Bill Lister



Bill has a wide range of experience advising UK, US, European and global clients, with a substantial reputation spanning branding issues, registered and unregistered trade marks, copyright, design, patents and trade secrets.

Bill advises a number of global household names, in conjunction with public and private companies, and public sector organisations. He has established himself as a specialist within his field, with his involvement in high profile cases such as ‘Nike and Rugby Football Union – v – Cotton Traders Ltd’ and ‘Scoredraw Limited – v – Finch’ allowing him to explore and study IP rights associated with national emblems.

Bill has a wealth of experience representing media clients in matters with the BBC Regulatory Department, OFCOM and IPSOS. He is also a regular contributor to both hard copy and online legal journals, and is the author of well received practitioners’ work on High Court Practice and Procedure.

Specific areas of expertise in trade marks:

  • Anti-counterfeiting
  • Branding
  • Fashion and beauty
  • Filings and applications
  • FMCG and consumer healthcare
  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharma and biosciences
  • Professional practices
  • Retail

Specific areas of expertise in disputes:

  • Advocacy
  • Cease and desist
  • Court proceedings
  • Dispute resolution
  • Domain name disputes
  • Enforcement
  • Infringement
  • Invalidity
  • IPEC
  • Licensing and royalty agreements
  • Mediation
  • Passing off
  • Revocations
  • Settlements

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