Intellectual property in Yorkshire And The Humber
DLA Piper acts for high-profile global corporates across the life sciences and technology sectors, handling IP commercialisation projects under the guidance of Sheffield-based Richard Taylor. Leigh Martin heads up the Leeds team with an emphasis on trade mark and design prosecutions and portfolio management work. Martin’s broad client roster includes food and drink, cosmetics and manufacturing companies. With support from associates Rebecca Piper and Jim McDonnell (based in Leeds and Sheffield respectively), the practice acts in IP litigation concerning patents, trade marks and design infringements.
‘The Yorkshire IP team at DLA Piper put the interests of clients at the heart of every decision they make. While other practices may have a more dictatorial approach DLA consider all aspects of the matter before taking it forwards.‘
‘DLA Piper are efficient and effective litigators who focus unflinchingly on their clients’ commercial goals. They stand out from their competitors in the efficiency and attention to detail that they provide.‘
‘Leigh Martin is a commercially effective and incisive lawyer. He is a calm operator who always keeps the commercial goals of the client at the centre of decision making. A real expert in the world of IP and brand enforcement.‘
‘Aaron Trebble is extremely efficient and focused. A very sound lawyer.‘
- Handling all enforcement actions relating to Portakabin’s PORTAKABIN and PORTALOO trade marks.
Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP fields an extensive team of IP lawyers and patent attorneys, who provide a full-service offering to global clients. With a particularly strong contentious practice headed by Richard Kempner, the team represents claimants and defendants in patent infringement claims, including recent trials before the High Court. Global trade mark and design portfolios are maintained by the team led by Jason Dainty, who also leads on commercialisation agreements and licensing arrangements. Senior solicitor Brian Whitehead utilises his science background to handle contentious and non-contentious work in the technology, life sciences and healthcare sectors.
Other key lawyers:
‘Haseltine Lake Kempner are seen as an extension of our legal team- someone with good commercial knowledge of our business is always available with sound practical advice that is easily understood by all internal stakeholders.‘
Nomad Foods Europe (Birds Eye, Findus etc)
Tesco Stores Limited
Farrow & Ball
Pathway IP Sarl (“Regus”)
Finastra International (previously ‘Misys’)
Gianni Versace S.r.l.
The Restaurant Group
- Successfully defended Netsweeper in a claim filed by a former employee claiming rights to an IT patent.
- Represented Techhnetix in a patent infringement claim against the UK subsidiary of Finnish company Teleste Oy regarding the infringement of the client’s Modern Safe technology. The matter was heard before the High Court.
- Retained by Wren Kitchens to handle its international trade mark filing programme involving over 350 marks globally.
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s IP practice includes two highly praised senior figures in the Yorkshire legal market - practice head James Love and senior counsel Patrick Cantrill. The group is notably active in opposition and litigation mandates and handles all patent disputes in house; it also has key sector expertise across the food and drink, oil and gas, hospitality, healthcare and commercial packaging industries. Managing associate Rachel Hearson is a go-to name for trade mark and design prosecution knowledge, regularly handling international portfolios for local and national clients. Associate Rose Smalley assists with search and seize and freezing orders. Also noteworthy is the team’s expertise in complex registrations of medical devices.
‘Has a broad spectrum of legal disciplines with real experts in each area.‘
‘I have worked closely with James Love for a number of years. I am happy to refer my clients to him. He has a wealth of experience, a good understanding of technical subject matter and an easy way with clients, explaining complex legal issues to them in a straightforward way.‘
‘Patrick Cantrill knows his stuff inside and out. Exudes confidence and is capable of bringing the client along towards an outcome with ease. Feels like you are in very safe hands.‘
AB Tetra Pak
GoCompare.com Limited (part of GoCo Group Plc)
R. H. Smith & Sons (Wigmakers) Limited t/a Smiffys
Atom Bank Plc
Spirit of Yorkshire Limited / Wold Top Brewery Limited
Drayton Manor Theme Park
- Handling R.H. Smith & Sons’ global trade mark and design portfolio, from filing and prosecution to opposition and enforcement actions.
- Advising GoCompare.com Limited on its trade mark and design portfolio, including the protection and registration of the chameleon mascot for the client’s WEFLIP offering.
- Instructed by Spirit of Yorkshire – distillers of the first Yorkshire single malt – on various trade mark protection and portfolio management issues.
Clarion has a strong international trade mark practice, which has practice head Esther Kirwan and senior associate Sarah Molloy advising global companies on registrations, enforcements, oppositions, licensing issues and infringement claims; the group also handles international design registrations. Sue Streatfield represents clients in IP litigation on the claimant and defence side encompassing patent, copyright and trade mark passing off and infringement claims. The client list includes impressive names in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medtech and other cutting-edge sectors.
‘Responsive and commercial in their approach.‘
‘Esther Kirwan is very easy to work with and has excellent technical knowledge.‘
‘Esther Kirwan is always helpful and eager to understand the business.‘
Hard Rock Cafe
FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK
Music for The People
- Defended Cassellie in an infringement claim by J & J Ormerod concerning registered and unregistered design rights.
- Provided IP enforcement services to Hesco Bastion across Europe, Africa and Asia.
- Providing international IP services to Harrison Spinks, including trade mark registrations, enforcement, oppositions and supply agreements.
International IP specialist HGF Law has a strong contentious offering in Leeds under the leadership of Martyn Fish. A client roster of UK and global names in the retail, construction, pharmaceuticals, technology and automotive sectors engage the team in patent infringements, injunction actions and design infringement claims before the higher courts and European Patent Office. Senior solicitor James Talbot handles transactional work, which includes corporate due diligence, commercialisation issues and licensing mandates.
Other key lawyers:
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe Limited
IHC IQIP Limited
Rocket Games (Pie Face Game)
The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation
Fresh Trading Limited (Innocent Drinks)
We Buy Any Car
Joe Browns Limited
- Acting for engineering company IHC IQIP in a patent infringement dispute against numerous defendants concerning technology for the construction of wind farms.
- Obtaining an interim injunction in Switzerland for Emirates against a music festival using the Emirates name in promotions without the client’s consent.
- Advising Illinois Tool Works on IP transactions and other non-contentious matters.
Addleshaw Goddard’s Leeds-based IP practice is led by Georgina Powling, who receives instructions from high-profile clients on non-contentious matters. The team provides a robust trade mark filing service for global names in the retail, insurance, sports and consumer goods sectors. The group also has notable expertise in licensing and commercialisation matters; Powling provides assistance on global collaboration deals and acquisitions involving high-value IP assets.
‘The team were extremely capable in dealing with complex IP licensing arrangements and spent a large of amount of time turning drafts in short time periods.’
‘Georgina Powling was excellent, extremely customer focused and a gift to condense complex legal issues into relatable concepts.’
‘Keeping the heads up, meaning that there is an excellent knowledge about the interlinks and connections between different topics that are discussed in parallel. As a result, a very open way of discussion, giving the client room to present his thoughts and the law firm supporting by showing the links mentioned above. In other words: the clients ideas are tested in a kind of legal Virtual Reality system.’
‘Lucinda Pike: spider in the web, omnipresent, making the interlinks mentioned above. And – frankly speaking – pushing the client wherever needed in order to keep the projects’ timeline. Georgina Powell: deeply involved in IP topics, across all fields of IP (patent, design, trademark, know-how). Understands that each field of technology is different – unbiased approach and open questions to the client to understand its needs.’
- Assisting Volkswagen with its global alliance with Ford Motors. Advising on supply agreements including cross-branding, IP creation, ownership and licensing.
- Advising Ted Baker on three strategic global licensing and IP acquisitions including the acquisition of footwear IP from Pentland and strategic licensing deals in China and Japan.
- Advising C-Capture and its investor IP Group on strategic research and development deals relating to the company’s patented solvent technology.
Alex Newman leads Irwin Mitchell’s national IP practice out of Leeds with a focus on litigation for a solid roster of global clients in the food and drink, consumer electronics, cosmetics, telecoms and medtech sectors. Recent highlights include copyright infringement claims, trade mark infringement claims before the IPEC, revocation proceedings and patent litigation against household-name retailers. Joanne Bone leads the non-contentious offering, covering global brand and design protection issues, trade mark filing services and oppositions.
‘The team has a great understanding of what the client needs and how best to obtain the desired outcome.‘
‘Alex Newman is exceptional. His strategic thinking and focus on the key elements is a real asset. Alex assesses IP matters and looks for the commercial solution while keeping options open for trial. Overall, Alex’s ability to understand IP cases quickly and to plan for the long-term case management is marvellous.‘
Adare International Limited
Natural Instinct Limited
The Janger Limited
JCC Lighting Limited
Flair Global Limited
Gravity Fitness Limited
- Representing Natural Instinct in a trade mark infringement claim against competitor Natures Menu.
- Representing The Janger Limited – a designer and manufacturer of garment hangers – in a patent infringement claim against Tesco regarding recyclable garment hangers.
Lupton Fawcett’s IP practice acts for a wide-ranging client list of technology and software start-ups, not-for-profit companies and larger clients in the manufacturing and engineering sectors. Practice head Clive Lawrence and consultant John Sykes provide advice on enforcement strategies, portfolio management issues and exploitation mandates. Recently promoted partner Ben Clay is well placed to handle complex logistical issues relating to IP portfolios in the food and drink sector; he is also a leading name for branding and advertising knowledge in the gambling sector.
Go Green Limited
J & J Ormerod Plc
The Janger Limited
The Property Buying Company Limited
The Horse Trust
The Lowell Group
- Advised J&J Ormerod on three matters concerning its registered and unregistered design rights of a toilet and sink combination unit. The matters concerning design infringements by a third party and the negotiation of a royalty-bearing license by another.
- Engaged by Vet-AI Limited – a disruptive startup in the field of veterinary services – on the full scope of intellectual property applications, registrations and brand strategy throughout the entire lifecycle of the business.
- Acting for Go Green Limited on numerous matters including branding, licensing and trade mark portfolio management work.
Walker Morris LLP has a strong contentious IP practice, highlighted by the team’s recent involvement in numerous High Court disputes. Recent work for director Alan Harper (who leads the practice) included defending trade mark infringement and passing off claims for high-profile corporate clients. Associate Matthew Lingard assists with non-contentious matters including commercialisation and partnership deals, corporate due diligence and general portfolio management work. The group also has expertise in the manufacturing, sports, technology and software sectors.
Other key lawyers:
‘I like that all teams are under one roof which creates an efficient environment to work in.‘
‘I work closely with the Head of IP, Alan Harper, and also Matthew Lingard. Both individuals are very professional and responsive, while being friendly and approachable.‘
Easy Cleaning Solutions Limite
Harrison Bathrooms Limited
Sheffield United FC
Deckers Outdoor Corporation (owners of UGG)
Burnley Football Club
The Meatless Farm Co Limited
Drax Group Plc
2 Sisters Food Group
Provident Financial PLC
Wright Leisure Limited (owners of Xercise4Less)
- Defending Warburtons in a High Court passing off claim brought by Associated British Foods.
- Defending Easy Cleaning Solutions in a High Court trade mark infringement claim brought by EasyJet.
- Advising Hallmark on IP matters including clearance issues.
Harrogate-based firm Berwins provides a range of non-contentious IP services to its IT and technology-intensive client base. Practice head Paul Berwin handles portfolio transfers, partnership and licensing agreements, brand protection work and corporate due diligence. The team has also recently been active in defending challenges to trade mark applications.
Scaled Insights UK Limited
- Acted for Scaled Insights on the transfer of IP rights from its Canadian base to its UK-based company.
- Renegotiated a partnership agreement for Brandworkz, facilitating the pull back of directed rights in order to protect the client’s IP assets.
- Provided strategic brand protection advice to Twentysix Limited during its commercial agreement with a payday lending company.
Mills & Reeve LLP’s IP practice is led by Mark Pearce, who provides strategic advice on licensing strategies, collaboration contracts, trade mark oppositions and alternative dispute resolution cases concerning patent infringement claims. Pearce (who divides his time between Leeds and Cambridge) has a strong focus on the higher education, pharmaceuticals, engineering and agriculture sectors. The practice also includes a trade mark filing service and handles the IP elements of corporate transactions.
Nottingham Trent University
Cambridge University Hospitals Trust
University of West London
Royal Veterinary College
Fox International Group Limited
Premia Solutions Limited
The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Connected Places Catapult
Infarm – Indoor Urban Farming GmbH
University of Nottingham
- Advised Infarm (an indoor urban farming company) on an exclusive supply agreement to supply M&S with indoor farming units. The engagement involved copyright and licensing issues.
- Defended the University of Nottingham in a patent infringement case filed by Patentee Myndplay against a PhD student.
- Advising Spaldings on a trade mark coexistence agreement with Exide Technologies.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Hull-based firm Rollits LLP provides a non-contentious IP offering under the leadership of Keith Benton. Key specialisms include brand exploitation and commercialisation work, international trade mark protection issues and design prosecutions. Sectors of expertise encompass the food and drink, software, manufacturing and charity sectors. James Peel has a focus on licensing and sponsorship agreements in the sports sector, and Andrew Digwood has experience in pre-litigation design disputes.
‘This team has a personal approach. As a client we can speak to the right person at the right time and they know us well. They also know our sector well, and the regulatory environment in which we work. We occupy a hinterland between the public and private sector and they are able to advise us in this specific context.‘
‘The individuals in Rollits are available, knowledgeable and they share our values. They do of course provide good quality legal advice. But they also connect with our business. It never feels like just a commercial relationship.‘
Hallite Seals International Limited
Hull City Tigers
Institute for Strategic Dialogue
Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Trust
Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology Limited
The Bio-D Company Limited
The Skills Network
- Assisted the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology with a brand licensing agreement with the Department of Education for the client’s usage of the department’s branding and logo.
- Advised Hull City Football Club on the extension of its main shirt sponsorship agreement with Sport Pesa and its sponsorship agreement with On Line Group.
- Advised Floreon on the protection and exploitation of its patents, know-how and trade marks for biodegradable polymer technology.
Headed up by Rob Lucas, Gateley Plc’s IP practice has a focus on brand protection work, licensing issues and exploitation mandates for a diverse client roster of sports, life sciences, engineering, consumer electronics and retail companies. The group also handles patent enforcement work and other infringement matters. Lucas has niche expertise in the eSports and social gaming fields. The team was boosted in autumn 2020 with the hire of former DWF partner Ed Meikle, who is known for his sector expertise in retail, food, hospitality, sports, and consumer, who is now splitting his time between Leeds and Newcastle at Gateley.
‘Rob Lucas is always very approachable and does a great job in distilling what can be a very complex area full of legal jargon into plain sensible English that the board and I are able to make informed decisions on immediately.‘
‘I find dealing with Gateley very straightforward and uncomplicated. When I ask a question or request a quote I get a very prompt response with clear and concise detail delivered in a friendly but professional manner.‘
‘I enjoy working with Rob Lucas at Gateley. I find that Rob is very prompt in responding to my requests and is particularly good at highlighting points I may have missed or could add value to the work that I have requested.‘
The Property Hub Forum Limited
MedAdvisor (UK) Limited
Transfer Multisort Elektronik SPA
JD Sports Fashion plc
Manchester City Football Club Limited
Pro-Fit Innovations Limited
Chubb European Group
Penn Croft Farms Limited
- Advising on the brand portfolio of The Property Hub Forum, including enforcement actions.
- Providing strategic advice on brand protection for Penn Croft Farm’s wine business, including the licensing of the brand to wine merchants.
- Advised Pro-Fit Innovations on forwarding a patent infringement claim relating to two products manufactured and retailed by the client.
James Sarjantson heads up LCF Law’s commercial and IP department, which handles trade mark filings, design rights applications and oppositions for owner-managed businesses. Highlight matters stem from clients in the chemicals, machinery and software sectors. The firm’s dispute resolution lawyers handle the group's patent litigation instructions.
‘James Sarjantson impressively grasps the problem at hand with record speed, delivering exceptional counsel balanced with an insightful commercial perspective. It’s no coincidence we have consistently reverted to James for his advice and viewpoints across a vast range of often challenging and always unusual legal issues since 2016.‘
XL Joinery Ltd
Hygiene Supplies Direct Ltd
Smart Insights (marketing Intelligence) Ltd
Percy Crow Davis & Co
Percy Crow Davis & Co focuses of advising owner-managed clients in the engineering sector on the breadth of IP and IT matters. Recent instructions for sole partner Dai Davis include advising on the commercialisation and licensing of complex patentable technology including chemicals, electronic devices, metering and cabling. Other recent matters saw Davis defending clients against trade mark infringement claims.
‘We have very high confidence in Percy Crow Davis & Co.’s advice and being a small outfit, they are quick to respond and will work the necessary hours to get the job done in time.‘
‘A wealth of experience and expertise specialising in IPR licensing agreements and negotiations.‘
‘Dai Davis has many years of experience of IP and tech law. He built up the expertise of the law firms he joined more or less single-handed.‘
‘Dai Davis is the go-to person for this kind of service in the north of England and beyond.‘
‘We have a very high level of confidence in Dai Davis’ level of legal knowledge and network of other solicitors in other countries/fields should we require it. Dai is always quick to respond and will work the necessary hours to get the job done in time.‘
‘Dai Davis has scientific and technical as well as legal qualifications and many years of experience of IP and tech law.‘
Rack Systems Engineering Limited
Concept Data Display Limited
Lead Advisory Company
Star Brands Furniture Limited
Retail Express Limited
TÜV SÜD Limited
Adact Medical Limited
- Advising Aceaxis Limited on the commercialisation and licensing of its patentable inventions.
Ward Hadaway’s IP practice supports early-stage businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial clients on brand protection and exploitation matters under the leadership of Bill Goodwin. Recent matters include advising on trade mark and design prosecutions, filing issues, licensing work and enforcement applications for manufacturing, IT and consumer electronics businesses.
Pico Fitness Holdings Limited
Business and IP Centres (BIPC) in Leeds and Manchester
British Educational Suppliers Association
Pro-Lite International Ltd (Pro-Lite bikes)
- Managing Eurocamp’s portfolio of trade marks.
- Providing advice on brand protection to Pico Fitness Holdings for its expansion into Germany and the Middle East.
- Providing advice on brand protection to the British Educational Supplier Association for a number of UK and overseas initiatives.