Mr Bill Goodwin > Ward Hadaway LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Ward Hadaway LLP

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Bill is a commercial lawyer with many years’ experience of advising on both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and information technology matters. He is also a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.

chartered-trade-mark-attorney-e-card-brandingBill has gained a reputation amongst innovative businesses for providing practical, commercial and user-friendly advice, beyond the usual legal assistance.

He regularly presents talks to entrepreneurs and business people on protecting and exploiting brands, technology and other innovations.

Bill advises a very wide range of clients, including PLCs, SMEs, start-ups and inventors, on all aspects of commercial law.

He has particular expertise in relation to the development and exploitation of new technologies, trade mark law and information technology.

Bill has worked with many businesses to help them develop, protect and successfully exploit new technologies.

This has included providing strategic advice on protecting and exploiting new products; drafting and negotiating research and development agreements and intellectual property licensing agreements and advising technology-focused businesses on joint ventures and corporate transactions.

Bill combines in-depth knowledge of the law on patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and confidential information with the ability to explain complex concepts accessibly.

He has a wealth of experience advising brand owners on trade mark law and regularly files and prosecutes trade mark applications in the UK, Europe and internationally for clients.

Working with a number of well known brands, he frequently advises on disputes concerning the ownership, validity and infringement of trade marks.

Bill advises software developers, software resellers and purchasers of IT systems and services on licensing and implementation projects. This has included a number of high value projects involving business-critical IT systems.

Bill has completed a number of secondments with clients including a major retailer and a large software supplier. This has given him a keen understanding of the commercial pressures his clients face every day.

Lawyer Rankings

North > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

With a strong reputation in the technology start-up, entrepreneurial and creative sectors, the IP practice at Ward Hadaway LLP in Newcastle provides a wide range of advice from early business stages through to issues affecting established businesses. Particular expertise includes advising spin-out companies from the university sectors, and increasingly the life sciences sector. The team has a strong trade mark practice and also supports clients with research and development or international technology licensing. IP specialist Alex Shiel leads the practice together with Bill Goodwin who is a chartered trade mark attorney, and Judy Baker, an IT specialist.

Yorkshire and the Humber > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

Counting technology start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs among its key roster of clients, Ward Hadaway LLP’s IP team is praised for its capability in ‘deploying intellectual insight in a practical and efficient way’ and ‘getting behind businesses they believe in’. Led by Bill Goodwin, the practice advises on brand protection matters and trade mark portfolios.

Yorkshire and the Humber > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Ward Hadaway LLP has demonstrable experience in contentious and non-contentious IT matters, from large-scale projects to negotiating services contracts and licensing work, and acts for a range of clients across the private and public sectors, particularly suppliers of IT services. Based in Leeds, Bill Goodwin heads the practice and advises on the development and exploitation of new technologies, while managing associate Nathan Bilton provides ‘clear and concise advice’ on issues pertaining to software licensing and data protection.