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IP Disputes

IP Disputes

Any intellectual property (IP) dispute is likely to be complex and combative. In its active phase it has to be fought hard. We have the right personnel to handle any IP dispute effectively. The resources we have include specialist IP solicitors, patent attorneys covering all technical areas, trade mark attorneys and design attorneys experienced in all business sectors, and IP paralegals.

Our professionals are able to handle any IP related disputes before the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the English courts; to provide advocacy in domain name disputes and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) situations; and to co-ordinate anti-counterfeiting enforcement actions.

We know that IP disputes can absorb resources, human and financial. We never forget that the dispute itself is not the goal, and will always look for a better solution for our clients. We are experienced in identifying possible dispute resolutions, and negotiating workable commercial settlements when this is in our clients’ interests.

Protection and strategy

  • Carrying out early searching to identify possible risks
  • Assessing the significance of any risks which are located
  • Determining whether action is available to mitigate significant risks
  • Developing a robust defence to use if legal action is threatened against you

Competitor activities

  • Assembling the right team to handle a given dispute optimally
  • Handling disputes before patent offices, including oppositions
  • Conducting actions before courts, including infringement and invalidity actions
  • Operating in the criminal courts, for example in anti-counterfeiting enforcement actions
  • Handling Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Mediation matters

Oppositions and Appeals

  • Considering at all times whether a settlement could be the best approach for our client
  • If it is, considering the position of both parties and devising a settlement offer
  • Making the approach to the other side and negotiating the settlement
  • Drafting the settlement agreement

Our people


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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