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.
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.
Socially embarrassing12 October 2017
This session will focus on what makes a good social media strategy and how brands can get it wrong.
Competition watchdog’s open letter to the creative industries12 September 2017
The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has published an open letter to the creative industries on competition law. The letter reminds businesses that certain conduct that undermines competition in those industries is illegal.
Iain McDonald comments for the Financial Times: Fantasy Football01 September 2017
Iain McDonald has commented in an article for the the Financial Times Wealth which discusses the rise of Fantasy Football and where all the money went. Iain’s comments suggest it would take a new methodology before Fantasy Football’s intellectual property could be protected.
Defences to infringement in the EU trademark reforms: a mixed bag01 August 2017
Simon Chapman and Oliver Fairhurst have written an article for World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) which discusses how the EU trademark reforms have provided a mixed bag for right owners.
Watching out for individual character: Nike design for electronic wristband validly registered13 July 2017
The EU General Court has dismissed an action to invalidate a Registered Community Design held by Nike for electronic wristbands. The case serves as a useful reminder of the principles to be applied in assessing whether a design has sufficient individual character to be registered.
Squeezed out of validity and into the jurisdiction13 July 2017
UCB licensed Chugai rights to its tocilizumab patents. The licence contained an exclusive jurisdiction clause in favour of the English courts. Only one US patent remained in force. Chugai wanted a declaration that its tocilizumab products (sold only in the US) fell outside of the scope of the last patent and accordingly no royalty payments were due under the licence.