Intellectual property

Brand management and trade marks

Your brand is your public face and encapsulates your reputation. Our team can advise on all aspects of brand management from trade mark clearance to portfolio management, licensing and enforcement. We act for a broad range of clients from famous brands to start-ups, assisting them to manage their international trade mark portfolios. Whether you need assistance conducting clearance and filing programmes, acquiring or licensing a brand, or enforcing or defending your trade mark rights through the courts, intellectual property offices or alternative dispute resolution, our specialists have the legal expertise and commercial acumen to provide creative, cost-effective solutions.

Our specialists will work with you to ensure that your brand is protected effectively from inception, providing commercially focused solutions for management, exploitation, enforcement and defence as your brand grows in profile and reputation.

Experience


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.

Toni & Guy

Acting for hair salon business, managing their worldwide trade mark portfolio, including several active cases in emerging markets.

Fred Perry

Acting for heritage apparel brand to manage their worldwide trade mark portfolio, including the protection and enforcement of their famous laurel wreath logo.

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.

This.Sign Ltd

We advised THIS.SIGN Ltd in a lawsuit initiated by LIGNE ROSET (French furniture company) against the operator of the second-hand furniture online platform Selency, regarding the sale of second-hand “Togo” sofas bearing LIGNE ROSET’s trademarks. ROSET invokes legitimate reasons to oppose this commercialisation on the grounds that the condition of the sofas has been impaired. Selency is enforcing a warranty with THIS.SIGN. which is the supplier of the sofas.

Brentronics

Assisted in negotiating a license agreement with Thales, in order to preserve the client’s IP rights. Thales had reproduced the interface of our client's battery (to be compatible with Thales’ battery converter configured from this interface). We asserted our client's IP rights, including their trademark rights, and imposed a license on Thales so that it could continue to use this interface on its own products.

Bolt Mobility Corp. & B Mobility France

Trade mark and unfair competition dispute initiated by competitor TAXIFY (now doing business as “Bolt”), concerning the launch of e-scooter brand in France and other EU countries.

CITTI vs. CITI

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

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.

Sony Music Entertainment

Assisted Sony, Sony Music USA and FIFA (The Fédération Internationale de Football Association) in litigation against an Italian company owner of famous brands regarding alleged trade mark infringement in the FIFA World Cup 2018 official video produced by Sony USA.

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”.

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.  

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