Intellectual property

Copyright and trademarks

Our specialist team advises trademark, copyright and database rights holders and users, to manage, enforce, protect and exploit rights across a range of creative industries. The team has a specific focus on IP matters in the digital business, retail, automotive and life sciences sectors. From IP strategy, licensing, assignments and securitisation,  through to mediation, arbitration and litigation of copyright and database rights, we are here to advise on the most appropriate and cost-effective brand protection strategies, as well as the enforcement and defence of your rights.

We act for a broad range of clients, from leading businesses to innovative start-ups, including newspaper publishers, cutting-edge games developers, price-comparison sites, retailers and internet service providers, helping them make the most of their brands and portfolios. We have particular experience in online content distribution, advising on new technologies and the liability and obligations of online intermediaries. As data has become ever more valuable to businesses, we can help navigate the complex legal rights accruing to the investment and those of the subjects of the data concerned.

This is an area where international-thinking is vital. The combination of having experts in the key jurisdictions with our enduring focus on digital technology has meant that our lawyers have truly helped shape the application of the law to digital rights.

Experience


Etablissements Coquet

Represented the Limoges, France, high-end porcelain factory Etablissements Coquet in the Versailles Court of Appeals against the company CLS in relation to copyright infringement of Coquet's best-selling collection “Hémisphère” The court recognized that the decoration was copyrightable and ordered CLS to pay €365,000 in damages.

Sony Music

Successfully represented Sony Music Entertainment Italy in an unfair competition case against Universal –IRIS in relation to the publication of a music album containing the same songs as an album published by Sony Music.

Mina Mazzini

Successfully acted for the Italian singer Mina Mazzini in legal proceedings against Blu Cinematografica G.F. Srl in relation to the unlawful use of her track  “Se Telefonando”.

Global sports retailer

Advised one of the most successful global sports retailers in relation to a design rights matter regarding the design of its stores.

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.

Mulberry

Successfully represented the famous designer bag company Mulberry in numerous brand protection, trademark and design right infringement cases.

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