IP and brands

Our intellectual property (IP) and brands practice provides domestic and international clients with the expertise to protect, exploit and litigate their IP rights.

We represent a broad range of brand owning clients from many different industries including advertising, brewing, food and drink, IT, publishing, retailing, sports and television. We have long established relationships with leading members of the specialist IP bar, as well as both patent agents and trade mark agents.

Litigious brand protection work

We undertake the whole spectrum of litigious brand protection work including:

  • high profile trade mark litigation;
  • copyright / design (registered and unregistered) claims;
  • data protection and database right disputes;
  • advertising and copy clearance advice; and
  • breach of confidence and privacy.

In addition, representing both claimants and defendants, we undertake general counsel / advisory, interlocutory (e.g. urgent injunctions), mediation, arbitration (LCIA and ICC), full trial and appeals work.

Although the majority of our work is in the context of commercial disputes and civil proceedings, we also have extensive experience of representing clients bringing or facing trading standards and other regulatory complaints and prosecutions. 

Non-contentious

On the non-contentious side our clients appreciate the "virtual in-house lawyer" model that we provide. Our premium multi-disciplinary expertise includes: 

  • devising brand protection strategies, advising on how to protect names (and domain names), logos, devices, packaging, get-up, inventions, concepts and other creative works;
  • acquiring, reorganising and managing IP portfolios; and
  • licensing, assigning and franchising IP rights, as well as preparing sourcing, manufacturing and distribution agreements.

Our expertise also extends to corporate transactional work, in particular within venture capital specialisms, where we regularly advise on deals that have significant and often complex IP issues.

What people are saying

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"Client say: 'They know their IP law inside out and are very pleasant to work with' and they are 'Very down-to-earth and commercial in their advice'."

Chambers UK 2016

"'They always provide prompt service, attention to detail and smiling faces'."

Chambers UK 2015

"'I've been very happy with them - the work is of very high quality and was thought through very well'."

Chambers UK 2015