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Intellectual property disputes

Drawing on our vast experience and taking a highly commercial approach, Thrings’ specialist Litigation Team has the vision and technical expertise to safeguard your intellectual property (IP) interests.

Whether you are seeking to defend yourself against IP-related claims made by a third party, or to protect your business’ own IP rights from infringement, we are committed to ensuring that the value and integrity of your IP are successfully upheld.

Key Contacts

Graeme Fearon

Graeme Fearon

Partner

Megan Jefferies

Megan Jefferies

Partner

Defending and safeguarding your valuable assets

Our robust and strategic approach to resolving your IP dispute is underpinned by a wealth of experience across a wide range of sectors, both nationally and internationally, with particular expertise in the retail, media, technology, and food and drink sectors.

Equally adept at assisting both claimants and defendants, we will draw on our specialist experience and technical excellence to assess and understand the particular circumstances of your case. Our focus is on offering bespoke, decisive and cost-effective advice.

Our team can offer assistance across all types of IP disputes. These include trademark disputes, matters of copyright infringement, design rights disputes, passing off claims and domain name issues. We are experienced in bringing and defending claims in both the High Court, including the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and proceedings before the UK and EU Intellectual Property Offices. We will act to protect your business against infringements regarding your confidential information, as well as defending allegations of infringements on your part. No matter what the background or circumstances of your dispute, we are well placed to provide you with authoritative and skillful guidance.

Where possible, we will explore resolution of your matter through negotiation, mediation or other means of ADR, but our approach is unremittingly tactical – the best approach is always the one that is best for your individual business.

Highlights

Our Commercial Litigation Team has been involved in a number of high-profile disputes. Highlights include:

  • successfully resolving a complex multi-faceted claim for our client, a manufacturer of fresh juices and leches, against a former producer of their products, where the issues included trademark and copyright infringement and the misuse of confidential information
  • successfully opposing a trademark application and defending trademark invalidity proceedings on behalf of our client, a Swedish wine producer, in a dispute with its former UK distributor
  • achieving a substantial settlement from the BBC for the unlicensed use of our client’s copyright protected film clips
  • advising on an ongoing passing off claim for our client, including issuing proceedings in the IPEC to prohibit the unlawful use of our client’s trading name
  • advising an esteemed further education provider in an ongoing copyright dispute with a Netherlands-based website regarding reputational damage and the diminution of our client’s competitive advantage
  • amicably resolving a trademark dispute for our client, a theatre production business, by way of a settlement agreement with a former co-producer
  • acting for a national estate agent resulting in a third party agreeing to cease entirely its infringement of UK and EU registered trade marks
  • handling a dispute for a well-known south of England-based house builder involving a High Court claim against another house builder for breach of copyright in property designs
  • defending an opposition to our client’s trade mark brought by Easygroup plc
  • successfully resolving trade mark opposition and invalidity proceedings on behalf of our client in the hi-tech electronics sector
  • defending an online retailer against allegations of EU design right infringement

 

Expertise

Our expertise in this area includes:

  • Company Names Tribunal proceedings
  • copyright disputes
  • design right infringement disputes
  • disputes before the EU and UK IP Offices
  • domain name disputes
  • passing off cases
  • trademark disputes
  • disputes relating to misuse of confidential information

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