Ben Evans Senior Associate & Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

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“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

“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
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.

Expertise

Ben’s Blog

Is your IPTV box "legit"?

A pub landlord was being sued by Football Association Premier League Limited for copyright infringement for using a IPTV box. Here is what happened next.

New EU Trade Mark Regulations: What's changing?

This week, on 23 March 2016, the new EU Trade Mark Regulations will come into force. The aim of the new regulations is to make trade mark registration systems in the EU cheaper, quicker, more reliable and predictable.

CJUE rules on registration of trade mark licences

The CJEU has ruled on whether a licensee of a Community Trade Mark ("CTM") needs to register the licence with the OHIM before they can bring an action for infringement of the licensed marks.

Articles by Ben

The News Portsmouth

In the 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.

Success in company names tribunal application

News

After noticing that several companies had similar names to their company name, our team took the case to the Company Names Tribunal, here is an overview of the case.

Related Knowledge & Resources

UK patent fees set to increase from April this year

After consulting on changes to patent fees last year, the UK's Intellectual Property Office ('the IPO') has now confirmed that UK patent fees will increase as of 6 April 2018...

Adidas opposes ELEAGUE trademark due to the use of three stripes

Adidas has filed a claim at the United States Patent and Trademark Office to oppose a trademark application submitted by ELEAGUE. Our expert explains what has happened in the case so far.

Chempioil v Champion – EU General Court finds no likelihood of confusion

In a recent appeal decision by the ECJ, an EU General Court decision was upheld in respect of the word mark Chempioil and an earlier figurative mark Champion. Our expert explains the case and the outcome.

Guide to Defamation claims

Blake Morgan's complete guide to Defamation claims - what you should know when thinking of bringing a claim of reputation damage.

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