Overview

Our expert team of lawyers offers pragmatic, commercial advice on complex intellectual property disputes. We have considerable experience in intellectual property dispute resolution across a broad range of business sectors, particularly in the media, retail, sports and leisure and transport sectors.

Our team includes lawyers with scientific backgrounds enabling us to speak our client's language when dealing with disputes that have complex technical issues at their heart.

Many of our clients have international trade mark portfolios which result in intellectual property disputes across multiple jurisdictions. Working closely with our non-contentious intellectual property specialists and global network of preferred law firms, we act as a single point of contact for clients and often co-ordinate intellectual property dispute resolution on a global scale.

We take pride in our established track record for successful and amicable intellectual property dispute resolution. Should litigation become necessary, we have experience acting for clients in the High Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, UK and European trade mark offices, Company Names Tribunal, in domain name disputes and at all stages of appeals.

Areas of focus

Our intellectual property disputes lawyers are skilled in all claims affecting IP rights, including:

  • UK, EU and international trade marks.
  • Disputes involving passing off.
  • Patents.
  • Copyright.
  • Designs.
  • Confidential information.
  • Domain names.
Experience

Acting for Victoria’s Secret in Court of Appeal proceedings, concerning the issue of whether Victoria’s Secret’s college brand “PINK” infringed Thomas Pink’s trade marks and brand. The dispute was settled on confidential terms, shortly prior to the Court of Appeal hearing.

Acting for Discovery Communications in its successful defence of UK High Court proceedings for trade mark infringement and passing off brought by broadcasters of the History channel, following Discovery's launch of a television channel called "Discovery History". This case was identified by The Lawyer as one of its top 20 cases for 2012.

Acting for a major retailer in trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings in the IPEC.

Providing clearance advice to Starbucks in relation to proposed new brands as well as advising on trade mark infringement, passing off and copyright issues.

Advising Virgin on issues of trade mark infringement, passing off, company name and domain disputes as well as providing non-contentious advice on matters such as licensing arrangements and advertising clearance.

Policing the Harrods brand around the globe, both in terms of internet and high street infringements, including copyright, counterfeiting issues and trade mark infringement. We have a 100 per cent success rate in pursuing ICANN domain name complaints.

Acting in the UK for Jack Wolfskin, one of the leading European manufacturers of outdoor apparel and outdoor equipment, in relation to its iconic wolfpaw device.

Acting for Neal's Yard Remedies in an international trade mark dispute and its subsequent settlement.

Advising a large chemical company on an alleged patent infringement claim.

Advising an AIM listed financial services provider in connection with High Court proceedings involving allegations of breach of confidence.

Meet the team
Jeremy Dickerson

Jeremy Dickerson Partner

  • Head of International 
  • Head of Intellectual Property, Media and Sport
  • Defamation and Reputation Management

What others say...

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Chambers UK 2015

Key contact

Jeremy Dickerson

Jeremy Dickerson Partner

  • Head of International 
  • Head of Intellectual Property, Media and Sport
  • Defamation and Reputation Management

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