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Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Department has established a truly seamless one stop service for clients, providing legal advice on all types of contentious and non contentious matters, including licensing, merchandising and securitisation, patent and other IP litigation, and research and technology collaboration. In addition, the Department contains the Trade Marks & Designs Department which is staffed by a large team of specialist European trade mark attorneys handling all aspects of the management and recordal of UK, Community and international designs and trade mark portfolios.

A key to the Department’s success is the close working relationships which it has established with practices in other jurisdictions. Clients appreciate the importance for their IP strategy of obtaining effective, cogent advice both within the UK and overseas. The quality of the Department’s connections is widely recognised and is reflected in a number of leading corporations asking the Group to manage the appointment and monitoring of foreign counsel.

Chambers and The Legal 500 regularly praise the quality of the Department with comments such as:

“…the IP team at Walker Morris had an outstanding year with a series of noteworthy cases clearly showcasing the firm’s strength.”

The Department has had a number of successes in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the recently reformed Patents County Court. Notably, in 2010, it obtained for its client, Hotel Cipriani, the largest award ever given by a UK court in a trade mark infringement action.

Our Specialists

Worldwide anti infringement campaigns

We are your first port of call in defending or prosecuting infringement proceedings. We have initiated and then managed global anti counterfeiting campaigns for a number of leading brands. This involves liaison with investigators, Customs and other enforcement officers as well as with foreign attorneys.

Project managing complex transactions/supporting business growth

We advise various companies on global branding, IP audits, trade mark/designs portfolio clearance and licensing issues. Using our close relationships with “Best Friend” law firms throughout the world, we sort out the legal issues, cost effectively and without fuss. This allows you to concentrate on developing and growing your businesses.

Achieving results

Although we have an excellent track record in aggressively defending our clients’ rights and of success before the Courts, we are also well know for achieving sensible resolution of disputes through formal mediation and other means. We never lose sight of the commercial and common sense solution.

Providing a flexible service tailored to you

We pride ourselves in putting you at the centre of everything we do. We will happily tailor our service to meet your needs. This might involve an informal bouncing around of potential issues, giving a second opinion, training your own in-house team to better support management on IP protection issues, horizon scanning or providing legal updates. In respect of the latter, our monthly “Intellectual Property Matters” newsletter is read by businesses, lawyers and in-house counsel across the world and has a global following. It is one of the most downloaded in the UK (source: The Lawyer).

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"My dealings with the firm reveal a detailed understanding of intellectual property law and a reassuring honesty in advising clients. Where a case has particularly tricky elements or a client's expectations are unrealistic, it seems to me that Walker Morris deals with such matters frankly at the outset."
Chambers