We advise and represent our clients on patent, trade mark and design oppositions and invalidity actions at all levels of the EPO and at the UK and EU Intellectual Property Offices. We also advise our clients on a range of contentious matters ensuring that the action taken is effective and proportionate as well as aligned with our clients’ commercial interests.

We advise on how to deal with suspected infringing activities or products, or with threatening letters received from a competitor. In some circumstances, issues such as these can be resolved quickly by engaging proactively with the other party. However, where matters escalate, we are able to provide practical and strategic advice both before and during any court proceedings that may result.

Our team makes use of a range of experience including their past in-house expertise in order to deliver commercial solutions to our clients’ disputes, whether through formal proceedings or by alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or arbitration. Our team has experience of advocacy in several forums in both the UK and Europe.

If you have an intellectual property dispute, our combination of patent, trade mark and design attorneys ensure all aspects of the advice you need is available.


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