Ben Evans Senior Associate & Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

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“Ben Evans focuses on brand strategy, design right and trade mark disputes. He is dual-qualified as a trade mark attorney and as a solicitor. A source says: "I trust him implicity to make the right judgement."”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Up-and-coming associate Ben Evans has showcased a deft touch on complex trademark registry proceedings. “Ben knows his stuff in the world of trademarks and provides excellent commercial advice. He comes up with creative solutions and is prompt, efficient and proactive.””

WTR 1000 2018

“Ben Evans is an excellent lawyer, who understands client needs.”

Legal 500 2017
Ben is a dual-qualified solicitor and chartered trade mark attorney and advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters.

Main areas of practice

Ben focuses on trade mark clearance searching, brand strategy and world-wide trade mark prosecutions as well as dealing with a range of intellectual property disputes and litigation including trade mark, passing off, design right, copyright and breach of confidence disputes.

Ben also advises clients on reputation management matters, particular where such disputes involve the internet and more specifically social media.

Increasingly Ben's advice is also sought by employers and employees alike on issues relating to the misuse of confidential information, breaches of restrictive covenants and passing off.

Clients

  • Wiggle
  • feelunique
  • Be Wiser Insurance
  • Harlequin Football Club
  • Premier Marinas

Significant experience

  • Advising various clients in relation to trade mark prosecutions, oppositions and cancellation proceedings at the UK IPO, OHIM and, through a network of international agents, throughout the world. Recent published Registry decisions include:
  •           Harlequin v Harlequine (acting for the Opponent): Case No. 002453960
  •           Mcfit v Mefit (acting for the Applicant)O/601/15
  •           PIP/PIP Studio v My Cat Pip (acting for the Opponent): O/109/14

  • Advising clients in relation to intellectual property infringement matters (of various types) including representation at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and the High Court.
  • Advising a leading online retailer on its international trade mark portfolio management including dealing with various trade mark disputes across the world.
  • Advising a UK based charity regarding an impersonation Twitter account that was posting malicious Tweets seemingly on behalf of the charity. The Twitter account was suspended, and then deleted, within 24 hours of our first instruction.
  • Advising a market leading leisure operator on the suspension of a rival Facebook account that was using the client's copyright materials.
  • Carrying out pre-publication reviews of advertisements, articles and books on behalf of publishers, individual authors and, increasingly third sector organisations.
  • Advising an individual on the take-down of various defamatory articles published on the websites of certain national newspapers. 
  • Advising an SME in a trade mark infringement matter regarding counterfeit car accessories resulting in a favourable settlement.
  • Dealing with numerous trade mark infringement/passing off matters involving Google Adwords and keywords in general on behalf of a leading consumer insurance broker.
  • Advising various clients (particular in the recruitment industry) on breach of confidence, infringement of database rights and breach of restrictive covenant issues relating to ex-employees.

“Rising star Ben Evans. The dual-qualified solicitor and trademark attorney is “practical, business minded and timely, and represents good value for money. ”

WTR 1000 2017

Expertise

Ben’s Blog

Should you be influencing your influencers?

We look at the new guidance published by the Competition and Markets Authority for social media influencers. Should you be influencing your influencers?

'Changes to UK trade mark law – the Trade Marks Regulations 2018

The Trade Marks Regulations 2018 came into effect on 14 January 2019 implementing the EU Trade Mark Directive 2015. The Regulations make various changes to UK trade mark law through the Trade Marks Act 1994 and the Trade Mark Rules 2018.

Brexit and trade marks: an update

On 25 September 2018 the UK Intellectual Property Office ("IPO") updated its guidance on Brexit and its impact on trade marks, specifically EUTMs.

Articles by Ben

Brexit and your EUTMs

Article

With Brexit uncertainty continuing, it is important to take stock and consider where this leaves your trade mark portfolio and what, if any, action you need to take. Our expert takes a look in more detail.

The News Portsmouth

News

Blake Morgan lawyers named as among best in world

Customs and counterfeits in the EU

Article

A report by the European Commission on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights provides an insight into the scope and extent of intellectual property rights infringement in the EU. Our expert explains the report.

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Photographing the Public Domain – EU to remove copyright protection from public domain art images

Copyright expert Simon Stokes explores the EU's recent announcement that images of works of art in the public domain will no longer be protected by copyright.

Brexit and your EUTMs

With Brexit uncertainty continuing, it is important to take stock and consider where this leaves your trade mark portfolio and what, if any, action you need to take. Our expert takes a look in more detail.

Consent and Direct Marketing: What is informed consent in the UK? The decision of the First-tier Tribunal in Xerpla Ltd v The Information Commissioner

In this article, our expert Simon Stokes looks at what is informed consent in the UK in relation to the decision of the First-tier Tribunal in Xerpla Ltd v The Information Commissioner.

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