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  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Nicola McNeely - Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Rising stars

  1. 1

Blake Morgan LLP acts for public and private sector clients across a range of non-contentious and contentious IP matters, including as it relates to patents and trade marks. Particular areas of specialism include comparative advertising and advice on anti-counterfeiting and grey market goods. 'Highly intelligent' team head Lee Fisher has a strong track record for handling IP litigation but is also very active assisting clients on the commercialisation of their IPR.

Practice head(s):Lee Fisher

Other key lawyers:Emyr Lewis; Karl Foster; Sarah Whittle; Joanna Corbett-Simmons

Testimonials

The breadth of knowledge and experience of the team sees them as a first choice for complex IP litigation, including injunctive proceedings and issues arising from the use of new technology.

Lee Fisher is the 'go-to' IP litigator in Wales and the West and is able to explain complicated matters involving intellectual property rights and action in layman's terms.

 

Key Clients

Infinite Renewables

Fortune Woods (UK)

Cardiff University

Steritouch

The Welsh Ministers

DHAIS Plc and Hearing Health and Mobility

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Vansdirect

Symrise

Clarins UK

Work highlights

  • Successfully pursued a claim on behalf of Infinite Renewables Limited, Wind Direct Limited, Andrew Crossman and Iestyn Morgan for unfair prejudice against a former director including claims for breach of confidence and breach of copyright
  • Advising Fortune Woods (UK) Limited in relation to the rationalisation of its portfolio of furniture designs and on new designs being placed on the market (and related third-party registrations)
  • Advising Cardiff University on IP protection for an innovative gaming app aimed at changing cognitive behaviours
  • Drafting an exclusive patent licence for Curapel (Scotland) Limited for the manufacture of ground-breaking eczema treatment
  • Advice to Steritouch Limited on the protection of IP in innovative antimicrobial additives

Capital Law Limited provides a wide range of contentious and non-contentious expertise to media and sports clients, as well as public/third sector entities. The 'excellent' Wayne Beynon specialises in IP litigation and regularly represents clients seeking to enforce their IPR, including on patent, trade mark and passing off infringement claims.

Practice head(s):Wayne Beynon

Other key lawyers:Guto Llewelyn

Key Clients

Pixsy Inc.

Daydream Education

Handmade Films Group

International Greetings UK

Ebeauty

DevOpsGuys

Royal Mint

British Medical Association

Tenovus Cancer Care

The Waterfront Conference Company

Work highlights

  • Provides IP policy and enforcement services for The Royal Mint.
  • Acting for Daydream Education in the removal of its poster designs from TES Education's website, where they were being sold by third parties.
  • Providing IP advice in relation to Handmade Films' extensive movie library.
  • Advising on trade mark infringement, passing off, and copyright infringement claim, relating to one of IG Design's product lines.
  • Advising Ebeauty on two high-stakes contentious IP matters

Geldards LLP¬†provides a 'responsive and knowledgeable service' to clients in IP-rich industries including healthcare, life sciences and media, as well as in the public sector. The 'very¬†experienced'¬†Michael Lindsey¬†has an excellent reputation on the contentious front and has, over the years, conducted numerous patent, copyright, trade mark, design and confidential information cases in the UK courts and Intellectual Property Office. Senior associate¬†David Beynon¬†has a growing reputation on the non-contentious front, particularly as it relates to work for life sciences clients. Technology, innovation and healthcare start-ups can also take advantage of the firm's cost-effective¬†‚ÄúScinapse‚ÄĚ product.

Practice head(s):Michael Lindsey

Other key lawyers:David Beynon; Gosia Evans

Testimonials

Geldards provides highly responsive, efficient and pragmatic advice

Michael Lindsey is particularly exceptional; his knowledge of trade mark law and approach to client care is unrivalled locally.

Key Clients

GoCompare.com Limited

J S Staedtler

Welsh Government

Sofa Brands International

Mountain Warehouse

DTR Medical

Swansea University

Tai Tarian

Pendragon Motor Group

British Boxing Board of Control

Hoover Limited

Biovici Limited

Proton Partners International

Certikit Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Welsh government on multi-jurisdictional copyright infringement claims.
  • Advising DTR Medical in relation to the ownership status of strategically important IPR.
  • Advising a number of Mountain Warehouse’s retail businesses on IP issues.
  • Reviewing and updating Swansea University’s standard form IP agreements for the Agor IP project.
  • Advising Pendragon Motor Group (t/a Evans Halshaw) on trade mark and related advertising matters.

The arrival of Rehman Noormohamed from DWF in September 2018 has reinvigorated Acuity Law's IP offering following the departure of the firm's previous team head Kerry Beynon , who joined RDP Law in January 2019. Noormohamed has gleaned extensive non-contentious IP expertise for domestic and international TMT clients and has built up niche expertise in relation to cryptocurrency matters. The firm also handles a  significant amount of work under the umbrella of the firm's Acuity Counsel subscription service, enabling clients to receive a cost-effective service across a range of ongoing IP matters including advice on commercialisation and licensing matters.

Practice head(s):Rehman Noormohamed

Key Clients

Made.com Design

Liberalcoins

Rossi Asiaghi

IQE plc

Cardiff University and University College Consultants Cardiff

Progressive Technology Solutions

Trinity Brands UK

Neptune 6

EPA Pro

Cardiff Metropolitan  University

Work highlights

  • Advising Cardiff University and its commercialisation subsidiary, University College Consultants Cardiff, with advice around the protection and commercialisation of the IP it creates and develops through research and various IT contracts
  • Ongoing advice to MedaPhor on its commercial contracts, particularly on the protection of its proprietary advanced ultrasound technology.
  • Advising HF Trust on its business-critical IT and business transformation programme.
  • Providing day-to-day IP and legal support to numerous clients, including Trinity Brands UK and Dullas Limited, through the firm's Acuity Counsel service.
  • Advising Made.com Design Limited on agreements including for the sale of licensed goods as part of a V&A museum exhibition.

Active in work across the TMT sector, including in niche areas such as consumer law, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP regularly advises IP-rich companies on the commercialisation and protection of their IPR. The 'excellent' Matthew Gough handles a significant amount of IP work for clients in the digital financial services and fintech space, including advice on their commercial arrangements.

Practice head(s):Matthew Gough

Other key lawyers:Eve England

Key Clients

South Hook LNG Terminal Company

Admiral Insurance

Places for People Group

Schools Software Solutions

Transport for London

Liverpool Victoria

Scansource Europe SPRL

Enviroactive Ltd

Veezu Holdings Limited

Airbus DS Limited

Work highlights

  • Supporting South Hook LNG Terminal Company across a range of commercial matters including IP issues relating to its corporate procurement activities, such as advising on the procurement of IT licences and specialist consultancy services.
  • Advising Schools Software Solutions Limited on the development of apps and the agreements relating to the licensing and exploitation of the same.
  • Supporting Scansource Europe SPRL, an international reseller of communications and security goods and solutions, in connection with a range of legal matters, including advising on implications of software licensing and other issues impacting its resale of third-party licences.
  • Advising Veezu Holdings, a tech-focused taxi group, on IP arrangements with third parties and the IP issues relating to the apps which it uses with its customers.

Hugh James handles a considerable amount of IP work for the firm's roster of  media and gaming clients. Himself formerly in-house at S4C, Aled Walters regularly advises clients in the sector on the commercialisation of their IPR, including advice on licensing arrangements and on co-production agreements. On the contentious front, commercial litigator Tracey Singlehurst-Ward regularly handles IP disputes, including copyright and trade mark infringement, breach of confidence and passing off cases.

Practice head(s):Aled Walters; Tracey Singlehurst-Ward

Other key lawyers:Emily Powell; Lowri Walters

Key Clients

Amelco Limited

TCS John Huxley

Rockwool

International Convention Centre Wales

SJJ Service Systems

Celtic Manor

Work highlights

  • Advising Amelco on the IP licence of their betting platform.
  • Completing a trade mark registration for the International Convention Centre Wales.
  • Representing SJJ Systems Services in a high-value multi-party breach of copyright and breach of confidence claim.
  • Acting for a private individual in a breach of copyright and breach of confidence claim over multiple jurisdictions.
  • Completing a trade mark registration of the Celtic Manor for its name and identity.

The arrival in November 2018 of Kerry Beynon  from Acuity Law  gives Newport-based firm RDP Law a hitherto untapped capability for IP-related work in light of Beynon's cyber security and data protection expertise, in particular.

Practice head(s):Kerry Beynon

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