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Burges Salmon LLP's full service intellectual property practice is headed by¬†Jeremy Dickerson, who is ‚Äėextremely responsive and user friendly‚Äô and ‚Äėa clear and pragmatic adviser‚Äô. Dickerson acts for¬†new client BBC on all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations. Helen Scott-Lawler¬†who jointly heads the team with Dickerson, advised the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on a merger of existing research councils, which involved advising on the transfer of assets to the new entity. The practice also acts as sole UK trade mark counsel to Starbucks Corporation, advising on UK and EU trade mark infringement and clearance matters. Georgina Shaw¬†has ‚Äėgreat communication skills‚Äô and ‚Äėadds real value to the team‚Äô. Emily Roberts¬†focuses on contentious IP. Other key clients include Discovery Communications, John Lewis & Waitrose, Oxford University, Victoria‚Äôs Secret Stores and Virgin Enterprises.

Ashfords LLP¬†provides the full range of legal work related to trade marks, including clearance, filing, prosecution, registration, renewal and maintenance, licensing, assignments, commercial exploitation agreements, oppositions and infringement actions. It also provides patent attorney services, including drafting, filing and prosecution. Head of trade marks Carl Steele¬†(Exeter) led on advising The Roald Dahl Story Company in relation to High Court legal proceedings issued against Oakwood Leisure with regard to trade mark and copyright infringement. London-based Kaya Elkiner¬†advised HelloFresh UK in relation to drafting and registering patent rights around new innovations in their meal-kit business. Another highlight includes acting for Velcro against trade mark infringements. Head of team Mark Lomas¬†(Exeter) is ‚Äėa superstar among stars‚Äô, he focuses on commercial exploitation of IP rights including cross-border work in the technology and luxury retail goods sectors. Giles Lane¬†(Exeter) handles both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Tom Phipps¬†(Plymouth) deals with all IP work and specialises in copyright, media and entertainment, and franchising. Andrew Braithwaite¬†(Bristol) joined the team from Thrings LLP. Corinna Hiscox¬†(Bristol) joined as a senior trade mark attorney from Haseltine Lake LLP. The firm provides ‚Äėvery polished, professional services with the highest level of expertise‚Äô.

Foot Anstey¬†provides advice on trade mark and design portfolio management internationally. It advises on non-contentious matters including corporate transactions, drafting IP licences, franchise agreements and other IP focused documentation and provides advice on IP ownership. Other areas of expertise include IP litigation and enforcement. In a cross-border matter with China, Martin Cuell¬†advised Eden Project on brand ownership strategy and trade mark assignments and licenses. Peter Singfield¬†advised Charlie Bears on their international trade mark portfolio and IP infringement. Neil Parkes¬†is ‚Äėvery thorough, easy to deal with, and knowledgeable‚Äô, he advised Lucasfilm in relation to the leaking of plot and character information of the latest Star Wars films. Paul Cox¬†joined as head of IP in May 2017, he represented the sponsor of a premiership football in team in relation to a trade mark dispute over a logo used on team shirts. The firm is ‚Äėexcellent, responsive and commercially switched-on‚Äô. Clients include Trinity Mirror/Local World, University of the West of England, Sky, Royal Shakespeare Group and Cut4cloth.

Osborne Clarke advises on contentious and non-contentious IP work such as filing and prosecution work. It has a filing practice that is spread across the London and Bristol offices. The firm receives work through its international office network and is adept at handling multijurisdictional matters and representing clients in IP litigation matters. Clare Robinson heads the team and led on advising Kerry Ingredients (UK) in a successful claim against Bakkavor for misuse of confidential information in relation to its recipes and manufacturing process for edible infused oils. Tom Harding advised Microsoft on content acquisition and licensing deals for Xbox and MSN services. Will Robertson advised HHGL (formerly Homebase) on negotiations of licenses and IP use from various manufacturers in relation to advanced paint tinting technology. Douglas Peden specialises contentious trade mark and copyright issues. Claudia Glover focuses on IP litigation and global portfolio protection. Arty Rajendra and Mark Foreman joined the London office from Rouse IP Limited. Other clients include RS Components, Vodafone, Siemens, Eurostar International, Compagnie Gervais Danone, Western Power Distribution, Surf Telecoms and Simba Sleep.

DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†specialises in providing IP-related advice in the pharmaceutical, technology and electronic sectors. Recent highlights include negotiating all of Royal Mail‚Äôs licensing deals for special stamp editions in 2017 and also providing advice on exploitation of its own IP, trade mark infringement, passing off, domain name infringement and brand protection issues. Another highlight includes advising Mitsubishi Motors in the UK in relation to contentious intellectual property issues and commercial advice. Andrew Allan-Jones¬† heads the team, he deals with a wide range of IP issues and is particularly adept at handling pharmaceutical-related patent litigation. Senior associate Kate Loxton¬† is a trade mark and copyright specialist, dealing mainly with disputes and licensing. The team is ‚Äėexcellent in all areas of IP ownership, non-disclosure agreements, legal contracts with customers and licenses for products‚Äô. Clients include Ultrahaptics, Equifax, IDE Group, Pure International and Kings Road Publishing.

Humphreys & Co.¬†advises clients on non-contentious and contentious matters such as trade marks, passing off, designs and copyright, and litigation. It acts for national and international clients in the key sectors of fashion, electronics, drinks, education and finance. Robert Humphreys¬†heads the department, he recently led on a case of trade mark infringement (including counterfeiting), passing off and invalidity proceedings against a former distributor of a well-known jewellery brand. Another highlight includes successfully defending claims of copyright infringement against a furniture and replica furniture manufacturer and retailer.‚ÄėAlways very professional‚Äô Tristan Morse¬†was promoted to partner, he focuses on contentious and non-contentious trade mark, design and copyright matters. Ruth Annand¬†is also recommended.

Mewburn Ellis LLP is adept at handling IP protection, commercialisation and disputes across the life sciences, pharmaceuticals, agricultural science, industrial chemistry, electronics and electrical engineering, mechanical and structural engineering sectors. Sean Jauss heads the team and focuses on protection, commercialisation, defence and enforcement of clients’ IP rights. Joseph Lenthall is a qualified UK and European patent attorney and a certified patent attorney litigato. Emma Gallacher deals with IP licensing and data protection. Recent highlights include advising Arix in a cross-border venture fund relating to LogicBio Therapeutics and Atox Biosciences, and advising Nerudia in IP-related matters after its sale to Fontem Ventures.

Michelmores LLP's¬†IP team advises on contentious and non-contentious work, focusing mainly on the food and drink, manufacturing, technology and retail sectors. Tim Richards¬†co-heads the team on the contentious side, he is adept at handling commercial disputes including cross-border trademark and passing off disputes. David Thompson¬†co-heads the team on the non-contentious side, he focuses on supply chain arrangements, distributorship agreements, agency agreements and manufacturing licenses. ‚ÄėResponsive and smart‚Äô Tom Torkar¬†heads the technology and innovation team and is adept at handling IT-related matters such as service contracts, e-commerce, software licensing, systems integration, data protection and information security. Recent highlights include advising Landmark Information Group on commercial contracts, client agreements, IP advice, and new products and services. The firm also advised Haynes Publishing Group on the acquisition of E3 Technical an online technical data business, this involved due diligence in relation to the acquired data and software and data supply licenses.

Stephens Scown LLP advises on trade mark registrations, portfolio management, licensing, franchising, infringements, clearance availability and knock out searches. It focuses mainly on the food and drink, retail, media, technology and innovation sectors. Ben Travers heads the team and focuses on non-contentious and contentious IP matters and international brand protection issues. Sanjay Raphael specialises in trade mark filings, infringements, objections and oppositions. Thomas Chartres-Moore deals with trade mark matters, registration, exploitation and infringements. Clients include Arden International, Seadog TV and Film Production, Pritchard Patent Products and Precision Dippings Manufacturing.

TLT advises on trade marks, brand protection, patents, copyright, IP-related technology matters and IP litigation. It acts for a variety of blue-chip clients and household name brands with a particular focus on leisure industry clients. Legal director Jo Pritchard recently led on acting for Conviviality a leading drinks distributor, in relation to its acquisition of Central Convenience, the team advised on all IP-related matters. James Touzel heads the team. Clients include Merlin Entertainments, British Telecommunications (BT), Brabantia (UK), WHSmith and Muji Europe Holdings.

VWV is renowned for its focus on the education sector and specialises in advising on international school licensing projects. Highlights include acting for Rugby School in advising on the opening of a new school in Thailand, this involved advising on structure and liaising with Chinese lawyers to ensure compliance with Chinese regulations. The team also acted for a large automotive company based in the Midlands to create a new suite of template merchandising licences including vehicles featuring interactive games, luxury goods, models, toys, consumer products and copyright licences in respect of technical data. Doug Locke heads the team and advises on a broad range of IP matters including protecting, licensing and enforcing and also advises universities on joint ventures, partnerships, and franchise agreements in multiple jurisdictions. Senior associate Paula Williams heads the trade marks team, she specialises in trade mark law protection, enforcement and exploitation, licensing and portfolio management. IP solicitors Mary Rendle and Daliah Haughton joined the Bristol team and senior associate Penny Bygrave joined the London office.

‚ÄėHelpful and competent‚Äô Thrings LLP¬†deals with the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP issues such as applications, registrations, licenses, franchises, distribution arrangements and enforcements. It focuses on the key sectors of digital, media, retail, leisure, food and beverages, aerospace and defence. Recent highlights include acting for Lovehoney in relation to its multijurisdictional IP portfolio and IP registration and enforcement. Another highlight includes advising Kenro on product development and protection of their trade mark registrations. A further highlight includes advising Vision3 on negotaitions for option agreements in relation to its 3D effects and virtual reality/augmented reality products. Graeme Fearon¬†heads the team supported by partner Megan Jefferies¬†.¬†Andy Braithwaite¬†joined Ashfords LLP. Other clients include Dancerace, Kinetik Medical Devices, Studio Nicholson, Taxi Studio and Multivac UK.

Willans LLP¬†advises on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters for clients in the satellite telecommunications, flight training, heating engineering and IT. sectors Highlights include acting for Turbo K and Midland Chemicals in a cross-border High Court case which involved passing off, invalidation of registered trade marks and contractual issues related to provision and breach of IP licence agreements. Paul Gordon¬† heads the team and specialises in patent, trade mark, design right, copyright infringement and passing off claims. He is ‚Äėextremely well-prepared‚Äô and ‚Äėable to analyse things from both a legal and a¬†commercial perspective‚Äô. Nick Southwell¬† is adept at handling disputes including web-based infringement claims for copyright. Theresa Grech¬†left the firm. Clients include Singapore Lift Company, Farquhar‚Äôs Vocabulary Flash Cards, Cheltenham Festivals, Preston Innovations and Twistar.

Battens Solicitors Limited¬†advises on licensing, drafting issues, terms and conditions, issues relating to e-commerce, copyright, patents, design rights and trademarks. Recent clients include celebrity sports-people, a music production company and a health drinks manufacturer. Brian Levine¬†and Peter Livingstone¬†head the team which offers ‚Äėimmediate responses, quick understanding, useful advice and good value for money‚Äô.

BPE Solicitors LLP Cheltenham provides advice on a broad range of IP matters including international IP protection for trade marks and designs, licensing, patents and also litigates for clients in contentious matters. Key client sectors include science and technology, medtech, public sector, and media and entertainment. Iain Garfield heads the team, he recently led on advising Valour Clothing in relation to successful opposition of a trade mark application for Valor International. Riyaz Jariwalla specialises in IP litigation and providing advice to to retail, and science and technology businesses. Clients include Fiddes Payne, Innovate UK, Norville Group, Outdoor & Cycle Concepts (Cotswold Outdoor) and Spectrum Medical.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys advises on brand protection, product development, IP sales, licensing, franchising, collaborations, joint ventures, IP portfolio monitoring, maintenance and management, enforcement and disputes. Adam Finch heads the team.

Laceys¬†advises on the drafting and negotiation of IP dispute settlement agreements, media contracts and specialist licensing agreements. It assists clients in protecting their IP in the UK and internationally with a particular focus on the retail and manufacturing sectors. Edwina Young¬†heads the team and has ‚Äėincredible knowledge and a drive to do things right‚Äô.

Murrell Associates¬†offers expertise in trade mark protection, exploitation and enforcement advice, design right registration, licensing, portfolio management, IP-related property advice and IP-related software advice. Highlights include advising Jigsaw XYZ in relation to its UK trade mark portfolio and copyright works including enforcing trade mark applications. Rebecca Anforth¬†heads the practice; she ‚Äėknows her stuff when it comes to IP and communicates in a simple way without legal jargon‚Äô. Clients include Anti-Matter Games, Worval Holdings, Futurebuild Events and Hub Box.

Royds Withy King  Bath provides trade mark portfolio management services including IP protection and exploitation, assessment of ownership and licensing. It advises on contentious issues including copyright and trade mark infringement, passing off and patent infringement advice. The firm has particular experience in advising companies in the media and technology sectors. Highlights included advising Adam Matthew Digital in relation to licensing-in agreements from source archives and universities, and customer licenses. Philip Banks-Welsh  is also recommended. Clients include Applicable, Arco England, Bath Rugby, Bruce Munro and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

Steer & Co advises on all aspects of IP such as trademarks, design rights patent and copyrights mainly in the technology and media, and creative digital sectors. Rebecca Steer heads the team and led on advising MATTA in negotiations with the Football Association (FA) for the provision of ongoing advertising campaigns, this involved advice on ownership of assets and licensing. Clients include Weirdy Rhymes, Moortec, Calling the Shots, XMOS and We Predict.

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