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Chris Hoole

Senior Associate

LLB (European)

Chris is a dual-qualified solicitor and chartered trade mark attorney, experienced in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property (IP) matters, including trade marks, designs, copyright and patents.

Working closely with a range of businesses, from blue-chip multinationals to SMEs, Chris provides tailored strategic and commercial advice to help IP-conscious businesses better protect and police their IP rights.

Chris has capitalised on his experience and commercial know-how to build and establish the firm’s highly-respected disputes team, and has acted for and advised clients in the High Court, the IPEC, and the UK and European trade mark registries. Chris is also experienced in formal mediation.

Acting for clients across a spectrum of sectors, Chris specialises in fashion, sports, consumer goods, technology, food and beverage, and manufacturing sectors. He frequently works with clients to establish and maintain successful global anti-counterfeiting campaigns, both on and offline.

Recommended by the WTR 1000 Leading IP Professionals globally, Chris is highly commended by his clients, one client comments: “Chris Hoole has been an invaluable asset to ‘the fabl’ and ‘Toolally’ over the last five years. His expertise in IP matters has meant that I trust him implicitly.”

Chris is a frequent global speaker and editorial contributor, and is a member of both the Copyright Committee and the EU Intellectual Property Office Link Committee for ECTA, liaising directly with the EUIPO. He has contributed to various publications and consultations, and regularly writes for the CITMA Magazine and LexisNexis.

Specific areas of practice in trade marks:

  • Anti-counterfeiting
  • Branding
  • Copyright
  • Digital technology
  • Engineering and construction
  • Fashion and beauty
  • FMCG and consumer healthcare
  • Food and beverages
  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Professional practices
  • Retail
  • Sports and leisure

Specific areas of practice in disputes:

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

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