Intellectual property disputes

Intellectual property disputes

Intellectual property runs like a vein through everything a business does and a clear strategy for the protection of this significant asset is crucial to success. When issues emerge, be they allegations that your business is infringing another company’s intellectual property rights or a competitor is infringing your rights, you must take speedy and decisive action. You need advisers who can provide you with pragmatic, business-focused strategic advice which will support you in maintaining the competitive advantage of these critical assets to ensure that you stay ahead of the game.

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Our Intellectual property dispute team advises businesses across a wide variety of industries on resolving disputes related to all intellectual property rights, including copyright, trade marks, design rights, patents, database rights and anti-counterfeiting and customs measures. We work with you closely in building a clear understanding of the intricacies of your business and the industry you operate in. We can then provide you with tailored, practical, and innovative solutions which defend or enforce your rights and align with your wider commercial strategy. We pride ourselves on developing lasting working relationships with our clients, often protecting their intellectual property rights through the entire lifecycle of the business.

Our team has the expertise to conduct intellectual property rights disputes through the courts in the UK and EU. We have a distinguished track record of successfully managing disputes in both IPEC (Intellectual Property Enterprise Court) and the High Court. We can also assist with alternative dispute resolution including mediation, expert determination, or arbitration.  We are at all times focussed on achieving a solution that will enable you to continue with your business as quickly and on the best achievable terms possible.

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We support our clients with individually tailored legal advice, in areas such as:

  • Infringement.
  • Intellectual property rights.
  • Copyright.
  • Trade mark.
  • Design rights.
  • Patents.
  • Database rights.
  • Anti-counterfeiting.
  • Customs measures.
  • Disputes.
  • IPEC (Intellectual Property Enterprise Court).
  • Mediation.
  • Expert determination.
  • Breach of contract.
  • Breach of implied contract.
  • Validity proceedings.
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    Recent experience

    • We defended and counterclaimed in a claim of breach of implied contract (a trade mark licence) and trade mark infringement regarding fashion clothing.  The claim was issued in the High Court but we succeeded in having the case transferred to the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC).  

      INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DISPUTES

      Fashion trade mark dispute

      Patrick WheelerPartner - Head of IP & Data Protection

      Case study

      We defended and counterclaimed in a claim of breach of implied contract (a trade mark licence) and trade mark infringement regarding fashion clothing.  The claim was issued in the High Court but we succeeded in having the case transferred to the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC).  

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    • We successfully defended our clients in the High Court against allegations of infringement, misuse of confidential information and breach of employee’s duty of fidelity in an action brought by their former employer concerning the manufacture of surgical support devices. The successful outcome on all substantial claims also included an award of indemnity costs in our clients’ favour.

      INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DISPUTES

      High Court defence proceedings

      Tim BamfordPartner

      Case study

      We successfully defended our clients in the High Court against allegations of infringement, misuse of confidential information and breach of employee’s duty of fidelity in an action brought by their former employer concerning the manufacture of surgical support devices. The successful outcome on all substantial claims also included an award of indemnity costs in our clients’ favour.

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    • We successfully acted for our client, a designer watch manufacturer, in a ten year multi-jurisdictional trade mark infringement dispute against by a former licensee.  

      INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DISPUTES

      Watch trade mark dispute

      Patrick WheelerPartner - Head of IP & Data Protection

      Case study

      We successfully acted for our client, a designer watch manufacturer, in a ten year multi-jurisdictional trade mark infringement dispute against by a former licensee.  

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    • We acted for a pioneering Swiss-based medical laboratory, in High Court patent infringement and validity proceedings. This complex case considered the infringement of a patent for an innovative medical product under the newly developed doctrine of equivalents as recently formulated by the Supreme Court.  

      INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DISPUTES

      Medical patent infringement

      Tim BamfordPartner

      Case study

      We acted for a pioneering Swiss-based medical laboratory, in High Court patent infringement and validity proceedings. This complex case considered the infringement of a patent for an innovative medical product under the newly developed doctrine of equivalents as recently formulated by the Supreme Court.  

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