We handle all IP disputes involving infringement of patents, trade marks, designs (registered and unregistered) and copyright.
Absolutely, and in fact we have unusual depth in this area. Catherine and Gemma are not only Trade Mark Attorneys but also qualified solicitors having both started their careers specialising in dispute resolution. Their experience sets us apart from most other firms of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and also solicitors.
The honest answer is that it can be. However, we ensure that we adopt an approach that is appropriate to your business and takes into account your resources (both time and money), the potential value of the claim and the commercial importance of the outcome to your business.
We recognise that your interests are usually best served by a swift and effective resolution of a dispute and, if at all possible, before any court proceedings are started.
If court proceedings are necessary there is a specialist court (the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court or ‘IPEC’) that handles IP disputes worth up to £500,000. It is proving to be a very effective venue in which SMEs, in particular, are finding it quick and easy to enforce their IP rights.
We have a trusted worldwide network of associates that we can call on to help you.
The IPEC has a ‘small claims track’ that may be suitable. It has been designed for claims worth less than £10,000 and to be used without legal representation. Further details can be found here – https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/426129/patents-court-small-claims.pdf