The effective enforcement of intellectual property rights is crucial to protecting a business and reputation. The Trade Mark Group is regularly instructed in a number of high value, potentially high profile and ground-breaking cases relating to trade mark infringement. In our opinion, counterfeiting is one of the most rapidly expanding economic crimes and is an issue for trade mark owners and their ability to capitalise on their investment. Aside from lost revenue, counterfeiting can erode consumer confidence and, in the worst cases, can pose risks to the health and safety of consumers. We have extensive experience of handling anti-counterfeiting matters and can devise cost-effective strategies, tailored to your requirements, which are designed to catch counterfeits at the EU border and combat perpetrators within the market. Together with a network of trusted associates, we can support you in a strategy to combat counterfeiting across the whole of the EU and worldwide.

We work with Trading Standards and the Police across the UK to target internally-traded counterfeit goods and assist the authorities in relation to specific investigations. We act as part of a team of advisers to obtain interim relief, including search and seizure orders. We also issue witness statements for use as evidence in criminal prosecutions. In conjunction with overseas associates, we also coordinate similar actions involving enforcement agencies in other EU countries and internationally.

The group often instructs Counsel and solicitors in the UK, EU and worldwide in assisting with contentious matters for clients and has excellent relationships with numerous specialist IP solicitors and Counsel in the UK and overseas.