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Michael Gardner

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Wedlake Bell LLP

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Intellectual property law and dispute resolution.


Partner specialising in disputes involving commercial, IT and in particular intellectual property matters including trade marks, passing off, copyright, databases, designs, patents , confidential information, privacy and disputes involving IT contracts.

Michael is experienced in all forms of IP dispute resolution including litigation in the High Court and IPEC including the obtaining of urgent injunctive relief. His practice includes anti-counterfeiting work (including in the online space) and advising on parallel imports. He also advises on brand protection generally and conduct trade mark prosecution work and domain name dispute resolution.


Michael joined Wedlake Bell in 1993 and qualified as a solicitor in 1995.  He became a partner in 2001 and head of the IP team in 2005.


The Leys School, Cambridge; University of Reading (1986 Hons (2(1)), Modern History and International Relations); University of Westminster (1992 CPE (Commendation)); College of Law, Chester (1993 Law Society Final Examination, 2nd class Honours).


Skiing, golf and shooting.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Wedlake Bell LLP's brand management practice is able to leverage the firm's expertise in contentious IP and commercial transactions, and is particularly sought after by brand owners in the retail, sport and charity sectors, where the the team counts Gant, Surrey County Cricket Club and the British Heart Foundation among its clients. Key figures include Adrian Heath-Saunders, who specialises in trade marks, sport sector issues, advertising and sponsorship; Michael Gardner, who focuses on contentious IP; Adam Edwards, who is noted for brand protection, broadcasting agreements and digital media contracts; and IP and IT specialist Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The ‚Äėcommitted and reliable‚Äô team at Wedlake Bell LLP¬†has experience advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP; its expertise includes trade mark prosecutions, strategic advice and opposition and infringement proceedings. Practice head Michael Gardner¬†is a name to note for IP disputes, while¬†Adrian Heath-Saunders¬†focuses on commercial and transactional matters and Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite¬†handles a range of non-contentious IP and IT advice.

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