains to contractual, data protection and software development matters, which the practice routinely handles for technology companies and start-ups. ‘Outstanding’ team head Antony Hall advised the IT consultancy company Perfect Image on its contractual documentation used for its managed service offering, assisted the technology start-up BotsAndUs with data privacy and data protection matters, and advised Whaleride on the legal implications of procuring software development services from freelance developers. Associate Lucy Cook joined Sintons LLP.

Thanks to its ‘excellent technical knowledge’, the team at Muckle LLP is able to provide clients with ‘very good advice’ on various contractual and compliance matters and also handles contentious work with George Festing in the lead. As non-contentious highlights, Alan Grisedale provided the smart metering solutions provider EDMI Europe with advice on contractual supply and software licensing agreements with national utility providers, meter asset finance organisations and national infrastructure bodies, while team head Alex Craig advised Stellium Datacenters on various contractual arrangements including key company governance documentation and its co-location arrangements with third parties. Associate Jill Dovey, who is ‘very strong on IT and data protection’, assisted the Fairstone Group with information security requirements, contractual negotiations for IT procurement and service level agreements.

Part of the firm’s corporate department, Watson Burton LLP’s IT group is ‘very good’ and rated for its ‘commercial approach’, which makes it an attractive choice for technology businesses seeking advice on various business requirements such as the technology commercialisation and funding matters. The ‘very personable, hard-working and capable’ Paul Wigham, who ‘focuses on getting the deal done in the most efficient manner’, advised Accelerated Digital Ventures on various investments in technology businesses, and assisted Atlas Cloud with negotiating the terms and conditions for its supply of managed cloud services. In other work, commercial litigator Anthony Rance assists clients with disputes arising from IT security breaches, distressed IT and outsourcing projects and database misuse. Recently, he assisted a client with obtaining an injunctive relief and search order following the misappropriation of confidential data from the client’s customer relationship management system and misuse of the data by a competitor business. The ‘professional, calm and measured’ Duncan Reid heads the team.


Media and entertainment

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Mincoffs Solicitors LLP serves an extensive client roster consisting of magazine publishers, cultural organisations, distributors, national and regional radio and broadcasting companies, musicians, sporting personalities and gaming companies. Team head Antony Hall continues to advise Steamforged Games on licensing agreements with third party entertainment brands, and assisted i2Media, a publisher of sports, health and fitness magazines, with contractual arrangements with Minute media and an Israel-based digital sports publishing media company. In other noteworthy work, John Nicholson, whose ‘attention to detail’ ‘inspires confidence’, advised Gary Inman, publisher of the motorcycle magazine Sideburn, on the sale of the television rights to the motorcycling event DirtQuake to North One TV, while the TV Agency, a TV advertising agency, received advice on a number of high-value contracts involving broadcasting deals with ITV media. Associate Chris Hughes  is also recommended.

With particular expertise in the music and sports sectors, the ‘very good’ team at Muckle LLP includes ‘smart, pragmatic and personable’ music entertainment specialist George Festing, sports experts John Devine and Tony McPhillips as well as Alex Craig, who specialises in non-contentious IP matters and routinely assists clients with publishing agreements, format licences and option agreements. Festing continues to act for Andy Taylor in ongoing litigation between the members of Duran Duran and Gloucester Place Music, and acted for the songwriter Robert Barton in a songwriting credit dispute. McPhillips is experienced advising professional football clubs and players on national media coverage issues.


Sport

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Muckle LLP is a respected player in the sports arena and acts for national governing bodies, professional and amateur clubs, managers, agents and professional players in various sports including football, rugby and cricket. John Devine leads the team, which is well versed in advising clients on club structures, tax matters and facilities projects alongside regulatory and contractual issues. Recently, he advised the Football Association on its Parklife project and, together with colleagues from the corporate department, assisted Durham County Cricket Club with its corporate restructuring, refinancing and related recovery issues. He also continues to advise England Athletics on governance issues and various commercial contracts, and assisted parkrun Global with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters including data protection issues, various commercial agreements with sponsors and other contractual issues with former sponsors and overseas franchise holders. The Premier League Charitable Fund and the Rugby Players’ Association are also clients. Employment specialist Tony McPhillips assisted members of the latter with various contractual disputes with their clubs. Associate Jess Swindells left the firm for an in-house role in November 2017.


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