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Intellectual property in South East

Boyes Turner

The team at Boyes Turner, though experienced in all areas of IP, have developed a strong reputation for advises companies from the tech and media sectors. The team often works closely with its clients to develop pan-European brand protection and IP commercialisation strategies, as well as handling trade mark, design right and patent infringement disputes. Practice head Mark Blunden  is one of the outstanding names in the region; he leads the firm’s international practice and focuses on cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Baker

Testimonials

‘Personal service. Quick response times. In depth legal knowledge. Not inclined to over extend when faced with a weak case – they will tell you exactly what your chances are.’

Key clients

Duffy & Sweeny Ltd

Auto Trader Ltd

Harvey Water Softeners Ltd

ESP Global Ltd

Virtualstock Ltd

Zimmer Biomet

Evolva AG

Innovyze

Spamhaus

Bedrock Healthcare Communications

2Heads Global

Work highlights

  • Advising Duffy & Sweeney Limited on branding issues in relation to Benrus, a classic wristwatch company, including revocation actions and new trade mark registrations.
  • Advising Harvey Water Softeners Limited on the patent strategy for its next generation water softener and the step to patent a curved salt block on a must fit basis.
  • Advising Culligan regarding allegation and proceedings relating to products allegedly infringing design right, patent and trade mark rights.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP serves high profile national and international clients from the retail, sports, higher education and charities sector, assisting with all issues relating to trade mark and patent enforcement prosecution and disputes. The group, led by Jill Bainbridge, has also developed expertise in complementary areas such as competition law and defamation. Ben Evans, dual qualified as a trade mark attorney and a solicitor, focuses on trade mark prosecution, while also developing particular expertise in IP as it relates to social media. In July 2020, Chris Williams departed the firm to join Clyde & Co LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:

Ben Evans

Testimonials

‘Good team run by Jill Bainbridge – wide experience, commercial approach’

‘Jill Bainbridge is extremely experienced, practical, knowledgeable, commercially minded and a delight to work with. Ben Evans is more junior but has the same attributes’

‘I think the stand out features of the Blake Morgan team – and which I think in-house peers would wish to know – include not just what you would expect which is top notch expertise and timely responses, but practical and pragmatic advice and – the following is hard to describe – but the sense that your files are important to Blake Morgan which is something that is often lost instructing larger law firms. It is an all round pleasant experience instructing and working with them, from your largest to smallest file.’

‘The stand out individuals for us are Jill Bainbridge, Ben Evans and Claire Bowers. They are, without exception, pleasant to deal with and if they do not have an immediate answer, they will come back promptly.’

Key clients

Kerry Group PLC

Charles Tyrwhitt

Red Paddle Company

Wiggle

Feelunique

Be Wiser Insurance Services Limited

Nokia

University of South Wales

Horse Health Limited

Harlequins F.C.

Work highlights

  • Advise WiggleCRC in respect of its international trade mark portfolio and enforcement, including litigation in Canada and various proceedings before the UK and EU IPOs.
  • Acting for Horse Health in relation to passing off, patent infringement and other IP disputes.
  • Advising Red Paddle Co on the enforcement of its ‘Compact’ patent and related passing off/unfair competition issues.

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's IP offering is truly all-encompassing, spanning enforcement and protection advice, licensing and other commercial agreements as well as all types of contentious work. On the transactional side, the group, led by Gatwick-based John Yates, has been increasingly active advising clients on developing alternative forms of brand expose such as brand ambassadors, a trend caused by the covid-19 pandemic. Tim Ashdown  leads the disputes team from Brighton, which also includes senior associate Sarah Cook; the firm's senior litigation partner, Ashdown specialises in disputes relating to the copyrighted software.

Practice head(s):

John Yates; Tim Ashdown

Other key lawyers:

Debbie Venn; Sarah Cook; Josie Appleyard

Testimonials

‘Quality service no job too small’

‘John Yates and Tim Ashdown both are exceptional lawyers who give concise and relevant advice at a fair price’

‘The team were very customer focused. They spent time listening to the issues and concerns. The feedback provided was in simple and easy to understand terms. At the beginning of the process they discussed the timeline for completion of the project and then adhered to the agreed timescales. ’

‘Very responsive to the enquiry. They took the time to check that we had understood all the points raised. ’

‘The TMT department is a top class outfit when it comes to any IP-related matters. In particular, they have proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the enforcement of trade mark, passing off, domain name, advertising, reputational rights and defamation matters. We have consistently found the team to be very clear in its advice and highly experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of IP ad related sectors of the law. We know we will get a clear and straight answer to any of our or our client’s questions and so it is very easy to recommend DMH Stallard in the knowledge that they will not disappoint our clients from any sectors.’

‘Tim Ashdown is an outstanding and sharp lawyer with an impressive level of experience. Apart from being personable and very easy to work with he adds gravitas which gives weight to his client’s position. He stands out amongst his peers for these reasons. Another thing that impresses us is the fact that Tim can advise our clients from any industry sector and so he is an easy match for all of our clients.’

‘It was suggested I spoke to DHM Stallard in late October last year by Bridget Lucas QC. I had little experience in matters surrounding a potential trade mark infringement and passing off issue. The approach and supportive nature to the situation I experienced gave me confidence in an area where the complexities and legal protocols felt daunting.’

‘Tim Ashdown is legally astute and commercially savvy. Just what we needed. A good communicator and skilled negotiator. Very easy to work with.’

Key clients

2nd Quadrant

Aspen Pumps Ltd

Bisley Sporting Group

Carbon Removal Centre Ltd

Cavadore Ltd

Delicious Digital

EOS Training Ltd

FDM Group

Institute of Asphalt Technology

S Wolff Holding ApS

Work highlights

  • Advising Aspen Pumps Group on the protection of IP rights including complex NDA, data sharing and partnership agreements, patent and IP assignment, and IP licensing provisions.
  • Acting for Delicious Digital in respect of a with the Performing Rights Society which relates to the payment of royalties and breach of contractual arrangements.
  • Acting for an online sports college in a dispute regarding an IP agreement to provide course materials to an overseas university.

EMW Law LLP

When it comes to the contentious side of the practice area, EMW Law LLP is amongst the strongest firms in the region. Much of the team's work relates to complex patent and trade mark infringement disputes, often sourced through the firm's relationship with London patent and trade mark attorneys. Mark Finn focuses on litigation work, representing parties ranging from nationally-known banks and manufacturing companies to private individuals in proceedings relating to domain names, design rights and patents. Disputes aside, the group has a strong licensing practice, while Matthew Holman is well-regarded for his work in GDPR issues.

Practice head(s):

Mark Finn; Matthew Holman

Other key lawyers:

James Geary; Hans Schumann

Testimonials

‘Mark Finn – commercially pragmatic and solutions-focused. Provided significant support to achieve a better than anticipated outcome.’

Key clients

Suzuki GB Plc

Santander UK PLC

Apple & Pear Australia Ltd

Rightmove Group Limited

Vax Limited

Collingwood Lighting Limited

The Royal College of Anaesthetists

British Approvals Service for Cables

Walkers Chocolates Limited

Edgar Brothers

John Adams Leisure Limited

Inter MK Limited

HTI Toys

Work highlights

  • Assisting Rightmove Group Ltd with trade mark infringements and the policing of Rightmove’s website terms of use.
  • Advising Inter MK, part of the group which owns MK Dons Football Club, on  sporting sponsorship agreements, IP licensing for brand promotion, stadium advertisements and shirt sponsorship.
  • Advising Santander on the negotiation of two new agreements for the distribution of home and life insurance products of Aviva across the Santander branch network.

Palmer Biggs IP, Solicitors

A boutique focussing exclusively on IP work, Palmer Biggs IP, Solicitors' client list is truly first class, spanning internationally recognised brands from the retail, technology, automotive and pharmaceuticals sectors. Steve Palmer, having founded the firm, remains the key practitioner; a charted trade mark attorney, he is able to assist with the filing and registration of trade mark and designs, in addition to advising on a variety of commercial agreement. On the contentious side, the group handles trade mark disputes through litigation and ADR.

Practice head(s):

Steve Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Charles Lawless

Testimonials

‘Palmer Biggs is an experienced, hands-on IP firm that takes care of our IP infringements in the UK. They are knowledgeable, proactive and most of all very kind people, that think along with the business.’

‘Palmer Biggs are an exceptionally competent and professional team of experienced, dynamic, creative, forward-thinking, and personable intellectual property experts. They provide high quality advice and are innovative in their approach to supporting their clients, continually developing ways of streamlining processes and improving efficiencies. They demonstrate a strong commercial awareness, and an excellent ability to understand their clients’ strategic priorities and tailor their advice accordingly. They are able to offer personalised recommendations whilst drawing on a wealth of experience representing clients across all areas of intellectual property protection and enforcement in the UK.’

‘Steve Palmer is an extremely well-regarded expert in intellectual property. He has supported high profile clients in addressing all of their IP protection and enforcement needs for many years, and consistently goes the extra mile for his clients, developing strong working relationships and delivering exceptional, personalised support as a result. He has developed a fantastic team who all share his passion, commitment and drive to achieve the best results for their clients. It is a pleasure working with Steve and I will continue to recommend his firm to any company looking for support with any intellectual property matters in the UK.’

‘We have worked together with Steve Palmer and his team for well over 10 years, dealing pro-actively with trade mark and copy right matters. This law firm and team are extremely modern, focused and learned – a pleasure to work with.’

‘Steve Palmer, is a young experienced lawyer regarding intellectual property right cases, and is the right person to turn to for advice or work alongside. We jointly represent a mutual major US client and I know they are extremely pleased with his professionalism, we also refer other clients to him as and when his services are required. We hold regular online meetings to discuss our clients’ needs.’

Key clients

Abercrombie & Fitch (Fashion Retail)

The Absolut Company AB (Vodka/Drinks industry)

ARC’TERYX Equipment (Outdoor Clothing)

Bauer Hockey

BMW (Automotive)

Calysta NV (Legal referrals)

Cluse Watches

Converse (Fashion Retail)

Daniel Wellington (Fashion Retail)

Envision Pharma, Inc. (Pharmaceutical)

Europe Watch Group B.V. – Cluse watch brand (Fashion Retail)

Fossil Group Europe GmbH – Licences watch brands including Fossil, Armani, Diesel (Fashion Retail)

Gevers Legal – Benelux and Paris (Legal Referrals)

Hugo Boss

Ice Watch (Fashion Retail)

Jimmy Choo

Kyocera Document Solutions Europe B.V. (Printer Hardware)

LPG Systems S.A. (Cosmetics)

lululemon athletica Canada Inc (Fashion/Activewear Retail)

Merck & Co., Inc. (Pharmaceutical)

Minotti Spa (furniture design)

New Era Cap Company Inc (Fashion Retail)

Nike (Fashion/Activewear Retail)

Olaplex

Ralph Lauren (Luxury Fashion)

Sandisk LLC

Work highlights

  • Advising Hugo Boss on a dispute relating to counterfeit goods
  • Advising Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited on a dispute relating to counterfeit goods.
  • Advising BMW AG on the removal of infringing goods from a website.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Led by Tom Lingard, Stevens & Bolton LLP is best known for working with globally recognisable brands from the sports, tech, media and automotive sectors on disputes relating to all major types of IP, reputation management and data breaches, though it is also active in non-contentious matters such as strategic planning and commercial transactions. The team, based in Guildford, also has a particular expertise in the life science sector; Charlotte Tillett often assists with patent and know-how licensing agreements. At associate level, Elaine O'Hare leads the brand protection practice.

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Tillett; Elaine O’Hare

Testimonials

‘Tom Lingard, responsive and provides pragmatic contentious IP advice.’

‘Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett shine. Intelligent, knowledgeable, pragmatic and approachable. Always quick to respond and transparent on fees.’

Key clients

Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.

Custom Materials Ltd

FGX Europe Limited

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe Limited

Hugo & Hudson Limited

Jung SAS

PA Media Group Limited

KIA Motors Europe GmbH

Tudorknight Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted PA Media Group Limited with obtaining an interim injunction against the Workers of England Union to prevent its members using the words “English Press Association” on cards to identify themselves
  • Advising a global biotechnology company with its patent and know-how licensing.
  • Acting for a global electronics company on a trade mark infringement dispute with a leading IT distributor.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Cripps Pemberton Greenish primarily focuses on non-contentious work, assisting with all elements of IP commercialisation including strategic planning, licensing and auditing. The team is particularly strong with regards to tech-related issues; practice head Pete Kenyon and Irfan Baluch are experienced in the sector and advise start up and early stage companies on commercial agreements relating to software. Beyond tech, the group works with businesses from the e-commerce, energy and food production space, including new clients Thortful and Alpha311. At associate level, Phil Bilney collaborates with the firm's litigation team on IP-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:

Irfan Baluch; Phil Bilney

Testimonials

‘Really appreciated the flexibility and belief shown by Cripps for our business model. As a start-up funds are minimal and Cripps worked with us to defer billing in order for us to build the company in the first instance without the challenge of finding the funds upfront.’

‘Professional and reputable. My personal experience of working with Cripps has been a pleasure. I have established a good rapport with both of them and feel comfortable to have free and frank discussions about important topics which affect my business. They know they can tell me if I am wrong or if what I am suggesting is not the best course for the business and I will take that onboard sensibly because of the relationship we have established. I trust them both to give me honest and sound counsel. Anything we have asked of them they have been able to assist with, and this is a breath of fresh air when compared to our previous experiences which were the polar opposite.’

‘The team work very well together and have good knowledge of our sector, us as a client and our needs. This allows for swift communication, turnaround and a very effective service provided across many areas. Collaboration, confidence and trust, all linking to an overall relationship are the key.’

‘Our key contact, Pete Kenyon is always available, responsive, knowledgeable and can provide great legal and commercial advice during the process. Our key associate, Phil Bilney is exactly the same.’

‘The TMT-IP team is very strong, both in terms of the their legal expertise and their commercial experience’

‘The team understood early what our needs were and organised assistance to achieve our legal structure. Not too pricy but appropriately budgeted.’

‘Irfan Baluch is our intellectual property rights council. He has been instrumental in structuring our negotiations for IP rights.’

‘Irfan Baluch – trusted advisor to RDT. Cares about the work he does for us as much as we do.’

‘I have seldom worked with lawyers who have such a practical outlook and practical knowledge. Advice received is completely relevant, offered in a straightforward manner and they are easy to interact with.’

Key clients

Thortful

Alpha311

Berry Gardens

The Mango Agency Limited

RDT

Electroneum Ltd

Qubedata

AG Thames

Awesome Dog Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising online card company Thortful on the subsistence and enforcement of its intellectual property rights.
  • Advising Alpha 311 in relation to intellectual property ownership and confidentiality matters in relation to its development of novel wind turbines which generate energy from passing vehicles.
  • Advising leading fruit grower and supplier Berry Gardens in relation to its intellectual property matters, in particular its licensing arrangements with key suppliers.

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey primarily focuses on trade marks, assisting clients from, among others, the fashion, entertainment and finical sectors with the enforcement, registration and commercialisation of their brands. Franchising is a key part of the practice, and the team assists franchisors and franchisees from the initial drafting of agreements through to eventual disputes. Paul Cox leads the department and advises across litigious and transactional issues; also head of the international practice, Cox advises a number of multinational companies on the IP strategy in relation to the UK. Senior associate Rachel Pearse  departed in November 2020 to join gunnercooke LLP.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cox

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Batten; Chandni Jobanputra; Charlene Nelson

Testimonials

‘Foot Anstey is practical, clear, efficient and timely when providing their advice. As our UK associate for our Australian and New Zealand clients, we recommend Foot Anstey without reservation. Foot Anstey have strong understanding of UK and EU trade mark law and practice.’

‘The IP team consisting of Mr Paul Cox partner, Ms Charlene Nelson chartered trade mark attorney and Ms Chandni Jobanputra associate are always on hand, accessible and provide timely and clear instructions and solutions within deadlines. They are a joy to work with.’

‘The IP team are great – they really talk you through the process and have helped me and my clients navigate the trade mark process as we develop new brands that often have to be launched at speed. I have to be honest, they are the only firm I have worked with on this type of work, but have referred them on to numerous clients. ’

‘Charlene Nelson and Paul Cox have gone out of their way to help my team (branding agency) improve our knowledge of trademarking. They have run a training session with us to better understand the ins and outs of trademarks for brands.’

Key clients

Cath Kidston Limited

Eden Project Limited

Par-Pak Limited (Novolex)

Parts Alliance

Pay UK

Reach Plc

Motion Picture Association (MPA) & Alliance for Creativity & Entertainment (ACE)

Tomy UK Co Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Par-Pak Limited on a design rights dispute.
  • Assisting Parts Alliance with the management of its trade mark portfolio.
  • Assisting Pay UK with the management of its trade mark portfolio.

Maier Blackburn LLP

Based in Oxfordshire, Maier Blackburn LLP is a market-leading practice in the field of media and publishing law, and this goes hand-in-hand with a high degree of IP expertise. The firm's client base includes the literary estates of world-renowned authors, which it advises on trade mark and copyright infringement issues, as well as publishing companies looking for assistance with the drafting of initial contracts with authors. Steven Maier and Cathleen Blackburn jointly lead the team, advising on contentious and non-contentious issues respectively.

Practice head(s):

Steven Maier; Cathleen Blackburn

Key clients

The Tolkien Estate

Agatha Christie Limited

Ayebia Clarke Publishing Limited

Watership Down Enterprises Limited

M C Beaton Literary Estate

The Cochrane Library

Pemberley Books Limited

Daniel Field Products Limited

Magda Archer

Charles Rose

Work highlights

  • Acting for the heirs of Watership Down author Richard Adams in obtaining a High Court judgment against the California-based Producer of the 1978 film of the book.
  • Acting for the Tolkien Estate against the developers and operators of a private student accommodation building which had been named Tolkien without the consent of the Estate.
  • Advising the owner of the literary estate and assets of Agatha Christie in respect of various commercial products and services that infringed the intellectual property rights in Agatha Christie’s copyright works and characters.

Moorcrofts LLP

Moorcrofts LLP is one of the strongest firms in the region with regards to tech-related IP, and the firm advises on copyright, and database rights insofar as they apply to software and hardware products. Andrew Katz is internationally recognised for his expertise in open source software and open hardware licensing, having been appointed as an expert in the EU research study which to place in 2020 in relation to the area; his legal practice includes assisting high profile clients such as CERN and UK unicorn Benevolent AI on licensing issues.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Katz

Other key lawyers:

Tim Anstey

Testimonials

‘Moorcrofts have a great understanding of software development processes and open source in particular. As an agile software development company, ensuring our contracts support the empirical approach of an agile project is critical to an appropriate agreement between us and our clients. Further to this, embedding open source concepts in our contracts to accurately describe intellectual property and licensing has proved useful to highlight the nature of open source software, usage and contribution. ’

‘Working with Andrew Katz is always a pleasure and an education. His experience with, and passion for, open source licencing has proved invaluable over the years. I can think of no one better placed to advise on issues of open source licensing, intellectual property and open source governance in general.’

‘Commercial awareness, practical approach, friendly attitude.’

‘Andrew Katz is my main point of call and he is great. Very knowledgeable and is a very pragmatic and helpful lawyer.’

‘Very strong in software and IP law. A very good understanding of our business. They bring strong commercial awareness with their legal expertise. Very good at contract negotiation and Open Source compliance,’

‘Our key contact, Tim Astley, has gone out of his way to ensure he understands our business. He is normally available whenever I need to speak with him. He is flexible in his approach and very good at contract negotiation.’

‘Andrew Katz is extremely competent in all matters related to IP, in particular Open Source software and Hardware licensing. He is the author of the ‘Solderpad Licence’ and a co-author of the ‘CERN Open Hardware Licence’. His expertise has been recognised by the European Commission, where he has been asked to lead a study on the future of Open Source Hardware. ’

Key clients

Graphaware

BenevolentAI

Camunda Services AG

Linked Data Benchmark Council

Parity.io

Biz2Mobile Limited

Jurgen TellerLimited

Open Forum Europe, Fraunhofer Institute

CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research, Geneva)

Work highlights

  • Moorcrofts advised UK “Unicorn” BenevolentAI on some of its most cutting-edge intellectual property matters, including open source software and data licensing.
  • Nominated as the designated expert and project lead for Open Hardware in a significant European Commission bid, which is likely to drive EU policy for many years.
  • Worked closely with the engineering and legal teams at CERN to finalise drafting the latest release of the CERN Open Hardware Licence (version 2.0).

Osborne Clarke LLP

Capable in all areas, Osborne Clarke LLP often works with its corporate team to advise on the IP elements of investment and M&A transactions, most notably with the tech sector. Anna Williams leads the commercial team in Reading; experienced in all areas of IP, Williams is particularly strong in issues relating to advertising and handles agreements for the licensing of third party content in relation to ad campaigns. Associate Joanne Loveridge spearheads the group's expertise in the life science and health sector, assisting with the drafting of licensing and strategic collaboration agreements in order to exploit new technologies.

Practice head(s):

Anna Williams

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Loveridge

Key clients

Koa Health B.V.

BGF

Work highlights

  • Advised BGF on its investment in global animation studio, Snipple.
  • Provided support in relation to Koa Health B.V.’s flagship Foundation’s App and drafted the documentation for Koa’s strategically important collaboration with Dr Care Anywhere.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is one of the largest firms in the Thames Valley region and uses its multiple offices to provide an extremely broad IP offering. Chris Shelley is a name to note in the Oxford office; a specialist in patent licensing, Shelley is active in the life science and engineering sectors and is consulted by universities and their spin out companies. In Reading, Joanne Vengadesan has a strong reputation in the tech sector and also handles GDPR compliance issues, while Daniel Berry 's practice spans contentious and non-contentious issues. Regards associates, Oxford-based Holly Strube is recommended for brand protection issues in the retail, fashion and sports sectors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Shelley; Joanne Vengadesan

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Berry; Gavin Stenton

Key clients

Oversight Board

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn

Barfoots of Botley

Finance & Leasing Association

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Organix Brands Limited

Evac+Chair International Limited

United Colors International Limited

Roka London Limited

OneCom Limited

King’s College London

Oxford University Press

Pirbright Institute

Medicines Discovery Catapult

CAB International

bioMérieux SA

Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

Veryan Medical Limited

Luminosity Limited

Astro Lighting Holdings Limited

Britest Limited

Celleron Therapeutics Limited

Grey Wolf Therapeutics Limited

Ethypharm Holdings SA

Norbar Torque Tools Limited

Oxford Gene Technology

Oxford VacMedix

Oxular Limited

MiroBio Limited

Malvern Cosmeceutics Limited

Oxford Endovascular Limited

BreatheOx Limited t/a Albus Health

We Are Couch Limited t/a Couch Health

Orthoson Limited

Orthox Limited

Oxford BioTrans Limited

Nexeon Limited

First Light Fusion Limited

Myricx Pharma Limited

Pathios Therapeutics Limited

Oxford Flow Limited

Opsydia Limited

Oxford Analytica Limited

Intrinsic Semiconductor Technology Limited

Charterhouse Turf Machinery Limited

First Law P.C. (Bighit Entertainment Co Ltd)

Compass Box Delicious Whisky Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Bighit Entertainment Co Ltd. on the registration and enforcement of the UK and EU trade mark rights of K-Pop boy band, BTS.
  • Advised King’s College London on technology transfer transactions and IP issues.
  • Advising Association of Chartered Certified Accountants on the management of its trademark portfolio.

White & Black Limited

White & Black Limited's boutique practice primarily advises clients in the technology and retail sectors on a range of issues. Located in Oxfordshire, the firm is well place to assist companies and Oxford University with the protection of their inventions. Practice head Phil Thompson leads the non-contentious offering, which includes advising e-commerce sites on anti-counterfeiting measures, data protection, R&D and licensing agreements. Victoria Wright is the name to note for litigation; copyright and patent infringement are key areas of activity.

Practice head(s):

Phil Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Wright

Testimonials

‘Very client focused and responsive, fully engaged with their clients’ requirements. Fully able to work within the budget set and time frames agreed with good, proactive and clear advice. ’

‘Victoria Wright (litigation) and Phil Thompson (transactional). Victoria is extremely responsive and vigorously defends her clients’ corner. Also adept at drafting settlement agreements – covers all the angles.’

Phil has a huge knowledge of licensing and data protection. Clear and concise drafting, always on time and budget.’

‘The team are proper ‘technology lawyers’ with a thorough understanding of TMT issues both for contentious and non-contentious work.’

Key clients

Concha Y Toro

Virgin Active Limited

Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories BV

Vectair Systems Limited

Matchesfashion Limited

Moixa Technology Limited

Nikon Corporation

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP's team, which spans several UK offices, is represented in the South East by Kate Cheney. A qualified trade mark attorney, Cheney works with a number of international clients from the food, retail and entertainment sectors on the management of their trade mark portfolios. Roy Crozier leads the team from Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Roy Crozier

Other key lawyers:

Kate Cheney

Testimonials

‘The team is business savvy, quick to respond with meaningful advice, and mindful of budget constraints.’

‘Roy Crozier is among the best. He provides practical, insightful advice and has a deep understanding of the intersection of business and legal needs.’

‘Both very reliable, quick in responding, good advice

Key clients

Medicom Healthcare Limited

Heritage Audio

Mozzo Coffee Limited

Flexipads World Class Limited and Gekatax S.A.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.

Navson

Work highlights

  • Managing Medicom Healthcare’s global trade mark portfolio and filing a series of new applications in Asia, Oceania, Europe and Africa.

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP's Milton Keynes practice works closely alongside its East Midlands office to provide clients from the defence, non-profit and medical device sectors with expertise in registrations, trade mark and patent infringement, and misuse of confidential information. James Howarth is the key name in the region and advises on IP issues affecting tech and media companies, contentious and non-contentious.

Practice head(s):

James Howarth

Testimonials

‘Very high quality IP firm with an excellent commercial attitude to costs.’

Key clients

Captain Tom Moore

Tabbers Limited

Welbeck Publishing Group

Owen Mumford Limited

Golf Holidays Direct Limited

Time Out Group plc

Wendy Fair Markets

DX Group

ATSI Limited

Ultimate Performance

Akuma Sports

Juxt Limited

AFL Hyperscale

Security Alliance Limited

Goldstein Music Publishing

Bartington Instruments

Quarto Group Plc

Sounds Like Publishing

Work highlights

  • Advising  Sir Captain Tom Moore (Club Nook Limited) for trade mark filings and portfolio management and on all IP infringement issues.
  • Advising Tabbers Limited on preventing online infringement through online platforms, including Amazon and eBay.
  • Advising ATSI on a patent infringement, misuse of confidential information, copyright infringement and unlawful interference claim for a defence contractor.

Moore Barlow

Following a 2020 merger, Moore Barlow is now able to offer IP advice, especially as it relates to the tech sector, from a number of offices in the South East. The group, which advises start ups and large companies, is led from Richmond and Guildford by John John Warchus, who assists with patent information licence agreements and SaaS software licensing. Dorothy Agnew is the key lawyer in Southampton and advises on R&D agreements and the licensing of software.

Practice head(s):

John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Agnew; Laurie Heizler

Testimonials

‘The individuals I work with stand out by being approachable, talk in plain language, explain things clearly, and considerately. John Warchus has been advising us for all these years now and I feel it will be difficult to find a better solicitor to meet our needs. A pleasure to work with.’

‘This is a team that operates at a human level – understanding the anxiety associated with legal issues and compassionately taking you through the process. This culture is not only unique to the sector but also beyond.’

‘Dorothy Agnew was quite simply brilliant. Her technical knowledge and clarity was second to none. She managed to bring a necessary degree of rigour and challenge, but at the same time remained calm and considerate to my concerns and enquiries.’

‘We have always enjoyed working with the team at Moore Barlow (previously Moore Blatch) for non-contentious IP-related matters as well as drafting commercial agreements, outsourcing and e-commerce agreements or advice relating to the law in these fields. The strengths of the team are dedication to providing a top quality product and their easy to understand advice.’

‘Dorothy Agnew has an ability to engage wholly with the client and the client’s business to get a really deep level of understanding of the client’s requirements. Her attention to detail is outstanding and she sets the bar for quality of advice and product output. She has a strong and confident knowledge of the law and gives the client confidence that they are being looked after. Dorothy helps to drive a client’s business forward so that her involvement with the client has more of an impact than the advice she provides. ’

‘John Warchus is a total star. John is the most efficient and effective supplier I think we have. He always advises timescales for projects in advance so manages our expectation from the get-go. He then replies with a fully comprehensive summary of document inclusions, omissions and observations and makes recommendations for alterations to customer NDA’s for instance that enable us to negotiate terms with customers and protect our interests accordingly. ’

‘We are very lucky to have such an experienced team locally in Richmond (LB Richmond upon Thames) to handle our intellectual property legal requirements. Here we have a partner with experience from larger firms in litigation and the quality of advice is excellent. ’

‘I dealt with John Warchus. He was knowledgeable, understood the IP/tech issues and was very good to deal with. We had a robust but very sensible negotiation – all very pleasant and straightforward.’

Key clients

Appitek Limited

Hidalgo Limited

Morgan Innovations & Technology Limited

Gill Group of Companies Limited

RL Capital Limited

Inner Eye Productions Limited

Kyocera Engineering UK

Minesoft Limited

Intellectual Property Online and Web TMS Limited

Kallo Foods Limited

Essential information Group Ltd

Ritmeester UK Limited

Aviateq Limited

Acuity Solutions Limited

Industrial technologies Limited

Bluecoat Software

Core Technology Solutions Limited

Smartlogic Semaphore Inc

Fluorogenics Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Essential Information Group on an important IP claim.
  • Advised Fluorogenics on a research, development and supply agreement for lyophilised molecular biological reagents.
  • Acted for Kallo in the prosecution and settlement of the very complex trade mark and passing off action commenced by Kallo against Whole Earth Sweetener Company LLC and Merisant UK Limited.

Moore Law

Founded by Tris Moore in 2010, Moore Law focuses on serving clients from the media, sports and technology sectors and therefore necessarily has extensive experience in IP matters. The firm has developed a real niche in advising social media influencers and Youtubers; this includes assisting them with licensing agreements, trade mark and design registrations, and enforcement. On the contentious side, work includes passing off and infringement disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tris Moore

Other key lawyers:

Scott Appleton

Key clients

The Sidemen / Sidemen Clothing

Lucy & Yak

P1vital / P1vital Products

Upload Agency / Upload Merchandise

Marketing Base

Zeitgeist Agency

Bigfoot

Fibremark / FibreTrace

We are Tilt

University of Sussex / Stingray Bio

Click Databases

Bailey & French

Race Nation

C-Level

Definition Health / LifeBox

Work highlights

  • Advising The Sidemen on all IP and commercial issues.
  • Advising FibreTrace on all European IP and commercial issues.
  • Advising Zeitgeist on a master services agreement with AB InBev and Lyle & Scott

Paris Smith LLP

Operating from Southampton, Paris Smith LLP works with SMEs to develop IP audit strategies, in addition to managing a number of international trade mark portfolios. Laura Trapnell leads the team and stands out for her expertise in the food and drink marker, representing a number of companies from the sector on trade mark registration and licensing. Helen Brown acts in IP disputes as part of a broad commercial litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Laura Trapnell

Other key lawyers:

Helen Brown

Testimonials

‘Paris Smith will review the problem and then think about how else the matter could be dealt with rather than simply going down the path that has been laid out. In our case, this was adjusting a know-how licence into a software licence that delivered the same effect all parties were after but with significantly less work on our parts and was able to resolve points of contention between the parties.’

‘Laura Trapnell – engaging and takes time to really understand the business and the team in order to deliver a really personalised service. Very knowledgeable and is able to translate that knowledge into layman’s terms.’

‘In depth understanding of intellectual property and pragmatic approach to IP protection.’

‘Ability to communicate in terms early stage businesses readily understand. Particularly commend Laura Trapnell who has been outstanding.’

Key clients

Hildon Limited

Autofutura Limited

Draper Tools Limited

Hobbycraft Trading Limited

Millbrook Industries

Barfoots of Botley

Churches Fire Security Limited

Gist Limited

Keltbray Limited

Focal Point Fires Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hildon Limited in respect of the management and administration of its international Trade Mark portfolio.
  • Acting for The Innovation Group PLC in respect of the management and administration of its international Trade Mark portfolio.
  • Acting for Draper Tools Limited on a range of its intellectual property matters but are reporting on a trade mark infringement and passing off enforcement action with various sellers who were using the Draper trade mark and reputation in order to sell counterfeit goods.

Birkett Long LLP

Based in Colchester, Birkett Long LLP's IP practice was established by the 2019 arrival of Jonathan Perlmutter, and now has a reputation for advising companies from the manufacturing, software and retail sectors on brand protection strategic as well as patent and trade mark applications. The group also works with members of its dispute resolution team to assist with IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Perlmutter

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Burnett

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore handles a range of IP issues as part of its diverse corporate and commercial practice, led by Joanne Gallagher. Typical work includes the drafting of software development and licence agreements and advising on the law of confidence. As regards disputes, Douglas Skilton assists with high court litigation in relation to trade marks and design rights.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Gallagher

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Skilton; Michelle Rule; Rico Dexiades

Work highlights

  • Advised Yardstick Business Solutions Limited on software licensing arrangements with various blue chip FMCG groups and retailers.

Warners Solicitors

Warners Solicitors' IP work is closely linked to its technology practice, as the firm primarily handles licensing and copyright issues relating to the development and commercialisation of software products. Kevin Sullivan leads the team and handles IP issues as part of the holistic service he provides to TMT companies at all stages of development.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Russell Brinkhurst

Key clients

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

FSI Global Plc

Beggars Group Limited

Columba Systems Limited

Information Publishing Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Beggars Group Limited on its equity investment in Driift Holdings Ltd, the holding company of Driift Live, the new live streaming music platform.
  • Advised Mosaic Smart Data Limited on its teaming agreements with CLS and MUFG to launch FXLIQUIDITY, a weekly analysis tool for traders to navigate market volatility