Joel is a trusted IP advisor to market-leading businesses, including in the Technology, Hotels & Leisure, Retail, Media, Franchising, Energy, Manufacturing and Construction sectors. He is equally comfortable enforcing IP rights in litigation, and advising on deals commercialising those IP rights internationally.
He is a highly experienced litigator, with particular expertise in copyright, anti-piracy, anti-counterfeiting, trade mark and other brand enforcement and franchising disputes. He has led many profile litigation matters before the UKIPO, the High Court and the CJEU. He is also a technical specialist, with expertise in artificial intelligence, open source software, domain names and other IT-related issues.
His non-contentious and advisory practice involves leading the firm-wide, full-service Franchising Group, as well as complex brand and technology licensing. He has acted for many clients, including software giants, oil & gas conglomerates, fashion houses, restaurants, hotels and fintech and automotive businesses, exploiting their technologies and brands on a cross-border basis. He is also a technical specialist, with expertise in open source software, domain names and other internet related issues.
Joel also advises clients on the management of global trade mark portfolios, working alongside CMS's significant in-house trade mark and patent attorney practice.
Post-Brexit, Joel will continue to hold representation and audience rights before the EUIPO and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Joel is English and Irish qualified, and he will operate his EU trade mark and design practice from our Polish office.