We pride ourselves in acting for clients for whom IP is an important and valuable part of their business.

Managing efficiently

Our all-round experience means we can help clients protect, manage, enforce and exploit their IP. So whether you are looking to protect a new technical innovation, negotiate brand licences, sue a third party infringer 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 law, while our tax specialists will ensure that your IP assets are managed efficiently.

Contextual advice

Many of the world’s leading companies come to us for IP advice, whether that’s litigation to enforce their IP or defend them against third parties, freedom to operate or protecting their portfolio of brands. We always advise in the context of your business and our sector experience underpins that.

International reach

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 IP rights wherever appropriate.

Experience

Unwired Planet

Acted in Unwired Planet v Huawei, the leading case worldwide on the infringement of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) for telecoms standards, and FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing.

Pan Optis

Acted for patent owner in a jurisdictional challenge brought by Apple seeking to exclude a series of patent infringement cases against Apple from being heard in the UK.

PopSockets

Represented PopSockets in UK patent infringement litigation relating to their hugely popular mobile phone accessory product. This case also involved issues of joint tortfeasors and indirect infringement.

 

Eurostar

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

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.

Wirecard Solutions Limited

We acted for Wirecard in trademark infringement litigation initiated by the GIE "Groupement des cartes bancaires”. The case is pending before the appeals court of Paris.

 

Audible

We reviewed all AUDIBLE’s template agreements related to the development and the distribution of e-books to make them compliant with French law, in particular, with the requirements of the French Intellectual Property Code related to authors.

 

Frank Industries/LNDR

Successfully acted in Frank Industries v Nike, a UK trade mark infringement and passing off case. We obtained an EU-wide interim injunction, subsequently upheld by the UK Court of Appeal. We then won an expedited trial before IPEC within 5 months of commencing litigation. 

 

CITTI vs. CITI

Acting for the German gross market group CITTI against the international bank CITI in trademark disputes.

Harley-Davidson

Acted for Harley-Davidson, one of the world's leading motorcycle companies, in trade mark infringement proceedings relating to unauthorised merchandise.

Stone Brewing

Acting for US craft beer company Stone Brewing in an international trademark dispute against Molson Coors about the beer brands STONE and STONES with actions and counteractions in Germany, UK and other EU countries.

Etablissements Coquet

Represented the Limoges, France, high-end porcelain factory Etablissements Coquet in the Paris Court of Appeal against the company NESS in relation to copyright infringement of Coquet's best-selling collection “Hémisphère” The court recognised that the decoration was copyrightable and ordered NESS to pay €1m in damages.

Gruner + Jahr

Advised market leading magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr in setting up framework agreements with their freelance authors and photographers in order to secure standardized and future-proof copyrights for an international media company and establishing an internal process to cover every assignment from the editorial offices.

SynTech Bio-Energy

Advised on the complex negotiations on technology licensing and IP ownership issues for this US company entering the European market arising from a collaboration to establish a waste gasification plant.

PDU Music and Productions

Assisted in the drafting and negotiation of a contract concerning the use of the voice, profile, signature and digitalized graphic representation of the image of the famous Italian artist ‘Mina’, for the realization of promotional initiatives by the TIM telephone operator.

OKI DOKI

Assisted in the negotiation of the agreement with an influencer (to act as the programme host) concerning the creation of a TV format and its production as a TV programme for broadcasting in Italy.

Sony Music Entertainment

Advised in proceedings started by a famous Italian publishing company (Feltrinelli), concerning the alleged counterfeiting of its trademarks resulting from the use of a logo formed of two capital letter “F”s on the cover of the album 'Concrete and Gold' by the international group “Foo Fighters”.

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