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.
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You can view our latest 2 blog posts below and our full blog here.
Sinéad Mahon and Duncan Balloch write for The Trademark Lawyer: Cadbury purple trademark case18 February 2019
In an article for The Trademark Lawyer, Sinéad Mahon and Duncan Balloch discuss the latest decision by the Court of Appeal over a trademark dispute relating to the specific shade of purple used by Cadbury's chocolate packaging.
Sinéad Mahon comments for Intellectual Property Magazine: EUIPO makes mincemeat of McDonald’s ‘Big Mac’ TM22 January 2019
Sinéad Mahon has commented in an article for Intellectual Property Magazine which discusses McDonalds recently having its 'Big Mac' and 'Mc' trademarks revoked by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
Twi-bel: High Court Holds Defendant Liable for Agent’s Defamatory Tweet11 January 2019
Just before Christmas, Mr Justice Nicklin gave us a present – his judgment in the case of Monir v Wood. The High Court found Mr Wood, the former Chairman of the UKIP Bristol branch, liable for the publication of a defamatory tweet posted by someone else on the branch’s twitter account.
Brands & IP seminar: Stopping the Copycats15 November 2018
Lewis Silkin invites you to the last event in our 2018 Brands & IP seminar series.
Professional Representation before the EUIPO in a Post-Brexit World30 October 2018
Whilst the status of, and procedures affecting, EUTMs and other EU IP rights in a post-Brexit world are a concern for brand-owners, UK trade mark professionals face an additional headache in that there is a significant risk that their ability to represent clients before the EUIPO may shortly be lost. This is an important issue, as acting on matters before the EUIPO will account for over half of trade mark and design related revenue for many firms.
Alex Kelham comments for City A.M: 'Why has Colin Kaepernick filed a trade mark of his image?'30 October 2018
In an article for City A.M, Alex Kelham comments on former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick seeking to protect his assets by filing a trade mark in the US and discusses athletes' efforts to protect their personal brands.
Brand Clearance Guide23 October 2018
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.