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Ean is a Partner in our Electronics & Software team, based in our Manchester office. He has a particular interest in telecoms, having spent the first few years in the profession working in-house for Nokia. He regularly handles subject matter ranging from RADAR systems, signal processing and digital systems to pipe couplings, medical devices and production equipment.

Ean jointly heads our Education sector team and works for a range of clients, including Universities (in the UK and abroad), global corporations and SMEs, operating in and around the Manchester area. He particularly enjoys working with up and coming companies, including spin-outs, helping them to identify and protect their intellectual property. He has experience of hearings before the UK and European Patent Office and frequently advises clients on contentious issues where their rights may be infringed or where they are accused of infringing the rights of others.

Before entering the patent profession, Ean spent several years working as a design engineer for Marconi and Motorola. This real-life commercial experience was invaluable and gives Ean an insight into some of the challenges faced by clients.

Ean was also mentioned in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars guide in 2017 and described as a “problem solver” by a client.

Designs and Copyright

Designs and Copyright

Many intellectual property firms consider designs and copyright to be of minor importance but this is wrong. Ask the sports company Nike, which has been fighting to protect business-critical images and designs.

In fact, designs and copyright are powerful and all-pervasive legal rights. Copyright protects software, written works, drawings, photographs, music, videos, this website, and much more. Design protection is provided for the way products look. Registered designs can be obtained to secure the strongest protection but some protection is available automatically, without registration. Protection is available for 2-D and 3-D designs, and some protection is available for functional designs as well as for aesthetic designs.

We have an outstanding team of experts in designs and copyright. Our team includes registered design attorneys, solicitors and paralegals so that we can deal effectively with any situation that may arise. Our attorneys have excellent legal expertise but just as importantly they have the communication skills and commercial awareness to understand what our clients need, and to deliver superb results, in all of the following areas:

Identification and protection

  • Identifying your requirements and providing the best team to work with you to protect your designs and copyright
  • Working with you to identify your unregistered rights, as well as designs that can be registered
  • Preparing, prosecuting and maintaining registered design rights throughout their lifecycle
  • Managing registered design portfolios to obtain optimal results within an agreed strategic plan and budget
  • Developing copyright and design strategies which maximise financial benefits for our clients.

Competitor and strategic issues

  • Conducting competitor studies and monitoring competitor registered design filings
  • Conducting infringement clearance studies to safeguard your new product launches
  • Advising on validity of competitor design rights
  • Transacting copyright and design rights by negotiating licences in, licences out and IP sales or purchases
  • Developing strategies which maximise financial benefit from our clients’ copyright and design works.

Disputes

  • Handling invalidity proceedings in the UK or in Europe at the EUIPO
  • Managing design and copyright disputes worldwide
  • Defending our clients’ registered designs, challenging those of competitors
  • Advising on ownership disputes related to design and copyright works
  • Negotiating settlement agreements when this is the best course for our clients.

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Our highly dedicated and experienced team of attorneys combine a broad range of legal and technical expertise with real-world commercial insight.

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