Brands & Intellectual Property
Maximising brand power forms the heart of commercial strategy for businesses in nearly every industry, whether major names or start-ups with big ambitions.
There have never been so many opportunities to seize, or threats to avoid, whether that’s protecting your brand from unauthorised use by your competitors, developing online content deals, negotiating TV format rights, or clamping down on counterfeiting or cybersquatting activities.
We help clients ensure that their brand is actively managed and defended, from the inception of an idea through value analysis, global IP protection and exploitation, concept roll-out, commercialisation, dealing with disputes and beyond.
Consistently ranked as a top-tier law firm for our brands and IP work, we have a long track-record helping some of the world’s biggest blue chips and SMEs build up their brand presence in their marketplace and make best use of their IP assets.
Our clients value the strength of our large, specialist team, as well as the depth of our sector insight in areas such as advertising & marketing, media & entertainment, retail, technology, sports, manufacturing and professional services.
You can view our latest 2 blog posts below and our full blog here.
Pensioner sues Wolverhampton Wanderers over design of logo13 June 2019
Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club have succeeded in defending a copyright claim in which the claimant contended that he designed their distinctive wolf head logo over 40 years ago.
Ads & Brands Law Digest: May 201930 May 2019
Welcome to the May 2019 issue of our monthly Ads & Brands Law Digest. We have selected the legal and regulatory developments from the month that we think are most likely to be of interest, with a very brief summary and then a link to the original and official source or full text of the item.
Adam Glass comments for The Guardian: Landmarks in law: Sally Bercow and the first major 'Twibel' case29 May 2019
Adam Glass has commented in an article for The Guardian which discusses how defamation cases used to focus primarily on broadcasters and newspapers – until social media changed everything.
New gTLD domain21 May 2019
In one of the most far reaching developments to effect the internet since its creation, in January 2012 ICANN will start the process of releasing potentially hundreds of top level domain names for use by brand owners or as generic references. This presents unparalleled opportunities and risks for all brand owners, and only the best prepared are likely to meet those challenges.
LSNetminder - Domain Name Management & Dispute Resolution21 May 2019
It is now very rare to come across a business without any online presence. As a result, domain names have become a crucial aspect of intellectual property and one which requires careful management. Unauthorised third party registrations are now much more prevalent with fraudulent activity such as phishing and cyber squatting.
International Trade Marks21 May 2019
Whilst there is no single trade mark registration that covers the entire world, knowledge of the various regional and international filing systems means that global protection can be achieved with greater ease and less expense than filing national trade mark applications in each country.
Brand Clearance Guide21 May 2019
A practical guide to brand clearance including details on the range of searches available (such as trade mark searches, strapline searches, common law searches and domain name searches), information on budgeting for clearance and general strategic advice.