Dispute Resolution

When handling disputes, our approach will always be to develop and implement a strategy to deliver our clients’ commercial objectives. We will creatively consider approaches to avoid contentious proceedings or strengthen our clients’ position in the event that a dispute is necessary.

This may be to strengthen negotiating positions in licensing discussions, prevent infringing products coming to market or clear a patent or trade mark which constitutes a barrier to market.

By delivering honest and realistic advice aligned to the relevant risk appetite, we are guided by the specific facts of each case and how they fit our clients’ overarching aims.

We command an enviable record in handling patent disputes, having represented clients directly in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office, UK Intellectual Property Office and EU Intellectual Property Office.

We will not advise clients to proceed in disputes when it is not in their best interests to do so, nor will we shy away from providing robust advice to ensure that value in our clients’ IP is realised.

Tailored client services

To identify potentially problematic third-party patents as early as possible, we provide tailored patent watch services to assist our clients in monitoring and dealing with competitor patent applications.

For trade mark and design disputes, we provide direct representation before the UKIPO and EUIPO in opposition proceedings. We have experience with ancillary services, including conducting surveys, using investigations and third-party watches enabling us to provide comprehensive support and strategic advice.

Unlike many of our peers, we have substantial experience with handling litigation before courts in the UK and in other jurisdictions. This includes managing and co-ordinating disputes, developing and implementing strategy, instructing counsel and experts, negotiating settlements, and policing outcomes.

Clearance

Our comprehensive FTO assessments, based on targeted searches, are delivered to order, and are grounded in  our commercial awareness and rigorous legal expertise.

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