Intellectual Property Update - May 2016

Intellectual Property Update - May 2016

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  1. IP Team News


    The IP Team at Stevens & Bolton continues to expand. On 1 May 2016 we announced the promotion of a new IP partner, Charlotte Tillett.  Charlotte studied physiological sciences at Oxford University and trained at City firm Herbert Smith qualifying in 2005. She joined Stevens & Bolton from Herbert Smith as a senior IP associate in 2008. As Head of Life Sciences group team, she also leads the firm’s work in that sector.  Chambers lists her as a ‘leading individual’ and notes that clients say she “definitely seems to know her stuff and is very easy to work with”. 

    We are also delighted to welcome a new professional support lawyer, Astrid Arnold.  Astrid has more than 20 years’ experience in intellectual property law gained at Lovells (now Hogan Lovells) and Allen & Overy.

    Our dedicated IP Team now comprises two partners and six fee earners.  We handle all aspects of intellectual property work, both contentious and non-contentious.

  2. The Trade Secrets Directive - improving protection for business information in Europe

    A recent study carried out for the European Commission indicated that companies consider a wide range of secret information to be extremely valuable, including information relating to commercial bids and business planning, R&D, product and process... Read more
  3. Can the man behind a "one man company" be held to account in tort?

    A recent trade mark infringement case at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) indicates that the answer will often be “yes”. In a recent case involving trade mark infringement and passing off, Judge Hacon (IPEC) commented that, in... Read more
  4. What can smaller brands learn about licensing from the high street?

      After the flurry of creativity at this season's tradeshows, a new season of design ideas have been offered up to the eyes of the industry and public. Whilst only the nation’s best dressed men may be able to afford the haute couture... Read more
  5. TRUNKI: lessons for product designers

    It will no doubt have come to the reader’s attention by now that the Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in the case of PMS International Group Plc v Magmatic Limited [2016] UKSC 12, relating to the potential infringement by PMS of an EU... Read more
  6. It's a vlog eat vlog world: Protecting your IP on YouTube

    Tom Lingard , Head of Intellectual Property advise developers on how to best target video-makers in an article published in Develop Online.  The endorsement of a famous vlogger can be the difference between a game’s success and failure.... Read more
  7. Upcoming Events

    INTA – Stevens & Bolton IP partners Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett will be attending the 138th annual meeting of the International Trade Mark Association in Florida between May 21 – May 25 2016.  If you would like to meet with us there, please email us on:

    Tom Lingard:

    Charlotte Tillett

  8. Stevens & Bolton in Practice

    S&B named National/Regional Firm of the Year at the 2016 Legal Business Awards
    The Legal Business Awards, organised by Legal Business, are one of the most prestigious awards in the legal sector. The “National/Regional Law Firm of the Year” award recognises the UK-based national or regional firm (with headquarters outside of London) that has made the most significant progress over the past year in advancing its strategy. Key factors taken into account for this award are evidence of effective leadership, impressive financial performance and increased market share across the firm’s major practice areas.


    S&B shortlisted: Litigation Team of the Year - Solicitors Journal Awards 2016
    We are delighted that S&B has been shortlisted for the Litigation Team of the Year in the upcoming Solicitors Journal Awards 2016. The Awards recognise excellence in a changing legal market. The judges were looking for technical brilliance in reported case work; an innovative approach with the use of alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, or other methods; and outstanding expertise and dedication to clients. The other five firms shortlisted include national and city based firms and a London barristers chambers. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on 25 May 2016 in London.


    National Leaders outside of London – Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property
    We have been ranked amongst a handful of firms as "National Leaders outside of London" for both Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property, by the 2016 edition of the Chambers legal directory.

    The Legal 500 directory also ranked our Dispute Resolution team in the top tier of firms based in the South of England for Litigation, Aviation and Intellectual Property.


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