Intellectual Property Disputes

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Your intellectual property underpins your business and gives you monopoly rights to stop competitors taking advantage of your intellectual creation. Intellectual property disputes arise if these rights are infringed. Our experts will take the swift and proactive action you need to protect your intellectual property.

Intellectual Property Disputes Services

The key services we provide in intellectual property disputes are:

  • challenging and defending infringements of design rights, registered designs, trade marks, copyright, patents and passing off;
  • negotiating settlements and co-existence agreements;
  • providing court representation; 
  • dealing with international intellectual property infringements; and
  • defamation and reputational issues.

Work examples of intellectual property disputes

Below is a list of various types of intellectual property disputes we have been involved in recently:

  • Acting for a manufacturer of fireplaces against a major UK retailer who was importing identical models from China (registered design right)
  • Advising a shareholder on designs and copyright created by her, in connection with the break up of the company through which the designs were commercially exploited (copyright, trade marks and unregistered design right)
  • Seeking the renaming of a trade mark infringing drinks brand on behalf of a local distillery (trade marks and common law rights of passing off)
  • Advising on defamatory emails being sent to rival companies concerning a patent used in the deep sea oil industry (patents and common law rights)
  • Defending a claim for breach of copyright by the designer of a reinforced steel cage used in the construction industry (unregistered design right and copyright)
  • Bringing a claim for passing off against an Amazon trader using the same brand names for identical products (trade marks and passing off)
  • Acting for one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of biscuit tins in bringing a claim against a major UK retailer who had copied various of the client’s tins (registered and unregistered design right)
  • Advising a client on the misuse of an identical trade mark by a competitor internationally (trade marks)
  • Advising a well known bed manufacturer and defending a high court claim of infringement against the client in respect of unregistered design right infringement (unregistered design right)
  • Acting for an international bottled water company and instructing international agents to act on our client’s behalf in respect of international trade mark infringement matters (trade marks)
  • Bringing a claim for copyright infringement and passing off against two well known UK insulation companies on behalf of our client in respect of the copying of brochures and video footage demonstrating our client’s techniques in both product delivery and client approach (copyright and passing off)

How we’ve helped our clients

“I approached Paris Smith based on the recommendation of another law firm I had worked with previously, regarding the split from an ex business partner. They helped me detangle the IP issues as part of the buyout and, importantly, supported me through the various aspects of the overall dispute. Business is not just business – especially not for SMEs like me! So it was critically important that Laura and Helen understood both the business issues, but also had an appreciation for how I might want to deal with things considering my personal objectives as well as outlook on life. I would recommend Laura and Helen and the team because they deeply care about their clients and are able to merry up the ‘cold’ legal world with the softer needs of the people they try to help. ”

Hanne Kristiansen – We are Creative Creatures

“We have been with Paris Smith for a while now and cannot fault Laura’s flexible, personable approach to helping us protect our IP. ”

Dylan Ferrett – 3SDM Wheels

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