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Avoiding disputes
Much of our work for clients is in helping them avoid disputes via intelligent brand selection and in our practical approach to conflict and potential conflict.

We believe that the early identification and resolution of potential disputes is better for clients in the long run than litigating later, whether before the UKIPO, the EUIPO, international registries or the courts. When we have notice of a conflict, we work hard to resolve it before formal proceedings are commenced. We do our utmost to deliver favourable outcomes for our clients. We are highly experienced, astute negotiators. We frequently draft settlement agreements and undertakings at short notice, which is critical when time is of the essence.

Dispute resolution
We regularly work before the UK Registry and before the EUIPO, successfully prosecuting and defending oppositions and appeals. We have some of the UK`s leading practitioners who have been – and continue to be – engaged in high-profile cases involving well-known brands such as Lambretta, TDK, Harman and The Royal Shakespeare Company. The group is also highly experienced in providing litigation support to clients including before the UK High Court; the England and Wales Intellectual Property Enterprise Court; appeals to the highest level at the Court of Justice of the European Union where several matters are pending for our clients; and before foreign courts.

Group members are also highly experienced in defending and prosecuting revocation actions, invalidity actions and rectification and restitution actions at the UKIPO and before the EUIPO and internationally. The preparation of evidence in inter partes proceedings is particularly important for clients and our group has unrivalled experience in this and in achieving favourable results for clients in difficult cases.