Intellectual property

Increasingly, intellectual property is the most valuable asset many companies hold. Managing, protecting and exploiting your IP is a complex but necessary process. Our all-round experience means that we can help clients from start to finish, so whether you are looking to register a new patent, negotiate licences, sell your IP portfolio or anything in between, we can help. We advise on the tensions between competition rules and IP to make sure you are on the right side of the regulators, while our tax specialists will ensure that your assets are managed in the most efficient way, from cradle to grave.

Many of the world’s leading companies come to us for IP advice, whether that’s due diligence, freedom to operate or protecting the bundle of rights underpinning a product. We always advise in the context of your business, because we know that no two issues involving IP assets are identical. We are also experienced in tackling problems the moment they arise, from preventing misuse of your IPRs to defending you against allegations of infringement.

We regularly work with global companies to devise the most effective pan-European IP strategies, and with offices in the six key European jurisdictions we can act locally to help you implement, exploit and enforce rights wherever appropriate.

Experience


Imperial Tobacco

Advised on a patent pool for a digital tax stamping technology.

Marks & Spencer

Acted in High Court trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Interflora arising out of Marks & Spencer's purchase of the Interflora Google Adword, and the subsequent referral to the European Court of Justice.

Alberto-Culver

Handled all UK intellectual property due diligence of the client's £240m acquisition of "Simple" soap brand owners Simple Health & Beauty.

Unipart Eberspacher Exhaust Systems

Advised on the IP aspects of the purchase of the business of CLF Technologies Ltd (in administration) including the negotiation of a complex IP licence agreement.

Witwood Food

Advised on a number of cross-licensing arrangements for food recipes and patented food technology processes.

Stanelco

Acted on various patent matters including major patent litigation across Europe and the restoration of patents in the EPO and various other jurisdictions.

Mulberry

Acted in brand protection matters, enforcing trade marks and design rights.

Firstwater

Advised on various research, collaboration and supply arrangements in relation to a novel drug delivery system, including the cross-licensing of background and foreground IP, including certain patented technologies.

Haynes Publishing

Advised with respect to their trade mark portfolio and merchandising their iconic brand and car cut-away diagrams transactions in 2008.

Hyundai

Advised on the extension of its trademark portfolio including its "i" range of vehicles.

Liquavista

Assisted on a range of IP collaboration agreements (with the likes of Samsung, Sharp, Texas Instruments and Plastic Logic) concerning Liquavista's innovative electronic screen technology for use in mobile devices.

Farmright Group

Acted on complex group, security and intellectual property issues, including successfully pursuing proceedings in the US in connection with injunctions obtained by a US creditor.

Facebook

Advised in relation to various trade mark oppositions in the UK trade mark registry and at OHIM

Eurostar

Managed a global trademark portfolio on behalf of Eurostar UK Limited, SNCF and SNCB.

Acision

Advised this leading SMS messaging company on various patent matters relating to SMS technology.

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