Intellectual Property Disputes

We specialise in advising clients on enforcing, protecting and defending their intellectual property rights, in whatever form they may take. In particular, we have a significant amount of experience in handling design and trade mark disputes. 

Relevant Experience


  • Trade Mark Litigation, Brand Protection Proceedings and Dispute Resolution
  • Design Litigation, Design Proceedings and Dispute Resolution
  • Patent Litigation, Patent Proceedings and Dispute Resolution
  • Copyright and Database Right Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Other Dispute Resolution Services involving Intellectual Property Rights

Relevant work

  • Advising a national postal services provider in respect of a claim relating to allegations of copyright infringement and unregistered design infringement brought against it by a company that had provided signage services to the client
  • Handling numerous trade mark disputes around the globe for various clients of the firm. Includes conducting opposition, revocation, invalidity and rectification proceedings before the UK Trade Marks Registry and the EU Trade Mark Office and bringing and defending registered trade mark infringement proceedings before the English Courts
  • Representing a leading financial services mutual society in bringing High Court registered trade mark and passing off legal proceedings against a rival business
  • Acting for one of world's leading generic pharmaceutical companies in respect of Court proceedings concerning a contractual dispute relating to a pharmaceutical licensing and supply agreement
  • Providing a manufacturer and supplier of foodstuffs with pre-litigation strategic advice in connection with a potential patent infringement claim and challenge to the validity of the patent.
  • Acting for a luxury Italian shoe designer in taking enforcement action against infringers of its shoe designs.

Ashfords support and assistance has been second to none. Fast thinking, creative and always contactable, Carl Steele has provided invaluable support every step of the way, enabling me to make informed, reasoned decisions and adopt appropriate commercial strategies. Technically gifted and with a clear wealth of business and intellectual property experience, Carl is a master at his game; someone you want on your side and most definitely do not want to come up against on the other! 

Oliver Bourne, Senior Legal Manager, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

Key Contact

Carl Steele


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+44 (0)1392 333997

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Intellectual Property