Intellectual Property


We have significant specialist knowledge and experience of all areas of intellectual property including patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, trade secrets and privacy, media, entertainment and sport. Several of our members are scientists and we handle all aspects of patent and design technology disputes including biotech, pharma and mobile telephony. IP litigation is increasingly complex, fast-moving and international. Clients expect their barrister to be pro-active, responsive, experienced in the law and practice of different jurisdictions and able to lead and work as part of a solicitor/ patent and trade mark attorney/in-house counsel/overseas lawyer team.

Our members have the technical expertise to conduct litigation and advise on protecting and extracting value from clients’ most valuable assets – their inventions, brands, copyright works, designs and reputation. We act quickly to secure injunctive relief where the situation requires it.

We advise clients from individual artists to large commercial organisations, defend patent infringement claims and challenge the validity of patents of our clients’ competitors, defend and resist attacks on their trade marks and designs, and advise on branding strategies through licensing, merchandising and sponsorship. Trade mark infringement and “unfair competition” claims, software, design of electronic components and increasingly complex areas of database management are all part of the specialist legal and scientific knowledge, backed by powerful technical and industry experience that enable us to master and succeed in the most complex cases. We appear at all levels of the English Courts, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Office of Harmonisation for the Internal Market (OHIM).

IP and media issues are often only part of a wider commercial context of a dispute. Our approach to the problems our clients bring us, technical or otherwise, is pragmatic and flexible, whether or not they involve litigation. Where litigation is necessary, we strive for a speedy and commercial resolution. We know the value of working as a team with solicitors, patent and trade mark attorneys and with lawyers offshore.

Our barristers have recently worked on:

  • SNE Engineering Co. Ltd v Hsin Chong Construction Co. (patent validity and infringement in the Hong Kong Court of Appeal)
  • Crocker Enterprises Limited v Giordano Plastics (Patents Court, London)
  • BSI Enterprises and Cayman Music v Blue Mountain Ltd (copyright in 13 Bob Marley titles including ‘No Woman No Cry’) (Court of Appeal, London);
  • Nautech Services Limited v CSS Limited (database rights in the Court of Appeal, Jersey);
  • Powell v Turner (Wishbone Ash) (musical copyright, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, London);
  • Jules Rimet Cup Ltd v The Football Association (trade marks, World Cup, Chancery Division, London);
  • Building Product Design v Sandtoft Roof Tiles,
  • Future Investments SA v FIFA (Patents Court, London),
  • ITV Broadcasting v TVCatchup (broadcasting/live streaming/copyright, London).


Expertise

  • Advertising
  • Ambush marketing
  • Authors’ rights
  • Betting and Gaming
  • Breach of Confidentiality/Privacy
  • Broadcasting and Live Streaming
  • Copyright
  • Data Protection
  • Database Rights
  • Damages
  • Design Right (Registered and Unregistered)
  • Domain Names
  • Employee Inventions and removal of Databases by Employees
  • EU and UK Competition Law
  • Games (online) and toys
  • Information Technology
  • Injunctive relief
  • Licensing and Franchising
  • Malicious falsehood/Comparative Advertising/Trade Libel
  • Passing off
  • Patents
  • Performers’ Rights
  • Publishing and Recording Agreements
  • Restitution
  • Sport and Leisure Industries
  • Television Game Shows
  • Telecommunications
  • Trade Marks
  • Trade Secrets

 

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