Intellectual Property Disputes
Intellectual Property assets are frequently seen as being amongst the most valuable assets of a business and as such the volume of disputes that have arisen in the field has grown substantially and the applicable area of law is frequently changing and often complex.
One of the biggest in the UK, our team is a highly respected provider of Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution services, acting for some of the largest companies in the world as well as for small and medium businesses. Many of our lawyers are ranked as leaders in the field and have experience of all relevant tribunals from the Intellectual Property Office through to the European Court of Justice.
Whilst our objective is often to resolve disputes with the minimum of fuss and costs, we also have a track record of acting in and winning the most complex IP disputes and creating substantial value for our clients. Many of the disputes that we work on have multi-jurisdictional aspects to them.
Our areas of expertise include:
- database rights
- trade marks
- trade secrets
- unfair competition
Time to add more defendants?21 April 2017
In a recent decision the Court of Appeal has had to decide whether a claim for accessory liability against various companies was time barred. Glaxo Wellcome UK Ltd (t/a Allen & Hanburys) Anor v Sandoz Ltd & Anor  EWCA Civ 22.
Marathon Asset misses the jackpot again12 April 2017
After being awarded only £2 in nominal damages in its breach of confidence case, Marathon Asset has been heavily penalised on costs after failing to accept the defendants’ Part 36 offer.
How to deal with Twitter spats: Katie Hopkins' expensive mistake04 April 2017
Divisional Managing Partner, Giles Crown and Associate, Oliver Fairhurst have written an article for The Lawyer Monthly which comments on Katie Hopkins' recent twitter spat turned libel battle with food blogger Jack Monroe.
Court of Appeal confirms deterrent sentences for copyright infringement30 March 2017
In Regina v Evans the Court of Appeal has provided guidance on the appropriate level of sentencing for criminal offences under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The Court of Appeal confirmed that the sentence should have a deterrent effect.
It’s obvious, patents are not child’s play!28 March 2017
In a recent decision the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court had to consider whether a patent for a children’s toy consisting of water soluble, fusible, translucent beads was merely an aesthetic creation, and therefore excluded from patentability and if not, whether the patent claims lacked an inventive step and were obvious. If the patent was valid, the Court also had to determine whether it was infringed by the Defendant’s product.
Expert Witnesses16 March 2017
This guide provides a general introduction to the use of experts in court proceedings. The rules governing expert evidence are found in Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules, Practice Direction 35, the Court Guides and the Guidance for Instruction of Experts in Civil Claims published by the Civil Justice Council. This guidance will highlight the main points you need to know, consider issues often encountered and offer some practical tips.
Bad timing for a counterclaim27 February 2017
The provisions of section 35(3) of the Limitation Act 1980 will not enable a defendant to bring counterclaim that would otherwise be time barred before the proceedings had commenced.