Double accolade for Burges Salmon’s first class IP team

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12 January 2012

The high profile case sees the firm’s specialist intellectual property (IP) team instructed by Discovery Communications Europe in their defence of High Court proceedings for trade mark infringement and passing off which have been brought by A&E Television Networks, LLC and AETN UK, the broadcasters of the History channel, following Discovery's launch of the television channel called "DISCOVERY HISTORY" in 2010.

Lead partner, Jeremy Dickerson, has also been featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 - published this week - for his work on the Discovery case as well as a portfolio of other national and international clients.

Jeremy says: “We have advised Discovery for several years and are uniquely placed to understand the context of this claim and Discovery's famous brand. Our work on this case is further evidence of the high profile work undertaken by the intellectual property team at Burges Salmon and the strength of the relationships that we build with our clients".

Burges Salmon has provided advice to Discovery's parent company in the USA for several years in relation to new UK channel launches and its UK trade mark portfolio. The firm also advise Harrods on international brand protection, The Carbon Trust on brand protection and the operation of its footprinting scheme internationally and Virgin on the exploitation, protection and enforcement of Virgin's global IP rights.

This is the third year in a row that Burges Salmon has been included in The Lawyer’s Hot 100.  In 2010, head of nuclear, Ian Salter and international tax & trusts partner, Beatrice Puoti were selected.  In 2011, former senior partner Stephen McNulty was chosen for his work on the Halliwell’s trainee rescue plan.

Likewise, Burges Salmon has featured regularly in The Lawyer’s top litigation cases. The competition team’s work for the Co-operative Group in their tobacco appeal against the OFT was one of last year’s Top 20 Litigation Cases for 2011, as well as our litigation team’s work on Eurostar International -v- Alstom Transport.

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