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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Insights by Chris
This article was first published in the World Intellectual Property Review on 30 November. The European Commission has instigated non-compliance proceedings against 17 member states, including the UK, for failing to tell...Read More