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Intellectual Property

Our IP and IT practitioners work with UK and foreign solicitors, trade mark and patent attorneys, and in-house counsel, to represent a wide range of clients. They appear at all levels of the English courts and in the UK Intellectual Property Office. Alternative dispute resolution is also a speciality, and a number of our members are qualified mediators and arbitrators.

The IP and IT practices of members of chambers focuses on:

  • Brand protection and enforcement: trade mark infringement and passing-off litigation, and advice on branding strategy.
  • Computer, internet, app development contracts and other commercial agreements: drafting and interpreting agreements governing ownership, use and enforcement of IP rights.
  • Databases, data protection and privacy law: protecting or uncovering and using information held on electronic and other media.

Members of chambers also advise on a wide range of commercial issues and disputes affecting owners of brands and technology, including product launches and recall, advertising, trade libel and unfair competition.

Members have recently acted:

  • For a group of estate agents in respect of claims for monetary relief for trade mark infringement/passing off against a chain of estate agents arising out of the ‘Fine & Country’ litigation, which went to trial in 2012 and the Court of Appeal in June 2013 (see Fine & Country v Okotoks/Spicerhaart Group [2013] EWCA Civ 672).
  • For a software development firm facing a claim by the licensor of data management software for injunctions and other relief arising from alleged breach of licence, breach of copyright and conspiracy.
  • For a manufacturer of portable electricity generators facing a claim for breach of copyright for photography used in a brochure.
  • In Arrow Group ApS v Gelmedic Holdings ApS [2013] EWHC 4586 (Ch), an IP licence dispute involving pharmaceutical products and best endeavours clauses to develop products.
  • In A v B [2014], a DIAC arbitration involving alleged IP infringement relating to the construction of the largest theme park in the world in Dubai.
  • In Bouverie No. 1 Ltd v De Vere Hotels & Leisure Ltd [2006] EWHC 2242 (Ch), an IP dispute over a hotel management agreement concerning the famous Belfrey Hotel.
  • In the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in Servier v Apotex [2012] EWCA Civ 593, which involved damages under an undertaking subsequent to an injunction in relation to a pharmaceutical patent.
  • In the Court of Appeal in Budejovicky Budvar Narodni Podnik v Anheuser-Busch Inc CA [2012] EWCA Civ 880 in relation to the Budweiser trade mark.
  • For an inventor against a healthcare company for royalties concerning a medical device.
  • For a mobile app developer against a major telecoms manufacturer for breach of contract.
  • Against a pharmaceutical company for breach of contract arising out of alleged failure to comply with Good Manufacturing Practice.