Chris Williams Partner

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Contact Details

Chris has specific expertise in advising clients in IP and IT disputes, with particular emphasis in the internet field of technology cases. 

Main areas of practice

Chris advises clients looking to bring or defend Court proceedings involving intellectual property issues, primarily trade marks and passing off,
copyright, database rights, confidential information and registered and unregistered design rights.

He frequently contests and defends UK, European and international trade marks within the relevant forums.  He can challenge others' trade mark applications if they infringe your brand or defend your application in the event it is contested.

Chris has also represented clients in a range of cases in the Chancery Division of the High Court with a focus on computer software ownership disputes.  

Clients

Chris has acted for a wide range of clients including one the UK's largest independent organic food brands, a leading airline, a substantial e-commerce platform, several banks and an income generating arm of a government department in a range of IP and IT issues. 

Significant experience

  • Successfully acting for a software developer in a complex copyright infringement, breach of contract and confidential information claim which resulted in an 8 day trial in the Chancery Division of the High Court.
  • Acting for a US-based technology firm in complex multi-level trade mark opposition proceedings involving overlapping UK and EU cases.
  • Advising a Greek food producer on steps to enforce its trade mark rights in the UK
  • Acting for a client within the cosmetic beauty industry in a range of trade mark and copyright matters including requiring the withdrawal of competitors trade mark applications.
  • Chris has brought and defended domain name dispute proceedings under both the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) procedures. 

Other expertise

Chris regularly advises a number of well-known brands in the retail, food and beverage and cosmetic healthcare sectors in developing and maintaining brand protection policies. 

Career

Chris read History at Exeter University prior to completing his legal studies in Bristol.  He qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and has worked at Eversheds, Charles Russell and Russell-Cooke.

Expertise

Chris’s Blog

Can brand owners distance their products from the likes of mass retailers?

A number of brand owners do not consider some online platforms to be appropriate marketplaces for their products. The question being raised is how much control can a brand owner exert over a retailer with regards to how it sells the products?

McCartney files US lawsuit against Sony/ATV over reclaiming Beatles copyright.

Paul McCartney yesterday (18 January 2017) filed papers in Federal Court in New York seeking a declaration that is entitled to reclaim the rights to a number of songs that he co-wrote with John Lennon from September 1962 to June 1971.

Articles by Chris

OwnershIP - The Intellectual Property roundup from Blake Morgan

News

Blake Morgan's Intellectual Property team are delighted to share their inaugural Magazine, OwnershIP. Click to read more and download your copy.

EU Commission targets 17 states over Marrakesh Treaty non-compliance

News

The European Commission has instigated non-compliance proceedings against the UK, for failing to tell it that they have transposed copyright provisions of the Marrakesh Treaty into national law. Chris Williams comments in the WIPR.

EU failing to fix copyright directive: lawyers comment on leak

News

Partner Chris Williams gives his views on article 13 of the EU copyright directive in an article in World IP Review.

Related Knowledge & Resources

High Court orders petitioner's purchase of 50% shareholding in company in unfair prejudice petition

In the trial of an unfair prejudice petition, the High Court has found that the actions of the first respondent represented the clearest possible breach of directors' fiduciary and statutory duties. We take look in detail.

How to protect against misuse of commercially-sensitive information

Protecting trade secrets and confidential information is crucial and what steps can employers take to prevent staff from misusing commercially-sensitive information?

The "after party" – could employers be liable for what goes on?

With employers planning Christmas parties, or indeed any kind of "works do", we look at a case where the employer was held vicariously liable for an employee's actions when those at the office party moved on to another venue where a fight broke out.

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