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Propriété intellectuelle

Intellectual property can be the most important asset owned by a business, so we work hard to protect its value and explore the opportunities provided by licensing and commercialisation.

Advice throughout the intellectual property lifecycle

Our intellectual property function is truly international, and we work with clients wherever they seek to do business. We have leading teams based in the UK, Middle East and Asia-Pacific, and coordinate with external firms in other jurisdictions to ensure seamless coverage.

We advise on global brand protection strategies and assist with the enforcement of trademarks, preferably without resort to court proceedings but through litigation if required.

Our commercial acumen enables us to advise on the commercialisation of intellectual property through licensing and franchising, royalty agreements, white-labelling, and research and development. We also provide guidance on personality rights and on content creation, distribution and acquisition.

We advise on issues relating to the ownership, exploitation and infringement of copyright and designs, with awareness of cross-jurisdictional issues. Our team has expertise in helping clients apply for and implement patents and protect their trade secrets.

Our Intellectual Property Work

  • Asie Pacifique
  • Moyen-Orient
  • Royaume-Uni & Europe
  • China IP advice - roads and maintenance firm

    Advising global market-leading road construction and maintenance machinery provider on patent infringement litigation against a Chinese company and secured a first instance judgment of RMB500,000 in compensation and succeeded in defending the client's patents from the Chinese company's...

    China

    China IP - water filtration patent protection

    Advising leading manufacturer of water filtration equipment on patent infringement by a Chinese national. The Chinese national copied a patented cartridge and filed a utility model patent application for the copy-design. As China does not conduct a prior art search for utility model...

    China
  • Global hotel group trade mark portfolio

    Managing a global hotel groups trade mark portfolio in 35 countries, and providing related advice to the management teams on brand strategy and implementation.

    United Arab Emirates

    Middle Eastern airline trade mark portfolio

    Handling a Middle Eastern airlines' extensive trade mark portfolio globally, including protecting its core brands in over 60 jurisdictions.

    United Arab Emirates

    Cross-jurisdictional trade mark disputes

    Management of cross-jurisdictional disputes involving opposition/cancellation proceedings for a number of clients, some resolved through co-existence, others through decisions from the TM authorities.

    United Arab Emirates

    Trade mark portfolio management

    Portfolio management of a considerable number of trade mark portfolios on a national, regional and international basis.

    United Arab Emirates

    Copyright ownership for a leading non-profit organisation

    Advising a leading non-profit organisation on the ownership of copyright and other IP in works generated by employees, consultants, and contractors, in addition to counseling clients on joint copyright ownership and commercialisation issues and preparing related contractual agreements.

    United Arab Emirates

    Multi-jurisdictional copyright advice for a web services provider

    Counselling a leading web services provider on local copyright right law and practice in relation to the introduction of novel web-based services and content in multiple jurisdictions in the MENA region.

    United Arab Emirates

    National content digitisation project advice

    Counselling a Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) entity on a national content digitisation project and implications under local and international copyright law.

    United Arab Emirates

    Advising a global food manufacturer on copyright issues

    Advising a global manufacturer of food products on copyright, trade mark, registered design issues both globally and across the region.

    United Arab Emirates

    Regional broadcaster copyright exception advice

    Advising a major GCC broadcaster in relation to its ability to rely on the copyright exceptions under UAE law and across the region in order to use third party content and broadcasts in its programmes, in particular in relation to showing sports highlights.

    United Arab Emirates

    Filing strategy advice for a government funded research centre

    Providing a leading computing research centre funded by the government of a GCC state (one of the largest producers of patentable technology in the region) with strategic advice on filing strategy and working with the client and its team of researchers and inventors to file over 50 PCT...

    United Arab Emirates
  • Trade mark 'threats' claim before the English High Court

    Representing a Dubai-based investment company in a claim before the English High Court to restrain unjustified threats of trade mark infringement proceedings

    United Kingdom

    Acting for cosmetic medical clinics in Copyright and trademark infringement

    Defending a leading chain of UK cosmetic medical clinics against a claim for copyright infringement, trade mark infringement and passing off

    United Kingdom

    Appeal against invalidity of EU trade mark

    Representing Regent University, a leading US educational institution, on an appeal to the General Court of the European Union from a decision of the OHIM (EU trade mark office) Board of Appeal relating to the validity of a trade mark

    United Kingdom

    Negotiating licence with oil major

    Representing a leading UK change management consultancy specialising in the oil & gas sector, in complex negotiations with an oil major relating to the licensing of copyright and confidential information embodying our client's proprietary technology and project management methodologies

    United Kingdom

    Representing Mermeren Kombinant AD in trade mark infringement proceedings

    Bringing trade mark infringement proceedings on behalf of Mermeren Kombinat AD, the global leader in extracting and processing snow-white marble, in the English courts against Fox Marble Limited

    United Kingdom

    Defending patent infringement proceedings relating to pre-natal tests

    Advising The Doctors Laboratory and TDL Genetics, part of the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK, in defence of English High Court patent infringement proceedings brought by Illumina and Sequenom relating to the HARMONY pre-natal test

    United Kingdom

    Defending validity of patent relating to nappy manufacture

    Defending the validity of a patent relating to ultrasonic bonding in the manufacture of nappies and disposable absorbent garments in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

    United Kingdom

    Defending breach of confidence claim relating to analogue electronics

    Defending a claim for breach of confidence and breach of contract in relation to analogue electronic devices for use in optical communications networks

    United Kingdom

Our Intellectual Property team

Pierre Affagard
Pierre Affagard

Collaborateur

Sophie Ashcroft
Sophie Ashcroft

Senior Associate

Scott Bertschi
Scott Bertschi

Partner

Chris Burdett
Chris Burdett

Partner

Reece Corbett-Wilkins
Reece Corbett-Wilkins

Senior Associate

Ralph Cox
Ralph Cox

Partner

Barry Davis
Barry Davis

Partner

Mark Devaney
Mark Devaney

Partner

Amr Eldakak
Amr Eldakak

April Ernest
April Ernest

Associate

Scott Gardiner
Scott Gardiner

Associate

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