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We are recognised as punching above our weight in the intellectual property arena. Our trade mark team combines a mixture of lawyers and trade mark attorneys and is one of the fastest growing trade mark filing and portfolio management practices in the UK. We have acted on a number of leading trade mark cases over recent years before the UK courts and the ECJ and are becoming increasingly known for our design and domain name work. We have a longstanding reputation for working with creative industries including advertising, media, entertainment, fashion and publishing, whether advising on copyright /clearance issues or licensing commercial rights.
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Can brand owners 'follow the money' when their IP rights are infringed?**Wilko’s weren’t allowed toBy James Sweeting
The European Commission has launched an “Action Plan” for IP enforcement. The thrust behind the plan is to pave the way towards a “follow the money approach” to IP enforcement. You might think that this is a world where it is easier and more commercially viable for IP owners to take enforcement action against commercial scale infringers further up the supply chain. However, the plan appears to be targeted more at prevention than cure, with rhetoric of ‘education’ and ‘supply chain due diligence’ rather than active local policing. So will it become any easier in reality for brand owners to “follow the money” when remedying an IP infringement? A recent trade mark case involving Wilko’s shows that getting information about a supplier of infringing goods isn’t always easy.
Court of Appeal delivers ruling on the availability of injunctions to prevent breach of contractBy Gagan Ranu
In a landmark decision on injunctions the Court of Appeal has confirmed that the existence of a contractual clause which has the effect of limiting or excluding the damages available for breach may be taken into account by the court on applications for injunctive relief when assessing whether damages are an adequate remedy in the American Cyanamid sense.
New Partner Jeremy Summers' appointment is covered in City A.M.
City A.M. have mentioned the appointment of Jeremy Summers in their 'Who's switching jobs' section this morning.