Our highly-regarded team of industry-recognised experts advises on disputes and litigation involving all intellectual property rights.
Acting for household names, as well as fast-growth start-ups and disruptors, our genuine sector expertise sets us apart.
Recent work includes advising on claims involving:
• Patent infringement, entitlement and validity
• Copycat packaging, new product development and design right
• Trade mark infringement, passing off and copyright infringement
• Cyber threats, including phishing, website cloning and fraud
• Reputation management and social media
• Sponsorship, naming rights and ambush marketing
• Supply chain and parallel importing
• Comparative advertising
Legal business DWF has announced plans to relocate into new office premises within Newcastle's prestigious Central Square South, which will see the business's 50-strong Newcastle team with modern, open-plan working space that will facilitate further growth as well as enable the introduction of agile working.
International legal business DWF has established a new Intellectual Property (IP) department with the arrival of Marco Annoni, who joins the firm as partner and head of department, and trainee Valerie Balassiano.
Civil Courts have a variety a tools at their disposal to ensure the recovery of stolen material, and recent case law has again confirmed that Judges will be ready and willing to assist parties recover their assets.
The common use of order references and model names in the textile business industry is often subject to trademark litigation. The Regional Court of Hamburg, Germany, held (again) that these are likely to infringe better IP rights by competitors.
A recent IP case provides as a reminder to IP owners not to pick-and-choose the parts of their product that suit their claim for passing-off; as the Court will always consider the bigger picture.
We discuss the recent Supreme Court decision in the design right dispute between Magmatic and PMS.
What are the implications of a British exit (Brexit) from the EU following the referendum on 23rd June?
Protecting reputation, brand and commercial value
The EU’s General Court has ruled that Lego’s Community trade mark (CTM) covering the shape of its mini figures is valid, despite claims it has a technical function. This decision may result in other toy manufacturers applying for trade marks in respect of the visual characteristics of products.