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IP Disputes

One of our most important roles is helping clients to avoid IP disputes. However, when they do arise, finding the quickest and most cost effective way to achieve the desired outcome is our priority.

Our IP team has extensive experience in all forms of IP litigation and alternative dispute resolution, having advised clients in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and the Copyright Tribunal. We regularly help clients coordinate litigation in multiple jurisdictions and parallel proceedings before the EPO, UKIPO or EUIPO.


The changing litigation landscape and ongoing developments in the area of litigation costs and funding present further challenges to clients, and we regularly advise on these issues. We have worked with many of the leading litigation funders and after the event (ATE) insurance providers in the UK. We are also prepared to act under conditional fee agreements in appropriate cases.

Our team have been involved in some of the landmark IP cases of the last 15 years. Recent examples of our work include advising:

  • International food manufacturer Bakkavor in an interim injunction and subsequent High Court proceedings for breach of confidence. 
  • Acro Aircraft Seating in relation to a multinational patent dispute and coordinating patent infringement proceedings in Germany 
  • Australian wine maker Barokes in a claim for Judicial Review against the UKIPO concerning the EPO opposition procedure
  • Rackspace, one of the world’s leading managed hosting companies, in trade mark infringement proceedings in the High Court concerning comparative advertising and in related proceedings seeking declaratory relief

 

Our experience

  • International food manufacturer Bakkavor in an interim injunction and subsequent High Court proceedings for breach of confidence

  • Acro Aircraft Seating in relation to a multinational patent dispute and coordinating patent infringement proceedings in Germany 

  • Australian wine maker Barokes in a claim for Judicial Review against the UKIPO concerning the EPO opposition procedure 

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