Trade mark litigation

Our trade mark litigation service

In addition to the comprehensive trade mark services we offer, our attorneys are also experienced in resolving disputes via litigation. Our litigation team has a wealth of experience in dealing with a broad range of trade mark cases before the UK (in the High Court, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and the Court of Appeal) and European courts (the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union), sometimes whilst managing parallel proceedings. Our trade mark litigation work covers a breadth of industries. Most recently we have conducted litigation in the UK courts in matters encompassing sports branding and electronic goods.

We have an envious track-record of negotiating amicable settlements, often at an early stage, or during the course of proceedings. Our trade mark attorneys are experts at preparing coexistence agreements to formalise settlement terms.

Our focus

Our litigation team provides strategic and commercially-aware advice that recognises the commercial implications of litigation for our clients. We understand that, ultimately, clients want the infringement to stop and that this can frequently be achieved without the need for protracted litigation. We have an excellent track-record for achieving favourable results for our clients and pride ourselves on our focus on reaching the best outcome, whether at the negotiating table or at trial.

We also understand that litigation is a useful commercial tool. We are prepared to fight for our clients, in the most cost-effective way possible. We do not shy away from providing honest, innovative and commercially-minded advice.

We have considerable experience of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), in particular, mediation and arbitration, and we will always consider adopting these measures where they are likely to provide a better solution to our clients’ challenges. We are committed to achieving a commercial result for our clients and we do not view litigation as an academic exercise. Our attorneys provide strategic advice that recognises the commercial implications of litigation for our clients. 

Maintaining communication with and providing jargon-free advice to our clients during litigation is of the utmost importance, and we adopt transparent, objective-driven strategies throughout the process.

Our ADR team has the experience, skills and resources to handle all elements of litigation, from pre-action procedure before the initiation of proceedings to conduct of the case at trial. Our team has a background in contentious matters and significant experience of litigation proceedings, and regularly advise on pre-litigation strategy and all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution concerning trade marks, copyrights and designs.

In addition to advising on UK matters, our team has a proven track-record of co-ordinating and conducting multinational disputes across the globe, and will employ the assistance of carefully selected local attorneys where necessary.

We also assist our clients in confronting the ever increasing threat posed by counterfeit goods and we are experienced in taking legal action to remove such goods from the market.

Our trade mark litigation experience