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Howes Percival LLP

3 THE OSIERS BUSINESS CENTRE, LEICESTER, LEICESTERSHIRE, LE19 1DX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0116 247 3500
Fax:
Fax 0116 247 3539
DX:
17013 LEICESTER-2
Email:
Web:
www.howespercival.com

Matthew Talbot

Tel:
Work 0116 247 3514
Email:
Howes Percival LLP

Work Department

Intellectual property.

Position

Matthew is a partner and specialises in all areas of UK and European intellectual property law, particularly contentious matters. He advises clients regarding trade marks, copyright, design rights, passing off, patents, European food protection and defamation. Matthew also has substantial experience in IT disputes and has frequently appeared before the English courts, the European Court of Justice and the UK and European Patent Offices. Matthew is the head of the IP/IT team at Howes Percival, having joined in November 2006 to set up their IP/IT offering. He acts for clients across the UK and Europe covering all areas of intellectual property and large IT disputes.

Career

Trainee solicitor Holman, Fenwick & Willan 1996-98; assistant solicitor Harvey Ingram 1998-2003; partner Harvey Ingram 2003-06; partner Howes Percival 2006 to date.

Education

Kinds School, Worcester (1979-1986); Plymouth Polytechnic (1987-1990 Hydrographic Surveying and Marine Law 2:1); Guildhall University (1993-97 commendation in CPE and LPC); Nottingham University (2003-05 LLM in IP Litigation).

Leisure

Football, cricket, fishing, cooking.


East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: Leading individuals

Matthew Talbot - Howes Percival LLP

Within: IT and telecoms

Howes Percival LLP ’s contentious practice handles IT contract disputes and infringement actions in relation to intellectual property rights in IT products, while on the non-contentious front the firm's expertise spans software development, licence and support agreements, agreements in relation to the procurement, and installation and maintenance of hardware, including agreements for turnkey solutions. Practice head Matthew Talbot and associate Jenna Bruce are the main practitioners in the region, with director Hannah Steggles providing key support in data protection and domain name instructions. In addition to assisting the Business Software Alliance with a large number of software infringement actions, the practice also advised Retail Assist on a number of IT transactions. Getronics Services UK mandated the group to assist with the terms of IT service agreements in the course of proposed corporate acquisitions. Other clients include Global Reach Technology, FibreFab and the Crown Commercial Service.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Matthew Talbot - Howes Percival LLP

Within: Intellectual property

Based in Leicester, the team at Howes Percival LLP impresses clients with ‘excellent response times’ and ‘a deep bench’. The group has a strong focus on software protection and trade mark instructions. Manufacturers in the retail and food and drinks sector also make up a large portion of the client list. Showing ‘excellent business acumen’, practice head Matthew Talbot has ‘a quick understanding of the underlying issues of a case’. ‘Tenacious’ senior associate Jenna Bruce is also recommended. A major recent highlight on the contentious side was acting for the Business Software Alliance and its members, such as Microsoft, in a large volume of infringement actions against UK businesses which use unlicenced software. On the non-contentious side, the group assisted Just Hype with the management of its intellectual property portfolio, advising both on the drafting of its licence agreements and trade mark prosecution work, liaising closely with international partners in regard to international trade mark applications. Start-rite Shoes, Sequin Art and Shoe Zone Retail are also on the client roster.

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South East: TMT

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Highly rated for intellectual property’, Howes Percival LLP ‘has a broad range of knowledge and is able to run big and small cases efficiently and cost effectively’, with particular expertise in the publishing and manufacturing sectors, as well as being adept at handling disputes involving software or online features. ‘Excellent litigator’ James Howarth, based in Milton Keynes, ‘combines good legal knowledge with excellent commercial judgement’. Howarth has been representing manufacturing sector client Fibrefab in a complex trade mark dispute with a competitor, and on the advisory side has been acting for publishing sector client Lion Hudson on an option agreement for a film based on one of its titles. National department head Matthew Talbot is based in the firm’s Leicester office.

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