Intellectual property in South West
Burges Salmon LLP acts for major international brands and has a particularly strong list of US-based clients, including Starbucks, Victoria's Secret and the Discovery Channel. The ongoing expansion of its practice is evidenced by the fact that the firm was recently appointed to the IP panels of John Lewis/Waitrose and the BBC/BBC Studios. Practice head Jeremy Dickerson is experienced in both transactional and contentious issues; his expertise includes the protection and enforcement of IP rights, trade mark infringement and portfolio management. Helen Scott-Lawler has advised RAC and Fever-Tree on technology transfer and IP issues relating to sponsorship and advertising. Senior associate Emily Roberts specialises primarily in contentious IP and often supports Dickerson on infringement matters.
‘We know Jeremy doesn’t mess around when it comes to IP matters‘
‘Team is very user friendly, practical and commercial. Also extremely responsive‘
‘Proactive team that is hard-working and efficient‘
‘Jeremy Dickerson displays both strength and depth. He is client and solution-focused and extremely accessible; his input is invaluable‘
Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Discovery Communications, LLC
FILA Luxembourg S.a.r.l
- Providing brand protection and IP advice to the BBC, and acting as sole counsel for all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations.
- Advising Discovery Communications on brand protection and working on international clearance and protection of trade marks for a recently acquired brand.
- Providing UK and EU market advice to Starbucks as trade mark counsel, including the client’s entire UK portfolio.
- Managing Yeo Valley’s global trade mark portfolio and advising on a range of IP matters, including structuring, protection and defence.
- Advising John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners on celebrity endorsements and IP aspects of key commercial ventures with third parties such as BUPA.
Osborne Clarke, which is noted for its sector-focused offering, has an IP practice which is embedded in multiple teams across the firm. Its recent work has spanned industries such as digital business and technology, food and drink, transport and healthcare. Led by team head Clare Robinson, the group particularly excels in handling cross-border IP issues for household-name clients. Equally strong in advisory and contentious matters, it covers trade mark filings, commercial IP projects, copyright infringement and patent registration and enforcement. Tamara Quinn joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Will Roberson; Douglas Peden; Becky Crawford; Tom Harding
‘Clare Robinson is very well respected‘
‘Handle the big-ticket work‘
‘Osborne Clarke remain our preferred law firm; the lawyers have in-depth legal and regulatory knowledge of our products and understand the commercial interests of our business‘
‘Clare Robinson and Douglas Peden are excellent, they provide prompt advice which is totally spot-on. They are also very nice people who are easy to deal with‘
‘Douglas Peden and Simon Neill are professional, collaborative and have an in-depth knowledge of our business, which is a significant advantage over competitor law firms‘
University of Bristol
Eurostar International Limited
Western Power Distribution
P&O Ferries Holdings Limited
- Advising the University of Bristol on the repercussions of alleged breaches of confidence by a member of the academic staff.
- Acting on behalf of Fever-Tree in a cease and desist engagement against a competitor who was planning on launching an infringing advertising campaign.
- Manage Eurostar’s global trade mark portfolio, advising on brand protection, registration strategy and enforcement.
- Advise Western Power Distribution on brand protection and related IP issues, spanning both contentious and non-contentious aspects.
- Advising Danone on IP issues in relation to advertising campaigns, brand protection strategy, and the promotional use of branding for a new product launch.
Ashfords LLP has a highly reputed trade mark capability and its sizeable team manages the worldwide portfolios of clients such as Penhaligon's, Princess Yachts and Majestic Wine. The firm fields three chartered trade mark attorneys, and has increased the number of filings it handles year on year. Practice head Mark Lomas, who specialises in the commercial exploitation of IP rights on an international scale, focuses on the luxury retail goods and medical devices sectors. Team head Carl Steele works alongside Lomas in the retail goods sector.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very responsive and technically a very proficient team of lawyers‘
‘Always confident that they will provide the correct legal advice, which doesn’t always happen with lawyers‘
‘Carl Steele really knows his stuff and is responsive‘
‘They are very responsive and always suggesting solutions and strategies‘
‘All the lawyers share their knowledge‘
The Roald Dahl Story Company
J W Anderson
- Acting for the Roald Dahl Story Company in IP enforcement procedures, most notably in respect of High Court proceedings against Oakwood Leisure Limited for alleged infringement.
- Acting for Velcro BVBA in pursuit of various infringements, especially concerning online retailers.
- Acting for BlackRock in respect of an EU trade mark dispute concerning the client’s recognised ISHARES trade mark.
- Successfully assisted the Post Office with registering a new trade mark, which came up against opposition from ‘LINK’ regarding alleged infringements.
- Advising Swallowfield PLC on the purchase of IP rights from a foreign brand and subsequent transfer of the brand to the client’s portfolio.
Foot Anstey acts for a wide range of household name clients, including Sky and Harper Collins, on contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm handles numerous disputes in the patent litigation arena. In addition, it assists clients with the management of IP portfolios. Practice head Paul Cox has particular experience of patent infringement claims, and he also assists clients with filing and prosecuting trade marks and designs all around the world, as well as conducting brand clearance searches. Neil Parkes has extensive expertise in contentious IP, anti-piracy and media litigation, and counts several high profile media providers as his clients. Rachel Warren specialises in contentious litigation up to the High Court.
‘I would pick out Neil (Parkes) and Peter (Singfield) especially, they’re experts in their field‘.
‘We’ve never heard a bad thing about Neil‘.
‘Their legacy client base is publishing and they’re pretty unbeatable there‘.
Trinity Mirror/Reach Plc
University of the West of England
Lypiatt Studio Ltd
- Represented Lypiatt Studio’s directors in a dispute over the ownership of copyright in the artworks of British sculptor Lynn Chadwick.
- Primary adviser to Sky on content protection and anti-piracy matters.
- Managing the international trade mark portfolio for Reach Plc (formerly Trinity Mirror Plc).
- Act for the commercial trading entity of Royal Academy of Dance in proceedings in IPEC relating to design right infringement in a range of RAD-licensed dancewear.
- Representing Spectrum Collections Limited in an unregistered design right infringement claim before the IPEC.
Specialist IP firm Humphreys & Co. predominantly handles contentious work, notably passing off, design and copyright work, and trade mark prosecution, with a substantial international element. Ruth Annand is a Lord Chancellor's Appointed Person to hear Trade Marks Registry appeals, and is a specialist in this area of law. Name partner Robert Humphreys leads the practice, and often works with Tristan Morse, whose capabilities span both contentious and non-contentious matters.
‘Tristan is a skilled lawyer‘
Although Michelmores LLP's IP practice has a strong focus on the South West market, it is gaining increasing prominence nationally, with it being recognised for its capabilities in cross-border matters. Practice co-heads Tim Richards and David Thompson lead the contentious and non-contentious offerings respectively. Charles Courtenay, who recently joined from Latham & Watkins LLP, is dual-qualified to practise in the US and England and Wales. Working closely with colleagues in the tax and competition teams, the IP group manages copyright and design rights for large-scale projects, and also assists clients with identifying and protecting rights, trade marks and patents.
Tim Richards; David Thompson
Other key lawyers:
Tom Torkar; Charles Courtenay;
Landmark Information Group Limited / (Daily Mail and General Trust plc)
Haynes Publishing Group PLC
Indigo Park Services UK Limited / Indigo Park Solutions UK Limited
Exeter Rugby Group plc
Limitless Technology Limited
Ashton Bentley Collaboration Spaces Limited
Jessops Europe Limited
Regional & City Airports Limited (part of the Rigby Group)
Numatic International Limited
- Providing advice to Landmark Information Group Limited (Landmark) / Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT) in relation to new products, services, tenders and client agreements.
- Assisting Numatic International Limited with an IP and brand protection strategy relating to the use of the client’s intellectual property rights by third parties, including content infringement and counterfeit products.
- Supporting Rittal’s UK arm in relation to commercial contract and IP needs.
- Advising Jessops Europe Limited on arrangements with Fujifilm, encompassing licensing and e-commerce issues.
- Providing advice to Vista on commercial contracts and IP requirements, which recently has included negotiating licensing agreements with third party rights holders.
TLT's full-service IP practice undertakes both contentious and advisory roles for a sizeable number of clients nationally and internationally. It has seen rapid growth in its workload across a number of industries, including the food and beverages sector, where Jo Pritchard and Dan Read advise on portfolio management, contentious disputes and IP transactional work. The team also works with start-ups and upscale companies in devising IP protection measures and strengthening trade marks. James Touzel leads the practice.
‘Jo Pritchard is well-recognised across the field’
‘Jo Pritchard is a strong player for them’
‘Very good client focus and excellent responses’
‘Jo Pritchard is fantastic, she is very knowledgeable and works with the business to provide strategic advice to best protect our IP property and provides clear guidance on new registrations.’
‘Kiera Dale has assisted with a range of matters and provides detailed and relevant advice.’
Matthew Clark Bibendum Limited
British Telecommunications PLC
Brabantia (UK) Limited
Muji Europe Holdings Limited
DAC Beachcroft LLP advises a broad range of clients on the protection, exploitation and enforcement of IP assets, as well as portfolio management and trade mark filings. Andrew Allan-Jones advises on intellectual property disputes, licensing deals and corporate transactions.
‘The team has an in-depth knowledge of the law, is creative in problem solving, responsive and has a high success rate‘
‘They demonstrate a high level of competence in soft-IP areas advising and representing some of the world’s largest companies, and punch above their weight. They have the quality of a top London firm‘
‘We found the team at DAC Beachcroft fantastic to work with. We found ourselves in a very difficult situation with a trademark infringement case and they helped keep us calm and collected and we felt very assured in their hands. They were so professional and did a fantastic job of dealing with the claimant and making their case look very weak‘
‘Andrew Allan Jones has a heavyweight knowledge of case law and problem solving abilities‘
‘Kate Loxton is efficient and diligent‘
‘Campbell Dye and Andrew Allen-Jones are the stand-out IP litigators at this firm. They both have a deep knowledge of the legal subject matter and a firm grasp of the facts in each case‘
‘We dealt with Andrew Allan-Jones and Susanna Read and they were both great to deal with. They were both very professional, very easy to talk to and they went the extra mile to really get to know our business and properly understand the intricacies of the problems we were confronted with. I would strongly recommend them both to anyone looking for a trademark/copyright infringement lawyers‘
Mewburn Ellis LLP handles IP issues Europe-wide for clients ranging from start-ups to international suppliers. Its team advises on contentious and non-contentious issues associated with trade marks and patents. The firm's Bristol office often works closely with the London and Munich offices on matters with a cross-border dimension. Sean Jauss is a name to note.
Thrings LLP has an excellent reputation among clients based in the South West, including owner-managed businesses and large companies. It is also active in cross-border work, generating mandates from places as far afield as Canada and Australia. Led by Graeme Fearon, the team assists clients with applications, registrations, contracts and enforcement. The food and beverages, digital and media, and retail and leisure sectors are among the areas of strength for the group.
Other key lawyers:
Brett Lambe; Nandeep Judge; Megan Jefferies
Lovehoney Group Limited
Taxi Studio Limited
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Multivac UK Limited
Anthony Best Dynamics Limited
Awareness Technologies, Inc.
- Manage Lovehoney’s global IP portfolio, including trade marks, registered designs and copyrights, and provide ongoing representation in contentious enforcement.
- Advise Kenro Limited on trade mark registration and protection, in addition to handling cross-border trade mark infringement cases
- Advising Taxi Studio Limited on content clearance and IP rights in respect to recent projects.
- Handled sponsorship, corporate and commercial matters for Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, encompassing non-contentious IP issues.
- Assisting Multivac with take-down action in respect to copyright, domain name and trade mark infringement.
Doug Locke leads the team at VWV, which has a particularly strong track record in the education sector. It acts for a large number of schools, and also counts more than 50 universities as clients. The scope of its work includes advising on international school licensing projects and cross-border school trade mark prosecutions, as well as assisting universities with the protection and commercialisation of IP. Elsewhere, the team provides trade mark advice to clients ranging in size from start-up companies to multinational corporations. It is a first port of call for many clients in the charities sector in Bristol. The firm also works with international agents on contentious trade mark matters.
Other key lawyers:
Paula Williams; Ben Holt;
Wallace & Gromit’s Children Foundation
Hunters Property Group
King’s School, Canterbury
Western Global Holdings Limited
The British Library
- Advised Stonyhurst on cross-border licensing details pertaining to the establishment of Stonyhurst College, Malaysia
- Handling a large-scale trade mark protection project for Western Global Holdings, including filing new trade marks internationally.
- Advised World Sailing on trade mark protection and prosecuting infringement relating to the client’s rebranding.
- Assisting King’s School, Canterbury with establishing licensee schools in China and protecting the client’s trade mark in international territories.
BPE Solicitors LLP's credentials in the IP sphere are illustrated by the fact that it regularly generates referral work from international law firms. Also notable is that its trade mark work is often of a cross-border nature. Practice heads Iain Garfield and Riyaz Jariwalla specialise in advisory and contentious work respectively. Garfield assists clients with trade mark and design registrations, trade mark and patent licensing agreements, trade mark oppositions and cancellations, and the protection of IP brand rights. Jariwalla is experienced in IP disputes involving trade marks, patents, copyright infringements and confidentiality breaches.
Iain Garfield; Riyaz Jariwalla
Other key lawyers:
Sarah Dent; Helen Martinelli
Mears Group plc
Timber Trade Federation
Pure Gym Limited
The Motor Cycle Industry Association
Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman
McNees Wallace Nurick
Fluid Transfer International
Open Data Institute
Outdoor & Cycle Concepts / Cotswold Outdoor
Textile Services Association
CLEAN Linen Services
- Defending Capreolus Distillery Ltd in respect of trade mark infringement and opposition proceedings, and subsequently advising client on trade mark clearance searches in readiness for rebranding
- Protecting Lifemarque’s trade marks and branding in Indonesia
- Assisting Change My Face with negotiating licenses for facial aging software technology.
- Assisting Fiddes Payne with negotiating licence agreement to allow the client to manufacture and distribute Jamie Oliver-branded food products
- Assisting Separation Techniques with negotiating technology licence agreements with a number of renowned global brands
Keystone Law assists businesses, which range from start-ups to large corporations, with copyright and database rights, trade mark registrations, patent licensing and dispute resolution. Jessica Bent, who is a recent arrival from Royds Withy King, advises on both contentious and non-contentious issues. Charlie White, who joined from Edwin Coe LLP, is experienced in IP-related commercial contracts and data protection.
Other key lawyers:
Adam Matthew Digital Limited
Mytton Williams Limited
Anthem Publishing Limited
Neptune (Europe) Ltd.
- Advising Adam Matthews Digital Limited on licensing contracts, including standard scanning agreements.
- Advised boutique brand and design agency Mytton Williams Limited on IP issues relating to a book, including copyright and licenses.
- Acted for renowned wildlife photographer Susan Flood on copyright infringement of her photos.
Stephens Scown LLP
Stephens Scown LLP fields a specialist IP and IT team, whose expertise in the IP sphere includes brand protection, portfolio management, designs patents, infringements and licensing, among other matters. Practice head Ben Travers is particularly experienced in handling matters connected with the rural, renewables, food and drink, and holiday and residential parks sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Tom Chartres-Moore; Jessica O’Riordan
Bluegrass Group Limited
Francis Clark LLP
Nexus Open System Limited
Validatum (UK) Limited
Switch Systems Ltd
Inventive Print Solutions Ltd
Swan Retail Ltd
Precision Dipping’s Manufacturing Limited
- Advised client in relation to software development and IT licensing arrangements.
- Provide a range of advice to the client on website compliance and the IP elements of third party contracts.
- Developing software service agreements.
- Produced terms and conditions of service for the client, encompassing website development and branding.
Willans LLP strengthened its non-contentious IP offering by hiring consultant solicitor Kym Fletcher from a global sporting federation in 2018. Fletcher has 25 years of private practice and in-house experience, and is is particularly knowledgeable about the sports, media and technology markets. On the contentious side, team head Paul Gordon handles disputes involving trade mark, design right, copyright infringements and passing off claims. Gordon has acted for clients in a number of complex High Court and IPEC cases. Other notable practitioners are Nick Cox, senior associate Nick Southwell and solicitor Kathie Duthie.
Intelligent Data Capture Limited
iM Med Limited
Awesome Apps Limited
Ferryfast Produce Limited
Turbo K International Limited
Crown Crest (Leicester) Plc
Preston Innovations Limited
- Acting for Turbo K International Limited & Midland Chemicals Limited in High Court litigation involving contractual and IP issues, including passing off, invalidation of trade marks and breach of license agreements.
- Defending iM Med Limited in an alleged claim for alleged registered trade mark infringement.
- Representing JSP Limited in a claim for infringement of unregistered design rights.
- Representing Awesome Apps Limited as claimant in proceedings for passing off claims.
Battens Solicitors Limited's group heads are Brian Levine and Peter Livingstone, who lead on the firm's non-contentious and contentious IP work respectively. The firm combines a first-rate media and entertainment practice with extensive IP expertise to assist clients in the industry (primarily rights holders) with a full range of issues. The team's experience includes handling licensing deals for TV producers, contract arrangements for media production companies and negotiating publishing rights. Complex infringement matters are are an area of growth for the practice.
Peter Livingstone; Brian Levine
Harrison Clark Rickerbys
The team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys is primarily focused on the commercial IP space, advising clients on trade mark protection, patent and copyright design and licensing IP use. The team also handles contentious disputes, acting for clients in infringement disputes, as well as reputation management and disputes relating to restrictive covenants. Robert Capper and Adam Finch are the key names to note.
Adam Finch; Robert Capper
Laceys' IP team works in close conjunction with the firm's corporate and commercial teams to advise clients on trade mark registrations, copyright protection and the negotiation of distribution contracts for clients in the music and entertainment industries. In addition, the team has a strong track record in contentious disputes, notably pursuing infringement claims and defending clients in trade mark disputes. Brendan Herbert, who recently made partner, is the key name in the disputes space. Luke English mainly handles advisory matters.
Mr Lees Pure Food Ltd aka Mr Lees Noodles
Film Expo South
Bright Star Management
- Represented Mr Lees Pure Foods Company Ltd (aka Mr Lees Noodles) in the protection of their international brand worldwide
- Represented Conker Spirit Properties Limited in registration of trade marks and logo in the UK and EU
- Represented Film Expo South in the protection of IP rights in relation to the event.
- Advised Kris Mitra Bright Star Management on obtaining and protecting IP rights and negotiating IP contracts.
- Assisted Boro Experiences Limited with drafting and negotiating IP contracts and trade marks for a new tourist event.
Murrell Associates is seeing its profile grow at both a regional and national level in relation to IP matters. Its varied practice demonstrates strong capabilities covering trade mark protection and enforcement, design right registration and merchandise licensing, patent exploitation and international portfolio management, among other areas. Senior associate Rebecca Anforth, who leads the team, primarily advises local clients; recent work included advice on the expansion of trade mark portfolios, drafting licensing agreements and collaboration agreements.
Other key lawyers:
Hugh Murrell; Rachel Tremaine
Jigsaw XYZ Limited
Contract Sign Systems Limited
Celtic Sheepskin & Co Ltd
Worval Holdings Limited
Intermedia Brand Marketing Limited
Hub Box Limited
- Advising Jigsaw XYZ Limited on software assignments and licensing arrangements.
- Represented Contract Sign Systems Limited in a copyright infringement claim.
- Advising Celtic Sheepskin & Co Ltd. on protection of trade mark and drafting sales agreements with IP provisions.
- Assisting Worval Holdings Limited with the development of its trade mark protection strategy.
- Drafting and negotiating service and management agreements for Intermedia Brand Marketing Limited, encompassing warranties and non-infringement provisions.
Steer & Co advises clients on all aspects of the IP lifecycle; its work ranges from product inception and trade mark registration to drafting franchising contracts and dispute resolution. The practice has had a marked uptick in IP work from clients in the tech and digital sectors, advising on AI products and research and development licensing. Name partner Rebecca Steer is supported by senior associate Nic Ruesink-Brown, who is a recent arrival from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Rebecca Steer applies a personal and practical approach, and is experienced in IP/tech matters.’
‘The firm’s technical understanding makes it unique as compared to others.’
‘Rebecca Steer is thorough, patient, well-considered, and highly responsive and flexible across time zones.’
Calling the Shots
- Represented Calling the Shots in securing the IP rights to a deceased, Bristol-based artist’s work.
- Advised A Productions on copyright infringement action, committed by an ex-employee.
- Ongoing advice to Graphcore on commercial and IP-related activities to secure and protect its AI software.
- Advising Orenko on the assignment of IP rights from a US inventor to a UK company for manufacturing.
- Assisting Moortec with customer contracts and drafting license agreements for cross-business use.