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
Pensioner sues Wolverhampton Wanderers over design of logo13 June 2019
Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club have succeeded in defending a copyright claim in which the claimant contended that he designed their distinctive wolf head logo over 40 years ago.
The ‘Dominant Purpose Test’ Applies to Legal Advice Privilege For Now – But Will it Stay That Way?28 May 2019
The aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (“CAA”), has reportedly asked the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal a High Court ruling that the dominant purpose test applies to legal advice privilege. The High Court itself refused permission to appeal, confirming its earlier ruling that if a multi-addressee email is sent internally to non-lawyers for the dominant purpose of seeking commercial views, and an in-house lawyer is copied in – for information or even for legal advice – the email as sent to the non-lawyer is not protected by legal advice privilege unless it (or any response) discloses the nature of the legal advice.
Court of Appeal sets high bar for parties defending fraudulent misrepresentation claims and dismisses attempt to broaden transferred loss principle21 May 2019
The Court of Appeal has confirmed the presumption of inducement in cases of fraudulent misrepresentation will be “very difficult” to rebut and rejected a Claimant’s attempt to recover the loss of its subcontracting sister company via the “transferred loss” principle.
Court of Appeal allows inspection of documents despite the risk of foreign prosecution07 May 2019
The Iranian bank, Bank Mellat, has lost its Court of Appeal bid to withhold customer documents from inspection in the English Courts despite the risk that this may expose the bank to prosecution in Iran.
Contract law update: Recent developments and practical tips03 May 2019
On 2 May 2019, Mark Lim, Sohrab Daneshku and Nigel Enticknap from our commercial dispute resolution practice group hosted a seminar discussing provisions that commonly feature in commercial contracts. Whilst important, these terms may enjoy limited attention during negotiations. We covered recent case law, offered tips on how to interpret key clauses and discussed how to avoid common pitfalls. Below is a summary of some of the key points.
Dispute Resolution Update - April 201924 April 2019
Welcome to our April 2019 Dispute Resolution Update which brings you news and our views on law and practice for dispute resolution. We’ve included articles on domestic disputes and international disputes, including summaries of recent cases. We have also included client guides on key aspects of dispute resolution.
Adam Glass comments for The Times: Fight the counterfeiters: how to protect intellectual property28 March 2019
Adam Glass has commented in an article for The Times which details the steps firms need to take around the world to protect their intellectual property.