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Relevant Experience Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

  • Managing the worldwide trade mark and design portfolios of many famous brands. This includes clearing, filing, prosecuting, registering, renewing, maintaining, opposing, invalidating, defending and enforcing hundreds of trade marks each year, on a global basis. Our clients include: Penhaligon's, BlackRock, The Roald Dahl Story Company, Aardman Animations, JW Anderson, Majestic Wine and Facegym.
  • Acting for Shazam Productions Limited (the owner of IP rights relating to the scripts of the famous “Only Fools and Horses” TV comedy series) in a copyright infringement and passing off case against those involved in the “Only Fools (Cushty) Dining Experience”. The case will decide whether copyright vests in and protects the characters in OFAH and not just the words they use in the scripts for the OFAH BBC shows.
  • Acting for Lay & Wheeler in connection with a trade mark dispute with Mr Wheeler, a rival wine merchant.
  • Advising The Roald Dahl Story Company in connection with the exploitation and licensing to/merchandising by third parties of various copyright and other IP rights created by or relating to Roald Dahl. Includes drafting and negotiating various contracts. Also assisting the Estate in preventing unlawful exploitation of those rights by taking enforcement action against infringers.
  • Acting for Velcro BVBA in taking enforcement action against infringers of its famous VELCRO® trade mark.
  • Successfully pursing various infringers of the shoe designs of a high fashion, Italian luxury ladies' footwear designer.
  • Drafting and obtaining patent rights and registered designs for a leading food kit delivery service provider.
  • Negotiating the grant of an omni-channel licence to retail our client's luxury handbags in various territories in the Gulf states and Middle East.
  • Drafting distribution licences for a US owned medical devices company for use in various European territories.

Advertising, Marketing, Media and Entertainment

  • Acting for Shazam Productions (the owner of IP rights relating to the scripts of the famous “Only Fools and Horses” TV comedy series) in a copyright infringement and passing off case
  • Managing Aardman Animations’ brand portfolio
  • Advising The Roald Dahl Story Company in connection with the exploitation and licensing/merchandising by third parties of its various copyrights and other IP rights
  • Advising on various publishing agreements, including audio book publishing arrangements in relation to the Harry Potter series
  • Advising on celebrity endorsement contracts for various clients including Michael Caines
  • Clearing commemorative stamps for the Royal Mail, including Winnie the Pooh, Rock Album Covers, James Bond.
  • Advising on TV production contracts, including for a household name business in connection with BBC TV documentary series
  • Working with a football club in relation to its "TV arc" animated advertising
  • Representing charities, businesses, and well known individuals in sensitive reputation related disputes and defamation proceedings
  • Advising on musical royalties disputes relating to commercial music compositions