Experts in IP disputes – enforcing, protecting and defending intellectual property rights

Our IP disputes experts advise clients both nationally and internationally, providing proactive and commercial solutions to resolve intellectual property disputes in a time and cost-efficient way. Our clients value our sophisticated and pragmatic approach. Our sector expertise includes: retail, not for profit, lifestyle, food and drink, technology, media and manufacturing.

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Main Areas Of Practice


Our specialised IP dispute areas of expertise include:

Trade Marks disputes and Brand Protection

Our expert IP lawyers bring and defend trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court ("IPEC") and the High Court. We conduct opposition, revocation and invalidity proceedings. Our Legal team coordinates and supervises trade mark litigation and Registry proceedings internationally through our extensive network of agents.

Co-existence agreements

Our Intellectual Property team is experienced in drafting and negotiating co-existence agreements between brand owners.

Copyright, Design and Patent Disputes

We advise on copyright, design and patent disputes to include conducting proceedings before the IPEC and High Court.

Confidential Information

Our IP Disputes team advises on breach of confidence and infringement of database rights to include conducting proceedings before the IPEC and High Court.

Database disputes

We advise on breach of confidence and infringement of database rights disputes with particular experience dealing with issues involving the misuse of confidential information and breach of restrictive covenants by ex-employees.

Our Clients


Our specialist intellectual property lawyers advise and act for businesses from start-ups to multinationals as well as advising numerous foreign associates on intellectual property in the UK. Through our network of foreign associates we can assist clients with developing, exploiting and protecting their intellectual property rights throughout the World.

"Blake Morgan has the expertise and bench strength of a large firm; but when dealing with them, you would believe that you were dealing with a boutique. As a whole, the level of service is head and shoulders above many other UK firms. Though its clientele is diverse, it is best known for its partnerships with companies in the charity, retail and leisure and public sectors. Strategy and clearance advice for Nokia, Oyster Yachts and cosmetics brand Feelunique, and brand enforcement and oppositions activity for the likes of sports retailer Wiggle and paddleboard manufacturer Red Paddle Co, are just the disclosable tip of the iceberg in terms of the high-profile matters on its plate this year."
- World Trade Review 1000, 2022


"Dynamic duo Jill Bainbridge and Ben Evans are jointly described as 'professional, friendly, down-to-earth, responsive and pragmatic'. 'Both are a pleasure to work with and have consistently produced quality work and obtained favourable results.' Bainbridge heads up the trademark prosecution team and specialises in issues with a cross-border element; while dual-qualified trademark attorney and solicitor Evans is a social media specialist who dispenses sage brand protection advice and puts in polished performances in IP and defamation litigation."
- World Trade Review 1000, 2022


"A source says: 'They ran the case extremely efficiently and showed a human side, which isn't always a given in these situations. They did a really good job'."
- Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2019


"Very responsive and supportive."
- The Legal 500 2019


"Blake Morgan stands out for the strength and depth of its IP offering and its distinctive focus on brands. The side strikes the right tone in its representation, possesses a well-rounded skill set and has carved out a niche for itself in the charities sector. Evans, Bainbridge and the rest of the Blake Morgan team represent excellent value for money."
- WTR 1000 2018


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Highlights


Acting for a well-known publisher in defending a multimillion pound copyright infringement claim in the High Court and securing an Extended Civil Restraint Order against the Claimant.


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 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.


Our Experts


Jill
Bainbridge
Partner

Southampton

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Lee
Fisher
Partner

Cardiff

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Ben
Evans
Legal Director & Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

Southampton

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Joanna
Corbett-Simmons
Senior Associate

Cardiff

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Awards, Accolades & Memberships


BM Insights


Articles

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has come under criticism recently for allowing a number of commonplace Welsh words to be registered as trade marks. This article is available to read...

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Case Studies

A recent judgment from the Court of Appeal (COA) has considered trade mark infringement in the context of sales on online marketplaces, in this case Amazon.

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Articles

A recent judgment from the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) has provided a useful reminder of the limitations of the honest concurrent use defence as well as highlighting the importance...

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Articles

A recent judgment of the High Court considered the distinctiveness of word marks involving the WONDER WOMAN comic book character. The case was an appeal of a UKIPO decision involving...

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In what has been a riveting case, involving Ed Sheeran and his chart topping composition - 'Shape of You..' from 2017, the UK High Court has today (6 April) ruled...

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Guides

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