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

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.

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.  

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.

Eurostar

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

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.   

Harley-Davidson

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

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.  

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.

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