Brands & Intellectual Property
Maximising brand power forms the heart of commercial strategy for businesses in nearly every industry, whether major names or start-ups with big ambitions.
There have never been so many opportunities to seize, or threats to avoid, whether that’s protecting your brand from unauthorised use by your competitors, developing online content deals, negotiating TV format rights, or clamping down on counterfeiting or cybersquatting activities.
We help clients ensure that their brand is actively managed and defended, from the inception of an idea through value analysis, global IP protection and exploitation, concept roll-out, commercialisation, dealing with disputes and beyond.
Consistently ranked as a top-tier law firm for our brands and IP work, we have a long track-record helping some of the world’s biggest blue chips and SMEs build up their brand presence in their marketplace and make best use of their IP assets.
Our clients value the strength of our large, specialist team, as well as the depth of our sector insight in areas such as advertising & marketing, media & entertainment, retail, technology, sports, manufacturing and professional services.
Say farewell to credit and debit card surcharges17 January 2018
On 13 January 2018, new rules came into force in the UK which mean that, for most retail payments, traders can no longer charge a fee in addition to the advertised price of a transaction on the basis of a consumer’s choice of payment means (for example, credit card, debit card or e-money).
Jeremy Summers comments for iNews: Radiohead v Del Rey: how record companies use waveform analysis, forensics and… Shazam to avoid being sued12 January 2018
Jeremy Summers comments in an article for iNews, discussing how to identify copyright infringement in the music industry.
Alan Hunt and Alicia Mietus write for Essential Retail: Protecting an 'aura of luxury'20 December 2017
Alan Hunt and Alicia Mietus, discuss a CJEU ruling impacting manufacturers that could restrict the sales of products through third-party websites, like Amazon and eBay.
Top 5 tips for protecting trade secrets08 December 2017
With the new EU Trade Secrets Directive coming into force in June 2018, we have compiled a list of the top 5 tips for protecting trade secrets.
Trade Mark Management21 November 2017
The IP, brand, trade mark and portfolio management team at Lewis Silkin comprises more than 50 lawyers and trade mark attorneys along with specialist support personnel.
Code red! (How to deal with a media crisis)09 November 2017
Every brand’s nightmare. It’s 5 o’clock on a Friday and the phone rings….a tabloid newspaper has an exposé and they want your comment for their article on Sunday.
Plain packaging: who's next?16 October 2017
Senior Associate, Alan Hunt has been quoted in an article for The Grocer which assesses how the plain packaging of tobacco might impact other UK product branding.