IP Disputes

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Our experienced Intellectual Property (IP) Disputes team helps you to enforce your IP rights when they’re infringed – and defend you from allegations of infringement


Intellectual Property (IP) is a complex web of valuable national and international rights. It is no surprise that litigation over IP is a common concern for businesses, particularly in the technology and retail sectors. With all our partners joining us with at least 10,000 hours of practise in their field, we have the breadth and depth of expertise to be able to help you resolve any issue.

Our IP litigation specialists work with teams across the firm from general litigation to costs specialists so that we can put the perfect team together to manage your case. Whether it is a standalone infringement of rights, large-scale counterfeit goods problem or part of a strategic plan to maintain your brand value internationally, we can help you to plan and build the best possible strategy. That planning includes understanding your fees: we give you absolute clarity from the outset, and bring a commercially-minded approach that is focused on your successful outcome.

Notable cases

  • Responding to claims of trade mark infringement and malicious falsehood related to Google advertising
  • Using design rights to prevent sales of a distinctive dress by a major online retailer
  • Competitor allegations of trade mark infringement and passing off
  • Multinational disputes relating to a patchwork of national and EU registered and unregistered rights
  • Breach of confidence disputes relating to everything from setting up a rival company post-employment to copying material disclosed in pitch meetings such as clothing designs and a TV format
  • Major international patent disputes concerning (i) a well-known pharmaceutical and (ii) a legendary gaming console


Our work in Intellectual Property Disputes includes

  • Trade mark infringement and passing off: our experts can manage and solve even the most complex trade mark issue
  • Copyright infringement: whether it is an artwork, software, product design or a website, copyright is everywhere and often it is infringed
  • Design infringement: designs are notoriously complex – our partners include some of the UK’s leading experts in designs law
  • Misuse of confidential information: protecting your confidential material
  • Trade mark oppositions and cancellation actions: helping establish your rights
  • Advertising disputes: whether it’s a comparative advertising campaign or a competitor campaign that’s too close to the line, our dedicated IP team can help you
  • Defamation and privacy claims: responding to online threats and risks
  • Anti-counterfeiting: whether it’s online or in a physical marketplace, we work with Customs, investigators and online platforms to stop counterfeit goods in their tracks

Key contacts

Rosie Burbidge


Intellectual Property

Michael Krantz


IP, Planning & Environment

Rachel Pearse


Intellectual Property

Shilpen Savani


Dispute Resolution & Employment Law

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