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Intellectual Property

United Kingdom

In today’s knowledge economy, where often the most substantial value of a business is based on its intangible assets and goodwill, intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. The right brands will win the hearts and minds of consumers and customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your inventions, or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, confidentiality and rights in designs also have a vital role to play.

A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure that maximum value is obtained from your IP portfolio. Our team understands your business needs and objectives and has worked with some of the world’s best known brands. Our clients include organisations from banks to technology companies, pharmaceuticals to FMCG, and we help them realise their commercial goals.

We advise on all aspects of commercial IP assets, including finding the best strategy for the creation, identification, registration and capture of assets, their realisation through commercial agreements and licensing, and their protection and enforcement through litigation and other dispute resolution.

I am very pleased with their work because they are able to provide timely, business-oriented advice, and have a good understanding of our business and the market in which we operate.
Chambers UK, 2016

Your IP strategy should support your commercial activities. We work with clients to complete strategic reviews of IP commercialisation. 

We also advise on IP enforcement at all levels of UK courts (civil and criminal), OHIM, the CJEU and beyond in multi-jurisdictional disputes. Costs can quickly escalate in litigation, so project management is key to our service, driving forward cases, narrowing issues, and managing other service providers.

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Stricter rules pro­hib­it­ing the sexu­al­isa­tion of un­der-18s in ad­vert­ising
Last week saw the an­nounce­ment that BCAP and CAP, the reg­u­lat­ory bod­ies over­see­ing broad­cast and non-broad­cast ad­vert­ising re­spect­ively, are in­tro­du­cing stricter rules pro­hib­it­ing the sexu­al por­tray­al or sexu­al rep­res­ent­a­tion of un­der-18s and those who ap­pear.
Prac­tic­al steps to take if you don’t Wan­naC­ry
Earli­er this month a large-scale cy­ber­at­tack af­fected hun­dreds of thou­sands of com­puters through­out the world. The NHS was the UK’s highest pro­file cas­u­alty and faced cri­ti­cism of its cy­ber-se­cur­ity prac­tices in the af­ter­math of the at­tack.
ASA Ad­ju­dic­a­tions Snap­shot – March and April 2017
This sum­mary provides a se­lec­tion of March and April’s most in­ter­est­ing ASA ad­ju­dic­a­tions and high­lights the key is­sues con­sidered in those rul­ings. This edi­tion fea­tures two ad­ju­dic­a­tions that as­sess wheth­er ir­re­spons­ible and un­safe driv­ing prac­tices were.
Di­git­al eco­nomy bill re­ceives Roy­al As­sent
On 27 April 2017 the Di­git­al Eco­nomy Bill re­ceived Roy­al As­sent in the ‘wash up’ ses­sion pri­or to the form­al dis­sol­u­tion of Par­lia­ment on 3 May 2017.   The Di­git­al Eco­nomy Bill in­cor­por­ates the new Elec­tron­ic Com­mu­nic­a­tions Code.
IP Snap­shot - April 2017
Bring­ing you reg­u­lar news of key de­vel­op­ments in in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty law. COPY­RIGHT Foot­ball As­so­ci­ation Premi­er League Ltd v Brit­ish Tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions Plc and oth­ers [2017] EWHC 480 (Ch) The High Court has gran­ted an or­der re­quir­ing the UK’s six largest.
Fin­an­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity launches dis­cus­sion on dis­trib­uted ledger...
The Fin­an­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity (“FCA”) has opened for con­sulta­tion its dis­cus­sion pa­per on dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­logy (“DLT”). The FCA is ac­cept­ing re­sponses un­til 17 Ju­ly 2017. Over­view The FCA has is­sued a dis­cus­sion pa­per on the po­ten­tial for fu­ture.
Are pub­lic au­thor­it­ies ready for the GDPR? ICO pub­lishes Loc­al Gov­ern­ment...
The Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (“GDPR”), which comes in­to force on 25 May 2018, will re­place the Data Pro­tec­tion Act 1998. Many of the changes im­ple­men­ted by the GDPR will af­fect the cur­rent in­form­a­tion gov­ernance prac­tices of pub­lic au­thor­it­ies in.
EMA & HMA es­tab­lish task force to ex­plore big data's po­ten­tial for...
A new task force has been set up to ex­plore how medi­cines reg­u­lat­ors in the EU can use big data to im­prove hu­man and an­im­al health. The task force has been es­tab­lished by the European Medi­cines Agency (“EMA”), in con­junc­tion with the EEA Heads of Medi­cines.
ASA Ad­ju­dic­a­tions Snap­shot – Janu­ary/Feb­ru­ary 2017
This sum­mary provides a se­lec­tion of Janu­ary and Feb­ru­ary’s most in­ter­est­ing ASA ad­ju­dic­a­tions and high­lights the key is­sues con­sidered in those rul­ings. This up­date fea­tures sev­er­al ad­ju­dic­a­tions where the ASA have ex­amined the price at which goods and ser­vices.
IP Snap­shot – March 2017
Bring­ing you reg­u­lar news of key de­vel­op­ments in in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty law. COPY­RIGHT Sticht­ing Brein v Ziggo BV and an­oth­er, Case C-610/15 In re­sponse to a ref­er­ence from the Dutch courts, Ad­voc­ate Gen­er­al Spzun­ar (the “AG”) has provided an opin­ion on wheth­er.
On the road to autonom­ous vehicles
Con­nec­ted and autonom­ous vehicle (“CAV”) tech­no­lo­gies are set to have a pro­found so­cial and eco­nom­ic im­pact world­wide and con­tin­ue to ac­cu­mu­late a great weight of ex­pect­a­tion. Ad­voc­ates ar­gue that CAV tech­no­lo­gies will im­prove road safety, ease con­ges­tion and.
The European Com­mis­sion launches a pub­lic con­sulta­tion on FinTech...
The European Com­mis­sion has launched an ac­tion plan, and has opened a pub­lic con­sulta­tion on FinTech, in a bid to fur­ther strengthen the Single Mar­ket for re­tail fin­an­cial ser­vices. The Com­mis­sion hopes to ob­tain in­put on how the reg­u­lat­ory and su­per­vis­ory.
Are you ready for the GDPR? A Con­fer­ence re­port
On Feb­ru­ary 24 2017, CMS hos­ted a con­fer­ence on the prac­tic­al steps re­quired to im­ple­ment the new Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (“GDPR”), which will ap­ply in little over a year. The GDPR will bring about sig­ni­fic­ant changes, and the con­fer­ence ex­plored.
Green Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment (GPP) cri­ter­ia for data centres
The European Com­mis­sion has launched a pro­ject to de­vel­op Green Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment (“GPP”) cri­ter­ia for data centres, in or­der to provide guid­ance to pub­lic au­thor­it­ies on the cri­ter­ia for en­vir­on­ment­ally friendly pro­cure­ment re­gard­ing data centres.
ICO draft guid­ance on con­sent un­der the GDPR pub­lished
The In­form­a­tion Com­mis­sion­er’s Of­fice (“ICO”) has opened for con­sulta­tion its draft guid­ance on con­sent un­der the Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (“GDPR”). The ICO is ac­cept­ing re­sponses un­til 31 March 2017.
Can pharma keep up with the chal­lenges of di­git­al health­care?
Please click here to read the full art­icle. Pharma com­pan­ies are be­gin­ning now to fo­cus on har­ness­ing ad­vances in di­git­al tech­no­lo­gies in their busi­nesses, from min­ing ge­n­om­ic data to identi­fy new drug tar­gets, to es­tab­lish­ing the most ap­pro­pri­ate pa­tients.
IP Snap­shot – Feb­ru­ary 2017
Bring­ing you reg­u­lar news of key de­vel­op­ments in in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty law. GEN­ER­AL IP New Wave CZ, a. s. v All­toys, spol. S. r. o. , CJEU, 18 Janu­ary 2017 The CJEU has held that the right of an IP right hold­er to ob­tain in­form­a­tion about the in­fringer’s activ­it­ies.
Does Trump’s Ex­ec­ut­ive Or­der threaten EU-US data trans­fers?
On Janu­ary 25th 2017 US Pres­id­ent Don­ald J. Trump ad­op­ted an Ex­ec­ut­ive Or­der titled “En­han­cing Pub­lic Safety in the In­teri­or of the United States”. The Ex­ec­ut­ive Or­der mainly fo­cuses on strength­en­ing im­mig­ra­tion en­force­ment.